The Prospector, a 64' x 25' shrimper and crabber built in 1973, was hauled out in March at the Port of Toledo Shipyard in Toledo, Ore., for a major overhaul. The 48-year-old Prospector had been sponsoned and lengthened in 2016, and then repowered with a 640-hp Cummins K-19 in October 2019.

When the Prospector was repowered, its 3-inch shafting wasn’t upgraded. Thus 4-inch shafting was being installed at the Port of Toledo Shipyard to allow for full use of the Cummins power. The Prospector is also getting larger cutlass bearings, larger Babbitt bearings and foundations, and new stuffing boxes at the stern tube and the engine room bulkhead. Plus the engine needed to be realigned, and at the end of that 4-inch shaft will be a new 58-inch, five-blade prop.

The “interesting thing about the shafting,” says the Port of Toledo Shipyard’s Mike Lee, is where it came from. Last year, the 78-foot dragger Miss Sue was hauled at the yard and repowered with a 750-hp Cummins QSK19 and given a new Nautican nozzle and triple rudder. More horsepower meant the Miss Sue’s 4-inch shafting would be replaced with 5-inch shafting.

That’s when the owners of the Prospector and the Miss Sue, who already knew each other, got to talking. The upshot was the Prospector’s owner ended up buying the Miss Sue’s old 4-inch shafting, which is now in the Prospector.

Work on the Prospector wasn’t limited to its powertrain. The pilothouse is being expanded and given a new interior, after the aft bulkhead was moved back 4 feet. Down below, the galley and stateroom areas are being stripped out and remodeled.

Shaft work was on the minds of a couple of other boat owners whose vessels were recently hauled out with the Port of Toledo Shipyard’s 600-metric-ton Travel Lift. They included the Northern Ram (ex-Blue Fox), an 85-foot dragger that had its shafting checked over and got a coat of bottom paint; the Pacific, a 75-foot crabber and dragger whose tailshaft passed inspection but left with a new intermediate shaft and bearings, new cutlass bearings, new reduction gear and complete engine alignment.

In addition to its repair work, the Port of Toledo Shipyard had just about finished building a new sandblasting and fabrication shop in March. The shop will be 120 feet wide, 80 feet long and 100 feet tall.

Down in Fort Bragg, Calif., Howard Makela at Makela Boatworks completed work on the 72-year-old Sea Wolf in January. Makela’s father, Fred, and uncle Nick, who started Makela Boatworks, built the Sea Wolf in 1949. She is currently a salmon and albacore troller and crabber that needed new stern deck planking.

The 51-foot Ed Monk-designed Sea Wolf had been “well taken care of over the years,” says Howard Makela. But after seven decades “there weren’t any nails left” in the original Douglas fir decking, which was also turning “soft and starting to open up.”

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Michael Crowley is the former Boats & Gear editor for National Fisherman.

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