Paul and his father (Paul Welles, Jr) started Triton Yachts in Raleigh in 1983. Paul and his wife Nancy moved to Oriental in 1992, and since then the business has been based in Oriental. Paul has owned and raced J/boats, Etchells, Ensign and Sunfish class sailboats. When away from the office Paul, Nancy and their two daughters are often cruising on board their Tartan 37.