From Port of Toledo:
Fishing Vessel Redeemer recently had a lot of work done on her at the Toledo Boat Yard – worked that was capped off with the traditional “re-Christening” of the vessel with a bottle of bubbly.
The Port of Toledo’s crew celebrated with the F/V Redeemer’s owner, crew, family, and friends as the newly rebuilt vessel was launched. The boat is owned by Gary Ripka and recently featured in the Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove. The Redeemer fishes black cod, tuna, crab, and is set up to bottom fish.
The vessel was sponsoned (widened) by five feet and three feet were cut off the bow and added to the stern. A bulbous bow was added and the vessel was repowered. Local boatwright Reino Randall was the project manager and coordinated the work completed by the vessel’s crew which worked along side the Port’s welding, fitting and paint crews.
This was a community project with many local vendors contributing their talents, including Curry Marine, Brent Steenkolk, Englund Marine, Norm Halsey, Dustin Custom Fiberglass, Yaquina Boat Equipment, Halco Welding, and Oregon Coast Bank … forgive us if we missed you!
It was great to get the Redeemer back in the water so the crew can get back to work fishing.
As a side-note from NLC.com, it’s also important that the Port of Newport iron out the logistic issues surrounding multiple uses of its International Terminal so that the fishing industry can be served alongside large shipping which the port is trying so hard to get re-established. A strong Port of Newport, homeport to so many fishing vessels, means a strong and viable future for Toledo’s own boat works, in which the Port of Toledo has made a huge investment itself. New Newport Port Commission President Patricia Patrick Joling pledged to the community recently that the port will find a way to serve both major port user groups to the economic benefit of the entire region.