He eventually got a job on a fishing trip and made his way to Rhode Island, even though he meant to go to Massachusetts. He got a job as a gardener at a rich man's estate, presumably because he didn't want to chance going to Massachusetts.
After a spell, the owner of the estate—Remington Rumfoord IV—Invites Bokonon on a worldwide sailing extravaganza. Their ship sinks in the fog.
Man, this guy should really lay off the traveling.
As if by habit, Bokonon survives.
He stays in India for two years before building a schooner and sailing to the Caribbean where he meets Earl McCabe, a Marine deserter.
The two set sail for Miami. Do they make it?
What do you think?
Naturally the ship is blown off course, and they end up on San Lorenzo.
He came by the name Bokonon while on the island simply because that's how the islanders pronounced "Johnson."
Good enough for us.
Castle's book then goes into an aside to discuss the San Lorenzan dialect by translating "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" into San Lorenzan.
It is, shall we say, illegible.
Bokonon's schooner does wash ashore and is painted gold. Legend—well, Bokonon's legend at any rate—says the schooner will sail again at the world's end.