Ed Hansen’s Online Chat Transcript 07 May 29

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mcas8: What is your favorite prank you've pulled while on the boat?

Edgar Hansen: I think the best one so far was painting prison stripes on Matt's rain gear; that was basically right in front of him.

Patty: Have you ever lost a fellow member at sea?

Edgar Hansen: No! I don't want to talk about that. No, and we never will and it's bad luck to even talk about it.

crabmaster: You seem to relish breaking in this season's greenhorn. What's your philosophy on breaking in greenhorns?

Edgar Hansen: My philosophy is do unto others as has been done unto you. My dad owned a boat and believe me I got my butt kicked more than once. And believe me, it taught me how to be a good fisherman. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Rona: What was your first crab fishing experience? What kind of greenhorn were you?

Edgar Hansen: My first experience was hell, I lived in hell for two years, literally. I made $100 a day on my first 2—1/2 years on the boat, and back then we were working 7—8 months straight with no breaks. These guys that trained me were old school. So I got yelled at, belittled, stuff thrown at me. It was no picnic, let's put it that way.

fawcett: Norman seems to be the quietest of the Hansen brothers. Does he ever play pranks on you? Or is he the mediator between you and Sig?

Edgar Hansen: The only mediator we have on board is Matt, he's our on—board psychologist. Norman is just Norman; he's a hermit. He likes keeping to himself and does. He knows what to do, does what he's told. He's the perfect deckhand. One thing about not talking — he doesn't talk back!

Lhiiiz: Edgar, if you were to do anything else with your life, what would it be?

Edgar Hansen: I'd probably be a finish carpenter or fixing houses. Or a gigolo. Take your pick. LOL

mandyevandy: What is your worst fear while on the boat?

Edgar Hansen: I think that would probably be obvious. I'd rather not say, but I'm sure you can get the picture.

keithl: Is it hard to get a job on one of the boats?

Edgar Hansen: It's very hard. Jobs are scarce and there's more guys looking for work nowadays than ever. Not just because of the show, but because of the way the new regulations are. There's like 200—300 people looking for crab jobs that were working before. So, getting a job nowadays is probably 1 in a million. You just have to be in the right place at the right time.

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