About the Author
Cap’n Fatty Goodlander grew up aboard the 52-foot John G. Alden schooner “Elizabeth,” built in 1924. He salvaged, repaired, and skippered his first boat—a holed 16-foot rowing skiff he discovered awash in St. Petersburg, Florida—at eight years of age. At 15, he purchased ($200) the derelict 1932 Atkin-designed double-ender “Corina” in Chicago—aboard which he eloped with his wife Carolyn in 1970. At 19 years of age, he began building “Carlotta,” their 36-foot, 20,000 pound Endurance ketch in Boston. In 1989, at age 37, he salvaged his $3,000 Hughes 38 “Wild Card” after Hurricane Hugo—a heavily damaged vessel, which he and Carolyn then sailed twice around the world while raising their daughter Roma Orion. Cap’n Fatty has written ten marine-related books (see www.fattygoodlander.com) and is now on his 52nd year of living aboard. He is currently the editor-at-large of Cruising World magazine, and recently had a series of radio spots on NPR. He and his wife Carolyn are, as this publication goes to press, leisurely cruising the Mediterranean Sea while continuing to trade words-for-money.