When Fran Kaul made the move to build a boat in 2011 , she went about the project a bit like Goldilocks ,eschewing a little too small and way too fancy for just the right boat .The boat she had fished for previous 20 years did not have a top house , and that coupled with Bristol Bay´s notoriously nasty summer weather , made Kaul pine for a boat with covered bridge .
A strong seller´s market for boats offered incentive to sell her existing boat ,and build a new one .Kaul choose a Dick Smitha hull design , but had NDI , a custom aluminum boat builder , built it on Whidbey Island , Wash.
The Janet Elaine is powered with a 600-hp Scania D-113 M Series matched up with a ZF Marine 360 gear and a 24-inch Namjet .The jet propusulsion ,compared to a traditional prop ,compared to a traditional prop , gains Kaul speed , maneuverability and access to the shallow river waters of the bay .Through the gains weight and “sail effect ” with a larger top house ,Kaul says ,”It´s really nice to be able to talk on the radios and be dry .” She also finds the larger deck space to be useful .The deck is way bigger and has a longer distance between the roller and the reel , so you can have more pickers and pick faster .”
Through Kaul sometimes daydreams about building a buffalo bridge or relocating her deck controls , she says ,” A lot of people built their boats and spent piles of money trying to make them better and better and better .I didn´t feel the need to do that ” . The Janet Elaine has remained relatively unchanged since 2011.When Kaul asked friends for help naming the new boat , she received many comedic suggestions , including Deadliest Cougar and Diva , but in the end “dear old mom won out ” , and Kaul named the boat after her mother .It seems that as soon as 89-year-old Janet Elaine had a bottle of champagne cracked over the bow , the boat was just right .
Name of the boat :Janet Elaine
Home port:Juneau ,Alaska
Owner:Fran Kaul ,Winthrop ,Wash
Builder :NDI,Whidbey Island ,Wash
Hull material :Aluminum
Year built :2011
Fishery :Bristol Bay gillnetting
Tonnage:17 gross , 14 net
Propulsion ;Scania D-113 M Series ,in-line 6 cylinder 600 hp
Gearbox:Twin Disc ZF 360
Inverter :Magnum 3,000 watt
Proppeller :24″ Namjet
Fuel:30 gph@23 knots
Generators :Mitsubishi 7.5 -ton
Fuel capacity :200 gallons
Freshwater capacity :50 gallons
Hold capacity :16,000 pounds
Crew:4 at peak
Electronics:Comnav with jog and rudder indicator , Garmin 4212 interface sounder ,radar , GPS,plotter ,Standard Horizon VHF ,Uniden 2-meter , Ritchie magnetic compass