I owned one of these vessels from 1986 to 1995. I commercially operated the vessel in the Gulf of Mexico
fishing out of Cortez, Fl. Later I made the transition to a live aboard dive charter
vessel and operated charters to the Dry Tortugas
. The boat was completely remodelled by adding 3 tons of lead, refurbishing the ice hold to include a living quarter, and equipping the boat for diving
. I sold the boat to a foreign buyer in 1995.
As a fishing vessel the concept
was sound, but the design was dependent on external ballast (ice) c a higher than necessary aspect. The boat rolled tremendously and this made finding experienced crew difficult. I utilized a storm sail fastened to the back stay to help steady the boat and avoided fishing in the trough.
I began my fishing career working with Pete Estrup.