Good to know King Cove. Respect the nature of the posting. Considering that there has been much said that Josh has come up with some way to enable him to have a boat-it does not surprise me that it could be the F/V CM. Then again Cornelia and her family have been running the vessel without any Harris involvement for 2 years now. Would they be willing to let go of her? As to Josh having the cameras versus earning a paycheck from his work as anoperator/owner I think he has demonstrated that he does not need cameras while on the Time Bandit. The new season starts shortly and we can decide for ourselves. Also, remember that Josh is now a parent with responsibilities that go far beyond TV.
Josh has to feel as if the weight of the world is resting upon his shoulders, as he is dealing with three major life-changing events simultaneously.
His daughter's arrival will help to provide the strength necessary to navigate the hurdles presented by the challenges of operating a new business, especially one so complex as the operation of a Fishing Vessel and the associated management, staffing, and payroll functions.
One aspect that hasn't been broached of late is the "Jake" situation. This must be weighing on Josh's mind.
It is my sincere hope that his new family provides Josh with the support network which will undoubtedly be called upon to help him through life's adventure, as he does his best to fill one extremely large pair of shoes.
Almost every boat has someone on the beach that manages what's going on. Usually it's an owner,but I can't say from what I saw whether Josh is an owner.
They are responsible for lots of things including but not limited to:
Negotiating with processors for deliveries. Arranging tendering and other jobs when not crab fishing. Scheduling maintenance Paying bills Hiring skippers. Expediting parts deliveries. Anything else that comes up in the daily operations of the boat that need help frolm someone on the beach.
In addition the the responsibilities for maintenance of the boat, he would have to set up business accounts, and budget "out" for operational insurances, a ship maintenance account, transportation costs (a pickup truck for administration purposes), workman's compensation, permits/licenses/fees, and probably at least one part-time office assistant to tend to communications, mailings, and monitoring the needs of the day to day operations.
When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is fully enacted, there is a probability that even though the deck hands and engineers are contract employees, that the Cornelia Marie organization will have to pay at least a portion of the coverage for them.
I'd say that ideally, having a "significant other" who could handle the business administration, while Josh handled the physical administration of the boat, would be the ideal (dream type) scenario.
It sounded like Keith's wife had some involvement in the operations of the business, according to some of the satellite phone calls between Keith and his family. He did complain about the enormous debt incurred when he purchased the Wizard.
Rick Quashnick and his wife, Donna, may have a similar business model.
I really do hope the best for Josh, and the rest of the Harris clan. It would have been like another part of Phil dying had Josh been forced (in some way) to abandon, or sell the Harris Brothers stake in the CM.
How much do you want to bet that a portrait of Phil becomes part of the design of the boat?? (jib boom carving, maybe??)