Perhaps the program was about the herring fishery off Cordova, AK? This used to be a huge fishery with lots of boats, many with their own spotters in airplanes guiding the payout of the nets. The pilots would get so engrossed in their work that there were lots of near-misses and a few mid-airs over the herring grounds.
I've done net-guiding from an airplane for a local fishing crew in Hawaii who fished for schools of reef fish in the waters around Oahu. Since it's the pilot's job to actually guide the boat pulling the net around the school (we used CB radios for this) it's easy to see how one could get so engrossed in guiding the net that other aircraft in the area are ignored until it's too late.
Note the seine boat in the water behind Yankee Boy in the fishing shot.* Talk about a unique watercraft.....* They are carried tipped up on the stern of the seiner on the way to and from the fishing area.* They are simply brute force with a hull.* Welded up out of heavy aluminum, most of them powered with the biggest gas V-8 the builder can get his hands on.* Usually a Chevy 454 or Ford*460 or thereabouts.* Unmuffled engine, huge three-bladed prop in a protective cage, and a massive Sampson post amidships.* Single-lever*control mounted on a cross-member behind the engine box.* The helmsman is lucky if he has a place to sit.* It's the seine boat's job to pull the heavy*net out and around the fish, hence the need for vast amounts of power.
Using FF's motorsailor performance ratio (with the sail part first) a seine boat is probably a 0/1 unless brute power is factored into the equation in which case it would be 0/infinity *
Note that the helmsman is wearing hearing protection in the photo.* I suspect this is a PR
or staged shot because I've never seen anyone running a seine boat (they bring them over to the fuel dock near us from the commercial basin) with hearing protection.* The commercial basin is probably about a quarter mile from us with lots of boat houses between us and it, but we can still*hear a seine boat fire up and then get louder and louder as it comes around to the fuel dock.* By the time it gets into our fairway it's hard to hear yourself talk.
-- Edited by Marin on Tuesday 26th of May 2009 04:07:49 PM