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 By Peter Marsh    Features    July 1, 2020 

49-foot Crabber Fits the Bill for Crescent City Fisherman

Robert Wakefield began fishing out of Crescent City on the northern California coast in 1977 and soon decided he wanted a boat of his own. By 1979, he had become the owner of a small wooden boat, and...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    June 1, 2020

Vessel Profile: Daddy O

The Maritime Fabrications company was established 40 years ago by "Maritime Ed" Oczkewicz (pronounced Ozkaweez) and has been supplying its popular brand of deck gear to fishermen on the Northwest...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    April 1, 2020

Sponsons Keep Northwest Yards Busy

The F/V Collier Brothers is one of many boats that began life on the Gulf Coast in the 1970s as a shrimper and were brought out to the Pacific Northwest after the Magnuson Act became law in 1977. It...

 

Shipyards: Sponsons Keep Coastal Yards Busy

With four yards on the Oregon coast from Astoria to Charleston now having the ability to haul 100-foot-plus fishing vessels, and the continuing demand for sponsoning, more well-used boats from 50 to 1...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    July 1, 2019

Propulsion: Latest Tier 3 Engines Hit the Sweet Spot

Once again, a majority of new boat and new engine sales were for Alaska gillnetters over the last year, despite the unpredictable 2018 season. Apparently, enough money was made on Bristol Bay to send...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    March 1, 2019

"Eco-Trawler" America's Finest Makes Long-awaited Debut

Long before it made the headlines (see Jones Act Waiver below) in 2017, the 260-foot trawler/processor F/V America’s Finest...

 

Deck Gear Manufacturers Continue to Innovate

Fishermen looking to upgrade their deck gear in 2019 will find that manufacturers are still finding ways to improve their products, or modify stock designs to suit an owner's specific requirements....

 

Maritime Fabrications: Trusted for Deck Gear for 40 Years

It's been 40 years since the name Maritime Fabrications appeared on the Northwest Coast, attached to the earliest deck gear built by "Maritime Ed" Oczkewicz, who established the business in 1978, in...

 

Long Beach Carnage

When the Long Beach Bait Company and Carnage Fleet named their locally-built 42-foot by 13.5-foot squid seiner the Long Beach Carnage in 1989, it was clear the owners wanted to promote their business...

 

Vessel Profile: F/V Quantum Leap

Luke Gardner grew up in Southwest Washington at the mouth of the Columbia River, the home of the first great salmon fishery. But it was in Bristol Bay, Alaska that he first participated in the commerc...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    July 1, 2018

Making the Grade: Fishing Boat Propulsion to Meet Regulations

According to the experts, 2018 was going to be the year when the future arrived in the engine room of every new fishing vessel, with the demanding EPA Tier 4 rule for engines over 805 HP and all the...

 

M/V Excellence Refit

Premier Pacific Seafoods is well known as the marketing and management company for the 680-foot S/S Ocean Phoenix – the largest fish-processing vessel operating in the United States. It was built...

 

J & H Boatworks Recalls a Busy Seven Years at Tongue Point

The sale of J & H Boatworks of Astoria in June to WCT Marine Construction Inc, and the subsequent sale of the entire South Tongue Point property to Hyak Maritime in December, marks a major change...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    June 1, 2017

New 40-foot Crabber Packs 55,000 lbs.

"There are hundreds of crab boats on the Oregon coast; many of them are old wood and fiberglass hulls that are due for replacement. What we have here is the right boat to meet that need." says Kyle Co...

 

Vessel Profile: F/V Stillwater Improves with Every Upgrade

Every year, numerous Northwest boats are sponsoned, and many go back into the water looking like a new design. But some owners go even further, putting their boats through a conversion process that...

 

Kodiak Seiner Heads South in Search of Anchovy

The 58-foot combo-seiner F/V Anthem was launched in 2012 at Hansen Boat Company in Everett, Washington, and is based in Kodiak, Alaska, where it follows a predictable Alaskan schedule: purse-seining...

 

Fred Wahl

This summer has seen a couple of notable milestones at Fred Wahl Marine Inc, the boat builder in Reedsport on the central Oregon Coast. Wahl began business here on the Umpqua River in July 1991, 25 ye...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    August 1, 2016

New 170-foot Trawler Conversion F/V Defender Brings Modern Ideas to the Bering Sea

The arrival of Global Seas' 170-foot trawler F/V Defender...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    June 1, 2016

The F/V Ocean Peace is Modernized and Upgraded

The F/V Ocean Peace, a 219-foot factory trawler owned by Ocean Peace Inc., was lifted out at Lake Union Dry Dock in Seattle in December for the installation of a Deflector high-lift rudder,...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    May 1, 2016

Mavrik Delivers Susan Renee for Bristol Bay

Last July, we reported on the emergence of Mavrik Marine as a significant new builder for the Bristol Bay fishery with seven new aluminum gillnetters on the water in 2015. Founded in 2011 in La...

 

F/V Big Wave: Now Even Bigger

Anyone who has fished the West Coast long enough will have heard of The Fashion Blacksmith, the artistically-named boatyard in northern California that was an early advocate of sponsoning and...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    August 1, 2015

Third Time's a Charm for F/V Paige Marie

When owner David Sorensen brought his 58-foot seiner F/V Paige Marie into the Columbia River last December, his 42-year old steel boat was showing its age, despite regular maintenance since he bought...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    July 1, 2015

Mavrik Marine's Bristol Bay Boats Run Fast and Smooth

After four years managing a Middle Eastern shipyard for Topaz Energy, specializing in fast freight and crew boats, Zachery Battle returned to Washington in 2009 with the goal of starting his own...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    June 1, 2015

Shallow Draft and a Traktor Jet for 49-foot F/V Royal Fortune

The F/V Royal Fortune is the second Prince William Sound 49-foot seiner that we've reviewed this year and shows that NW fishermen have already begun pushing the boundaries of what can be done in the...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    June 1, 2015

Kvichak is Back!

In the middle of April, Kvichak Marine Industries, a Vigor Industrial company, launched three aluminum gillnetters built to a new “top house” design. The company’s last Bristol Bay boats were...

 

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