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Giddings Boat Works Launches the F/V Evie Grace

 

September 1, 2018

The 36-foot by 78' 8" F/V Evie Grace is the third complete steel-hulled vessel constructed at the Giddings Boat Works in just a few short years. Photo courtesy of Giddings Boat Works.

Giddings Boat Works has launched the 36-foot by 78' 8" F/V Evie Grace at Giddings Boat Works, marking the third complete steel-hulled vessel constructed at the Charleston Shipyard in just a few short years.

Under construction for more than a year and a half, when completed the vessel will weigh in around 310 plus-tons and will homeport in Kodiak, Alaska. The new vessel, a dragger/troller that will fish mid and bottom waters, boasts a 400,000-lb stainless steel-lined fish hold capacity. The Evie Grace was designed by the Coastwise Corporation in Anchorage, Alaksa.

One of the most unique aspects of this vessel is that it is the first to be built under the new United States Coast Guard rules for fishing vessels, Subchapter, C,T, and M of the C.F.R 46 regulations. Giddings and Coastwise have fine-tuned the construction in conjunction with the US Coast Guard, with the tonnage inspection completed under the supervision of American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).

The Evie Grace is equipped with a Tier 3, Cummins QSK38 marine diesel powerplant, that produces 1,300-horsepower. This engine is almost twice as large as the engines installed in the typical fishing boat built or repaired at Giddings. It turns an 80-inch five bladed stainless propeller in a Kort nozzle with a Nautican triple rudder system in order to decrease fuel consumption while increasing performance. The Evie Grace left to leave the Oregon Coast around the end of July 2018 for its home in Alaska.

The Vessel is also fitted with a 6-inch AQ-17 stainless steel intermediate shaft and an AQ-22 Stainless 7-inch tail shaft with a Thordon dripless seal added to ensure watertight integrity of the shafting system. The boat also boasts a 405-horsepower Cummins engine to power all of the fishing hydraulics on board the vessel, including its own crane. The Evie is also fitted with two powerful Cummins hotel generators.

All of the hull plating, longitudinal frames and transverse bulkheads and other components were drawn in a 3-D Rhino model and in conjunction with AutoCAD. Afterward the parts were plasma and laser cut for complete accuracy.

Another unique feature of the Evie Grace is that Giddings Boat Works built the boat with advanced modular construction techniques, as one would find in a larger shipbuilding setting. As Giddings laid the keel, the team, with more than 150 years of combined experience between them, continued to work with the design team and the regulatory oversight body, the United States Coast Guard, out of Portland and Coos Bay, Oregon.

All of the hull plating, longitudinal frames and transverse bulkheads and other components were drawn in conjunction with AutoCAD and plasma and laser cut for complete accuracy. Photo courtesy of Giddings Boat Works.

The Evie Grace is now the third new construction vessel that Giddings has built in the last few years, after the F/V Patriot and F/V Miss Emily. The boatbuilder is well known for construction and refit of several boats that have been featured on the Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" program, including the F/V Time Bandit in 1991. Giddings has now started the next set of vessels to meet or exceed the "Deadliest Catch" boats. "Our goal is to build the toughest fishing boats on this planet," says Giddings owner Ray Cox. "This is the largest boat being built anywhere on the coast at this time, and we are going to do it again."

Giddings Boat Works General Manager Wayne Garcia says the Evie Grace shows that for a little more money you can expand your fleet or empire to new heights. "Over the past couple of years, Giddings' employment has grown from just a few employees to 30 employees or better," says Garcia. "We would like to see this double or triple in size to create more jobs for our community and to see the fleets replenished with a superior vessel like the Evie Grace."

 
 

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