Emergency Disentanglement


You may know the television show SWORDS – a reality show about “longline boats" that hunt swordfish in the North Atlantic. Or you might have seen the movie A Perfect Storm with Mark Wahlberg and George Clooney. What do the movie and the TV show have in common? The Eye Fleet of course!

Longline swordfishing is a unique style of making a living from the ocean. Rather than trap swordfish like you might do with shrimp - in a net - or crab and lobster - in a trap - swordfishing boats put out a long, thick line of monofilament (nearly ¼” in diameter) for many miles. Every 10 or 15 feet there is an attached “leader" line that’s 10 or 12 feet long with a large, baited hook on the end. Think of it as fishing on steroids!

This longline is set and then the boat goes back to the beginning and reels it in, with MONSTER fish on the hooks… Some of them weighing half a ton or more! The idea is to catch the expensive meat of swordfish, but other big pelagics can be caught too… Like bluefin or yellowfin tuna, mahi-mahi, marlin, and sailfish. In some cases, just ONE of these fish can have a retail value of over $8k!

…Which is really good – ‘cause a longliner vessel may travel from the tip of Nova Scotia – the “Flemish Cap” of A Perfect Storm fame – to Puerto Rico to get “on the fish.”

…Which is why Port Royal, South Carolina makes so much sense… And why they come here to refuel, restock, and unload their amazing catch. Well... That, and because they want DEEP SOUTH DIVERS to work on their boats!

The Eye Fleet – Eagle Eye, Eagle Eye II, and Eyelander – along with the sister ship Sea Hawk – are here regularly… And choose DEEP SOUTH DIVERS to perform their submerged maintenance. Here's some video of us working on them:

This is the same Eye Fleet featured in the TV series SWORDS. This is the same fleet featured in the movie The Perfect Storm – talk to any of the captains and he will tell you what it was like to live the reality from which that movie was made.

We love the Eye Fleet – they use us to keep their sea chests clear, their propellers polished, and most of all – any stray monofilament (“mono”) from wrapping around their props and walking up the prop shaft and damaging the boat’s cutlass bearing. Sometimes the mono solidifies from the friction of the ship's massive engine and becomes a giant ring that's nearly impossible to get off!

Thank you for your continued business, Jim and the Eye Fleet! We will always drop what we are doing to come work on your beautiful steel-hulled stars!

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