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About Captain Bob
Bob was raised in Summit, New Jersey. His school years were disasters and
walked away from the system at the age of 16. His super
achievement skills were achieved through
self-education techniques, skills he continues to use today. He says, "The
ability to educate myself made it possible to break through society imposed
barriers and be the person I dreamed of being."
At 17, he worked on an automotive assembly line in Michigan, at 18 he worked
for the FE gold mining company in Fairbanks, Alaska. In 1954, at the age of 19,
he joined the Marine Corps in Kodiak, Alaska. Six months later, in Japan, his
machinist career started when he was put in charge of the machine shop. (Details
"How to Make Dreams Come True".) In 1963, Bob started his employment
as machinist with the Panama Canal Company, Panama. In 1968, the company sent
him to hard-hat diving school, after which, he performed underwater maintenance
on the gates and valves at the Locks Division. In 1970, he worked as machinist
for the Navy Undersea Research and Development Division in Kaneohe, Hawaii,
helping them develop their mammal warfare program. In 1973, Bob went back to the
Panama Canal Company and became preventive maintenance supervisor. He retired in
1988 as supervisor of the computer department. In Guam, in 1990, he received his
Coast Guard Captain's licensed for tall ships and became dive boat captain. His
current project is promoting motivation techniques for at-risk youth in the
He is now living in Goose Creek, South Carolina, USA.
As a teenager, Bob dreamed of jungle and sea adventures. During his early
years he believed dreams were just that, dreams, they really don’t come true. At
the age of 27, he found the courage to take action to make those dreams come
true. At that time, he moved from Oklahoma City to Hawaii where he met active
adventures, people doing the things he dreamed of. This is when his life as an
adventure came true.
- 1962 Bob help crew a 36’ sailboat from
Hawaii to Los Angeles, a 30-day voyage. One of the crewmembers was
20-year-old Joyce from British Colombia, Canada who was finishing a two-year
trip hitch-hiking around the world. During the voyage, she fascinated the
crew with her travel experiences. The association and experiences on this
voyage changed Bob’s life forever, giving him courage, motivation and a
driving determination to be an achiever.
- 1962 Bob hitchhiked through Central America with the goal of
traveling down the Amazon River. By the time he reached Panama, he was out
- The Panama Canal was hiring and Bob signed on as a
machinist. There he found coworkers who hired on for the same reason; they
were traveling through Panama when they ran out of money. The highly
motivated attitude of coworkers impressed him. He met a machinist who was a
freelance writer for Yachting Magazine. A security guard loaned Bob a
book he had written and published about the Panama Canal Zone. At the nearby
Yacht Club, a number of yachts were under construction by company employees.
In this can-do environment, The Panama Canal became home base for Bob’s
adventures, on and off the job.
- Panama had an environment where Bob could develop ideas into
workable projects. He set a goal of rediscovering how the Polynesian people
traveled between Hawaii and New Zealand 2,000 years ago. Their boats were
dugout canoes and they had no charts or navigation interments. The art of
these high seas adventures was lost long before Europeans came to the
Pacific. Bob’s next goal was to rediscover this lost art.
- 1963 Bob traveled down the
Amazon River by riverboat and raft. During this voyage, Bob took notes and
made drawing of construction methods with supplies found in the jungle. With
the ability to think and work like people without modern tools, Bob could
advance to his next adventure.
- 1964 Bob had the Choco Indians build two forty-foot dugout
canoes. He shipped them to Tahiti where he built a replica of a Polynesian
double hull voyaging vessel named
Liki Tiki. The goal was to sail it from Tahiti to Hawaii. Three days
at sea, Bob discovered the two heavy hulls worked against each other and
would soon breakup.
- 1970 Bob sail a 36-foot single hull dugout with double
outriggers from Panama to Hawaii named
Liki Tiki Too.
The 5,000 mile voyage took 68 days. Dugouts with outriggers can cross any
- Bob discovered the Polynesian method of navigation. He calls
zone navigation. He says intuitive senses leads man to any goal he
establishes, whether it be in business or sailing a dugout canoe to a
distance island. He refers to Captain William Bligh after the mutiny on the
200 years ago. Captain Bligh and eighteen of his loyal crewmembers were set
adrift in a lifeboat. Without navigation tools, they sailed the open boat
3,600 miles through uncharted waters to the Dutch colony, Timor, near Java.
This outstanding achievement is only possible with comfort zone navigation.
Intuitive forces help the crew make the right decisions. Polynesians used
the same navigation method.
- 1975 Bob was the first drive a motorcycle through 200 miles
of jungle between
- 1976 Bob was navigator on the Panama Canal’s tall ship
Chief Aptakisic. He helped take 14 teenagers to New York’s bicentennial
celebration up the Hudson River. In Panama waters, Bob was Captain.
- Bob had designed and self-built a 50-foot ketch named
With his wife Joan, they sailed the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans for five
- Digging for gold in the jungles of Panama was one of Bob's
of Capt. Bob's adventures
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