“Deadliest Catch” fans have all seen it: a crew out to sea when something on the boat suddenly breaks.
At the moment, all the crew can do is hope that they have a spare part and can fix whatever is broken. However, more often than not, that’s not the case. And the captain has to turn the ship around and head back to shore. Most recently, captain Bill Wichrowski suffered a massive financial blow when there was a hydraulic leak on the boat. Unfortunately, he and his crew didn’t have the part to fix the machine. So they had to sail back 450 miles without fishing. The whole ordeal cost him $6000.
So, fans are now wondering if there is a more cost-effective way to fix problems on the boats. “Deadliest Catch” fans shared their thoughts via a Reddit thread.
“Would it be possible for a small airplane to fly out and drop a bag with a float into the water near the boat and return to harbor, for a far lower price?” asked one fan. “Or a smaller, higher speed boat drive out to where it’s needed and back for something less than $6,000?”
The fan added that the whole process would be like ordering a pizza, only slower and more expensive.
“Half of the problem is solved, communication is easy with current tech, so it seems like they should be able to place an order like they are ordering a pizza, just a little slower and more expensive,” they wrote. “And if a group of boats is going to the same remote area of the sea, hire another boat (crabbers share costs) to do nothing but be an online storage rack for spare parts.”
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Some fans agreed that in theory, this idea sounds great. However, others questioned how realistic this operation would actually be.
“…saltwater corrodes. Do you really want all those brand-new parts being exposed like that? Even if they’re in the hull.”
That’s a great point. We’ve seen how waves crash onto the boats on “Deadliest Catch.” It would be difficult to keep all those brand-new parts away from the saltwater.
Another fan said that the cost of having a plane or boat on standby all the time could be even more expensive than the fuel costs. They added that the Berin Sea’s weather conditions are pretty treacherous. Most planes would be grounded due to weather conditions. So, having a plane on standby for deliveries to the boats would probably be unrealistic.
Lastly, the fan added that captains like full control of their vessels and boating operations.
“Finally there’s the fact that fishing boat captains like to be the masters of their own destiny as much as possible, even if that means having to drop everything and head to town from time to time,” they wrote.