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Photos — Hullish Weather on the North Atlantic

Photos — Hullish Weather on the North Atlantic

F/V Harvester showing her deep forefoot in rough Atlantic seas.

F/V Harvester showing her deep forefoot in rough Atlantic seas.

Let me say at the outset that it is NOT impossible for a semi-displacement, or even a planing hull to survive conditions like this. But I think it’s safe to say that it’s much less likely, while at the same time being MORE likely to induce a heart attack in the captain.  These photos were brought to my attention by the Nordhavn Dreamers Group on Yahoo, and a link posted there by one member. I would like to give credit to the photographer, but his/her identity is not established.

These are truly dramatic images and they show how even a 93-foot, deep displacement-hulled steel fishing trawler can have a “sporty ride” on the worst of the North Atlantic’s seas.  In fact, I’ve heard it said of some of these North Atlantic fishermen that they refer to the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” cast as the “Deadliest Whiners.” Probably unfair, but pictures like this make it clear that ocean fishermen everywhere literally risk their lives for our seafood.

One of the images clearly shows the very deep forefoot of the hull and it’s obvious how much of this boat is below the waterline.  These are Scottish trawlers, built in Denmark and feature all the latest in fishing technology. Here’s a link to detailed descriptions of the boats. Enjoy the photos and if anyone knows who the photographer is, I will happily add the appropriate credit line.

Harvester heads down into a trough.

Harvester heads down into a trough.

Harvester about to head uphill in some wild seas.

Harvester about to head uphill in some wild seas.

Harvester almost disappears in the troughs.

Harvester almost disappears in the troughs.

Is this what they mean by a "beam sea?"

Is this what they mean by a "beam sea?"

Bottom paint looks okay from here.

Bottom paint looks okay from here.

"Captain wants a flybridge so he can see better."

"Captain wants a flybridge so he can see better."

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Construction & Technical, Environment & Weather
USCG Photo Contest Winners for 2009

USCG Photo Contest Winners for 2009

Instructors, crew and students of a Coast Guard National Motor Lifeboat School class train for heavy weather boat operations in the harsh environment of Cape Disappointment in the Pacific Northwest Nov. 12, 2009. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jamie E. Parsons)

Instructors, crew and students of a Coast Guard National Motor Lifeboat School class train for heavy weather boat operations in the harsh environment of Cape Disappointment in the Pacific Northwest Nov. 12, 2009. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jamie E. Parsons)

Last month, the U.S. Coast Guard announced the winners of its “People’s Choice” photo contest, which we covered here. This month we have the winners of the in-house photo contest from the Coasties. These are great photos and although we’ve all seen similar photos before, we can’t seem to get enough of them. When you see this first photo of a motor lifeboat coming off the top of a wave, you know exactly the feeling in the pit of the stomach of everyone aboard that boat.

The Coast Guard Cutter Naushon conducts a familiarization patrol in Glacier Bay, Alaska, Oct. 21, 2008. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Logan Wright.)

The Coast Guard Cutter Naushon conducts a familiarization patrol in Glacier Bay, Alaska, Oct. 21, 2008. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Logan Wright.)

These are the work of the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard and they represent, and reflect, the often dangerous and dramatic work these people do in the course of protecting us all. Remember that the next time you feel like groaning about a safety inspection or a request for a contribution to the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation.

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer hanging from a Coast Guard MH-60 Dolphin helicopter prepares to enter the water during high seas rescue training at Cape Disappointment, Wash., Nov. 15, 2008. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chuck Ferrante.)

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer hanging from a Coast Guard MH-60 Dolphin helicopter prepares to enter the water during high seas rescue training at Cape Disappointment, Wash., Nov. 15, 2008. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chuck Ferrante.)

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Environment & Weather, Industry News, People & Profiles, seamanship, Technology

Photo Shoot: First Nordhavn 86

Pacific Asian Enterprises last night released a small selection of photos from the first serious photography session of N86-1, Cary Ali.  These glamour shots were taken by photographer Stephen Cridland in the waters near Ketchikan, Alaska, and represent the first photos of Cary Ali after her recent delivery.  You can read about the delivery here.

Enjoy the photos below.  We’ll put up a full Nordhavn 86 gallery soon so you can enjoy the current flagship of the Nordhavn fleet.

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Posted by oceanlines in Boats, Industry News