Vessel Type: Beam Trawler
Chloe Olivia is one of the older beam trawlers in the fleet and operates year-round on groundfish, switching to cuttlefish for part of the winter, and with catches landed to the auction in Brixham. It has fished from Brixham since 1990.
Chloe Olivia is a beam trawler with a long history behind it. Built in Holland in 1973, it came to to the UK in 1990 when it was bought a Brixham partnership of Malcolm Cook and skipper Chris Tooley, when Pete Boyce also joined the boat as a deckhand.
A serious fire on board in 1998 saw the boat become an insurance write-off and ready to be scrapped, when a new partnership was able to buy it from the insurer, repair the damage and get it back to sea. A major refit took place, with the wheelhouse rebuilt, the engine replaced and a new winch fitted, when its name was also changed to Chloe Olivia and the registration changed to BM-201. Since then it has been further refitted, with the gearbox renewed, a stern gantry fitted and the stern section enclosed to expand the crew accommodation.
Pete Boyce who joined Chloe Olivia as a deckhand in 1990 was one of the partnership that got the trawler back to sea following the fire on board. He sailed as skipper until recently, and over the years also bought out the other partners. Today he is Chloe Olivia’s shore manager, having stepped ashore after the boat was acquired by Waterdance, and Karl George has taken over as skipper.
‘There aren’t many people who spend 27 years in one job,’ he said, commenting that he started on the deck and ended up owning the boat.
Today skipper Karl George is supported by Mike Tooley as mate and relief skipper – continuing a long tradition as he is the son of Chris Tooley who was the boat’s original skipper when it came to Brixham from Holland.
METHOD: Beam Trawler
CALL SIGN: MYTM8
REGISTERED PORT: Brixham
HOME PORT: Brixham
PORT LETTERS: BM201
OVERALL LENGTH: 28m
YEAR OF BUILD: 1973
DATE OF ENTRY INTO SERVICE: 30/01/1991
CREW SIZE: 6
AREA FISHED: Area 7 / SW Approaches
FISH CAUGHT: Dover Sole, Plaice, Monkfish, Gurnard, Ray, Pout, Cuttlefish. other mixed fish