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Follow the construction of a Bering Sea Fishing Trawler from start to finsh

Week ~ 88 (Click on post image to view more images)

Here we are…the big launch!  Americas Finest is slowly being lowered into the water by the synchro lifts on either side of her. You can see a hint of water seeping up. This next image you can see the light reflection… Continue Reading →

Week ~ 87 (Click on post image to view more images)

America’s Finest launch date is here! First part is shown this week and remainder will be shown week 88. Saying she is very impressive is somewhat an understatement. Now here’s her left sides under belly. And her right side! Lets… Continue Reading →

Week ~ 86 (Click in post image to view more images)

Americas Finest is getting her new coat of paint on for next week, it’s the big one! Check in for next weeks (87Th) images of her big launch!   Paint and all final additions and adjustments are getting ready for… Continue Reading →

Week ~ 85 (Click on post image to view more images)

A milestone in Americas Finest construction, her hull is all together. She’s almost full grown and what a magnificent sight! This last major module for her hull was just attached to her stern. You got a peak of this module… Continue Reading →

Week ~ 84 (Click on post image to view more images)

Four day weekend! Equipment gets well deserved rest. Lets look around. Looking towards the bow. On the main deck facing north towards huge spools that will work the nets. Now looking north towards the bow is the main cargo hold. Looks… Continue Reading →

Week ~ 83 (Click on post image to view more images)

The Big Move! This image encapsulates this monumental event for me as Americas Finest moves laterally (West) to get into a northern launch position as she points towards Alaska, her destiny. Before the move they are tearing down the old braces and discussing the… Continue Reading →

Week ~ 82 (Click on post image to view more images) all information given in these posts are from a non technical point of view…

How to move 2900 tons of steel on land, stay tuned! Here she is, Americas Finest, view Weeks 82 and next week (83). See her get prepared to be moved laterally (sidetracking) to a new position that will be her final orientation before her launch…. Continue Reading →

Week ~ 81 (Click on post image to view more images)

Beautiful forms from the Pacific Northwest, Americas Finest and Mount Baker (warning size comparison may not be accurate) Here you have it. The furthermost top section of the bow and last to be installed. This section is called the mooring… Continue Reading →

Week ~ 80 (Click on post image to view more images)

Americas Finest’s hull is in place as well as her name! This next image is the close up of her name. Her name is not painted on as you would expect. Each letter is cut out of steel and welded… Continue Reading →

Week ~ 79 (Click on post image to view more images)

Taking a well deserved break…doing what comes natural. Under the big tent work continues on the last module for the bow. And speaking of the bow, take a look at the specialized winches being constructed for the huge anchors yet to… Continue Reading →

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