Skippers David Gatt and Barry Reid and the crew of the Audacious BF83 fished their first trip in the North Sea in November 2018, when the state-of-the art vessel was pair seining with Faithlie FR220.
Audacious Sailed from Macduff 24 hours after being named in the traditional manner by David Gatts wife Victoria, watched by a large gathering of family and friends.
Built by Macduff Shipyards to a new in-house design for skippers David Gatt and Barry Reid of the Audacious Partnership and Don Fishing, Audacious is rigged for both pair-seining and single boat trawling.
Whitefish are bagged centrally at the stern of the Audacious, which features full-length shelter and side boat decks. A full package of BOPP deck machinery, including a 24t pair-seine winch and two 18t split trawl winches, is housed in a dedicated winch room in the shelterdeck, forward of two split net drums and two bagging drums. EK Marine supplied a knuckle-boom landing crane.
Two KM5 gutting machines are incorporated into the vessels highly automated catch handling system, designed and installed by VCU. Finning Power Systems supplied a Caterpillar 3508C main engine (577kW @ 1,200rpm) and two Caterpillar C7.1 auxillary engines.
Jackson Trawls of Peterhead supplied an extensive package of fishing gear to Audacious.
Extract from Fishing News 22.11.18 Edition.