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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

Loading the Boat

The last step before setting day is loading the boat with all the gear. The traps weigh over 200 lbs each, so a tractor is used to carry them to the boat. They are transported and stored on the boat in stacks. The tractor will take 3 or 4 at a time, but they'll be stack 9 high in the boat. We fish 18 traps so we will have two piles.

tractor moving snow crab traps
tractor moving snow crab traps

Below is all the gear aboard. When the boat is loaded each trap is tied to a rope, and that rope to a buoy. This way we can set the traps as rapidly as possibly setting day. Just unpile a trap, close the bottom, bait and set.

loaded boat ready for season

On the top of the red pile of traps above a rope with a hook can be seen. This goes to a pulley and then to a cargo winch mounted 15 feet above the deck. This allows the traps to be lifted and moved around the deck by hydraulics power rather than muscle power.

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