‘Deadliest Catch’: Here’s What Happened to the Summer Bay Boat on the Series

by Katie Maloney

‘Deadliest Catch’ star Captain Bill Wichrwoski has been venturing through tumultuous waters aboard the Summer Bay for several seasons now.

However, Season 17 of “Deadliest Catch” brought its fair share of close calls to the boat. One of the most notable moments was when the crew found a hole in the void of the boat. During the final episode of the show, Wichrowski and his crew secured 165,000 pounds of wild cod before they returned to dock. However, while getting ready to anchor, Wichrowski heard an alarm coming from the Summer Bay’s forward bilge. A deckhand went to investigate and discovered the situation was pretty severe. The crew discovered a huge hole in the void of the ship that was quickly filling up with water. The void is technically a negative space in the ship. However, it plays an important role in keeping the boat afloat. So, when it fills with water, the ship can sink pretty quickly.

Luckily, Wichrowski and his crew were able to secure their haul before making it back to dock. And the crew was able to manage the void so that it didn’t overfill with water. Many considered it a miracle that the boat didn’t sink. Thankfully, the Summer Bay lives to sail another season of “Deadliest Catch.”

Here’s Why This Past Season Was the Most Difficult One ‘Deadliest Catch’ Star Bill Wichrowski Ever Faced

Having your ship almost sink in the middle of the sea is pretty scary. Needless to say, that close call made for a stressful season for Wichrowski. However, these close calls weren’t even the only difficulties Wichrowski had to manage. In fact, the past year brought many obstacles to all the “Deadliest Catch” stars. During an interview, Bill Wichrowski said that the past year was the hardest season he ever experienced. This is a pretty significant statement considering the fact that he has been fishing for over four decades.

“Like, this is probably the most difficult season I’ve ever endured,” said Wichrowski. “And I’ve been coming up here since ’78.”

Wichrowski then explained why the past year was so difficult. He said that COVID 19 shut-downs and protocols wreaked havoc on the fishing industry.

“Well, I mean look at shore plants. Instead of being able to have these bunkhouse rooms — we have all these workers, right? Instead of having six guys in a room, they would only have three,” said Wichrowski. “They had less people, the product processing took longer. The plant has a COVID shutdown, and they’re one of the biggest seafood processors in the world, the biggest processor that we have.”

According to the latest episodes of “Deadliest catch”, it seems (so far) that Wichrowski has managed to navigate all the obstacles the past year has brought him.