Nickum & Spaulding Completes Design Of Crab Boat For Operation In Bering Sea

Nickum & Spaulding Associates, Inc. of Seattle, Wash., has completed the design of a 100- foot crab boat for Stuart Ferris of Kodiak, Alaska. The boat will be built by Mitchell D. Phares/ Boat Construction, 221 Mar Vista Avenue, Wilmington, Calif. The boat will be delivered in the spring of 1979 to begin king and tanner crabbing operation in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska.

The a f t s u p e r s t r u c t u r e and wheelhouse configuration allows the master full view of deck activity at all times, and provides better coordination between helmsman and crew. The compact accommodations c o n s i s t s of a four-man stateroom, a two-man stateroom, galley, mess area, head, laundry and stores space on the main deck aft, and the master's stateroom with head on the bridge deck behind the wheelhouse.

A deck stores space, workshop, and bait freezer are located in the fo'c'sle. The fishing equipment aboard will include a davitmounted pot hauler, hydraulic pot launcher, main boom, picking boom, and hydraulic telescoping crane.

Below decks, the vessel will have a four-crab-tank configuration with a centerline passage and pipe trunk joining the aft engine room to the forward hold and fo'c'sle. Careful consideration has been given to the propulsion system design in order to ensure high-efficiency operation with a minimum of vibration.

This compact and versatile vessel represents another able addition to Nickum & Spaulding Associates' numerous collection of small commercial vessel designs, many of which are employed in worldwide service. It should provide the durability and seaworthiness to stand up to the rugged demands of Alaskan fishing.

Vessel characteristics are as follows: length, waterline, 100 feet; beam (maximum), 30 feet; depth, 12 feet 11 inches; draft (full load) 11 feet 6 inches; gross tonnage, 194; speed, 12 knots; propulsion, twin diesels — 500 hp each; propellers, 72 inches, five blades; fuel capacity (maximum), 20,000 gallons, freshwater capacity, 2,700 gallons, and crab tanks capacity, 6,500 cubic feet.

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