Today we fired up the engine. It’s always a “hold your breath” moment, hoping that the engine starts after sitting for 10 months. Bristol Bay gillnet boats are hauled out of the water and stored on land once the fishing season is over.
Bristol Bay has some of the highest tides in the world, often rising and falling 30’ each tide. The winters here get below -25F degrees and stay below -25F for weeks. Between the tides and the weather, leaving a boat in the water while you are sunning down south isn’t an option. Putting the engine away (winterizing it) at the end of each fishing season, plus a bit of luck helps keep your engine running well.
My boat is so small it’s very difficult to work around the engine. I feel like a contortionist trying to change the oil. Just when I get into the right spot, I cramp up. It hurts to work on my boat.
A good engine will help you have a great season. A bad engine or break down can cost you your season due to lost time on the water and the sucking sound of money draining from your checking account for repairs. Because we have only short periods of time to catch all the fish we can, missing just a little bit of fishing time can be very detrimental to the whole season.