The Montauk Catamaran Company Chronicles, 4/28/15: Shop Class as Trade Craft


David Ryan

David Ryan is a boat builder and USCG licensed master captain. He is the owner of Sailing Montauk and skipper of Montauk''s charter sailing catamaran MON TIKI You can follow him on Twitter @CaptDavidRyan

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  1. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    I’m surprised no one has found the link between this post, and this one from Saul. (well, not just this on from Saul, but a lot of the ones Saul puts up).Report

    • Avatar David Ryan says:

      If you follow the link to the post about my father, you’ll see this bit of advice:

      “David, you’re going to have to wake up every day and do something to earn a living. It will be easier if it’s something you enjoy.”

      I used to joke that since what I’d enjoy is not getting up every day and doing something I found a way to earn a living doing that.

      The part of Saul’s post that struck a chord with me was the part about most people not thriving on chaos. I don’t know if I’d say that I thrive on chaos, but I find routines — especially other people’s routines — insufferably stifling. The solution to this personality defect has been to live somewhat modestly, save as much money as possible against disasters and opportunities, and be willing and able to work very hard when the right combination of circumstances presents themselves. Probably this is not a Way of Living that suits most people, but it suits me.

      Thanks for commenting Oscar. I was beginning to wonder if anyone had read this post at all!Report

      • Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

        My dad always stressed maintaining an array of marketable skills, the Jack of All Trades, Master of None approach.

        I may not earn the notoriety a luminary in my field might, but chances are good I’ll always have a way to feed my family, depending on what skills & experience I present to a prospective employer. This is something I think a lot of people lack, that array of skills, and the knowledge of how to leverage them in the marketplace.Report

      • Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

        PS I always read your posts. I want to build a WIG someday with my son, and you are my inspiration in that.Report

  2. Avatar Jaybird says:

    I admit, I have grown accustomed to the whole “do what you love on evenings and weekends” paradigm.

    Sometimes I wonder what I’d like to do if I could do anything, anything at all… and the answer usually involves being diverted.

    It is good that you’ve found what you love to do. Best of luck to yours that they happen to find it too.Report

    • Avatar David Ryan says:

      I never got the sense my father loved being a doctor. I think it did it (for nearly 50 years) because it was a good way to take care of his family. He did and does love to paint, which, like you, he did on nights and weekends.

      And it’s good to keep in mind what my workaholic sister-in-law says: No matter how much you love your job, they still have to pay you to show up.Report

      • Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

        I think I’m pretty lucky that I really enjoy being an engineer and developing engineering software tools. I don’t know if I’ll do this forever, but I like going to work everyday, so until that stops happening…Report

  3. Avatar Lyle says:

    One suggestion for Maggie to consider if she likes the sea, the Merchant Marine or Coast Guard Academies. . I suspect holding the master’s license could help to get in them. Note that both acadamies are no tuition or fee places, although you do have a service obligation afterwords.Report