Peter Bagge's Hate: What happened to Buddy?

It’s a little hard to maintain the thread of the story when Bagge is only publishing one issue a year. I remember most of what’s happened in previous issues, but what happened to Buddy’s appearance? Why is he wearing an eyepatch and what appears to be a sailor’s outfit?

I haven’t seen the new issue, but he shaved his head and affected the eyepatch and Old Salt look last year. I think he bought another boat and tried to parlay it into a moneymaking scheme.