June 29, 2006

It’s 2 days before the 7/1 summer troll king salmon opening, and a joy to be at sea again. We just rounded Pt Retreat, and part of a train of trollers, with their distinguishing tall poles held upright in the fair seas, headed for Icy Strait and then through the Inian Island passes to Cross Sound and the big ocean. We left the harbor about 5 am and will run all day to arrive by our appointment at 6 pm to fill the hold with ice at the fish plant in Pelican.

On our way down Lisianski Strait, about an hour from Pelican, we all felt a thud and thought it was a log. Turns out it was the pulley that operates our hydraulics and wash down pump falling off the power takeoff of the engine.

Upon arrival, the local mechanic/welder/machinist took a look and went to work rebuilding the unit. What looked like a major repair and possibly lost fishing time now looked like a local fix. Meantime, my former boat, the Dutch Master, was also under repair. After all the problems I had with the transmission last season, the new owner was again having similar problems and was busy trying to get the boat repaired in time for the big opening the day after tomorrow.

Mark Stopha
F/V Dutch Master
Alaska Wild Salmon Co
4455 N Douglas Hwy
Juneau, Alaska 99801

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