I confess that I’ve never seen the TV series on the National Geographic channel, Wicked Tuna. But after reading a Marine News article, Reeling in the Benefits of Upgraded Boat Controls, I am now intrigued to give it a try.
The series features commercial fisherman based in Gloucester, Massachusetts in the U.S. One of the series protagonists, Dave Marciano was:
…captain of the 38-foot Novi boat named Hard Merchandise, as well as the Falcon—the boat featured in a later spin-off series.
The spinoff series moved the fishing to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where the captain:
…realized he couldn’t compete with the other fishermen due to the setup of his older vessels, which included outdated boat controls.
The boat used:
…integrated push-pull controls—a mechanically connected system that uses cables to connect control heads to the clutch and throttle. In this type of setup, cables are daisy-chained from one control location, or “station,” to the next—making it difficult to add new stations. The force required to operate the levers also increases whenever additional stations are added.
The good news is that Emerson’s Steve Vincent was a fan of the show and knew of technology that could help the captain become more competitive. He saw the mechanical controls and thought:
“…when you’re at sea reeling in the large, powerful tuna, you need to be able to maneuver the vessel quickly and efficiently from different locations on the boat. You also have to orientate and change the position of the boat itself.”
…equipping Marciano’s vessel with the Marex OS III—an electronic control system for pitch propellers, jet propulsions and reversing gear systems.
Marciano highlighted the difference this technology brought.
“Previously, on the Falcon, putting the boat in gear and giving it throttle each required a lever… It’s nice to have the throttle and gear contained in one. We went from needing four control levers to maneuver the boat down to two.”
Read the article for more about how this Marex OS III control system helped improve maneuverability, enable trolling fishing methods, and improve the productivity of this commercial fishing operation.
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