The new Audacious gets her feet wet

Behold, the new AUDACIOUS!

Recently Billy Gatt, David Gatt, Barry Reid and their families gathered in Szececin, Poland to celebrate the 6th Audacious BF83 as she took to the water for the first time.  The vessel measures 28m overall with a 8.6m beam and is powered by a 775hp CAT 3508 engine.  The hull will be delivered to Macduff for final outfitting. The plan is to begin pair trawling in Spring 2018 with partner vessel Faithlie.

Like many of our members, this is a family affair. Billy Gatt began fishing in 1979 as a 3ed generation fisherman. David started in 2011, becoming the 4th generation, and he hopes that his boys come on board as the 5th generation to continue fishing.  Barry Reid, who also captains the Audacious, began fishing commercially in 1994. 

Godspeed Audacious. 

Generations at sea - the Gatt and Reid families celebrate the new Audacious.

Generations at sea - the Gatt and Reid families celebrate the new Audacious.

The new Keila arrives in Westray.

Happy days for skipper Tommy Tullochs and his boat partner Michael Leslie.  Keila is designed to carry around 1,400 boxes in the step-free fishroom, 31,000 litres of fuel, and 20,000 litres of freshwater for domestic and ice-making requirements.  Congratulations, she is a beauty!

(Fishing News report by David Linkie)

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Launch of new member vessel: Asteria BRD 250

For the first time in 14 years the Isle of Skye has welcomed the first vessel of this class to it’s home waters. Congratulations to father and son skippers Alasdair and Andrew Montgomery in the launch of the new Asteria BRD 250.

As is the tradition in Scotland, the first box landed by the new vessel was sold for charity. Thanks to generous supporters, the Fisherman's Mission is now better by £800. 

- original article by David Linkie, Fishing News (UK)

 

Click thorugh for all the details and great photos, click through to the Fishing News article here.  

Click thorugh for all the details and great photos, click through to the Fishing News article here.