Timothy Banse is a factory-trained technician who has been working on, and writing about, marine engines for many years. He started repairing outboard motors professionally at age 14 under the kindly tutelage of Adrian Lundeen and Frank Piecynski, at Sportsman’s Exchange sporting goods store where he worked afternoons and on Saturdays tuning outboard motors, replacing water pumps and changing gear oil. He attended two Evinrude service schools in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is a factory-trained marine mechanic and service manager. He has plied the trade in the Caribbean, Iowa, in the Florida Keys, in the Republic of Panama, Arizona and Southern California.
Mr. Banse been writing about boats and marine topics, published in: Popular Mechanics, Mecanica Popular (Spanish version), Yachting, Boating, Small Boat Journal, Boating Life, Boating World, Motor Boating, Trailer Boats, Lakeland Boating, Great Lakes Fishing, Powerboat, Dockside, Santana, All At Sea (Virgin Islands) Soundings, Southwinds, Southern Boating, Mar y Vela (Brazilian) Australian Power Boating, Power Boating Canada, Poker Runs America, Les Plaisanciers, Pacific Boating (Singapore) and the trade journals, Boating Industry and Marine Business Journal.
Mr. Banse was a contributing editor for Motor Boating Magazine from 1982 to 2013 and the Executive Editor of Southern Boating Magazine and Marine Business Journal from June 2001 until October 2002. He has visited the Yamaha Marine and Honda Marine outboard factories in Hammatsu and Tokyo, Japan, Mercury Marine in Suzhou, China, MTU(Diesel) in Italy, and Volvo Penta in Goteborg, Sweden. Researching the orbital engine, he visited the Orbital Engine research facility in Perth Australia.
As the editor of MarineEngineDigest.com, and a regular contributor to the now defunct Yachting and Motor Boating magazines, Tim Banse, regularly serves as a judge on Marine Industry Innovation Awards Committees.
Besides marine-engine technology, Mr. Banse writes about cars, trucks and tow vehicles and has written for: All Chevy, Pickup Van & 4-Wheel Drive, magazines, as well as a weekly new car review newspaper column where he has driven high-performance cars on Riverside Internaitonal Speedway, Watkins Glenn and Michigan International Speedway race courses. At GM's Dearborn, Michigan facility he witnessed crash tests close enough to feel the impact wave of the collison against an immovable object reverberate off his chest. In the early 90s, he traveled to MerCruiser's Stillwater, Oklahoma, marine engine plant where he assembled a Chevy ZR1 Corvette's LT-5 V8 engine.
Mr. Banse enlisted in the military on the delayed entry plan, his senior of year of high school. After graduation he went in the Army Intelligence (US Army Security Agency) where he studied Electronic Warfare at Army Security Agency Training Center and School, qualified as a paratrooper and was assigned to 8th, 10th and 12th Special Forces Groups with a Top Secret security clearance. He attended the Defense Language Institute (Spanish) and Studied Nuclear Surety.
After the Army Mr. Banse attended college on the GI bill and also paid his way by working as a machinist for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad and as a deckhand on Mississippi River barges. He studied journalism at the University of Iowa where he won the James Blackburn Scholarship and Wilbur Petersen Award.
Mr. Banse is a member of Boating Writers International (BWI) a non-profit professional organization consisting of writers, broadcasters, editors, photographers, public relations specialists and others in the communications profession associated with the boating industry.
Mr. Banse has lived in the Republic of Panama, Spain, Los Angeles, Chicago, Tucson, Boston, Miami, and Iowa City. A world traveler he has transited the Panama Canal five times and have cruised the Caribbean, principally in the waters off Jamaica, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico. He has cruised in the Atlantic, Pacific, Caribbean, Mediterranean, South China Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, the Baltic and The Indian Ocean, including sailing a reproduction Spanish galleon from Port Antonio, Jamaica to Montego Bay.