SG Deckhand – Age 36, Friday Harbor, Wash.
Dave and Jake have been friends for the past 10 years, and while he’s a master sandblaster, steel worker, and welder, Dave has never worked on a crab boat or been in rough seas before. This greenhorn will start at the bait station, but will be a handy man for Jake to have on board with all the mechanical issues on the Saga – especially with the hydro malfunction last season that resulted in a wrecking ball pot. In the pre-season, Dave sandblasted and painted the Saga, consulted with Jake on needed repairs, and made some repairs, including reinforcing the shelter wall. The biggest problem Dave sees on board is the testy launcher. Dave is married with three sons, and he and his wife have taken in a 16-year-old girl from a family friend, and are helping make sure she’s ready for college, for which she has received a scholarship. “I’ve had a lot of hard times in my life, so don’t want someone else to go through that.”