In the shallow waters around Smith Island, watermen harvest crabs in boats like this replica. Dragging a special dredge called a crab scrape behind the boat, they rake up peeler crabs hiding on the bottom. The boats have a low draft, allowing them to get around in shallow water, where blue crabs hide in eelgrass to shed their shells. The low sides on the boat make it easier to pull the crab scrape up over the side.
Built: 2002, St. Michaels, MD by volunteers and staff of the CBMM Boatyard
Length: 29 ft, 4 in (8.96 m)
Beam: 10 ft, 3 in (3.14 m)
Draft: 1 ft, 8 in (0.55 m)
Volunteer, Smith Island Crab Scraping Boat, 2002.
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