FV North American
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|Owner:||F/V North American LLC, Erling Skaar|
|Port of registry:||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Builder:||Marco Shipyards, Seattle|
|Yard number:||269, Seattle|
|Length:||110 ft (34 m)|
|Draft:||14 ft (4.3 m)|
The F/V North American is one of the commercial crab fishing boats featured on the Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch. The boat is owned by Erling Skaar. Both sons of Erling Skaar, Sten and John Skaar, work the boat. Sten Skaar captains the North American for all crabbing voyages.
The North American was built in 1975 in Seattle. The North American is the only crab fishing vessel to currently be equipped with the Gen-Tech system, an environmentally conscious fuel saving system which produces substantially less carbon emissions and cuts fuel usage almost in half. When the North American isn't fishing in the Bering Sea for king crab and opilio crab, the boat is being used as a research vessel for studies in green maritime technology and oil research, and is promoted as the embodiment of global green maritime innovation.