Removeable trap rack project

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Spent the day planning,measuring and cutting holes in my washboards for a removable trap rack i'm building. I'm using rod holders for the sockets that the rack will plug into. With the way the rear vents are made, glassed in on a diagonal, i had to hold the rod holders over to the inside of the washboards so i could tighten the bolts holding the rod holders. I did get all of it gooped up and bolted in today, i went to the plastic shop the other day and went through his scrap pile to get some 1/2"x4"x24" UHMW to use for backing pads, found 2 nice pieces for $2 i'll use the extra for another project, he's got 3 4'x4' bins full of cut offs and there is another pile of 6-8' lengths that would make great trap runners.
Next up is cutting and drilling holes in aluminum for the rack itself.

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Got it all fabbed up today, cut the square tubing and the pipe rails, got it all clamped and squared up and its off to my buddies shop to get it squirted together on monday. Just have to figure out a mount for the side of the house.
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How many traps are you stacking back there? Are those 3 footers?

They're 2 footahs :p Those are my shrimp pots they are 2'x2'x9" and i'm planning on going 7 high by 4 rows across, 28 in a stack and we can only fish 50 pots this year. Shouldn't be any problem when it comes time to move gear. I fish 10 pot trawls the problem is where to put all the buoylines, i have a buoy at each end of the trawl and each buoyline is 150 fathoms long.
this was last year when i fished 40 pots
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How many trawls is that?You need a rope locker.How much room under where you stand? It would be hard to make it water tight without cutting up a piece of the deck,but would be worth it.I would put a pen board there to give you a foot of clear deck to stand.
 

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Either that or just rig it in a fashion so that you can pop the line off and flake it into a barrel, then just roll the barrel over to the stack and grab the next one. That's what we do when we need to shift more than 30 at a time and bringing them in. But then again we aren't in 150 fathoms of water.
 

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Rope locker is in the plans, i have a 18x24 freeman hatch for the job only problem is the builder ran plastic pipe with steering hoses in the area where the locker will be so i've got to move them out of the way, all to be done next fall before the snow flies.

Travis with 2 insulated 1/2 totes of ice on deck along with buckets of bait, i use a pellet bait that comes in 4 gallon buckets, space for barrels just ain't there and fish totes just aren't big enough.
I met gal at one of the shows this year that does industrial sewing she makes insulated covers for all the piping and valves in the oil fields on the north slope, she was selling insulated duffel bags she made. I talked with her about making covers for the electra dyne haulers is sell. I want her to make me some of these skate bags to store rope in, they get a 1800' skate of halibut gear in them so i'll just have her make them a bit bigger and they will store away alot easier.
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How many trawls is that?You need a rope locker.How much room under where you stand? It would be hard to make it water tight without cutting up a piece of the deck,but would be worth it.I would put a pen board there to give you a foot of clear deck to stand.

4 trawls! I'm not near the rope when setting the gear, i'm back by the stack throwing pots in the water!! When i'm just hauling and setting back 1 trawl i kneel on my engine box so my feet are off the deck.
 

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I often wanted to make a door under my hauler in the bulkhead that would open up to a locker that was ahead of the bulkhead.One that had sides on it,kind of a shute so the rope would shoot down forward when I wanted to use it ,and close the door when not in use,so it didnt fill with water when not in use,and not having a hole to step in.I just flake it back,but I have enough room so I dont have to stand on it when standing at the wheel.
 

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4 trawls! I'm not near the rope when setting the gear, i'm back by the stack throwing pots in the water!! When i'm just hauling and setting back 1 trawl i kneel on my engine box so my feet are off the deck.

Steve, probably a dumb question. You do have a knife strapped on to your ankle @ ALL times????
You are out there alone correct ???
 

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Steve, probably a dumb question. You do have a knife strapped on to your ankle @ ALL times????
You are out there alone correct ???

Yup Bill i fish alone, hell i can't stand me sometimes!! I have 2 knives on me all the time, a pocket knife thats on a piece of hanging twine looped to my belt so i can't drop/lose it and another knife either on my suspenders or i have a kayak/rafters knife i wear on a lanyard around my neck. I also have knives all over the boat, under the washrails, on the inside of the winterback and where ever i think i might be if the shit hit the fan.
When i offshore lobstered on a 65' wooden dragger we had one of the guys get caught in the rope when we were setting gear, it had him pinned to the transom with a pot hanging over the stern and his leg in the bight going from the snood to the mainline, he didn't have a knife, i got to him as soon as i could got my knife on the cord out and cut him lose, he just fall to the deck and the leg of his raingear was burned through, he said he could hear the bone breaking, we got him in the cabin and comfortable then went back out to pick up the pieces and get things tied back together. After that we had a axe mounted on the mast and the other guys on board started carrying knives.

