I loved that movie!
When i worked on trawlers we called them "stabilisers". We only used them in rough weather. They definately made a difference but we had to up the revs a little, thus using more fuel
. If we were in a hurry to get somewhere, we wouldn't use them unless absolutely necessary.
If you had to go out on the boom for any reason in bad weather, as in the movie
, you'd raise the stabiliser up.
From my expeience, a gas axe, as used in the film, wouldn't work under those conditions so i thought that was a bit silly from a real-life perspective..
And as for the hugging -as an Aussie, i can't imagine any crew i ever worked with doing that under any circumstances!
A lot more true to life was the ease with which you could end up OTS, and just how hard core
fishermen could be. I remember tying up to another boat where the mate was sitting on the foredeck stitching up his own hand to close up a very deep cut.
The bit where they were trying to put the plywood
across the wheelhouse windows. I thought that was pretty "real". As a fisherman there were many times at sea when we we did impossible things.