boat is a shelter deck trawler with a hull volume and deck area which is the
greatest in its class as a 14m GRP boat. She has a large carrying capacity of up
to 20 tonnes divided into a fish hold capacity of 17 cubic metres and a three
cubic metre ice hold capacity.
in Plymouth by Seahawk Workboats, the vessel has a 17ft beam which extends forward
and aft with a clear and spacious working deck, a broad transom and a French
style bulbous bow which aids fuel efficiency and also helps to minimise
plunging in a head sea.
bulbous bow gives plenty of added forward space in the engine room,” said Dan
Stevens, Seahawk Workboats Director. “It is a big boat for its size but that's
normal for today's industry, skippers want as much boat as possible for a given
design also has a generous freeboard making it a dry boat.
had a 44ft Cygnus before which was 30 years old,” said Mr Chapman who has been
fishing for 23 years selling his catch to Plymouth
fish market. “It was a choice of either spending a lot of money doing her up or
having a new boat built."
tend to work from the Isles of Scilly to Portland.
We could be working two miles offshore to 40 miles offshore. We go out all year
round, weather dependent. Coming
from a fishing family, fishing is in my blood, it’s a way of life for me.”
new vessel is powered by a Doosan MD196TI 11 litre, six cylinder diesel engine developing
320bhp (235kW) @ 2000rpm coupled to a D-I gearbox giving a top speed of 10
knots and a cruising speed of eight knots and also has a Whisper Power 13kva
gear has been supplied by Kort Propulsion with a 100mm stainless steel shaft
and 1450mm diameter 4-blade propeller with a Kort Nozzle providing 5.11t of bollard
deck machinery, driven from the main engine, has been supplied by Spencer
is also equipped with crew cabins, galley and head. Mr
Chapman will be using her with his crew of two years, Ralph Butters.
Workboats specialises in building GRP workboats and fishing boats from its Mount Batten
yard in Plymouth.
boatbuilder has a range of moulds available for new builds including its own
design SH50 48.5ft 15m multi-purpose boat, created to be used for many