Anyway yeah i got a lot knives all over the boat.
 

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Yup Bill i fish alone, hell i can't stand me sometimes!! I have 2 knives on me all the time, a pocket knife thats on a piece of hanging twine looped to my belt so i can't drop/lose it and another knife either on my suspenders or i have a kayak/rafters knife i wear on a lanyard around my neck. I also have knives all over the boat, under the washrails, on the inside of the winterback and where ever i think i might be if the shit hit the fan.
When i offshore lobstered on a 65' wooden dragger we had one of the guys get caught in the rope when we were setting gear, it had him pinned to the transom with a pot hanging over the stern and his leg in the bight going from the snood to the mainline, he didn't have a knife, i got to him as soon as i could got my knife on the cord out and cut him lose, he just fall to the deck and the leg of his raingear was burned through, he said he could hear the bone breaking, we got him in the cabin and comfortable then went back out to pick up the pieces and get things tied back together. After that we had a axe mounted on the mast and the other guys on board started carrying knives.

Anyway yeah i got a lot knives all over the boat.

Figured,
"An axe" ???
Jesus!
 

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If you've fished trawls this is nothing new. Buddy's CB 34' has a rope well along the outside station about 10" deep and 5' long. Cuts down on the pile pretty good, just kick the mainline down in it.
 

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Hey Steve,i cut this into the deck a few years back ...best thing ever...Two 1200' anchor lines down the hole ...nothing gets tangled..beautiful

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If you've fished trawls this is nothing new. Buddy's CB 34' has a rope well along the outside station about 10" deep and 5' long. Cuts down on the pile pretty good, just kick the mainline down in it.

I've never fish a single or pair of traps in my life! When i fished offshore we fished 40 trap trawls 25 fathoms apart with 3 buoys per trawl, one was a center buoy. In the late fall and through the winter we tied 2 trawls together so 80 traps and 5 buoys per trawl, talk about a pile of rope, the boat had 2 haulers a Eastern Welding hauler with 2 motors driving a gearbox w/16" plates and another 12" hauler mounted above it just for hauling buoylines, that way we never had to stop hauling the mainline to pull buoylines.

I'll have all fall to figue out what type of rope locker i need to build into this boat, i'd something that i can also use as a anchor locker my anchor needs to be handy because i anchor every night after fishing.
 

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Hey Steve,i cut this into the deck a few years back ...best thing ever...Two 1200' anchor lines down the hole ...nothing gets tangled..beautiful

That looks real good Mike but you've got a lot more basement to hide rope in than i do!! Where does the water drain to? your bilge?
 

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How about a rope locker? I was thinking about something to do with all the rope. I think a locker with a cutout in the bulkhead so the rope is foward. That would keep a footing area and not interupt the work space typically used for footing without a hole in the deck to work around.
 

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That looks real good Mike but you've got a lot more basement to hide rope in than i do!! Where does the water drain to? your bilge?
I think you would have enuff under the deck to clear some of the lines...There are a few pctures on CLARK ISLAND BOATS of deck cut outs on lobster boats....and yes it drains to the bildge
 

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I think you would have enuff under the deck to clear some of the lines...There are a few pctures on CLARK ISLAND BOATS of deck cut outs on lobster boats....and yes it drains to the bildge

If i could get a couple of trawls with the buoylines under the deck i'd be in good shape, i'll check out CIB and last year i stopped in at Pt Judith/Galilee checking out boats and almost all of the boats there had some kind of locker or trough for the rope to hide in. I just don't want to cut up the side of the boat with a long trough just thinking of resale value. These guys up here can't figure out why the side of my cabin hinges up and out of the way to haul gear and then ask me "where's your pot puller"???
 

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How about a rope locker? I was thinking about something to do with all the rope. I think a locker with a cutout in the bulkhead so the rope is foward. That would keep a footing area and not interupt the work space typically used for footing without a hole in the deck to work around.

I don't have the room forward to do that, besides to my way of thinking i'd still have to coil the rope by hand and then throw it into the locker. It will work out i just want to only do it once.
 
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