But given the fines, you might as well pull the pots anyway and be paid for the catch because you are going to be fined. My biggest season was when I was hauling pots (dropped before season end) after season end and had a huge take. In port upgrades offers advanced survival suits and a life raft. I never bought them, but I did have a fire onboard the Polar Bear, and although the game showed each crewmember with a survival suit icon, and there was a covered orange life raft in the water, and I got the Sig Hansen pop-up video saying it was my decision when to abandon ship, click as I may, there was no option I could find to tell the crew to fight the fire, abandon ship, or anything else.
I could ask them how they were doing and they would respond couldn't be better apparently at the same time they were melting to the deck plates under the intense heat. I am not sure if buying fire equipment would have helped or not. It almost seems like an unfinished part of the game, and there are no instructions on what to do. I will add more to this as I play more. I thought that although it was neat that I couldn't hire anyone in harbor other than the scum of the earth, it was stupid as there were no survivors and I should have perished to - regardless if the insurance company replaced my boat.