Pacific Marine Expo, the premier commercial fishing show on the US West Coast ran from November 19 through November 21 and it has always been one of WESMAR’s busiest shows. This year marked perhaps the busiest in a decade. 

“The Booth was so busy we did not want  to leave even for a for a drink of water or cup of coffee,” said WESMAR’s Bryan Thiemann, happy about the number of customers  in the booth to place orders for the WESMAR all stainless steel dual prop counter rotating commercial fishing bow thrusters.

“There was a lot of intrerest in the BioLight Option for the WESMAR trawls and the 500 kHz Smart Sleds said Dennis Soderberg, WESMAR’s Vice President.  “The 500 kHz smart sleds give extremely detailed discrimination near the bottom making the system ideal for differentiating between species of rock fish and for marking cod, flat fish and arrowtooth. Captains report the ability to see more dispersed fish and low target strength fish coming into the net.”

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The 134.6 foot Superyacht taTii was designed, built and launched by Tamsen Yachts in 2009. She has had WESMAR bow and stern thruster and roll fin stabilizers on board since then.
She is now undergoing an extensive refit at the CMB Shipyard in Antalya, in the South of Turkey where she will be fitted with a new WESMAR DSP4803  zero speed stabilizer system with 30-foot fins. Only the best for this queen of ships, which luxuriously accommodates up to 10 guests in 5 cabins.
Her navigation and safety will be enhanced by a WESMAR NS86O sonar system, similar to the 10-inch design on Captain Wilmore’s Muir Milach (Pages 1 and 3). Both the zero speed stabilizers and the stabilized WESMAR sonar are the best possible choices for this Superyacht.
She will be cruising far and wide and all the comfort and security provided by WESMAR electronics will improve her comfort and aid in the protectection of her passengers.
WESMAR’s Dealer in Turkey, Ezberci Marine, will oversee the installation of the WESMAR equipment.
Yacht taTii is known around the world for her unique beauty and design, all from the creativity of the  Tamsen family. Among her unique features are an extra wide beam to allow a larger and more spacious inside living area.
She is a tri-deck motor yacht with an additional intermediate wheelhouse deck and three spacious outside areas on her three decks: main, upper and forward. The raised main deck includes a Jacuzzi, sunbathing area, and casual dining. The generous area above the swim platform is perfect for sunbathing. Panorama windows and skylights flood the main salon with sunshine and accentuate the feeling of being outdoors.
The taTii’s cabins include a stunning master stateroom on the main deck that extends the width of  the yacht and includes walk-in wardrobes, vanity area, minibar, private office, en-suite luxury bathroom  with separate head, spa bath, shower and double sinks. The four double guest cabins located on the lower deck are accessed via the staircase from the main saloon. Each has  large windows and grand ensuite bathrooms.
The upper deck includes a sky lounge, salon and dining area with large panorama windows and retracting sunroof.  There are three extremely spacious outside areas on the main, forward and upper decks, and much more.

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Dave Wilmore, veteran Captain of the 103-foot F/V Muir Milach, just finished the 20-day offshore Spring Whiting season on the US West Coast using his new WESMAR HD860-85kHz 10-inch sonar.  He caught 2500 tons in 17 days making the Muir Milach the top boat for its fishing period. Here is his assessment of the WESMAR sonar.
“The Muir Milach was top boat for its fishing period during the spring offshore season and 25 percent of that was the WESMAR sonar. It is a remarkable and really useful tool. We saw signs at 180 fathoms, which is unheard of with other searchlight sonar. There are a lot of other things on the boat I’d give up before giving up that sonar. With this system I can steer into the best part of the sign. I have shorter tows which saves valuable time and fuel.”
“I’ve known Dennis (Dennis Soderberg, WESMAR’s Vice President of Electronic Products) for years. He really heard what I was saying about my need to avoid the noise of two engines. A lot of twin screw boats fight the double prop noise with their electronics. WESMAR’s designers have taken care of that and prop noise problems have been overcome.“
Captain Dave Wilmore has been running boats for 25 years, 15 of them as Captain of the Muir Milach, part of the Aleutian Spray Fisheries Fleet out of Seattle. He operates with a crew of 3 to 4. During the 20-day Offshore Spring season he offloads at sea to a floating processor. For the Summer shore-side season, which starts in mid June, he delivers his Whiting to Ilwaco, Washington.
Captain Wilmore also has a WESMAR trawl system on board. “It’s about 20 years old and I still use it for every tow.  I have had extreme reliability with WESMARs.”
Electronic Stabilization
The WESMAR HD860 Sonar has an electronically stabilized sound beam, which allows the Captain to stay on fish even in rough seas.  Captain Wilmore realized the value of this feature as well because during the offshore season on the Oregon/California border he reported 30 to 35 knot winds every day.
“With the WESMAR, the stabilization gyro is in the soundome, so when the transducer scans, the gyro scans with it. Corrections are made in the exact direction the transducer is looking, keeping the sound beam on target. The WESMAR gyro runs 100% of the time. 
Pacific Whiting is the most abundant commercial fish species on the U.S. West Coast and supports one of the largest fisheries, by volume, in the United States. This delicate, white-meat fish is used in the production of surimi, and the growing whiting fillet market.

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Blount boats of Warren, Rhode Island put the final touches on the 399-passenger ferry WABANAKI before delivering her to Casco Bay Lines of Portland Maine in January.  The new ferry joins a fleet of Ferries that depart from Casco Bay Lines ferry terminal on Portland’s waterfront, providing year-round transport to  nearby island residents and tourists.
On the delivery crew was Bob Pelletier, Vice President of Blount Boats and a long-time WESMAR customer. Also on board the 105-foot passenger ferry is a WESMAR 50 HP AC dual prop all stainless steel bow thruster, popular with ferries around the world. Pelletier said: “The WESMAR bow thruster works great, perfect. I was surprised a 50 HP bow thruster could move a 220-ton boat with such ease.”

