By Dave Ferrell
Ever since the first purpose-built fishing boats hit the water, the men who piloted them stretched the limits of their vessels and their crews in search of bigger and more abundant catches. From commercial cod fishermen that branched out from Europe to the shores of the New World in search of cod to the intrepid whalers out of New England who sailed around the world to harvest oceanic goliaths for their valuable oil. Traveling long distances on the sea for months or years at a time has always been an expensive and risky business. Those facts haven’t changed to this day; the boats capable of sustaining crews and safely navigating great distances come with a large price tag.