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Flip-Flops, Fires and Four Strokes

Have you ever heard of the Proust Questionnaire? It traces its origins to a parlor game popularized by French essayist and novelist Marcel Proust. He believed that in answering a series of deep questions you could reveal the true nature of someone.

Well, here at Marker Nine, we believe that you can reveal someone's true love of the coastal life in the same way...with the Marker Nine Questionnaire.

Read on and find out if Marker Nine co-founder Rudy Heinatz is a true coastal lover.

What are your top three yacht rock songs that must be on your beach or boat playlist?

Oh my gosh… “Rosanna” by Toto, probably “Africa” by Toto…

(Rudy pulls out his iPhone to look through songs on his Spotify Yacht Rock playlist)

“Summer Breeze” by Seals and Croft.

What is your favorite seafood?

Oysters. They’re probably my favorite because of the diversity. Roasted is probably my preferred.

What is your drink of choice on the beach or boat?

A super light beer. I’m a Natural Light or Ultra guy, if it’s a long day on the beach or boat.

If you could only bring one person out on your boat with you (or to spend the day on the beach), who would it be? Living or dead. Celebrity or not. You pick.

Kenny Chesney. I feel like he would be a good time on the boat.

Blow boat or power boat?

Power boat. These questions are getting easier.

Creek crawl or full throttle?

Creek crawl.

Snack attack. What are the must have snacks for a day on the boat or beach?

Oranges and Cheetos.

What is your earliest water memory?

Family trips to the Outer Banks from even before I could remember.

Describe your perfect day (preferably on the water).

A decent 30-45 minute creek crawl, finding someplace to beach the boat for the next eight hours, enjoying that time with family and friends, and then crawling it back home.

But to be honest, a perfect day on the water is also at home where you can find me almost any day with flip flops by a beach fire.

What's the biggest fish tale that you told?

(Laughing) I don’t really have any fish tales. I’ve really been much of a fisherman. I don’t have enough to have a fish tale.

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