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Old 12-03-2012, 02:51 PM
 
Location: upstate NY
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work has been crappy where i live in upstate ny so i'm heading out to dutch harbor i should be out there by jan 1. i'm 29yrs old and use to working hard days working all kinds of construction, landscaping, and moving jobs. just looking for a foot in the door on a crabbing boat. i'm a fast learner not a big complainer, sea legs are good. i just want to work. email me Gsxboy99@aol.com
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:54 PM
 
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I hope you get it. Its a tough job but sounds like you qualify. Good luck.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:07 PM
 
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OK, so work is crappy where you live, so you're going to another place where work is crappy...

there's always the off-chance that you'll be in the right place at the right time to get on a boat, but it isn't that easy. I hope that you have a solid plan B.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:34 PM
 
Location: upstate NY
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i've been doing all my research in where to go, when to be there, who to meet and talk to, what gear to get, where to stay, and how to get there. its been an on going thing scene i leave dec 30-31. i just about have all my gear ready including wet weather gear for crabbing and survival gear. i'm use to being prepared since i work out doors all year since i was younger. i'm confident i can network and walk the dock and meet ppl cus i really dont sleep much to begin with so i'll be up all hrs walkin. as for living i'm use to roughing it, i bought a good tend and a good sub zero sleeping bag and all the gear i need. i'm saving money till then. i'll be out there around jan 1st so i can help put the boat together. well that's my plan. i know i can find work at a fish processor plant as a plan b or any other type of work i can find to network myself around the docks.
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Palmer
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If you have money to stay live on until you find work, if you look and act like a solid guy and hard worker, and if you stay out of trouble Dutch Harbor will be a good place for you. It is also a good place to get into a lot of trouble if you trend that way.
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:32 PM
 
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Being prepared is good; you'd be surprised (or maybe you wouldn't be) at those who just show up with no real plan who think that crab boat jobs are easily obtained. It's not going to be easy, especially since reality tv glamorized crab fishing, but you might be able to pull it off. At least you know something about what you're getting into.
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:33 PM
 
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I thought crab season was in October? Or are there different seasons for different crabs?
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:44 PM
 
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January's a big crab month in that region too.
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:01 PM
 
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Ah thanks.

Best of luck to the TC. Try to remember to take some pictures and tell us about your experience. Unalaska (and the Aleutians in general) seems like one of the more unique places on Earth.
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:29 PM
 
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Snow crab season starts in January.

One thing that might not work in your favor, OP, is that snow crab quotas for the January opening are going to be way down from what they have been in the past.

The thing with crabbing is that there are always crew members who don't work out -- usually a week or so into the season. Being right there is your chance to take their place.

Even if you don't drink, hit up the local bar(s) where the fishermen go.
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