Built by Parkol Marine Engineering to an Ian Paton design for English fishing company Waterdance, new crabber Winter of Ladram has started fishing from Salcombe.
The steel hull is topped by aluminium superstructure and a full shelterdeck. Below main deck Winter of Ladram is subdivided into the steering compartment and accommodation aft, the engine room, a 50,000 litre vivier section amidships, the 9 cubic metre dry hold with two refrigerated bait lockers and forepeak store.
The vivier tank is designed to give Winter of Ladram a list to starboard when pumped out, making landing catches an easier process.
Tank capacities are for 18,000 litres of fuel and 12,000 litres of fresh water in three tanks.
Above the main deck are the spacious working deck with the hauling position on the starboard side, and the galley, mess area, washrooms and skipper’s cabin aft.
The crew areas, with their unusually spacious and comfortable mess and galley, is designed for up to ten persons, although Winter of Ladram is expected to rotate a crew of up to eight, including the skipper.
The deck is laid out with extensive available space for stacking pots, making shifting gear a safer and easier process than otherwise, and with a hauler located below the hydraulically-operated hatch on the starboard side. There are nicking positions located next to the sorting table, and catches are dispatched via a chute to the vivier tanks below, with secondary chutes for lobsters and other crab species.
There’s an all-Volvo setup in the engine room, with a D16C-D MH main engine driving a four-bladed Michigan Marine Propulsion Int propeller via a Reintjes reduction gear. The two gensets are Volvo Penta D5TA-B TA units. The hydraulic steering system is from Wills Ridley and Kort Propulson supplied the Kort KT90 Bow Thruster with dual wheelhouse controls.
Hydraulic systems and electrical control equipment are from Hercules Hydraulics and the refrigeration and air conditioning systems on board are from SPX refrigeration & Engineering Services
The wheelhouse is arranged with the control position on the starboard side, providing the skipper with a view of the forward hauling position, and arranged for access to the twin radars, plotters and sounders. A seating area on the port side of the wheelhouse is set around a table with a computer and plotter screen.
Winter of Ladram’s skipper is Richard Carroll, who has taken over the new crabber after having skippered Nichola of Ladram.