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Andy Hillstrand’s Online Chat Transcript, June 5, 2007

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Tigersheet36: Hi Andy, love the show. Who does all of the cooking on the boat?

Andy Hillstrand: My brother Neal does a lot of the cooking, and he's one of the best cooks. He cooks really well. And he also helps me run the boat for opilio at certain times as a relief skipper.

Red gold: The music you have on your MySpace page, do you listen to it on the boat? Looks like a mix of all kinds.

Andy Hillstrand: Yes, we listen to all different sorts of music. With the show, we can't listen to music because they're filming. I love country, rock and roll. I grew up listening to every kind of music you could imagine. A good hip hop song, I'll listen to it. Sometimes late at night you need pounding hard rock. Sometimes after a stressful time, you need some classical music, something to calm you down. It can get pretty hectic at times.

Korte: Do you have a "crab jig" that you dance when things are looking good, like your brother?

Andy Hillstrand: Yes, I did the thing last season called the "rodeo dance" — throw my little lariat around.

Mmarybeth27: Hey Captain Andy!! My family loves the show. My 2—year—old loves the "wata and cabbies." Do you have small children and do you allow them to watch some of the most dangerous things you do?

Andy Hillstrand: I have a 19-year-old daughter, and a 25-year-old daughter, and they pretty much grew up around boats. They've gone on a few fishing trips with me for cod. I've always been really honest with them, so they know what their dad does. They're two of the best girls in the world.

Bethany: Andy, watching After the Catch right now! I'm a big fan! When do you get to sleep when you are out?

Andy Hillstrand: Very rarely. But we sleep in maybe 4-hour intervals at times. We have what we call wheel watches, where everyone takes a one-hour watch. So you might get 4-5 hours of sleep at a time when you're not fishing. And when you're fishing, you just don't sleep — you just keep fishing because the crab never quit climbing in your pots!

Aroostook: How do you keep the water in your 4 person Jacuzzi that you supposedly have on board?

Andy Hillstrand: We actually have a sauna on the boat. We don't have a Jacuzzi, just a 2-man sauna. And believe me, it's as nice as a 4-man Jacuzzi when it's 40 below!

Abes: I really enjoyed the flour bombs. Will there be more this season and how did you come up with that?

Andy Hillstrand: My brother John came up with the idea off the old version of what people used to put in bags and set on fire. So he decided to try some flour, and it was absolutely the best thing I've ever seen in my life! Doesn't matter if they put it out fast or slow, it's still going to explode. I couldn't believe it worked so well. We actually did it to another boat, but I don't know if it will end up on the show. We did ten flour bombs altogether — 3 on the buoy setup and they thought that was all of them, but we had 7 more waiting in the middle.

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