The Trawler – An extended version of the popular GM 33, the GM standing for Gary Mitchell, one of the most respected boat designers in the country. The ‘Celestial Dawn’ was built in Falmouth in 1989 for Scottish owners, hence the Ullapool (UL) registration. After returning to Falmouth approximately 12yrs ago and ending up lying neglected and downbeat in a boatyard for 2yrs, I purchased the vessel and a full restoration began.
This consisted of new fuel tanks, decks, bulwarks and gunwales, complete rewiring, outer hull re-gelled, new fish hatch and reconditioned trawl winch – enough work done to get me to sea in a vessel I could have confidence in. The work was carried out by myself, the crew from Tregatreath Boatyard, Mylor and a greatly missed friends, the late Martin Heard.
Over the next 3 years I returned to the boatyard on an annual basis. A new Spencer Carter 2 ton net-drum was fitted, in 2009 a new Daewoo engine and gearbox was installed and culminating in 2010 a new 2 ton Spencer Carter trawl winch was fitted. Finally the wheelhouse was stripped of its electronics and most of its furnishings, and refitted with an electronics package from Selex of Falmouth, all flush-mounted, giving a clear view of all data from any position in the wheelhouse (works carried out to an amazingly high standard by Ali of St Just in Roseland ).
Hopefully the bulk of the work (and expense) is now behind us and some trouble-free running can be enjoyed – but with boats always expect the unexpected!
Buy your fish safe in the knowledge that it is caught in a “low-impact fishery”, from a vessel which is worked efficiently to avoid unnecessary discards- creating a sustainable environment in which to “carry on in the future as we have in the past”.