For those who follow the series “Deadliest Catch,” the personal characteristics of Keith Colburn, captain of the Wizard, become more and more familiar as the seasons pass. Besides the ongoing ticks and superstitions Colburn never cares to hide, viewers can expect from him a no-nonsense, “do it his way or find another job” attitude. And that “by the book” occupational philosophy goes hand-in-hand with making sure his crew remains safe.
CrabWizard explains that for Colburn, managing risks starts with knowing the limits of the boat itself. For this captain of the Wizard, that includes understanding that his particular boat, thanks to its size, is very stable compared to other vessels in the fleet. This means that although the ship can cut through waves and heavy seas rather than bobbing over them, the Wizard’s low waterline results in a greater chance that a big wave can hit the deck, as well as its fisherman, more often.
Still, as much as instinct with specific situations comes into play for Colburn’s fine-tuned decision-making, the captain has done this job long enough to know his limits. In fact, he’s been through enough situations, on and off camera, to know how far he’s willing to go. In an interview with Build, he explains that all the years of experience have helped him draw a line when it comes to risk. That line is determined after Colburn asks himself, “Where have I taken myself and my crew to before and gotten away with it?” That’s when Colburn knows how far he’s willing to go. “That’s my limit, and I’m not going near that limit again.”