Charlie Reynolds spent 20-some years building aluminum boats in Anchorage, Alaska, at Grayling Boats and Peregrine Marine. When Peregrine Marine shut down in 2008, Reynolds didn't waste much time before starting Reynolds Marine and using the old Peregrine Marine building.

In the past two decades, Reynolds has built numerous types of aluminum boats, but for now he's sticking with gillnetters. At the end of March he had four bowpickers on the shop floor that were nearly finished, and plenty of potential customers were in the wings. "There are 15 customers serious about building boats," Reynolds says.

The four 32' 6" x 11' gillnetters Reynolds designed are being built for Cordova, Alaska, salmon fishermen. All the boats have twin Marine Power gasoline engines and Hamilton water jets. Four of the engines are 315-hp 5.7-liter models with Hamilton 213s and four are 350-hp 6.0-liter engines also with Hamilton 213 jets. Reynolds says the boats should have a top-end speed of 37 to 40 knots.

All the boats' owners were originally going with diesel engines, but they decided on gasoline power because of the lower initial cost. Reynolds says the fishermen who selected the 350-hp engines did so because they figure they can save on fuel by throttling back.

The flush-decked gillnetters have six fish holds and power bow rollers from Webber Marine & Manufacturing in Cordova. Webber Marine also provided two net reels. The other two came from Petrzelka Bros. in Mount Vernon, Wash.

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National Fisherman – June 2009

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