If you look under the black circular rollers you can see the net has been damaged. It’s hanging there in shards. Looks like the boys have a lot of mending to do. No fun, no fun at all. Sometimes a dragger will risk going over some rough or jagged rocky bottom to try and find some fish and the result is a damaged net. Sometimes it can pay big dividends, sometimes you an end up with huge tears in the net. I’m not saying that is what happened here, but there is definetly damage to repair here. Not exactly the best of weather to have to do this kind of work.
See this fisherman working on the net? He was hopping back and forth from the boat’s net reel back onto the dock. My knees would have been shaking like a leaf but he was just going back and forth like nothing. One little slip and he was going for an icy swim I’ll tell you that.
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This is the view looking down at The Patriot Engine. Matteo runs a GM in The Patriot and GM engines are usually painted green. Matteo painted his red because this particular model of GM engine is called a Screamin’ Demon.
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The Patriot Engine Room
Matteo Russo took me for a tour of his dragger The Patriot. Nice boat, and very clean, it is built like a tank.
You can tell a lot about a boat’s owner by how well it’s engine room is maintained. Matteo’s Patriot engine room is spotless, much like Clark Sandler’s Sea Farmer II, Cape Seafood’s Boats and The Western Venture.
In this photo you see the deck of Matteo Russo’s Patriot. In the top of the picture is his stern trawler net reel. The reason it is called a stern trawler is because the net is set from this reel from the STERN of thge boat. You see in the picture the net wrapped around the net reel.
Then in the middle of the deck you see pen boards. Pens and pen boards can be above deck or below deck. The pen boards fit into channels which section off portions of the deck or the hold of the boat where the fishermen sort fish or dump the fish out from the net when the net comes aboard. Down below different pens are used for different species.
In the front of the picture is the winch. The winch is spooled with wire which is attached to the net . When they set the net out they let wire out evenly on both sides so the net will fish evenly. It is hydraulically powered. You see the stainless steel bar resting at an angle just behind the winch? That is used to guide the wire back onto the winch evenly when they load it back on. They guide the wire back and forth evenly so it all doesn’t bunch up in the middle of the winch drum.
The hydraulic controls inside the wheelhouse of The Sea Farmer II control these hydraulic winches.
Clark was telling me how he does all the maintenance on his boat saving tens of thousands of dollars a year in painting costs alone. He painted the entire hull of the boat himself. That’s some work boy.
Then when the skipper sets out the net it unwinds off of this net reel into the ocean. So if you hear a skipper on the vhf radio saying he just “set out”, it doesn’t mean he just left the dock. It means he just set out the net.