I am looking to buy a power troller and permit at the end of the 2011 season to start fishing in 2012. Any helpful advise? I am from Ketchikan and I am looking for a 34-40 foot fiberglass/steel troller to buy.
Depends on a whole lot of variables. Mainly, how much of your investment you need to finance to get into the fishery, and how many fish you catch. I would suggest buying a less expensive "starter" wood boat to try the fishery. Wood boats are inexpensive compared to steel or fiberglass of the same length, I have a 42' double ender built in 1939 and it fishes great. Good luck.
Thanks for the advise. I commercial fish in the summer time, so I was hoping to use my check from that to put a good down payment on the boat/permit loan. As for the chum fishing. I am hoping to fish as much as possible. King/Coho/Chum. I live in Ketchikan, so I am hoping/planning on fishing it all. I have been looking at a 36ft fiberglass. It is just under 100k. So Im thinking around 150k to start out. The boat is VERY nice. 6’x12’x4’ fiberglass troller built by Albion in 1987. Economical Mitsubishi main rated at 160 hp. Burns 2.5 gallons at 7 knots. 10,000 lbs fish hold capacity. 12” combination crab, longline block, trolling gurdies and all miscellaneous gear. Raytheon GPS, Garmin GPS, Icom VHF, Raythoen radar, Furuno depth sounder, ComNav 2001 auto pilot and a laptop with a navigation program. I am just trying to get as much information about everything I can to see if I could financial do this. This boat has the capabilities of doing some longlining/crabbing which is a plus in my book. All feedback is encouraged! here is a link to the boat...http://www.dockstreetbrokers.com/listin ... hp?id=1452
I know it is spendy. But it seems like in the long run, it could be a boat that I could be happy with for a long time. Thanks again for all comments.