Boat of the month: Gotta Luv It

October 5, 2021

Ben Zdan bought the lobster and stone crabeater boat Gotta Luv It five years ago. Ben Zdan photo

Ben Zdan’s purpose-built lobster and crab boat was built in Marathon, Florida in 1973, long before her current skipper was born.

Zdan, 31, acquired it five years ago from a fellow commercial fisherman who was retiring from the company and kept his name because he thought it would be unlucky to change it.

Zdan carried out renovations so thorough on the 48 foot fiberglass that it could pass for new. New deck, gunwales, wheelhouse, hydraulic systems, AC cooled cabin and two year old diesel engine.

It catches 6,000 crab traps and 2,500 lobster traps from summer to spring in deep and shallow waters from the Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico west to the Dry Tortugas, using a tunnel hull. that only pulls three feet.

Zdan began his career as a charter boat captain, leading a 52-foot Viking sport fisherman for a Middle Keys couple who decided to engage in commercial trapping and then made him a partner. Zdan has a free hand in running the business.

“I have fished here my whole life,” Zdan said. “Lobster and stone crab, that’s all I do. “

Boat specifications

MANUFACTURER: Gary Rentz YEAR OF CONSTRUCTION: 1973 PEACH : Lobster, stone crab HULL CONSTRUCTION: Fiberglass LENGTH: 48 feet SHINE: 14 feet DISORGANIZED: 3 feet CREW CAPACITY: 4 TONNAGE: 34 gross tons MAIN PROPULSION: Track, 1000 hp GEARBOX: ZF 2: 1 gearbox GENERATOR: Phason 8 kW HELIX: Nibral 36 “x 36” TREE: 2 3/4 “stainless steel DECK CAPACITY: 800 stone crab pots; 300 lobster pots FRESH WATER CAPACITY: 100 gallons FUEL CAPACITY: 1000 gallons CRUISING SPEED: 18 knots FUEL CONSUMPTION: 24 gallons per hour (cruising speed) ELECTRONIC: Garmin 212 GPS; Nobeltec XO computer (seabed mapping); Simrad ES70 depth sounder; two Icom VHF radios; Furuno Navnet radar; two Cruisair AC units

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