I was very fortunate to work for some of the finest in the industry when I was starting out. I had to show up early, stay late, always be on deck, and be able to find something with my eyes closed. Rank and order are a must in this game, and a big mistake I see these days is a captain’s lack of involvement. If you’re being paid, involvement is your job. It’s your duty to be present and on top of it all—and know the answers to the questions you’re asked. We all refer to it as “my boat,” but remember, it’s really the boss’s boat, and keeping it ready to go at a moment’s notice should always be priority No. 1.