You started season 9 at the helm of your own boat, the SV Saga. Was the experience of boat ownership an eye-opener for you?
My partner, Lenny Herzog, and I bought the Saga on Nov. 1, 2012, and we spent $600,000 on her right away: We rebuilt the engines, bought new lines and pots, and added a new sorting table, davit and launcher. Then you have to pay for food and fuel, and fuel is $150,000 each time you fill up. I never realized how much running your own boat costs. When you run someone else's boat, you just sign the receipts.