There’s an endless debate about whether small fishing boats and boats generally are better than their larger brethren. Let’s see fishing expert flannel fishermen opinion.
Realities of Working on Smaller Fishing Boats
With smaller fishing boats, you can operate with a skeleton crew and all get along swimmingly. You have to because it’s a reasonably small deck to work on and everyone is performing multiple roles.
There’s no room for bad attitudes or tempers flaring on small boats because you cannot get away from each other at the end of the trip unless you’re coming back into shore every night.
With smaller boats, you’re far less likely to stay out on the water for more than a one-day trip because it’s too small to have sleeping quarters in almost all cases. There’s just enough space for all the gear and a general rest area, other than the bridge itself.
Maintenance on a Small Fishing Boat
To maintain a fishing boat, it needs to be washed down and cleaned on a regular basis. Everything from seaweed to fish guts is likely to wash into the boat eventually and this won’t either smell good or help the deck hold up over time.
Re-treat the deck when it’s showing sign of wear and repair any damage that becomes evident.
Look at the exterior hull to see if there’s any Knicks out of it that need repairing. Repaint areas that require it when the boat is put on a boat trailer and allowed to dry off.
Battery Management on Small Boats
A small boat will often have a starter battery which is devoted to getting the boat’s engine started each time. It supplies a burst of power for a short duration to effectively kick start the engine. That’s its sole purpose.
It’s useful for small vessels to also have one or more deep cycle batteries. These can run all kinds of other boat appliances including navigational equipment, spare trolling motors in case the main engine fails, power for winches and even entertainment systems to keep fisherman entertained.
Sometimes a dual-purpose battery will be used to perform both functions, however, this is a bit risky. If too much power is used on boat appliances, insufficient energy may be left in the battery to start the engine to head back to shore.
Realities of Larger Boats
Compared to smaller boats, larger ones will have a greater amount of space to move around and store gear. They’ll often have sleeping areas for the crew, but they’re not large and are mostly bunk beds or hammocks in the more basic boat setups.
Larger boats take considerably more upkeep to run them successfully. Their repairs and ongoing maintenance tend to be never-ending. Essentially, the more systems inherent in a vessel, the greater number of problems will crop up.
In terms of batteries, more batteries are required to supply enough power to a larger vessel. While they’ll be space for backups and redundancies when compared to a small boat, a larger crew is required permanently to operate and maintain a bigger boat making it impractical for occasional use.