I sat down with Mike Fourtner — Bristol Bay fisherman, Cummins sales rep and former Time Bandit deckhand — to talk about sea trials, West Coast boatbuilding trends and how Bristol Bay marine suppliers are preparing for a very different season.

With 12 new launches powered by twin Cummins engines expected to make their first sets in Bristol Bay this season, we got talking about the drive to boost power, the next wave of triple-engine packages headed for the bay, and how boatbuilders are handling covid-19 restrictions.

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman. She has been covering the fishing industry for 14 years, serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute's Communications Committee and is a National Fisheries Conservation Center board member.

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