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Late August 2007 — During the second humpy opening with Davis and Mike, Davis asked why my boom was lashed to my mast. I showed him my coil of rigging line and the box of blocks, and told him I haven't had the time to get the thing rigged up. He couldn't believe I had the stuff for over a year and still haven't gotten around to the job. I had to explain that right now the wife and kids trump my "vacation" fishing boat on time allocation.

Davis loved messing with rigging. It was all I could do to stop him from doing it right then and there. He just about had me talked into doing it, but after that morning's near-death incident with the orca whale, I could only picture my loose mast swinging wildly to and fro while I'm trying to haul my gillnet aboard for some odd, panicked reason. I told him we could do it sometime while we were tied to the dock.

Sure enough, a couple days after the opening, Davis was calling me up ready to rig the Satisfaction, so I met him down at the dock and we went to work. When I bought the boat it already had a couple of Harkin single blocks. I could never figure out how he planned on rigging the boom, so I bought a couple additional double blocks to pair with the singles on the side-stays, and a triple block for up top on the mast. I essentially rigged it just like a miniature seiner, except there was no need to have so much pulling power on my boat.

Davis was like a kid in a candy shop with that rigging. Although he is quite fit and spry, he is still an old-timer, so I did all the climbing and mousing of the blocks on the mast and the boom. In less than a couple hours the whole job was done.

Next I pulled out my Warn light-duty electric winch and showed him where I wanted to mount it onto the boom. Davis had figured we were done, and I could tell his head was moving in that direction, but after tripping over these projects for a year, I wanted to get them done all in one fell swoop.

So Davis held the winch in position while I drilled the holes and bolted it in place. Then we rigged up a snatch block on the boom through which to thread the lifting cable. Davis helped me thread the wires to the power source, and — voila — my winch was done! Its funny how the Satisfaction gets its work completed in spontaneous, unplanned bursts of productivity. As long at there's somebody willing to help, I'm up for getting the job done.

Does anybody out there know how to fix an old Bainbridge autopilot?

TO BE CONTINUED...

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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