For several months out of the year, the Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks captains’ homes are their fishing vessels. Britton Shackelford of The Doghouse is no exception to this trend.
Even though they spend most of their time behind the wheel, the starring fishermen of Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks still take ample care of their boats, inside and out, to achieve the comfort and performance they need to thrive on the water. Because of this, it’s just as important these stars are able to relax on the boat as they are able to reel in a huge tuna.
Recently, in an interview with Visit the Outer Banks, Shackelford was more than happy to show his guests the amenities of his boat that don’t often make it onto the show. From kitchen necessities to sleeping quarters to essential gear and equipment, The Doghouse has everything its crew needs to have a successful and comfortable trip on the Atlantic.
Check out all The Doghouse has to offer in the clip below.
Of course, when so much of your success depends on your performance on the water, the most important element of the boat’s inventory is the multitude of fishing gear. Shackelford even described The Doghouse as “just a big, diesel-powered tackle box.”
Throughout the tour, the Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks captain proudly showed off all of the ample storage that his boat had. Every cupboard, cabinet and cushion that could open was full of rods, hooks and lures. Of course, all of these storage spaces doubled as furniture, too. So when the crews weren’t prepping their lines, they could lounge on the benches and beds.
‘Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks’ Captain Shares Appreciation for First Mate’s Organizational Skills
Not surprisingly, Shackelford isn’t the only one that’s contributed to the vessel’s storage spaces. First mate and right-hand man Bo has his fair share of equipment on The Doghouse and even has his own “office” space. Of course, this is no cubicle. Instead, the Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks captain allowed his first mate to take control of the cabinets by the entrance to the interior. Here, Bo has organized all of their tackle by function, type and weight, save for one junk drawer.
Appreciative of Bo’s dedication to the inner workings of the vessel, Shackelford expressed how much he admired his first mate’s work.
“He’s very organized which I truly appreciate because when we get into a jam, sometimes I’m down here trying to help him out. So, anyway, keeping that stuff organized is vital,” Shackelford explained during the tour.
But The Doghouse crew isn’t all work and no play. After the day’s work (or week’s work) is done, they relax over at the bar and flip on their satellite TV before the new day begins.