When much of the West Coast blackcod fleet switched from longlining with hooks to slinky pots, their old hauling systems were not quite working out for them. They needed just a little more power to their hauler without the expense of completely changing the vessel’s hydraulic system. Washington-based Integrity Machining had the answer for them.

Integrity Sales Engineer Brad Tibbs said in some cases his team simply doubled the amount of oil in the hydraulic system.

“For example, most boats have 20 gallons for oil, and you have to put 40 gallons of oil in. That allows us to quadruple the amount of power that longline puller has,” Tibbs said.

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Brian Hagenbuch is National Fisherman's products editor, a contributing editor to SeafoodSource and a Bristol Bay fisherman. He is based in Seattle.

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