Terry Cox has lived in the Austin area since 1969. His boating career began in high school when he worked part-time for Sailing Imports. Terry began racing sailboats on Lake Travis in 1975 with Mark Rylander and Rod Malone, and at Texas State Technical Institute in Waco, he piloted a 107 foot, 98 gross ton, true sternwheel riverboat called The Brazos Queen.
After graduation, he returned to Austin and went to work for the Sail, Trail, and Ski Center, which later became Sail & Ski, where he ran the service department for 23 years. During his tenure, his department grew from a two-man operation to one of the largest dealership service departments in Central Texas.