Old school,” that’s what Wayne Garcia, general manager at Giddings Boat Works in Charleston, Ore., calls the yard’s latest sponson project — adding 10 feet of beam to the F/V Collier Brothers.

Old school is appropriate for this boat, built long before the age of digital hull models, plasma cutters and computer design programs.

“The Collier Brothers was built in 1978 in Bayou la Batre, Alabama,” say Garcia, who comes from the Gulf Coast himself. “The owners like to keep a low profile. But they have been coming to us for a long time.

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The Collier Brothers, an 84′ 2″ x 24′ steel dragger out of Portland, Ore., that was built in 1978 at Gulf Coast Marine Builders in Bayou La Batre, Ala., arrived at Giddings Boatworks on Sept. 18. A little more than five months later, on Feb. 25, she left the Charleston, Ore., boatyard after being sponsoned out to 34 feet.

The boat’s owner “wanted a more stable platform,” says Wayne Garcia, Giddings’ general manager.

The project was initiated in early August when the Collier Brothers owner, a longtime customer at Giddings, contacted the boatyard and said, “I want my boat to be wider and I need to have it happen fast.” Giddings agreed, but the manner in which the sponsoning was done, while once common, is relatively unheard of these days.

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