The Nichola of Ladram is Waterdance’s new steel crabber which was built in Luyt yard at Den Oever in Holland and delivered to Brixham in April (Click here to view images of the build).

The vessel is Skippered by Richard Carroll and has a crew of six. Nichola of Ladram is expected to operate across South-West and Mid-Channel fishing grounds, making landings in Brixham, Salcombe and Newlyn, depending on the fishing area. Catches are landed to GHM Salcombe.

Designed by Ian Paton at SC MacAllister, Nichola of Ladram measures 14.99 metres overall and has a substantial 7 metre beam to accommodate the 45,000 litre vivier capacity, with space for up to 22.50 tonnes of crab on board.

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There are three Caterpillars in the engine room, with a C18 main engine driving an 1800mm propeller and a pair of C4.4 generators providing the power needed to run the boat’s systems, including the pumping capacity needed to maintain a flow through the vivier tanks at all times.

In addition, Nichola of Ladram has capacity for 10,000 litres of fuel in two tanks and 12,000 litres of fresh water in three tanks, plus two bait lockers with a nine cubic metre capacity.