Cleopatras for Scotland and Shetland

Cleopatras for Scotland and Shetland Endeavour LK-11 is the first Cleopatra 32 to be fitted out for fishing. Photo: Trefjar

Icelandic boatbuilder Trefjar has supplied several new vessels to UK customers this year, with Cleopatra 33s delivered to Fraserburgh and Barra, and a Cleopatra 32 to Whalsay.

Fraserburgh fisherman Gary Noble took delivery of Golden Dawn FR-8 and is fishing for prawns and crabs, and planing to alternate this with some seasonal fishing for mackerel using the boat’s DNG jigging machines. On Barra, Jonathan Boyd took delivery of Árelía CY-2 earlier this year and the new boat is skippered by his son Oran.

While both boats are expected to work year-round hauling around 1000 traps a day, Árelía is also rigged for netting with a Meydam and Spencer Carter deck equipment.

Both Golden Dawn and Árelía have a FPT C90 main engine fitted in the aft engine space, driving a ZF 286IV reduction gear. Both have a central fishroom with capacity for twelve 380 litre tuns and a seawater sprayer system to keep catches in peak condition.

Jimmy Hutchinson and his sons in Whalsay opted for a different design, choosing a Cleopatra 32, the first of this type of boat to be fitted out for fishing. The Cleopatra 32 has a hull design that was originally developed for the oil industry and the yard has delivered a number of these as workboats over the years.

Endeavour LK-11 is slightly shorter, but still has the same twelve-tub fishroom capacity as the Cleopatra 33. This time the choice went to a Doosan L086TIM main engine driving a ZF 286IV reduction gear, and Endeavour also has a 5.50kW Scam/Kubota generator. The package of mainly Furuno electronics includes a MaxSea plotter, and the autopilot is linked to the bow thrusters for improved manoeuvrability at low speeds.

Endeavour’s mackerel fishing gear has been supplied by DNG and Trefjar, and the deck hardware for netting is from Hydema.

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