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New Fast Crabber


November 1, 2017

A new 27-foot dedicated Washington State crabber has 18 feet of clear deck space and a 40 mph top speed. Photo courtesy of Velocity Marine and Fabrication.

Velocity Marine and Fabrication, in Bow, Washington, has delivered a 27-foot by 10-foot aluminum crab boat to Sequim, Washington-based fisherman Andy Cordeiro.

The new boat is powered by a single 4-stroke Suzuki 300, providing a speed of 40 mph light and a respectable 25 mph with a deck loaded with 50 pots.

The new crabber is fitted with a 9-HP Honda power pack to drive the crab davit and washdown pump. Photo courtesy of Velocity Marine and Fabrication.

Velocity Marine and Fabrication was started by veteran boatbuilder Rob Smith in 2017. The yard produces 20- to 50-foot custom aluminum boats, including 32-foot Bristol Bay boats, commercial crabbing vessels, landing craft, seine skiffs and other custom projects. Smith has more than 18 years of industry experience, including 11 years at All American Marine, where he worked up to Supervisor and Project Manager for the Welding/Fabrication team until he left to start Mavrik Marine, in Anacortes. After two years he worked on other projects before starting Velocity Marine and Fabrication earlier this year.

The new boat, christened the F/V Dungeness Bay, has 18 feet of deck space, thanks to an offshore bracket that keeps the outboard away from the working space, and Smith says the boat can load up to 70 pots. A 9-HP Honda power pack, aft of the rail and out of the way, provides hydraulics to a trap davit and washdown pump.

A 100-gallon fuel tank gives the boat plenty of range, while the six-window cabin, open and the back bulkhead, offers shelter for the operator, a suite of Garmin electronics and one helm chair.


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