Probable Cause, a 46½-foot scalloper, was built in 1973 in the yards of Capt. Elbert Gaskill in Harkers Island, N.C., according to BoatInfoWorld. She was once known as Fisher, and worked off Georgia before coming north to fish off Rhode Island under the name At Last. Capt. Tobin “Toby” Storer bought the vessel around 2006 and renamed her. After a fire, the diesel engine and the deck were rebuilt. Other than that, Storer told me in 2011, Probable Cause was “very well built.” Though Storer’s family did not go to sea, he has been fishing since he was in his mid-20s. He owned Alison Marie and bought Ancora Praia to use as a mussel bed at his aquaculture site in Wellfleet.
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