Saltwater in their DNA -Fall 2019
by: David Creed
photography by: Terry Pommett
Alex Perkins’ office is the Atlantic Ocean, specifically the waters off Nantucket. He steps off the dock at Children’s Beach onto one of his 24-foot Carolina skiffs to go to work every morning. If you think his office is better than yours, he agrees.
“I learned to drive a boat before I could drive a car. I have never had a desk job in my life,” Perkins said. “I get to spend real long days out on the water. I get to show people Nantucket from my perspective. When people come to Nantucket they don’t always get to see it from our point of view.”
Alex began working for the family business, Shearwater Excursions, when he was 11 years old. The local charter and eco-tour business, founded by his parents Blair and Rachael 22 years ago, continues to provide him with the opportunity to do what he loves.
“Being able to teach a family from New York how to dig for clams when they have never really done anything like that before is such a crazy, unique experience,” Perkins said. “Teaching a kid how to reel in that first fish. Being able to see the look on an 8-year-old’s face when they see their first whale ever. I have so many days where I am being paid to do what I would be doing on my off days.”
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