Sparkling Star is scheduled to run engine and fishing trials later this month from Whitby, before heading north to start twin-rig trawling from Kinlochbervie.

Above: Sparkling Star is scheduled to run trials later this month before heading home to Kinlochbervie. (Photo: Kevin Munro)

Designed by Ian Paton of SC McAllister & Co Ltd for skipper James Corbett in partnership with Don Fishing, the fully shelter-decked Sparkling Star is the first of a new class of vessel featuring a round bilge hull with a registered length of 16.48m, 7m of beam and a depth moulded of 4.06m.

Sparkling Star’s propulsion system features a Mitsubishi S6R2 MPTK-F main engine, Reintjes 7.091:1 reduction gearbox and a 2100mm-diameter propeller. Doosan L126TI and Mitsubishi 6D16 auxiliary engines are also fitted.

The trawler’s full deck machinery and hydraulic package were manufactured by EK Marine of Killybegs.

Faithlie Trawl of Fraserburgh has made two full sets of twin-rig trawl gear and sweeps for Sparkling Star, which will use trawl wires supplied by Jackson Trawls of Peterhead.

Sparkling Star will be insured by Sunderland Marine.

Model presentation

Skipper James Corbett was the proud recipient of a scale model of Sparkling Star UL 290 during the celebratory evening buffet following the naming ceremony of the new 19m twin-rig trawler.

Parkol Marine Engineering directors James Morrison and Andrew Oliver presented the scale model of Sparkling Star, made by Redcar model boat builder Ron Harker.

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