After his arrival in the Northwest, Jeff
crewed aboard a variety of vessels trying to get a "feel" for what kind
of fishery and style of vessel was the best fit. He determined that starting small
was the better bet and went in search of a boat that would best suit
The F/V Belle started
out her life in our
She was originally a U.S. Navy vessel and after conversion entered the
commercial salmon fishery.
When Jeff bought her,
there was a "Wide
across her stern. It was apparently left there from when she was
Believe it or not, the original U.S. Documentation lists her name as
"F/V Wide Load"!
She was re-named "Belle"
after Jeff's much
Left: F/V Belle up on the shipyard "ways" at the Bumble Bee
Right: Who is that
F/V Western Skies