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Basic Information
What is a snow crab?
Suggested Reading
Boat P1
Boat P2
Boat P3
Wheel House
The Gear
Getting Ready
Loading the Boat
Setting Day
Setting Day P2
Setting Day P3
Setting Day P4
Setting Day P5
Hauling Traps
Hauling Videos
Trap leaves water
Emptying Trap
Emptying Trap P2
Sorting the Crab
Sorting P2
Iceing the crab
Other Boats
Off Loading
Off Loading P2
Last Day
Cape Breton Scenery
The End

The Boat "Wendy Helen"

The Wendy Helen is a 45 ft fiberglass boat. At the stern (back) it is 20 ft wide.It is capable of carrying in excess of 20,000 lbs of snow crab below its deck.

Wendy Helen Crab Boat

The boat is equipped with a GPS, radar, depth sounder, autopilot, and a Windows based desktop computer. The computer is connected to the GPS and is used to run navigation software (with digital charts). All area 19 snow crab vessels also have a device that tracks their position at all times. This information is available to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

view in wheelhouse
In the above picture the device on the far left is the depth sounder, with the screen from the computer on the its right (second device from the left). The autopilot is on the far right with a GPS device on its left.

view in wheelhouse
Above shows the computer and depth sounder. The depth sounder is used to measure the density of the bottom. Crab prefer soft muddy bottom to hard rock bottom. The sounder colour codes the bottoms density letting the fisherman know what type is is likely above.

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