Clogerhead brothers David and Niall Kirwan have taken delivery of the new multi-rig trawler designed by Vestværft to operate on nephrops. Based on a hull constructed at the Riga Shipyard in Latvia and towed to Killybegs in Ireland for completion at Mooney Boats, Audacious is built to freeze its catches at sea.
The completion of the Audacious follows the delivery six months ago of a similar co-operation between the Danish and Irish yards with the delivery of the 24 metre Patrick C to another Clogerhead family, brothers Niall and Seamus Connolly.
Audacious features an overall length of 25.60 metres with a 7.50 metre beam.
The catch handling deck is laid out with a sorting and packing area and a blast freezer that can cope with 700kg of nephrops at a time. These are frozen to -28° in the blast freezer before being transferred to the 100m3 refrigerated fishroom. Audacious also has a 40m3 chilled fishroom and a Geneglace icemaker.
Padmos in Killybegs supplied the Mitsubishi engines, with a 395kW main engine driving a 2500mm diameter fixed pitch propeller via a Reintjes gearbox. The main engine also powers a Stamford generator and additional electrical power is supplied by a 335kW Mitsubishi that also drives the hydraulic pumps for the boat’s deck machinery.
Local supplier EK Marine provided the three 15 tonne pull winches,the bank of net drums mounted over the stern and the gilson used for emptying the codends into through the hatch in the shelterdeck on the boat’s starboard side.
Audacious is designed for both twin- and quad-rig trawling, with capacity to carry a variety of gears for different grounds as well as spare gear. Fishing gear is form Swan Net Gundry and includes Thyborøn Type 11 doors.