Written by Jen Finn
Revving and rolling
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. And if the thought of that makes you cringe, have we got the spread for you. Our annual diesel directory is a prime source for any fisherman considering upgrading, downsizing or simply complying with the next tier requirement.
We've got a rundown of what's new and what's still to come, a profile on how synthetic oils could be the next hot thing; our listings of every commercial engine you could possibly be shopping for; and as always, success stories from fishermen just like you, all of whom are trading in their old iron for more efficient engines. It all starts on page 28.
If you get too revved up by the diesel directory, take an opportunity to slow things down with our cover story from Maine writer Brian Robbins. Brian has a way of capturing the spirit of life on the Maine coast, especially island life. His feature of the Early Bird (p. 26) is a classic Maine lobster boat story — the kind with a happy ending. It's the next best thing to a summer vacation on North Haven.
I feel like I'm taking a bit more of a gamble with an issue of the magazine if I have a feature story in it. There's something about that kind of writing that puts a little bit of your soul on the pages and into the hands of our gracious readers. This issue I had the opportunity to write about a wonderful couple I met in Petersburg, Alaska, this summer. We talk a lot about making a go of direct marketing — going out on a limb to manage your own fish-selling business on top of the business of catching fish.
What I love about the story of Lofoten Fish Co. and its owners, George Meintel and Cynthia Wallesz, is that they straddle the line between traditional and unconventional by direct marketing as well as delivering salmon to a big cannery in town. It's really a classic Alaska story. The folks up there are always redefining what it means to succeed in commercial fishing, and they've done it again.
Of course, George and Cynthia don't just do it for the money. For them, success is a happy customer and a full brailer. It's easy to tell when someone loves what they do. I consider myself lucky to be surrounded by folks like that in this industry. And that I get to do what I love by writing about them. I hope you'll enjoy the story on page 22.
- Jessica Hathaway
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