Charles Klein is the founder and owner of Dorsal LLC. He is a Wisconsin native with 4 decades of experience in sailing and sailmaking. He built his first boat and sails when he was 12, started racing while at UW Oshkosh. After he and his wife rebuilt a 40 year old wooden Phil Rhodes 25 foot sloop, they moved aboard and headed for the Florida Keys and the Bahamas.
As their son was added to the crew, he designed and built a 36' sharpie schooner on which they lived and cruised the length of the eastern seaboard 5 times over 8 years, going as far south as Georgetown Exumas and as far north as Maine, before returning to the Great Lakes in 1998. Along the way he worked in a variety of sail lofts, boatyards and cabinet shops. After a stint at Palmer Johnson's as an AutocCAD draftsman in the interior design office, he started Dorsal in 2000.
He is still an active windsurfer and kiteboarder, and he and his wife race their typhoon most weeks of the season