Paul grew up in Western Oregon in the soggy farm lands of the Willamette Valley, and has always loved being outdoors. At the age of nineteen, he moved to the north gulf coast of Alaska and began working on boats. There, he fell in love with the dramatic coastline of Alaska, the rhythms of the ocean, and the pace of life at sea. In 2006, Paul moved to northern Washington where he spent his off season as a captain of a boat serving as a floating classroom for young people in the Salish Sea, helping to teach about marine ecology and conservation. His summers were spent working as a captain of natural history and research expeditions in Southeast Alaska and Coastal British Columbia. Since then, Paul has made a career out of exploring one of the worlds most interesting and challenging coastlines. For him, the waters of the Pacific Northwest are a second home, and he enjoys sharing his love of the landscape with guests and crew. When not sea-born, Paul, along with his wife Laurel, spend their time tending their small organic vegetable farm in Hood River, Oregon.
“I believe that we are among a very fortunate few to have the privilege to do the work that we do. Simply put, we are awestruck explorers in a world bigger than our imagination. There’s a kind of magic that comes from the community aboard these small vessels. That community, when combined with the landscape, creates a harmony that is reminiscent of a simpler time, long forgotten by most. I have a genuine love for the beauty and drama of this coastline, for the crews with which I work, and for the enthusiasm of our guests.” – Paul
Paul has a 500-ton masters license and USCG-certificates in medical care, first aid, firefighting, and meteorology.