Friday, July 6, 2012

Tomco Marine building Bristol Bay fish boats

American Tug is building commercial fishing boats with La Conner Maritime

Hull #1, The Daddy O, already fishing in Alaska.

The Alaskan fishery in Bristol Bay has been very healthy in recent years.   This is a timed season where the fisherman have a limited amount of time to run into the designated area, set their nets, load the boat and get back across an imaginary line before the short season ends.  It requires a strong boat able to safely carry a large load of fish, balanced with speed to maximize the amount of time fishing.  The fisherman are now investing in new boats which are stronger and faster; Tomco Marine with La Conner Maritime are supplying these unique 32-foot vessels.

AAC 06.341. Vessel specifications and operations:
(a) No vessel registered for salmon net fishing may be more than 32 feet in overall length.
(7) "trim tabs" means an extension of the bottom of a vessel, at the transom, which is no more than 18 inches long at its longest point; "trim tabs" do not provide any increased flotation, and their sole function is to provide trim to a vessel while underway.



Tomco Marine, the builders of the American Tug series of pleasure boats have teamed with Ed Oczkewicz of La Conner Maritime to build this next generation of commercial boats.  Tomco is utilizing their tested American Tug 41 hull, shortened to just 32-feet in order to comply with Alaska's length requirement.  They have moved the transom forward and cropped the bow vertically, the hull retains its 15'10" beam.   Tomco has always built a super strong and seaworthy vessel.  The cabin house is moved forward allowing maximum working deck space.

Hull #2 just delivered by Tomco.  Note the trim tabs, allowed by Alaska for Bristol Bay.

The fiberglass hull and decks with all internal bulkheads, frames and supports are completed on the line at Tomco, then moved across the fence to La Conner Maritime for the mechanical and fishing systems to be installed.

The Lynn Senour semi-displacement planing hull form, ideal for fishing or cruising.

La Conner Maritime is marketing the boats and can fit them out for gillnetting, crabbing, long-lining or any other commercial fishery.  A variety of engines and drive systems are available.  Hull #1, The Daddy O, delivered earlier this year has a 625hp engine, small keel and prop in a tunnel for work around nets.  Hull #2 will receive a water jet drive.

Blunt nose and cabin house moved forward.  She is optimized for Bristol Bay fishing.


It is great to see two northwest companies joining forces to fill a need, and keeping their employees busy.  Contact La Conner Maritime for more information 360-466-3629.  http://www.laconnermaritime.com/Home.html

Steve Scruggs, CPYB
Expedition Yacht Sales
206-321-2164