It’s only been four months since David Letterman walked out of The Ed Sullivan Theater for the last time as host of the Late Show. But in that time he’s taken a few notes from his successor Stephen Colbert’s hirsute unemployment look, growing a formidable beard now that he’s off television and out of the spotlight.

It’s not just Letterman’s beard that screams “I wake up at 4 a.m. every morning to check the lobster traps and love every minute of it.” That navy blue Carhartt shirt would be right at home in any seafarer’s steamer trunk, and that flinty scowl would send even the fiercest Boston sea monstah back to the murky depths whence it came.

Regardless of his seaworthiness, we’re giving Dave a spot on our Top 10 list of people we’d trust as our captain when a nor’easter hits.