Barbara has many years' experience in boating-related fields. She was an avid sailor for over 30 years, during which time she and her husband cruised the Intracoastal Waterway. Barbara helped to refurbish, and then lived aboard, both a sailboat and a trawler. She worked in two large marine supply stores, assisting customers with their boating equipment needs. She also served as a cruising coordinator and education chair for a 900-member sailing club. Through her interactions with marine industry professionals, she is also familiar with marine electrical, marine woodworking, and boat repair and maintenance occupations.