The Sweetest Cupcake You Ever Will Meet

There is no doubt that Chris Leigh knows the water…and loves the water. As the owner of Oyster Cove Boatworks & Yacht Brokerage, Chris spends his professional days talking boats, riding on boats and helping families enhance their coastal living with boats.

But did you also know that many call him Cupcake? Or that he is all about the music? Or how he feels about peanut butter pillows?

Enjoy this, the Marker Nine Questionnaire (our version of the Proust Questionnaire) with Chris.

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

It all depends on what type of mood for boating I’m in. If I’m creek crawling, I’ll want Lionel Ritchie. If I’m cruising, running fast, I’ll want to hear some eighties hair bands. Just some upbeat, up-tempo stuff. If I’m sitting in the marina, I’ll want to hear something low-key and chill. It all depends on where I’m at and that’s what I’ll play because life is definitely all about music in my mind.

What is your favorite seafood?

Grouper.

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

Well, if it’s a cocktail, it would be a vodka seltzer with a slice of lime on the boat. If it’s a cold beer, then it’ll be a Natural Light in a bottle. It’s gotta be in the bottle.

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.

God, that’s hard. My dad, my Uncle Gene, and Dick McKee.

Blow boat or power boat?

Absolutely a power boat.  

Creek crawl or full throttle?

It all depends on what kind of mood you’re in. I would say 50/50.

What if you just had to pick?

Full throttle.

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

Snacks…. I would say peanut butter pillows.

What is your earliest water memory?

My earliest water memory was when I was 8-years-old and my dad owned an 18-foot Chaparral with a 140 Evinrude named “Tuff Stuff.” We used to put it overboard on Fridays and pick it up on Mondays. Normally, my mother would help us do that because we had to run the boat around while my mom would drive the truck to pick us up from my Aunt and Uncle Bobby’s. One day, my mom didn’t go and we had to do that so my dad looked at me and said, “do you think you could do it?” I was like, “well, we’re getting ready to find out!” He tied a ski ring, a ski belt, a floatation device around my waist and he told me not to go over 3500 while I took it back to Aunt and Uncle Bobby’s. And I did.          

Describe your perfect day (preferably on the water).

Perfect day on the water is leaving early and getting back late. Very little wind, plenty of good friends, good music, good shuffle on the iPod, and lots of cold beers and lots of cocktails.        

What's the biggest fish tale that you told?

I would say probably winning the Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament in 2004. Yeah, we won. I had never seen a white marlin in my life much less 50 of them. We caught eight. We won the first prize, $84,000, for Team Harbor Lights which was a cool thing. I’ll never forget it.

 


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