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
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
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.