They always bring up being in "town" (ie; the bars) when getting deck hands to work for them. I'm sure Elliot has worn out his welcome at many of these establishments.. and, he's apparently "sober".. so, not sure how he's networking now.

BUT, if there was a crab boat going out [with the possibility of making substantial dough for the year] I'm sure there are many men (women?) who are willing.