Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: '87 300TD/'90 300D/'94 Quattro/'89 Vanagon/'01 EV Weekender
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Here's a couple crappy scans from the October 1992 issue of National Geographic. They had a writer and photographer on board--of course it was when I had rotated off the boat. I always miss out on the good stuff. I worked on the port side, so I'd be that guy standing there cinching up the net. The guy in the center swinging from the Gilson strap was very much in danger of being swept up the deck with that wave, and then carried back down the stern ramp as it receded. Gawd, I miss those adrenaline rushes.
That particular net was a midwater pelagic trawl, and at the time, it was the largest net of its kind in the world. It had an acre-wide opening--that's fucking huge, folks. Those meshes at either end of the opening were big enough to drive a Hummer through--they squeezed down to just a few inches under tension. Sewing that size mesh is an absolute nightmare, and requires the patience of Job.
Those boats were and are an environmental disaster.
Last edited by Zeitgeist; 10-21-2007 at 04:23 PM.