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By Dan Rudy 

New fishing boats to join local fleet


Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

Gary Allen and Randy Easterly stand aboard the Jeannie Irene, which Easterly ordered last summer. Forty-nine feet long and able to cruise at 17 knots, the fishing vessel also sports a hull of corrosion-resistant vinylester resin.

A trio of new boats will be joining Wrangell's private fishing fleet this season, incorporating new technologies and improving work conditions for their owners.

After two and a half years, local fisherman Chris Guggenbickler is nearly finished with the Noelani, which means "mist of heaven" in Hawaiian.

At 42 feet long and 15 feet wide, the aluminum work boat will be about 4 feet by 1.5 feet larger than his previous vessel. In addition to being more spacious the boat will also be quite a bit taller, improving visibility.

Guggenbickler has been fishing for 49 years, by his own reckoning. "I'v...

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