Rod Miller had his gillnetter, Tri-umph, hauled out at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op this spring. Now it is back in the water and the shipwrights are running sea trials today. Martin Mills, managed the project installing 3 new engines, 355 horsepower Cummins engines that drive Hamilton jets. With the engines computerized, new wiring was mounted by Matt Henderson for the display on the dash. A portion of the vessel’s side had a new aluminum piece welded and replaced by Martin and Paul Van Dyke.
Tri-umph operates out of Bristol Bay in Naknek, Alaska, fishing for Sockeye Salmon. Rod is a second generation fisherman, who bought his first boat when he was just 19 years old. He has owned ten boats during his career since. Currently he operates Rocky B, Oogruk, and Tri-umph, fishing halibut, black cod, salmon, crab, and sometimes albacore; using gillnetters, longliners, pots, and jigs. He and his crew are very hands-on. He believes this to be a safety issue, emphasizing the importance of understanding how his boats work, in order to properly trouble shoot when necessary out at sea. They have handled some of the mechanical work along side the Shipwrights Co-op. Rod’s two sons also fish in Bristol Bay. His son Erin owns DoubleD’s vessel and Heath, a firefighter, fishes seasonally with Erin. We wish them all a great fishing season!