Living his dream

So how did Hogan go from working as an engineer and setting sail for seven or eight weeks of unpaid vacation, to making a better income than he could have ever imagined?

"My wife finally told me, 'You haven't had a real job, you've been self-employed your entire career and the only time I ever even see you passionate is on a boat. I think you should be on a boat and we'll figure out the money,'" said Hogan. "Jane has supported my dream as a sailor and never backed away in good and bad economies."

Captaining a tugboat on a river is lightyears away from Hogan's days of exploration and recreation. While it's a different type of fulfillment, the stories from his days at sea are aplenty.

Take, for example, the time he raced in regattas alongside some of the world's best sailors. Then there's the time he fell overboard into the Gulf Stream in the middle of the night. Once, a boat he used to own capsized and Hogan saved a person stuck inside by calming him down enough to swim out and perch safely on top until the Coast Guard arrived.

"It was never taught to me but I knew when the Coast Guard came and was pulling people off the boat one by one, I'd be the last one rescued," said Hogan. "When everyone else is safe, I'll go."

It seems like sailing the country and the world would have satisfied Hogan's curiosity and boating bug; but there are still a few things on his sailing to-do list.

"I want to go over and sail with some French sailors in Europe, that's in the dream hopper," said Hogan. "I want to sail the southern oceans down around Cape Horn and the Horn of Africa and around Australia. I'd love to do that part of the ocean because it's unchanged."

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