Ed Hansen’s Online Chat Transcript 07 May 29

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emmie: Edgar, we've seen some of the other brothers take turns between working on the deck and being captain. Have you and Sig ever considered that for yourselves?

Edgar Hansen: Not really, because Sig is pretty much too lazy to go out on deck. And he's too old. So, it's my deck and it's run the way I like it. If he were to come down I'm sure he'd try to change things. I like where I'm at, which is pretty much as far away from Sig as possible. LOL He did take a turn down on deck this last season, a little something to look forward to on the show. But, no, his place is upstairs and mine is on deck. I'd like to keep it that way, until he's ready to give up the chair. Then I'll find another deckhand. Until then, I'll keep it the way it is.

Irisheyes: I bet you've heard this so many times your ears...and eyes...are starting to bleed, but what made you decide to do this?

Edgar Hansen: I didn't decide to fish, it was forced child labor. My dad made it so. He said if you're not going to go to college, don't be a dummy, go fish. So, he bought me my first plane ticket and shot me on up here. And here I am. Thank God.

HansenFan: Hi Edgar, my husband and I are big Northwestern fans! We were wondering what ever happened with that prank you and Sig pulled on Blake with the smelly fish under the captain's chair? Did it ever get discovered? Thanks for all the great crab! We appreciate you!

Edgar Hansen: I'm not sure. I don't know if he found it or not.

ftenelson: Hello Edgar. Much respect to you my man, you're very brave. As a truck driver here I've had many a long day, but never as long as you guys do. How in the sam hell do you guys stay up for so long?

Edgar Hansen: Well, greed is the main factor, and just being used to it. You'd be amazed at what your body can take if you do something long enough. I know truck driving ain't easy either. So, hat's off to you, my man!

Xanders Mommy: Would you ever let your daughters/sons crab fish?

Edgar Hansen: Oh God, no. I'm hoping not. I've got three college funds to start now. Maybe I'd bring my oldest boy up for summer time for salmon, so he can make extra money for a car or something. But as far as crab, no, I wouldn't want them to make their living this way. It's too much time away from home for an average guy.

robby: As an engineer, what was the hardest thing you had to fix on the Northwestern at sea?

Edgar Hansen: When you're in a pinch, hydraulics are probably the worst ones to pinpoint. When you lose power, it's the art of deduction. We've lost crab pumps, too, and that's no small chore to fix. It's the pumps that keep water flowing to the tanks. If we lose one of those, it's a pretty big chore. We bring the boat down every year to repair, and hopefully for preventative maintenance. That's why we've never had major breakdowns at sea.

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