Johnathan Hillstrand’s On-Line Chat Transcript 07 May 1

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KenJ: The man overboard didn't go back to his ship - is this a law or tradition?

Johnathan Hillstrand: No, the only way we could send him back to his ship would have been to put him in a survival suit and put him back in the water. We didn't want to do that. So he stayed on our boat until we got back to port.

THE_MAILMAN: How long have you been a crab fisherman?

Johnathan Hillstrand: 27 years. Right out of high school.

teishaor: When a fisherman dies during the season, do the other captains and fisherman offer a portion of their earnings to the widow?

Johnathan Hillstrand: We have P&I, it pays the families. A million dollars; I think everyone's insured for that. I think they send them a quarter million pretty quickly. So, we have insurance that covers that.

Shipl: I've been watching the show and was there more than one on watch in the wheelhouse?

Johnathan Hillstrand: Sometimes. If someone's up there visiting or talking. I usually just designate one person. If someone hangs out up there, then they'll miss out on their sleep but that's their choice.

kayjayday: First off, you are awesome, totally my favorite boat. Nice save last week. What's the difference between the derby and the IFQ and which do you prefer?

Johnathan Hillstrand: I prefer the derby. There's not much difference because we catch them as quick as we can. We can't pick our weather because we're a day and a half out. If you wait for the weather to get nice because there's a storm out there it could be 3 or 4 days with a low coming through. Also, you can stack quota on your boat and fish it for $1/pound, that's how a lot of people get their big quotas. I just fish my own for whatever the cannery gives me. I guess I probably should join them, if you can't beat them join them, right? And put some quota on the boat.

braddeshong: Have you kept in touch with the fisherman you saved this season? How's he doing?

Johnathan Hillstrand: He's doing good. He's not fishing right now, and I'm supposed to see him next week.

emtibaby: When is the Time Bandit getting a website?

Johnathan Hillstrand: One is in the works, we'll send you the link on the discussion board when it's ready.

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