If you have ever watched Deadliest Catch, you might wonder how fast a crab boat is, and what the average speeds are. I’ve done all the research for you, and you can see the results in the table below.

How fast does a crab fishing boat go?

To find out what the average speed of a crab boat is, I took a look at the Marine Traffic website. It monitors the positions and speeds of fishing vessels, so I was able to search for the crab boats on Deadliest Catch, to see how fast they go.

Crab Boat NameSizeAverage Crab Boat Speed
Aleutian Ballad107 feet8.2 knots (9 mph / 15 km/h)
Cornelia Marie125 feet14.5 knots (17 mph / 27 km/h)
Early Dawn108 feet10.6 knots (12 mph / 20 km/h)
Erla-N108 feet13 knots (15 mph / 24 km/h)
Farwest Leader110 feet8.9 knots (10 mph / 16 km/h
Fierce Allegiance166 feet10.7 knots (12 mph / 20 km/h)
FV Northwestern125 feet12 knots (14 mph / 22 km/h)
Kiska Sea125 feet7.5 knots (9 mph / 14 km/h)
Lisa Marie78 feet8.1 knots (9 mph / 15 km/h)
Maverick92 feet9.2 knots (11 mph / 17 km/h)
Ramblin’ Rose108 feet6.7 knots (8 mph / 12 km/h)
Retriever133 feet10.7 knots (12 mph / 20 km/h)
Rollo105 feet7.7 knots (9 mph / 14 km/h)
Saga109 feet8.8 knots (10 mph / 16 km/h)
Southern Wind148 feet9.7 knots (11 mph / 18 km/h)
Summer Bay105 feet8.6 knots (10 mph / 16 km/h)
Time Bandit113 feet9 knots (10 mph / 17 km/h)
Trailblazer133 feet8.2 knots (9 mph / 15 km/h)
Vixen98 feet7.8 knots (9 mph / 14 km/h)
Western Viking86 feet12.6 knots (14 mph / 23 km/h)
Wizard156 feet9.5 knots (11 mph / 18 km/h)

What is the average speed of a crab boat?

This data above is calculated due to the way in which the crab boats are tracked using GPS technology. It gives us some really interesting insight into how fast crab boats go when fishing.

Based on the table of data above, I crunched the numbers to give us an average speed of a crab boat.

The average speed of a crab boat is 9.6 knots. That means a crab boat will on average go as fast at 11 miles per hour (17.7 kilometers per hour) based on GPS tracking of crab fishing boats from the Deadliest Catch TV series in May 2019.

What is the fastest crab boat on Deadliest Catch?

Looking at the average speeds above, the fastest boat on Deadliest Catch appears to be the Cornelia Marie which was tracked at 14.5 knots (17 mph / 27 km/h), closely followed by Western Viking at 12.6 knots (14 mph / 23 km/h).

How fast is a crab boat? Not that fast in truth, with average speeds of 9.6 knots when fishing.

Related questions

Below are some additional questions I researched into the crab boats from Deadliest Catch.

How much does a crab boat cost?

If you love Deadliest Catch, you might also wonder how much their fishing vessels cost.

I recently published a guide which contains pricing information for many of the boats. You can read more about the costs here, but on average a small crab boat can cost between $80,000 and $160,000 US dollars.

The last word…

So, there you have it. Now you know how fast a crab fishing boat can go, or at least the ones featured on Deadliest Catch anyway. I’ve linked you up to some more Deadliest Catch articles below if you want to read more fun and interesting facts.