14m GRP trawler launched

Thu, 16 October 2014

The latest Seahawk B46 has been launched – to be operated out of Looe, Cornwall, UK. Designed by Gary Mitchell, the Seahawk B46 has been built for Richard Chapman who will also skipper the boat.

The 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.

Built 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.

“The 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 length. The design also has a generous freeboard making it a dry boat.

“I 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."

“We 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.”

The 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 generator.

Running 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 pull.

Hydraulic deck machinery, driven from the main engine, has been supplied by Spencer Carter. he is also equipped with crew cabins, galley and head. Mr Chapman will be using her with his crew of two years, Ralph Butters.

Seahawk Workboats specialises in building GRP workboats and fishing boats from its Mount Batten yard in Plymouth. The 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 applications.

By Katina Read

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