The F/V Miss Pacific, is a local vessel here on the coast, it is owned by a rather large fishing company here in Oregon. The vessel had been ready to go fishing when it was sitting at the dock in Brookings Oregon.

Before leaving the vessel had a fire in the back of the house, before too long the fire ran out of control. The crew gets off the vessel and the fire continues to burn for hours on end. Once the fire had been put out a few weeks later the vessel had been towed to Giddings Boat Works in Charleston, Oregon.

We met with the owners and walked through their vision of how the boat should be repaired. After our meeting with the owners, Giddings sat down and started to plan how the repairs would be scheduled and completed.

First we needed to remove all of the burned items from the fire, from the nets that were melted to the deck to the burned remains of the pilothouse, galley and state rooms. This was a huge undertaking.

We ordered a dumpster and got to work removing all of the burned equipment. We had a few pictures of what the boat looked like beforehand and several of the other boats that this company owns are very similar. We began to order parts and started cutting off the burned steel house.

We installed the new steel house and from this point all that you see in the video has been completed by us, from the new wires to the carpentry. Now this type of job is 100% directed by the owner, a lot of personal touches are in place. they tell us how they want it to look and we make that a reality.

Here is an update to the work performed on the  Aleutian Ballad.  We have installed a new 50 horsepower dual blade Wesmar Bow Thruster and tube inserted into the FWD Hull.

We have installed two new Fernstrum Main Engine Keel and Cofferdam mounts on the inside of the engine room along with new piping systems from the Main Engine to the cofferdams and keel coolers.

The cofferdams are rather large, they are 18″ pipe with new cooling pipes from the Main Engines with valves to the cofferdam/keel coolers. We needed to remove all of the fuel from the vessel and we gas freed all of the vessel’s tanks by pressure washing the insides.

We removed fourteen manhole hatches on the main deck. some will be inserted and some will receive new hatches, a good bit of steel work. Giddings has sandblasted the bottom underwater hull and installed five coats of paint One 302 Inorganic zinc, two Anti corrosives and two Anti fouling for the bottom hull.

Giddings has blasted the entire Main deck down to the keel , this is a very large undertaking which approximately takes two to three weeks of labor every day from 3 or 4 employees, masking off to protect important areas. The lower bottom hull receives 5 coats of paint that is 25 to 35 or more gallons a coat of paint per coat.

The upper and Main deck only receive 4 coats of paint, one inorganic 302 Zinc, two Anti corrosives and one finish topcoat. The entire hydraulic system on the Main deck has renewed with new piping along.

The fire main system has been replaced on the main deck with stainless steel piping. Giddings will make any needed repairs to the hull if any steel is to be renewed. Giddings has hired a local electrical firm to install the new wires and to hook up the bow thrusters motor, the firm will complete the hook up and install with the USCG oversight.

Giddings has been working daily with the vessel’s engineer and the United States coast Guard to ensure the project goes on without any issues. The vessel owner is doing some of his own work like replacing the wood deck that you walk on, this is called a false deck because the real steel deck is around one foot below the wood deck.