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North to Alaska...WESMAR on Board

WESMAR searchlight sonar and trawl systems are on board the many vessels heading north for  the Alaska pollock and hake seasons. 
The fleet of  catcher processors,  fishing vessels, and long liners, all work to bring quality caught and processed seafood to an ever growing market in the US and around the world.
WESMAR has been part of these fisheries since electronics pioneer Bruce Blakey introduced the first commercial fishing sonar nearly five decades ago. So, not surprisingly  WESMAR is on the equipment list for these vessels year after year. New installations and upgrades this year include WESMAR’s newest electronically gyro stabilized HD860 scanning sonar and five new trawl sleds.
Among the vessels that left in  mid-January is the 103-foot F/V Muir Milach, one of the Aleutian Spray Fisheries Fleet out of Seattle. The Muir Milach upgraded its sonar equipment to the new HD860.
Like WESMAR, Aleutian Spray Fisheries has been around since the 1960’s and has used WESMAR fish finding systems for years. (Two of their other vessels with WESMAR, the 240-foot C/P Starbound and the 123-foot combination F/V Nordic Star, are shown at the top of Page 1.)
The WESMAR trawl sleds offer trawlers unprecedented information. With the newest  options being a selection of frequencies that best fit their fishery and net size. .
The new WESMAR HD860 solves the tough challenge of seeing fish close to the surface and close to the bottom. New stabilization technology stays on the fish even in rough seas.
The ability to scan forward and then across the bottom is ideal for mid-water and bottom trawling, so this has been a popular system in Alaska as well.
When the seas get rough WESMAR’S electronic beam stabilization technology is constantly correcting for pitch and roll wherever the beam is scanning.  Gyro-electrically stabilizing the entire array allows the array to stay focused as the vessel or platform is moving.  
A digital link between the sonar electronics (near the transducer) and the computer console in the wheelhouse operate noise free for maximum sonar performance.

NEW WESMAR HD860-85 kHz

Dave Wilmore, Captain of the 103-foot F/V Muir Milach, of  the Aleutian Spray Fisheries Fleet (Seattle), receives some last minute pointers about WESMAR’s new 85 kHz HD860 sonar, from WESMAR VP Dennis Soderberg, prior to leaving for the Alaska Pollock and Cod seasons. The Muir Milach also has a WESMAR Trawl system on board as do other Aleutian Spray vessels.

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WESMAR’s two new trawl systems and five new sled options give trawlers sophisticated electronics with unprecedented information. With the new systems and sled options, trawlers can select the frequency that best fits their fishery and net size.

For trawlers in sensitive fisheries, where quotas are closely monitored, these trawls are exceptionally valuable. Not only are they unequaled in their ability to find and see fish and monitor them entering the net, but with extended discrimination at the net itself it is easier to mark unwanted fish or fish that could upset their quotas. Each system and each sled has advantages to specific applications,” says Dennis Soderberg, WESMAR Vice President.

Both the TCS785 and the TCS385 systems have an operation screen that displays critical towing information. Each system works with up to six catch sensors that include voltage measurement down the cable and third wire communication. The sleds all have memory capabilities, which saves valuable time and ensures greater accuracy by retaining critical settings so they are available every time the system is turned on.

The Model TCS785, is three sonars in one with forward scan, net profile, and sounder. Forward scan is for marking doors and tracking fish; profile for net geometry and fish entry; and vertical sounder to follow bottom and footrope. Depth, temperature, a level monitor, tow timer and level sensor are all displayed on the new screen. The TCS785 has- two sled options. The TCS785-180 (Green)sled at 180 kHz is a long-range system designed for larger nets with a large vertical and horizontal opening. The TCS785-300 (Orange) sled is the higher frequency sled designed for smaller nets. At 300 kHz, the footrope/bottom relation can be viewed in greater detail. The TCS785 series has a working depth of 1800 meters.

The Model TCS385, is a light weight system with a working depth of 1000 meters. This series is designed to profile the net opening. There are three sled options, which greatly expand the ability to identify species and monitor trawl nets. The Model TCS385-180 (Green) has the power to paint the large nets and see the footrope and bottom in high resolution. It is designed for the smaller vessels pulling larger nets and the need to see at greater distance. In profile it operates at 180 kHz; in down sounder at 110 kHz. The Model TCS385-300 (Orange) is ideal for watching the larger trawl nets. It is popular for cod nets and mid-water trawl nets. In Profile it operates at 300 kHz; in down sounder at 200 kHz. The Model TCS 385-500 (Yellow)for differentiating between species of rock fish and for cod and flatfish. Thanks to the extremely detailed discrimination near the bottom, the 500 allows captains to see more dispersed fish and dispersed or low target strength fish coming into the net. This model operates at 500 kHz in profile and 500 kHz in down sounder mode.

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The WESMAR booth at Pacific Marine Expo (PME) November 20-22 was full of fishermen interested in WESMAR’s Dennis Soderberg talking about the NEW TCS785 and TCS385 series trawls.

WESMAR calls the sleds ‘smart’ sleds because they are programmed to retain their settings. The TCS785 is three sonars in one. With forward scan, net profile, and sounder they are a necessary part of any trawl operation. Forward scan is for marking doors and tracking fish, and fish entry; and vertical sounder is to follow bottom and footrope. WESMAR has astutely color coded all the sleds ensuring their frequencies are recognized. The TCS385 is the new lightweight system with sleds designed to profile the net opening. Three sled options are available.

 

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