Life at Sea

Many of the people who serve as officers and managers on both the Baranof and Courageous have been involved in the fisheries of the North Pacific for as long as thirty years. Some of the crew have been with the boats since their conversion to fishing vessels in 1978 and 1979.  

We work in a professional manner to produce quality frozen seafood products while looking out for the safety and well-being of our crew members.

People seriously considering committing to a contract on board one of the vessels (usually starting out as a processor) need to prepare themselves for these factors:  

1. You will be working in cold, damp conditions at times. Everyone gets properly equipped with rain gear and gloves, etc. to gear up for whatever job they are doing. It is advised to bring warm clothes!  

2. You may go through a period of adjustment to the roll of the boat. Usually everyone has some sort of bout with motion sickness when they first go out. Most of the time people adjust within a couple of days. If you have further problems with it, the Master or Mate on board can help you with medication  

3. You will be very tired and you're going to get sore. Many people are shocked when they wake up with aches and pains they never experienced before. Numbness in hands, sore muscles, etc. Because most people aren't used to the 100+ hours a week, there is an adjustment period that your body goes through. Most everyone works through it just fine.

4. The boat is not just your workplace, it’s going to be home for yourself and about 24 other people as well. You need to respect the people you're going to cohabitate with for a few months. You're going to be in close quarters with the same people day after day. Be prepared for that.  

5. The boat has 2 and 4 person staterooms, with a crew head and showers. there is a laundry room on board that everyone does their laundry once a week in.  

6. The boat usually stays out at sea for around 3 weeks at a time depending again on what the fishery is. People can receive and send mail when in port in Dutch Harbor, AK.  

7. The amount of effort invested is up to you. The harder you work and the longer you stick with it the greater the rewards will be. Even if you complete your contract and never come back as a rehire again for future trips, you will have had a unique experience working in a world 99% of people will never see--except in pictures or TV documentaries.