I used to store my boat in this warehouse

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I stored my boat inside this warehouse for years, glad it not in there now cause the place is colapsing from the snow load on it. There are usually 30-40 boats inside it every year. More pics from around town.
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Jeez - and I thought Maine was cold! I've heard that at 50 below, your pee will freeze before it hits the ground... Any truth to that Steve?
 

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Jeez - and I thought Maine was cold! I've heard that at 50 below, your pee will freeze before it hits the ground... Any truth to that Steve?
Only been out in 40 below and didn't really think about taking a leak!! I've seen pictures where they throw a cup of water in the air and it freezes before hitting the ground. Rode my snowmachine in 30 below weather and anywhere the air got to my skin it felt like i was getting stuck by needles.
 

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hi steve!...can you answer a question....how do you guys keep fuel from jelling....all Kero? thanks Tommy:?:
 

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Great video Steve,
Thanks.

btw, I was telling my wife your story of picking up the 29 H&H in Rockport MA and driving it back to Seattle on a trailer, then puttting the package on a barge to your harbor in Alaska.

She asked me, "why didn't he just continue hauling it north from Seattle, why put it on a barge?"

"Steve,,,,I need an answer"!!!! LOL

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You've got to remember hauling by road you'd be going through Canada so i don't know what kind & cost of permitting would have been involved. The drivers/hauler's insurance might not have covered load in another country? The road from the town Tok in Alaska to Glenallen is about the worst in Alaska with tons of frost heaves, they are always rebuilding some part of it so the boat and or trailer might of got damaged on that part of the trip, then once the boat arrived at my place i'd still have to haul it to Whittier the town i fish out of and thats another 100 miles from my house. The barge left from Seattle and arrives right in Whittier so all i had to do was hook up to the trailer and go 3/4 mile to the launch ramp and dump it in the water, all done. I believe the cost was aprox the same.
I thought about going down to Seattle and running the boat up here but i've never done that trip, didn't know the boat very well in case of problems/ breakdowns and i've had my ass handed to me a few times out in the Gulf so i didn't want that to happen again. All in all it worked out great getting the boat here and if i had to i'd do it again the same way.
 

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hi steve!...can you answer a question....how do you guys keep fuel from jelling....all Kero? thanks Tommy:?:
They switch over to #1 diesel/stove oil in the winter at the gas stations and i use that Power Services additive in my fuel.
 

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Steve.. how many other guys by you have boats like your downeast? are they at all common? If so do a lot of guys do what you did ( come to east coast and ship it to AK)
 

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Steve.. how many other guys by you have boats like your downeast? are they at all common? If so do a lot of guys do what you did ( come to east coast and ship it to AK)
No other DE boats that i know of :grin:. Not many of them in this state. I've had guys come up to me in the harbor look over the boat and say "that looks like one of them lobsterboats from back east, where did you get it" so i tell then yeah its a real one and i went back there and brought it up here. One guy (with a southern accent)came up to me this summer and asked about the boat then he tells me he had a duffy back in north carolina that he had sold and how much he liked the boat and the only boat he would ever buy again is a DE.
Guys will look at the hauler mounted on the bulkhead and ask me why i put it there and not hanging on the end of the davit?? They all think you have to coil the rope from the pots or at least coil it in a barrel or it will "tangle" into a mess if it lays on deck, i just smile thank them and tell them they are right and i'll go get some barrels:p so my rope won't tangle up.
I'm happy as a pig in you know what with my boat and the more i fished it last year the more i liked about it, it works real fine for the shrimp fishery and i know it would be great for the halibut longline fishery and with some thought it would be a good gillnetter.
 

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steve keep the snow your way I could deal with out this year..hopefully it melts in time for fishing season. Good luck.
 

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Wow no kidding.. I have seen a few DEs listed on yacht world that were out in seattle but none up your way..I was wondering if there was a lot of guys going through all that hassle to get a boat from new england to AK.. maybe a good idea for a builder to advertise up yourr way since it seems the fishing idustry is doing a lot better up your way as compared to here?

by the way do a lot of guys use these? I see they are made in AK

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Wow no kidding.. I have seen a few DEs listed on yacht world that were out in seattle but none up your way..I was wondering if there was a lot of guys going through all that hassle to get a boat from new england to AK.. maybe a good idea for a builder to advertise up yourr way since it seems the fishing idustry is doing a lot better up your way as compared to here?

by the way do a lot of guys use these? I see they are made in AK

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Haven't seen one yet but they are made in Juneau and thats 600 miles south of me! I've sold quite a few of the Electra Dyne pot haulers to my customers, hands down the finest electric hauler on the market, i'm the only authorized dealer in the state for them. The gang at Electra Dyne(Judy, John & Larry:grin:) are absolutely the best to work with.
As for DE boats up here i think the cost of getting them here just adds to much to the cost of the boat. A lot of the gillnet fisheries go on in fairly shallow water and the boats will go dry sometimes so laying over on your side wouldn't be too much fun in a DE boat. The fishery i fished in has been just about taken over by jet boats and they are all bowpickers, they are the perfect tool for that fishery, great in the surf/breakers on the Copper River flats and really good for fishing in the rockpiles in Prince William Sound. Those new aluminum bowpickers are very spendy they go for $270-$350,000 for a 32' rig with twin gas power way too much loot for a small one man fishery but the young guys are buying them, my friends son has over 400k in his.

not a good spot to take a nap, there's a "cave" to sleep in under the deck in the bow.
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one of the older jet rigs, i think these went for aprox 150k w/a single gas jet drive.
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No other DE boats that i know of :grin:. Not many of them in this state. I've had guys come up to me in the harbor look over the boat and say "that looks like one of them lobsterboats from back east, where did you get it" so i tell then yeah its a real one and i went back there and brought it up here. One guy (with a southern accent)came up to me this summer and asked about the boat then he tells me he had a duffy back in north carolina that he had sold and how much he liked the boat and the only boat he would ever buy again is a DE.
Guys will look at the hauler mounted on the bulkhead and ask me why i put it there and not hanging on the end of the davit?? They all think you have to coil the rope from the pots or at least coil it in a barrel or it will "tangle" into a mess if it lays on deck, i just smile thank them and tell them they are right and i'll go get some barrels:p so my rope won't tangle up.
I'm happy as a pig in you know what with my boat and the more i fished it last year the more i liked about it, it works real fine for the shrimp fishery and i know it would be great for the halibut longline fishery and with some thought it would be a good gillnetter.
Well Steve,
Start dragging with the boat !!!!
I spoke with Bruce Gindel up @ H&H back in October, he did say the 29 was designed as a "dragger". That explains the huge prop aperture for a 29 footer!
 

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Hey Steve, I would like to know your thoughts on turning on DE into a little gillnetter? I've been thinking about a unit to drop into the cockpit which would incoperate the reel and fishhold than after the season just yank it out and you have your deck again without all the gear. Don't know if for instance on a 30-32' boat if you could carry enough fish?
Tom are you talking about a boat for PWS gillnettin? You buy the card and i'll rig my Snow Squall to go gillnetting. If i ever wanted to go gillnetting here in Alaska again i would just get a reel and bolt it down on deck and build some boxes to have on each side of the reel or in front of the reel and set it up to use the brailer bags in the boxes. A bow thruster would make the boat really good in tighter spots. In PWS now days with all the fishing time you don't really need a big packing boat, sounds like 4-6000lb days are about the average and there is a tender around every few hours so you can get rid of any fish quickly. Only time you might need capacity is fishing humpies but same story lots of tenders around. I'd bet a 30-32 could easily pack 10-12 thousand lbs if it was set up right. We had 18,000lbs on a 32' Marco aluminum boat in Bristol Bay and those Marco's weren't that big of a boat.
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Tell me more about your collapsing crab pot

Also, do you have to put up with a tangle of whale restrictions with your ropes?
My tanner crab pots are made out of 10ga 2x2 Aquamesh wire & they measure 36x36x18. All they are is a scaled down opie crab pot, i build them for the sport crab pot fishery, they are only allowed 2 pots per boat. No problems yet with whale shit regs but we do use a top shot of sink rope to keep the endlines from catching boats. PM me if you have any other questions on the crab pots.
All pots have to have a 8x10 escape panel attached with cotton twine and they also have to have 2 rings (4-3/8") for the small crabs to get out the pots. I tried to tell the biologists about lobster vents and how they work but the dumb shit says to me "they won't work cause as long as there is bait in the pot the crabs won't leave" so i guess the lobster guys are way off base using those plastic vents in the traps!!
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