As a recent immigrant to Canada, Rod Baker had completed an apprenticeship as a shipwright and found a good paying job in the shipyard, which allowed him to buy a three-bedroom house for his growing family. Three weeks before Christmas, the foreman at the shipyard gave Rod one hour’s notice that he was laid off.
He found piecemeal work to help pay the mortgage — then decided to go into business repairing boats.
Rod rented a large warehouse, brought a chair from home, made a desk from a door and bought a manilla envelope to put receipts in.
I Need My Yacht by Friday, is the story of what happened next.