Fishing is Hard Work

If only fishing were as easy as lying on your back in the grass beside a creek, waiting for the trout to bite. Commercial fishing, catching fish for people to eat, is much harder work than that.

To survive in heavy weather and rough seas, the fish boat must be in good shape structurally and mechanically. If it is a wood boat, it needs extra care in the form of dollars and sweat.

Once a year, before leaving for the north coast of British Columbia, the fish boat gets a facelift. Actually she gets a total body lift by a Travel Lift that puts straps under her hull and lifts her right out of the water and deposits her on the dry parking lot.


She is set down on wooden blocks. Jacks prop up  each side to prevent her from tipping over.

The hull is power washed to get rid of any sealife that may have attached itself to the wood. Once the hull is clean  and has  dried off, the upper parts are sanded and scraped to prepare them for a coat of paint.

Bars of zinc are  attached to the rudder and the iron shoe of the boat. Molten zinc is poured into a tin can mold attached to the wheel nut of the propeller, and more bars are attached to the cooling pipes not shown in this picture. All the zincs are meant to be sacrificed in lieu of the other metal parts of the boat (like the rudder, propeller, and cooling pipes). It is better that the zinc, rather than the propeller, be “eaten” by electrolysis.

The last job is to paint the bottom of the hull with anti-fouling paint. When that is done, the Travel Lift picks up the boat, carries it over to the water, and lowers it in.

In the photo below you can see that the boat has been carried away from its blocks on its way to the water again.

Feeling more comfortable now in its usual surroundings, the boat rests calmly, waiting to make the trip back home.

Passing  a sailboat  that is leisurely making its way out to sea, the fish boat hurries home.

For photos of the boat being lifted out of the water, click the link below.

49 thoughts on “Fishing is Hard Work

  1. Jill Weatherholt

    What’s the old saying, “The two happiest days in a boat owner’s life are the day he buys a boat, and the day he sells a boat.” I suppose that’s because of all of the maintenance involved. I really like the colors of yours…very inviting. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos, Anneli.

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  2. Ursula

    The Eden Lake looks kind of worked down before the overhauling. But looks like new after all the hard work! It’s a beautiful wooden boat! If I were a fish I´d rather land in the belly of this boat that in many of the others. Very good work Captain!

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  3. Pit

    Thanks, Anneli, for sharing these pictures. I can imagine the long and hard work that has to go into the maintenance of a boat. But then, life on the seas as a fisherman is hard – very hard – too, isn’t it.
    Have a wonderful month of May,

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  4. reocochran

    The photos for this seemed even better than a past clean up, repair and paint post, Anneli! Gorgeous last shot setting back to head home at a pretty time of day! This was a beautiful post!

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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      Thanks, Robin. I think these are nicer photos than those from the “Uplifting” post because that was a “before” post, and this is an “after” post. Glad you enjoyed it.


  5. debiriley

    great post, A! and commercial fishing is super tough, rough. not for me – the gentlest of waves out there….. rolling and dipping, Lurching! sends me, to the Side!! I gotta confess, I’m a calm lagoon type of fisherperson. hubby, though likes the storm driven waves. ugh. LOL cheers, debi

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