Child 1

Calm Seas

ChaptersPreface12345678910111213141516171819202122 That brings me to the end of these recollections. I will conclude with this. Most people enjoy the pleasure and prospect of a peaceful and orderly life. That concept always fled from me as an idea I was frankly frightened by. I’ve lived my life as if in a storm at sea, with the …

Shinkansen

ChaptersPreface12345678910111213141516171819202122 Now, at over 70 years old, each new morning these days seems like a miracle. Another day I did not expect, and in some ways, might not deserve at all given my propensity for risk and persistence. But I will celebrate each new day nonetheless, assuming the universe does indeed convey good fortune even …

Lava​​ Java

ChaptersPreface12345678910111213141516171819202122 Hawaii has special benefit to anyone doing business in Asia, and Japan in particular. Imagine sending an email early in the morning to your customer in Tokyo that says, “I’m here in my office in the U.S. looking through your update, let’s have lunch”. You can do that in Hawaii! And it was one …

Tokyo

ChaptersPreface12345678910111213141516171819202122 Over the years Annie and I traveled around the world together, for business and pleasure, taking in new acquaintances and ideas as well as indulging our mutual craving for interesting new food. Our favorite destination was Tokyo. This is how it went. Tokyo, a place we enjoy most and a place we traveled to …

Walking​​ Your​​ Wolf

ChaptersPreface12345678910111213141516171819202122 The Shearwater Two made its first voyage out of the harbor of Princeton, just outside Half Moon Bay, California. The voyage was a success, and much to my surprise, no search and rescue crews were needed. Soon after this maiden voyage, the boat sailed from Princeton, California, to Fishermen’s Terminal, in Ballard, Washington, just …

The​​ Viking​​ Lady

ChaptersPreface12345678910111213141516171819202122 The last boat I built was constructed in Princeton-By-The-Sea, California, close by Half Moon Bay. Surfers will know it as “Mavericks.” This boat was a to be a “combination vessel,” meaning it could ply its trade in a variety of fisheries, including trolling for salmon and tuna, as a tanked crabber (what this boat …

Steel

ChaptersPreface12345678910111213141516171819202122 As I have mentioned previously, every commercial fisherman wants a bigger boat. The ocean is simply too large and intimidating to not feel that way all the time. Being a combination of thrifty and foolish, I decided to build my first boat, a 52- foot 50-ton steel schooner. The boat was built in Wilmington, …

Kings!

ChaptersPreface12345678910111213141516171819202122 The most prized of the salmon is the king salmon, also known as kings, chinook, slick tail, and if they are big, tyee. In the open ocean, they grow to over 100 pounds and can rock a 40-foot boat when they are hooked on an outrigger. The typical day of fishing for these incredible …