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Alaskan transplant carves niche as boat caretaker

Kodiak, Alaska’s newest business owner grew up 13 miles north of city limits — and about 5,000 miles east.

While he’s a world apart from his hometown, Scotsman Matt Dawson seems to have set roots in his new Kodiak home by establishing AK Small Boat Services, a maintenance and caretaker service for the dozens of small boats that crowd the city’s harbors.

“My wife is from Nebraska,” he said of his arrival two years ago. “She got to choose what country we lived in and I got to choose where in that country and I chose Kodiak.”

After three small boats sank in the harbor, Dawson began thinking about the business opportunity. “As I was thinking about the need for it, it seemed pretty clear,” he told the Juneau Empire.

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