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Seattle shipyards flush with work, including repairs to ‘Deadliest Catch’ crabber

northwestern-at-pacific-fishermen-by-jeff-pond_750xx2000-1125-0-105Aging fishing vessels are keeping Seattle-area ship repair yards busy, as the crab fleet returns from the season early thanks to a smaller quota this year. Around the area shipyard owners report full yards and full employment as they tend to the needs of fishing vessels that often are 30 to 40 years old. “If equipment becomes aged, maintenance goes up,” said Hobie Stebbins, president of Lake Union Dry Dock. “The cost of construction of a new boat is almost prohibitive, so a lot of people are making decisions to put money into their old boats.” photo by Jeff Pond Read the rest here 07:20