Captain Dean does 95% of the piloting and 100% of the maintenance on the Durant. He’s the man who did all the woodworking and welding on the Durant when it was under construction the winters of 1990 and ’91. This is after he built the family’s house over 4 winters in order to have a commercial kitchen for meal preparation.
He loves history. He’s the one who developed the historic commentary he recites extemporaneously each cruise. He resists recording the commentary because he wants to be able to customize, depending on who’s on board or circumstances.
He is a marriage officer, appointed by the Town Board. Capt Pohl has married over 300 couples in his career.
When the season ends mid- October Capt Dean and Jim make the transition from cruise boat to winter ice boat.
Dean is an elected councilman, attending monthly town board meetings and numerous committee meetings throughout the year. He is also a member of Northwoods Lodge #849 F&AM. For fun Captain Dean likes to hunt deer from Thanksgiving through the first week in December. He also likes to snowmobile and ice fish. And get his daily fix of news and current events, both on TV and reading the newspaper.