“I lived on a boat there for 11 years full time,” he recalled. “I’d be on a boat forever if I stayed there,” he said in reference to the area’s breathtaking housing costs.
Not long after Jody moved to the Northwest from California, he landed an instructor’s job at the boat school, and started in the summer of 2015.
His path was set by a combined love for being on the water – “something you can do in Massachusetts pretty easily” – being outside and working with his hands. And why boat school? “It’s a really well-established curriculum, well organized, very comprehensive,” he said. “It really fits in an enormous amount of content in 12 months.”
“I like it because it’s extremely challenging. Dealing with all the different people is challenging, but I like it. I’ve met so many interesting and cool people. That’s been a real bonus to this job.”
He describes his current surroundings on the Quimper Peninsula as “an amazing playground.” Jody’s got a boat of his own in mind, plays mandolin and guitar and “tries” to sing a little.
Jody lives in Chimacum with his wife and daughter.