Vigor will debut an affordable 142-foot freezer longliner designed specifically for North Pacific fishing at the 2016 Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle.

The 142’ x 33.6’ x 14’ vessel is based on a proven Marco Marine design and has a fish hold capacity of 14,070 cubic feet and a bait hold capacity of 1,900 cubic feet.

Vigor is promoting the design’s seakeeping characteristics and fishability, high-quality construction, operational efficiency coupled with a low-maintenance design, and improved accommodations for crew comfort.

“A new class of longliners is a central need for the recapitalization of the North Pacific fishing fleet, but to get these vessels built fishermen need to know they can depend on the design — and it better be affordable,” said Keith Whittemore, Vigor executive vice president of business development.

“That’s why we began our design process by acquiring the exclusive license of a Marco design that has successfully fished the North Pacific for more than two decades,” Whittemore said. “Then we collaborated with current longliner operators. Working with the original designer, we elevated that design to take advantage of advances in technology, efficiency and safety. We didn’t set out to design a Lamborghini. Operators wanted a reliable work-horse. This design is more like a heavy duty pick-up truck. We think it’s the right design for the North Pacific Longliner fleet.”

Vigor will complete and vet the production engineering of the vessel prior to starting production and create a production line for fabrication.

“Serial production on a line is the key to a cost effective build for customers,” Whittmore said. “If you want to hold price down this is the way to do it. Operators get that and we’ve had great feedback on the design and the build plans.”

Jessica Hathaway is the former editor in chief of National Fisherman.

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