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Van Peer Boatworks Finishes the 56 Foot Boat Anita


Photo: Ten days until the "ANITA" will be launched, what a site that will be!

Earlier Phase of the 56 Foot Boat “Anita”

 An estimated crowd of about 50 people gathered along Highway 20 to witness the newly finished fishing boat “Anita”. This boat took under a year to construct and will be used to fish in Washington and Alaskan waters.

Trost Jacking and Heavy Moving Incorporated moved the boat with the help of 2 large dump trucks which were cabled to the rear of the boat for extra braking power to help move the fishing boat down the very steep South Harbor Drive, down to Noyo Harbor, Fort Bragg, to the Noyo Mooring Basin and the boat launching facilities.


The Anita safely down the steep South Harbor Drive at the Noyo Mooring Basin

The fishing boat Anita is proudly owned by Jay Gillman. This second boat Anita is 56 feet long, 22 feet wide and 10 feet deep and can carry 100,000 pounds of fish. The Anita is designed for catching blackcod/halibut fishing which they plan on doing in Alaska and crab in the winter in Washington. This is the second boat that Jay Gillman had built by Boatworks owner Chris Van Peer. The first boat which was called Stella which was larger at 60 feet long, 24.5 feet wide and 10 feet deep. Gillman said he has known Boatworks owner Chris Van Peer since about 1997, when they built his previous fishing boat, Stella.

The final things to finish before taking the Anita home will be the mast, crab lights and some navigation instrumentation have yet to be installed. They figure it will be about a week or so before it will be ready to go out to sea and back to Washington.

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