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New Bristol Bay Gillnetter


April 1, 2018

A new 32-foot gillnetter by North River Boats will fish Bristol Bay this season with room for 16,000 lbs of refrigerated catch. Photo courtesy of North River Boats.

Roseburg, Oregon-based North River Boats is finishing a new Bristol Bay gillnetter for a customer that will be ready for the coming season. The 32-foot by 14-foot, 6-inch Bay Boat is a Dick Smitha hull design and will be powered by a John Deere 6135AFM85 marine diesel keel cooled engine.

The Deere produces 575 hp at 2,100 RPM, driving a Pacmaster 26-inch by 26-inch 4 bladed stainless steel prop through a ZF Marine ZF360A with a 1.767:1 ratio. The package has a 7-degree down angle with a VM Dafoe 2 1/4-inch Aquamet shaft and Harco Marine 1260 VMS dry exhaust.

The new boat also sports Glendinning dual station controls and an HPS 10-inch hydraulic bow thruster.

A SeaMar hydraulics system utilizes stainless steel hydraulic hoses and fittings, and operates a Kinematics KAW 14- by 16-inch hydraulic winch and Kinematics 42-inch powered stern roller. The boat is also equipped with a Kinematics 72-inch by 20-inch drum with wheel drive and 4-shackle level wind. The harvest will be kept cool via an IMS 10-ton hydraulic self-contained RSW system.

The boat is fitted with eight holds, for a capacity of 16,000 lbs.

Mike Blocher, director of sales for North River Boats, says the majority of the RSW system and hydraulics have been rigged and boat is headed to the paint shop for some interior work and to coat the Blue Seal in the fish holds.

She will be in the outfitting shop in a couple of weeks with scheduled water trials in early April.


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