Original air date: April 4, 2006
As a pair of storm systems began converging on the fishing grounds, several boats faced major mechanical issues made even more dangerous by the bad weather. The Rollo had a number of problems common to older fishing boats: Leaking hydraulic lines on the crane; broken hoses on the coiling block; two old ropes giving way on two separate pots, causing both the loss of the pots and the crabs therein; and a broken steering computer. The Cornelia Marie limped back to Dutch Harbor with a blown head gasket that turned out to be worse than expected; parts had to be ordered from the Alaskan mainland, costing the crew time and money. The Maverick finally passed its Coast Guard inspection but stayed at Dutch Harbor due to weather conditions. Crew members on the Maverick voiced their discontent with Blake’s verbal excitement about taking on the job of Captain at mid-season, and even Captain Rick Quashnick appeared skeptical. As the weather changed, the Maverick finally left Dutch Harbor to join the rest of the fleet, while the Northwestern, after heavy discussions between the Hansen brothers, decided to seek refuge from the converging storms behind Amak Island.