Workboats Northwest Delivers Versatile 58-Foot Fishing Vessel

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Workboats Northwest of Seattle, Wash., recently completed a 58-foot vessel, Lady Kimberly, that can quickly be converted from longliner to seiner, crabber, and tender for owner Kodiak Island fisherman Jim Peterson.

Workboats Northwest president Bruce Reagan said that while several designers worked on the boat, Mr. Peterson, a long-time set net fisherman, should be credited with basic ideas for the versatile boat.

The conveniently laid-out engine room on the Lady Kimberly contains the vessel's Caterpillar 3408B, 443-hp engine which drives a 66 x 55-inch propeller through a Twin Disc 516 reduction gear using a 6:1 ratio to swing the big wheel. The seiner will utilize the Model 516's "trolling gear" in such applications as picking up crab pots rather than using a clutching system.

The main generator is a 75-kw Isuzu/Lima and the standby, a 35- kw Isuzu/Lima, both from Marine Engine Repair in Seattle. A dry exhaust system uses Cowles silencers. The hydraulic system, designed by Ed Bevis of Seattle, is driven off both generators, and utilizes Parker pressure flow compensated pumps. Among hydraulic deck equipment, H.A. Thompson supplied the long line hauler. The crab pot hauler and anchor winch are Nordic equipment.

Two fish holds—the 1,552-cubicfoot aft and 388-cubic-foot forward tanks—accommodate a refrigerated seawater system. Alaska Marine Refrigeration designed the heart of this system which is nicely fitted into the engine room: a big 30-hp Royce compressor, a Freon 512 refrigerant system, and a 5-hp compressor to chill the coils.

An extensive electronics suite was supplied by Northern Marine Electronics. Much of the equipment bears the Furuno trademark—1900 and 1510D radar, color video plotter, color sonar, datafax, LC-90 loran, and video sounder. Other equipment includes Si-Tex flasher, Wagner MK-4 autopilot, SEA VHFFM, SEA SSB, ICOM VHF, RDI bridge watch, Raytheon loud hailer, and Cobra CB.

Workboats Northwest used Hogh-Wagner components in the steering system and Hynautics components in propulsion controls.

Bruce Reagan, who heads Workboats Northwest, said the firm continues active construction of workboats and fish boats. Recent deliveries include a fast Bristol Bay gill netter, several versions of Mr. Reagan's "Forerunner" line of 21- foot and 24-foot boats, and others. For free literature on the facilities and capabilities of Workboats Northwest,

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