VESSEL REVIEW | Kornog – Irish-built, French-owned bespoke line fishing boat designed for Atlantic waters

FISHING/AQUACULTURE WEEK

Boat builder Murphy Marine Services of Valentia Island in County Kerry, Ireland, recently delivered a 4.63GT, 9.1- by 3.35-metre line fishing vessel to Brittany fisherman Alan Percelay. Named Kornog after the Breton translation of “west wind,” the FRP-hulled newbuild utilises a wide-beam design that was originally developed in the 1980s by now-closed UK boat builder Cygnus Marine.

The design, which complies with SFIA and MCA rules, was intended to be capable of fishing even under extreme conditions in the Atlantic. Features that contribute to this suitability for such waters include a comfortable cabin, a large walk-around working deck, and a hull lift strake that extends from the bow to aft to enable the boat to sail at high speeds while still retaining excellent seakeeping ability. The lift strake also incorporates over-developed chines to provide a steadier working platform when hauling gear in swells.

As with Murphy Marine’s other newbuilding projects, the boat for Mr Percelay was designed and built in conjunction with the owner as a bespoke vessel. Most prominent among the custom features is the pilothouse, which is located aft instead of being placed well forward as is the case on the original nine-metre Cygnus design. The builder said this configuration will allow quicker access to the hand tiller control.

Kornog is also fitted with a Furuno radar, an aft gunwale-mounted longline hauler, and a raised hatch just forward of the pilothouse to provide access to an insulated fish hold. She has trim tabs integrated under the hull for situations that require more precise manoeuvring, such as when positioning the boat over an ideal fishing spot.

A single Cummins QSC8.3 six-cylinder, four-stroke diesel engine delivers 372 kW at 1,800 rpm to a 609- by 647mm propeller mounted on a 50mm duplex shaft via a Twin Disc MG 5065A gearbox with a 1.5:1 reduction. The IMO Tier II-compliant engine propels the boat to a maximum speed of 26 knots and a comfortable cruising speed of 18 knots.

An electronic monitoring system enables the operator to keep a close watch on parameters such as fuel consumption, duty cycle, and engine load while providing diagnostics and prognostics.

A power take-off from the main engine provides the hydraulic power for the longline hauler as well as a pot hauler on deck.

Kornog has already begun operating in the English Channel out of the commune of Audierne on the westernmost tip of Brittany, where its owner is based. The newbuild will replace an existing boat originally completed in 1987 and acquired by Mr Percelay in 2013 to launch his own fishing business. Like its predecessor, Kornog will be used to fish for bass, pollock, sea bream, and scallops.

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Kornog
SPECIFICATIONS
Type of vessel:Longline fishing vessel
Classification:SFIA; MCA
Flag:France
Owner:Alan Percelay, France
Operator:Alan Percelay, France
Designer:Murphy Marine Services, Ireland
Builder:Murphy Marine Services, Ireland
Hull construction material:FRP
Superstructure construction material:FRP
Deck construction material:FRP
Length overall:9.1 metres
Beam:3.35 metres
Gross tonnage:4.63
Main engine:Cummins QSC8.3, 372 kW at 1,800 rpm
Gearbox:Twin Disc MG 5065A
Propulsion:609- by 647mm propeller
Maximum speed:26 knots
Cruising speed:18 knots
Radar:Furuno
Other electronics:Cummins monitoring system
Fishing equipment:Longline hauler; pot hauler
Interior fitout/furnishings:Fish hold
Type of fuel:Diesel

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