JCB repower for British scalloper
Mevagissey, UK, based scalloper Brian Ball has opted for a new JCB repower for his 7.98m vessel Charlotta.
Charlotta previously had an old Ford engine fitted, but after having had the vessel for 10 years Mr Ball was keen for one of JCB’s new Dieselmax 444 engines to be installed.
Sole UK JCB mariniser, Mermaid Marine supplied the engine through dealer, Andrew Cox Engineer.
“One of the nice things about repowering old Ford engines is that JCB has configured their engines to share the same footprint. The JCB slotted in really nicely and I’m very pleased with the installation,” said Mr Cox.
“The old engine was bolted down solidly so there was a bit of work to do to the engine beds but it all went very well.”
Mr Ball, who fishes between Falmouth and Plymouth, generally up to six miles off-shore works one week on Charlotta and alternative weeks crewing on a second boat, said there has already been much interest from other fishermen in Mevagissey in the new engine.
“The fuel consumption is much better than the last engine. I save between 8-10%. It uses around 38 litres now for a day’s fishing rather than 45 litres. With the price of fuel, that adds up to quite a saving,” he said.
The JCB 444 range is said to be one of the fastest and cleanest diesel engine ranges in the world, and JCB has worked closely with leading suppliers of parts and equipment to produce engines which have high power and high torque at low speed with favourable fuel consumption.
The design takes into account future emission requirements – JCB is probably the only major manufacturer reaching Stage IIIB (Tier 4 Interim) anti pollution standards without particle filter or after-treatment of the exhaust gases, having addressed the issue of emissions at source.
“JCB has invested many millions of Euros into developing its new combustion system,” Mermaid Marine sales executive Malcolm Pratt explained. “It’s probably the cleanest engine on the market with no after treatment needed for the exhaust which is a big advantage.”