As Captain Hewlett maneuvers the boat out of the harbour, the crew goes about their various tasks making the boat ready for the long day ahead. As they approach the line of traps that have been “soaking” on the ocean floor, the captain slows. The routine will be one that’s repeated for everyone of the hundreds of traps on the floor. The boat goes into neutral as they pass the buoy, hook the buoy, put the line into the winch, boat goes back into gear, wind in the trap, slide it across the transom, pull out the crabs or lobsters, rebait the trap and drop it back into the Atlantic. The cycle repeats, over, and over and over again. Sometimes, the mate may miss a buoy, and Captain Hewlett will put the boat into astern and back up, then carry on ahead again. All in all, a typical day will result in the transmission being shifted over 1000 times. If there was ever an application that would test the strength and durability of a transmission and it’s shift technology, this is it. As they haul trap after trap like a well oiled machine, the crew say that the new transmission, with its smooth shifting really makes a difference. They don’t have to physically brace for the shift in and out of gear, because they don’t feel it anymore. It’s a small thing, but bracing for the surge with each shift really adds to the physical strain, never mind the work at hand. The long day ends late with the unloading of the catch, and a wash down of the boat and all it’s equipment. It will be a short night at home, as 5:30 will come early again, but with a short season and a quota to catch, the money is made when the sun shines, or maybe a bit before.