In 1969 I was fishing a tournament in Bimini. After battling a blue marlin for close to seven hours and losing it, I got inebriated and passed out on the dock. A fisherman named Harold Adler shook me awake, and we became friends. A year later an engine in Adler’s boat blew, and he asked me to fill in for him in a sailfish tournament at Bud N’ Mary’s Fishing Marina in Islamorada. My boat won the tournament and I fell in love with the Florida Keys. I started keeping my boat at Bud N’ Mary’s, and in June of 1978 I bought it.