There is probably no one out there more suited to take the helm of the Cornelia Marie than Tony Lara. A crabbing veteran, he has recently been running his own freighting business. Tony worked on the boat for 10 years in the 1990's and ran the Cornelia Marie during salmon tendering. A good friend of Phil's, he also helped build much of the boat when it was originally fitted for crabbing, and he has the engine room memorized. He knows the Cornelia Marie inside and out.
What he may be less familiar with is the dynamic of the crew — he knows Jake and Josh, but hasn't fished with them, and hasn't run a crab boat since 2001. Tony says he wants to provide some "stability" for the Harris brothers, and doesn't see many problems arising in the Cornelia Marie's short Opie season. He just wants to catch come crab and bring them home.