FV Time Bandit

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Name: Time Bandit
Owner: Andy Hillstrand, Johnathan Hillstrand and Neal Hillstrand
Operator: Andy Hillstrand, Johnathan Hillstrand
Ordered: John Hillstrand Sr.
Builder: Giddings Boat Works, Coos Bay, Oregon
In service: 1991
Homeport: Homer, Alaska
Status: Active
General characteristics
Class and type: Fishing vessel, former Power scow
Tonnage: 298 GT
Length: 113 ft (34 m)
Beam: 28 ft (8.5 m)
Draft: 8 ft (2.4 m)
Installed power: Two 600 hp Cummins diesels
Propulsion: Two 58 × 55 prop
Speed: 9 knots (17 km/h; 10 mph)
Capacity: 137 pots
Crew: 6

Hull and superstructure, black;

trim/wheel house/lettering, white

The FV Time Bandit is a commercial crab fishing vessel co-captained by brothers Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand. It is featured on the Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch. The Time Bandit is a 113-foot house aft boat owned by the Hillstrand brothers that was designed by the Hillstrands' father. The five men helped custom-build the boat's interior, including some comforts unheard of in a crab boat: a four-man sauna, state rooms with queen-size beds and a dishwasher.[1] The vessel carries 137 crab pots.

The ship is currently for sale at $2.8 million dollars on the Dock Street Brokers website [1]


Three of the five Hillstrand brothers make up the six-man crew. Manning the helm are either Johnathan Hillstrand, typically during the King crab season, or Andy Hillstrand, typically during the Opilio crab season, with their youngest brother Neal Hillstrand serving as engineer and Neal's sons, Axel and Phillip Hillstrand, working as deckhands. All three elder Hillstrands act as mechanics for the boat as well.[2]

Justin Tennison, an engineer on the Time Bandit for two seasons, was found dead in a Homer, Alaska, hotel room on 22 February 2011.[3] An autopsy revealed that his death was due to complications related to sleep apnea.

Additional specifications[edit]

The engine and prop upgrades were detailed in a special episode of Deadliest Catch about the history of the Time Bandit on 16 April 2013.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Deadliest Catch - Season 2". Discovery Channel.
  2. ^ "Deadliest Catch - Season 2 and following". Discovery Channel.
  3. ^ "Deadliest Catch boat crew member found dead". CNN. 22 February 2011. Retrieved 24 February 2011.
  4. ^ a b "New Power In The Heart of the Beast". Alan Haig-Brown. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Deadliest Catch - Meet the Men". Discovery Communications, LLC. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  6. ^ List of Deadliest Catch episodes#Specials

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