The new 19m twin-rig whitefish trawler Sparkling Star UL 290, built by Parkol Marine Engineering for Kinlochbervie skipper James Corbett, is expected to start fishing towards the end of this month, reports David Linkie.

Above: Kinlochbervie skipper James Corbett’s new Sparkling Star steaming off Whitby.

After running successful fishing trials from Whitby, skipper James Corbett and his crew left North Yorkshire for the delivery trip around the top of Scotland and Cape Wrath to Kinlochbervie as soon as a prolonged period of northerly gales moderated.

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 round bilge hulled vessels, with a registered length of 16.48m, 7m of beam and a depth moulded of 4.06m.

Starboard quarter view of the 19m twin-rig whitefish trawler Sparkling Star.

The trawler’s Mitsubishi S6R2-MPTK-F main engine is coupled to a Reintjes 7.09:1 reduction gearbox to turn a 2100mm-diameter propeller. Doosan L126TI and Mitsubishi 6D16 auxiliary engines are also fitted.

EK Marine of Killybegs supplied Sparkling Star’s full hydraulic and deck machinery package.

Insured by Sunderland Marine, Sparkling Star will tow two complete sets of twin-rig gear made by Faithlie Trawl of Fraserburgh. Jackson Trawls of Peterhead supplied the trawl wires.

Further details of Sparkling Star will be included in Fishing News soon.


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