14-year Deadliest Catch veteran Keith Colburn just bought a new boat!
Captain and owner of the F/V Wizard, the reality TV star unveiled his plans for the new rig in an interview with Boating.
“I just bought a 36-foot Sea Ray Sundancer built in the late 1990s that I keep near my house on Seattle’s Lake Union,” he said. “It’s perfect for me and a guest for overnighting. I am putting in new engines and electronics, and the plan is to outfit it for fishing. By I have to tell you something: I am really good at docking the Wizard, a single-screw steel boat that weighs about 1 million pounds full of water. But I am more intimidated and afraid of looking bad when I am docking the Sea Ray, even though it’s much smaller, lighter, and has twin screws. It’s because I haven’t used the boat enough yet, but I will get there. The most important thing to remember when docking is to have everyone on board know what to do. If they don’t know what to do, it’s the captain’s fault for not teaching them. Teach them well, and they will make you look good.”
Colburn stars on the reality TV series Deadliest Catch. His impressive fishing career spans over 35 years. Unlike many of the other skippers on the show, Keith started from scratch as a greenhorn at the age of 22. Fast forward and he’s now one of the most revered boat captains on the show.
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An adventurer from the start, Colburn originally pursued crab fishing simply for the thrill of it. Eventually, he fell in love with the trade developing a romantic view of his life at sea.
When asked about his feelings on whether the Deadliest Catch production gets in the way of his craft, he said:
“Yes. And no. The challenge is making sure that the videographer on deck is safe, and yet has every opportunity possible to get his shots. If we let them run rampant, we’d never get any fishing done. For the new season, they brought big cameras with harnesses that strap to crew members. I asked the producer, “Would you wear this thing?” He said, “No.” I said, “OK, then neither will we.” The production quality has improved so much since we started this thing. There weren’t even HD cameras or drones back in the day. Now the quality is so good, the visuals tell the story, and very little narration is needed.”
In fact, Keith Colburn has such regards for the reality series, he has no plans of leaving anytime soon.
“I don’t plan on retiring. Many boat owners eventually hire another captain to fish the boat, and they stay ashore to manage the operation. And believe me, there’s a lot to manage. I don’t foresee myself not fishing, but I might fish less and let my brother take the helm more. My most peaceful moments are when I am at the wheel, cruising back up on the gear at night. I really love what I do. The TV show will go forever, otherwise, no one will know what to do on Tuesday nights.”