On a smaller scale, up in Anchorage, Alaska, Reynolds Marine is building four 32-foot aluminum gillnetters for the Cordova salmon fishery and in December will start work on three seine skiffs.

The four gillnetters will all have water jets. Two of the boats will be powered with twin 300-hp Kodiak Marine 6.0 gasoline engines matched up with Hamilton 213 water jets. The remaining two gillnetters will leave the shop with twin 300-hp Yanmar 6LP diesels hooked up to Hamilton 274 water jets.

The Hamilton 213 water jets "are as big as you want to put in with a gas engine," notes Reynolds Marine's Charlie Reynolds. "The gas engines can't handle a bigger jet. They'll fall on their face."

However, because of better torque, the diesels can take a larger diameter water jet.

Reynolds says all four boats should be able to hit 40 knots.

The seine skiffs will also have water jets, but Reynolds says the owners of the boats are still deciding what make of water jet to use. Though it does look like it will be a mix of jets from North American Marine Jet (Traktor Jet) and Ultra Dynamics (UltraJet).

A 19- and a 20-foot skiff will be keel cooled and a 16-foot seine skiff will have raw-water cooling. Reynolds says the benefits of going with raw-water cooling are weight savings, simplicity and cost. And if a skiff isn't being driven up on the back of a seiner, it doesn't need keel cooling.

Reynolds is also building his own net reels and bow rollers. "It's a really stout reel and roller and as lightweight as possible," he says. The reel features a level wind that's belt driven with a Kevlar-reinforced belt, instead of relying on a chain drive.

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by Michael Crowley in "Around the Yards"

National Fisherman – January 2011

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