Boat Name: Bridget & Mary
Bobby has been lobstering literally since he was a baby. He watched his father from his crib on his Dad's lobster boat. Since the age of five this third generation lobsterman (one of only two third generation lobstermen in Portland) has been hauling traps to make his living.
Bobby bought his grandfather's 31-foot lobster boat the Northeaster at age 17. He went to class, and then hauled traps until dark making $ 800 per day doing what he loved to do. Bobby saved his money and then upgraded to a larger boat named, November Rain and fished with it for 5 years.
While Bobby had to live in a trailer with his mother in high school, this savvy investor saved enough money to buy his first house at age 20. By age 22 he was buying properties and investing in real estate.
Not all of Bobby's money was invested on land. In 1999 he bought the Misty Dawn, a 42 Wesmac style lobster boat. At the time, it was one of the first $200,000 lobster boats around. He had the navigation knowledge and gear to go lobstering up to 30-40 miles offshore.
While being that far from the coast offers amazing sights, like the day a couple winters ago when he saw a killer whale in the gulf of Maine, another day he was 35 miles offshore when his propane tank on the boat exploded and nearly killed him and the crew.
Bobby credits his success to being extremely hard working, This wise lobster boat captain says, "If you do the work, you make a living. Nothing more, nothing less."