Combination Crabber Christened
The 114-foot crab/combination vessel F/V Victory was christened in late January at Fred Wahl Marine Construction, Inc., in Reedsport, Oregon. The Victory is an all-steel, aft house design with a free-standing mast. Phil Goetschalckx, Fred Wahl’s Shipyard Supervisor, says the new boat is based on the F/V Vixen, designed and built by Fred Wahl in 1998. While the yard has been building fishing boats for clients for years, the Vixen was the first of the Fred Wahl Fisheries fleet of boats, which the company builds and then fishes. “We’ll build a boat for a permit, then fish it until someone buys it from us, either with the permit or without,” says Phil. “If they don’t buy the permit, we’ll build another boat to fish it.”
Where the Vixen is 98 feet by 27 feet, the new boat has a beam of 31 feet. The extra length and breadth of the Victory increase the hold capacity from 4,500 cubic feet to roughly 6,600 cubic feet and an added 2,000 cubic feet of bait freezer.
“We took some original drawings of the Vixen, and then added to her for this boat,” says Goetschalckx.
The new vessel will follow in her footsteps, with options for pot fishing for red king crab, snow crab and Pacific cod, longline pot fishing for sablefish and brown king crab and tendering for salmon and herring.
Where the 1998-built Vixen is powered by a 500-HP Cummins main engine, the new boat has almost twice the power, with two Caterpillar C18 main engines providing 480 HP each through ZF 650 4.5 to 1 reduction gears and turning a pair of 5-bladed fixed-pitch bronze propellers.
A pair of Caterpillar 215-kW gensets and a Cat 99-kW unit provide all the hotel and machinery electrical power the boat will need.
The pilothouse in the new boat is fully equipped, with a wrap-around electronics console and a 6-camera, vessel-wide monitoring system, as well as a day bunk. Full accommodations below provide space for 10, including a stateroom with 6 berths and two staterooms with two berths each, all served by two heads, one with a shower. A galley with mess area, all finished in cherry with maroon vinyl seats completes the crew quarters, while an adjacent wet room is finished in fiberglass with gel coat.
The Victory's deck equipment includes two stainless steel bait choppers and a double bait tub, an aluminum articulating sorting table and crab davit with hydraulic ram. A pot launcher, stainless steel coiler and 24-inch crab block, and two cranes, 38 feet and 28 feet, complete the deck package. The boat’s three 2,200-cubic-foot holds are served by a pair of 40-HP RSW systems.
The stability test was completed last month, and the Victory is currently undergoing sea trials for an expected delivery date in late April. Meanwhile the yard is building a pair of 58-foot by 26-foot boats for clients and third, 58 feet by 22.5 feet, for the Fred Wahl fleet.