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The Real gCaptain Podcast

The Real gCaptain Podcast

By John Konrad
Welcome to a new maritime podcast by gCaptain founder and CEO Captain John Konrad. This podcast hopes to share the unvarnished truths and insider knowledge John has gained in his decades as a professional mariner and maritime journalist... along with the occasional sea story and life lesson.
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Seasickness. What Is It? What Causes It? Is There Any Hope?

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Why NOBODY Wants Merchant Mariners To Get Veteran Status
In this controversial episode of The REAL gCaptain podcast Captain John Konrad explores why WWII US Merchant Marine Veterans and many Merchant Navy Allies are still fighting TODAY for full veteran status... and why this battle is of critical importance to the future. His answer might surprise you.
October 30, 2018
How We Can Fix American Shipyards
In today’s episode of The REAL gCaptain podcast Captain John Konrad reflects on a topic that frustrates, saddens and sometimes angers him… the state of American Shipyards today. The fact is that building ships in America is significantly more expensive and prone to delay (which is VERY VERY expensive from an economists point of view). The question is why? And John’s answer to this important question is probably not the answer you are expecting but it is the one shipyard managers need to hear.
October 29, 2018
Basic Advice For Maritime Academy Cadets In A Tough Job Climate
In today's edition of The REAL gCaptain podcast, Captain John Konrad offers Basic Advice For Maritime Academy Cadets In A Tough Job Climate. Related Books: Golden Strips by Captain VS Parani Good To Great by Jim Collins Abundance by Peter Diamandis Mastery by Robert Greene
October 24, 2018
The Most Dangerous Hour In Shipping IS NOT 23:00 To Midnight
Most professional mariners agree that the most dangerous hour of shipping is the hour between 23:00 and 24:00 - this is because it’s the one hour when the most junior officer, the 3/m, is alone on the bridge of most ships - but a new book by New York TImes bestselling author Daniel Pink suggests that the most dangerous time of shipping starts at 13:00! Books and articles mentioned in this episode: Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania “We Built Her to Bring Them Over There” When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing Also… Join John Konrad at the SNAME Convention in Providence Rhode Island this week. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing Bulletproof Coffee & Cognitive Performance:
October 23, 2018
The Problem With Golden Stripes Leadership - The Importance Of Criticism, Friction & Intense Dialog
NSFW - In today's edition of The REAL gCaptain podcast Captain John Konrad discusses two of his favorite books, Golden Strips by Captain VS Parani ( and Good To Great by Jim Collins ( Konrad explores one critical difference between the management styles in both books ad invites readers to send your intense no B.S. feedback about this podcast to him at
October 22, 2018
The Problem(s) With Shipping Containers
In 1956 Malcom McLean, an American truck driver, loaded fifty-eight shipping containers aboard a refitted oil tanker from Newark to Houston and, in doing so, completely revolutionized world trade BUT - while the success his idea of containerizing cargo far exceeded anyone's imagination - it failed to achieve his dream of providing seamless door-to-door shipping. Part of the reason for that failure is because of the problems inherent in the design of the container itself. In this episode, Captain John Konrad highlights those problems.
October 12, 2018
Two Important Books For Your Nautical Library
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October 10, 2018
The Importance Of Sound
In today's episode we share a bit of baseball trivia and discuss the importance of listening to sounds on the bridge of a ship.
October 05, 2018
How does gCaptain break important news stories?
Yesterday photos that gCaptain obtained where shared globally by big media outlets including ABC, CNN and Fox News. The question we answer today is.... how does gCaptain get these big exclusives?
October 03, 2018
Seasickness. What Is It? What Causes It? Is There Any Hope?
In today's episode Captain John Konrad tells you everything you need to know about the horrible, nasty and disgusting condition known as seasickness. He also offers sage advice on curing it.
October 02, 2018
Remembering The El Faro
Three years ago today the American merchant ship El Faro sank on Hurricane Joaquin and all 33 crew-members where lost.
October 01, 2018
Is Sexual Harassment A Legitimate Issue In 2018?
In the recent decades the shipping and offshore industries have spent millions of dollars on Human Resource departments and initiatives to prevent sexual harassment aboard ship. Our question is... have they solved the problem?
September 28, 2018
WTF Is Wrong With Short Sea Shipping In The United States?
After returning from an excellent seminar hosted by about Short Sea Shipping initiatives in the United States, Captain John Konrad has some promising news to report. He also explains why prior attempts to create a system of marine highways have failed.
September 27, 2018
The Captain's Secret Revealed
In today's episode John Konrad reveals the secret every good captain knows but few ever reveal. A secret that boosts confidence, authority, health, courage and can even help you find love.
September 26, 2018
How To Learn To Tie ANY Knot
In today's episode of The REAL gCaptain Podcast John Konrad remembers SUNY Maritime's own Mate McCoy and teaches you the simple trick to master the art of knot tying.
September 24, 2018
The Simplest Idea For Preventing Future Catastrophes At Sea
The saying goes that today's marine safety regulations where written in the blood of mariners who sailed before us... but is that statement true? In today's episode Captain John Konrad explores past incident investigations and proposes an idea for preventing future fatalities at sea.
September 21, 2018
The Top 10 Reasons Ship Officers Fall Asleep On Watch
Have you ever fallen asleep while on watch at sea? In this episode Captain John Konrad offers advice on getting more sleep and better quality sleep aboard ship.
September 20, 2018
Should MARAD Close The US Merchant Marine Academy At Kings Point?
In today's episode John Konrad asks a very controversial question about the future of maritime education in the United States.
September 20, 2018
Should iPhones Be Allowed On The Bridge Of A Ship?
In this episode Captain John Konrad shares his opinion on the use of iPhones, Androids and other mobile devices on the bridge of ships.
September 18, 2018
How To Receive Better Feedback At Work And At Sea
Your ability to receive good, productive feedback is essential for productivity and self improvement but there is a lot of bad feedback floating around us. How do we filter and hone the feedback we get from those around us?
September 17, 2018
The HARDEST Thing About Running gCaptain
In today's episode Captain John Konrad discusses feedback and the assumptions made when people visit our site. He also discusses the topics of women working at sea and if the USMMA at Kings Point should remain open.
September 16, 2018
A Better Way To Drink Coffee At Sea
Feeling tired at the end of a long night on watch? Have you felt that cloud fall over you and fog your judgement in heavy traffic situations? We have the solution. It's called Bulletproof coffee and it's a game changer.
September 13, 2018
The Maritime Academies are WRONG - Here's The Future of Jobs For Cadets
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September 12, 2018
How To Find Happiness And Passion At Sea
John Konrad discusses the Mission to Seafarers' happiness at sea index and shares his own experiences finding happiness at sea. He also reviews Eric Mahoney's book "Cooking at Sea, A Guidebook" and shows how the cook of a small tugboat in Alaska became one of the most passionate people John has ever met.
September 12, 2018
The WRONG Stuff - Are Error Chain Theories Killing Mariners?
In this episode we discuss risk management, space exploration, danger and the error chain in incident investigations.
September 11, 2018
Too Many gCaptain Readers Are Being Idiots At Sea
Please drop everything now and go buy a PLB, EPIRB or AIS SART!
September 10, 2018
Welcome Aboard The REAL gCaptain Podcast
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September 10, 2018