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Old 04-05-2007, 09:03 PM
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Anybody know what type of charting software commercial alaskan crabbers use? Everytime I watch the Deadliest Catch, they show they charting software. Seems like very detailed charts with excellent bottom contours. Anyone know what software they use? I doubt its anything like on the recreational market...
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Most of the commercial Boats I deal with here in the northeast use Psea Win-Plot:

http://www.p-sea.com/

It's a clunky, klugely mess of a program, with a bizarre user interface, IMO, but these guys use it becuase it's what everyone else uses, so they can swap tows and hangs around the fleets.

I like the Raytech software better.
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The Deadliest Catch ain’t real! It’s a bunch of actors filmed in front of a blue screen, and then all of background is put in by computers.


I know it doesn’t' answer your Q, but before I unplugged the sat TV I was watching a similar show about East Coast lobster fishermen. Not as dangerous but it kept my interest.


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I've seen Fugawi software on many commercial fishing boats around seattle, I think they might have a useable demo somewhere here:

http://www.fugawi.com/web/products/f...marine_enc.htm
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They also get the contours and color codes from the Fishery which studies the state and location of the crab each year.

About the ONLY thing I learned in that lobster show, was there are ALOT of IDIOTS in the NE fishing. How many times did the draggers drag strings of pots around (most likely on purpose) and how many times did all they do is talk about how they don't want to let the "new guy" in the area.... as if they own the ocean.

Funny how you don't see any of that in Alaska, do ya.
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I'm a Captain of a factory trawler fishing bottom fish in Alaska. The "Most Dangerous Catch" is fairly decent but they do embellish it some. The nasty weather is real though.

Here is the most common program used in the Bering Sea and Aleutians.
It's ECC Globe:
http://www.electroniccharts.com/
It's actually a halfway decent plotter system as the bathy charts for the Bering Sea is fairly good. Terrain Builder is a decent option as you can build you own bottom mapping for areas that aren't covered well like the Aleutian Island area where we spend some of our time fishing. Other than good bathy maps that come with the plotter one of the main reasons most if not all of the boats fishing in Alaska use ECC is the graphic display of all the restricted sea lion zones where we can't fish. The zones change depending what fishery we are in and at times what stage of a fishery we are in. It would be impossible to keep track of these zones without this plotter.

We also have another plotter system on board that does a much better job than ECC with the bottom maping. It is OLEX which is under the Simrad umbrella. It's got a great 3d feature.
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kimbrey54 - 4/10/2007 1:53 AM

I'm a Captain of a factory trawler fishing bottom fish in Alaska. The "Most Dangerous Catch" is fairly decent but they do embellish it some. The nasty weather is real though.

Here is the most common program used in the Bering Sea and Aleutians.
It's ECC Globe:
http://www.electroniccharts.com/
It's actually a halfway decent plotter system as the bathy charts for the Bering Sea is fairly good. Terrain Builder is a decent option as you can build you own bottom mapping for areas that aren't covered well like the Aleutian Island area where we spend some of our time fishing. Other than good bathy maps that come with the plotter one of the main reasons most if not all of the boats fishing in Alaska use ECC is the graphic display of all the restricted sea lion zones where we can't fish. The zones change depending what fishery we are in and at times what stage of a fishery we are in. It would be impossible to keep track of these zones without this plotter.

We also have another plotter system on board that does a much better job than ECC with the bottom maping. It is OLEX which is under the Simrad umbrella. It's got a great 3d feature.
That is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for the link, that software looks insane!

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