March 26, 2023


Moving Forward

New Bedford fishing boat owner faces difficult investment decision

Pedro Cura experienced a choice to make.  

Previous September, Paulo Valente was coming by Butler’s Flat, heading back to the dock, when suddenly the engine blew in the dragger he captains for Cura and his enterprise partner.   

The dress in and tear from the several fishing outings aboard Fisherman, as she’s called, experienced brought about the damage, Valente explained. The engine had presently been rebuilt a couple periods about the decades. 

Valente started off functioning for Cura aboard the dragger, also termed a trawler, in February final yr, and he was not positive what would occur next. Due to the fact he began doing work for him, Cura has been doing work to upgrade the boat and get it modernized. 

One of the solutions Cura was entertaining was cutting up the boat for scrap metallic and just calling it a day. A different was applying elements from a further old engine he observed to rebuild it. Instead, he resolved to obtain a new engine from Windward Energy Programs in Fairhaven a thirty day period later. 

Windward Power Systems technician Jack Benway walks across the exposed hull of the fishing boat Fisherman as he works on the cooling system of the new engine they have installed aboard the New Bedford fishing boat.

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“They convinced him to go with the new electric power plant that is much more fuel-economical and more reliable, and that’s when he came to me and explained, ‘Well, if you promise me you can expect to remain below, I will put the money back into the boat,’” Valente mentioned. “And I determined to stay listed here.”