A very common fishing skiff here in Alaska

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  1. yofish

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    Flipped. Unfortunately, my camera does not take good pics in their shop.
     

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    Here we have the entire cycle - the bottom completely finished and then right sided for the home stretch. This is always the penultimately satisfying moment for me and a new design; when she can float and looks fair! All the wiggles have been un-wiggled and the hoped for ultimate satisfaction, that she performs as planned, lay dead ahead.

    One can see the already made engine splash box just behind the transom cutout. The lads are doing an outstanding job of fabbing up! Their craftsmanship is excellent. The cool bit is that they are really excited by the process of learning something new and have a natural talent for it. They are deliberate and if anything a bit over cautious but better that than the recklessness that I showed at a similar stage, I suppose!
     

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    Is that the same skiff you were building? Its very nice!
     
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    Obviously there is no call for that boat to venture into choppy waters, because I reckon you'd only do it once, for the sheer novelty of it ! (sorry mate, it does seem to be a nice straight build)
     
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    I was thinking the clear coating would preserve the polished finish?
     
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    Perry, polyester is not a recommended finish over aluminum. I don't think I've ever seen a painted or clear-coated aluminum set net skiff in my life. You have to understand that these are workboats only; they are seldom used for anything else except an after season moose hunt. Google 'Alaska set net skiff' and you will get the picture.
     

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    Yofish,

    True. I guess if a Boeing looked like that skiff, who'd fly? :D :D

    Tough men, tough life.
     
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    Seems to be a few fish around, though !
     
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    Yofish,
    I googled set net skiff myself just a bit back out of interest.... some pretty tough boats with heaps of volume for catch I suppose and some nice details with pipe cappings & similar, some of the inboard ones .
    What sort of weather & temperature-air/water are the fishermen working in? Just interested because I've always imagined(my pure ignorance) Alaska to be very inhospitable. I did google map/satelite a look but assume it was summer.
    This vid is interesting, not sure if it's a typical setup, the straddle lift trailer is something too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lJ4QwDWiuA
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    The State of Alaska is huge, the fishery is widespread and so is the weather, so your question is unanswerable. I always use weatherunderground to check out the annual stats for a location. It really depends on what you mean by inhospitable; I live in the 'banana belt' on the lower Kenai Peninsula that has a warming marine influence. Almost the exact latitude (59.60N) of Oslo and St Petersburg, for example.

    The boats you see with inboards are a different fishery called 'drift gillnetting.' The same gear type (gillnet) is used in both but one (setnet) by statute is tied to a specific location (site) and must be anchored whereas 'drift gillnetters' are allowed to roam a specific area and drift their nets in the current. In the Bristol Bay drift gillnet fishery, there is a length limit of 32' which has spawned some of the ugliest boats ever conceived, see example.
     

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    It wasn't a bad real estate deal, was it, the Alaskan purchase. And to think history records plenty of opposition to it in the US Congress at the time. But I am sure hindsight makes everything much clearer.
     

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    Thanks Yofish, I've done a circumnav via google sat..... that northern coast lagoon area only seems to have one settlement. Seeing as my only previous knowledge came from Ice Truckers & Northern Exposure I'm becoming much better educated in Alaska since.
    That set net system looks a lot like catching rather than fishing, there must be a limited season for that, in the vid I posted they had to wait till 7.00 to start?

    Jeff
     
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