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Marco Shipyard in Seattle built Norseman as one of their highly successful and seaworthy crabbers. Designed to survive the North Pacific and Bering Sea, she was a seasoned veteran of the demanding winter crab fishery in far northern waters, but in 2004 was bought out of the fishery with 24 other vessels as part of a fleet-size reduction program. My friend Phil Fuller, once an engineer for Marco and a former part owner of a sister ship, spotted her on the market in Seattle and quickly organized a partnership to purchase Norseman and give her a new life. Bruce Whittemore, now retired, was the chief naval architect for Marco Shipyard. With very little prodding from Phil, Bruce began working up plans for the conversion. A resurrection took place on his drawing board and a very comfortable 108-ft, former Bering Sea king crab vessel, three-deck expedition yacht emerged. W... (more)