73 May 17, 1999
Big Hours, Satisfied Owners
A couple very satisfied Cummins owners have repowered their fishing boats in Seattle this spring. Paul Mutch extended and re-engined his steel power scow, Last Frontier at shipyards around Seattle's Lake Union. Originally built "on the sand dunes in Oregon" between 1982 and '84 Paul also lengthened the boat from 100 to 120 feet this spring. He took out the original pair of Cummins 855s that had delivered over 50,000 hours of reliable service. For optimum performance tending salmon in Bristol Bay and fishing crab with the extended vessel he has installed a new pair of Cummins KTA19s.
Friday Harbor-based fisherman David Ericksen is partial to his classic wooden Hansen-designed longliner "Memories". Built in 1947 at Bay City the 65x18-foot boat worked first as a trawler out of Eureka California. Later she was converted to a troller. David, has owned her since 1970, longlines halibut and blackcod in the Bering Sea, out west along the Aleutians and in the Gulf of Alaska. She packs 80,000 pounds.
The boats original engine, a Cummins NVH12 with twelve 5 1/8x6-inch cylinders, is now 42 years old and David estimates that it has 100,000 hours of operating time. The venerable engine is being replaced with the well proven Cummins NTA855-M generating 350 HP continuous at 1800 RPM. The new turbo charged and after-cooled engine has six 5.5x6-inch cylinders The engine drives into a Twin Disc MG514 gear with a 4.5:1 ratio and turns a three-blade 58x38-inch prop.
More information on either of these boats, both of which are still in the Seattle area, can be obtained from: