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Rebecca FR143








Fraserburgh Skipper Adam Tait took delivery of the new 21.2m prawn twin rig trawler Rebecca FR143 two days before Christmas.

Designed and built by Macduff Shipyards Ltd. for Skipper Tait and Westward Fishing Ltd. of Fraserburgh, Rebecca is the first of a new model developed to create a hull which, by being easier to push through the water, would give increased fuel efficiency and free running speeds, while also providing similar fishroom capacity to the previous 18m/19m twin rig vessels built by the yard.

Rebecca’s aluminium wheelhouse is fitted out to the highest standards for which Macduff Shipyards are renowned using a combination of light coloured wood and blue laminates and solid oak door/drawer fronts and quick access removable panels.

Woodsons supplied, installed and commissioned the comprehensive package of electronics equipment the majority of which are flush mounted within the main forward console that is returned around both front corners.

Rebecca Front Consol








Two NorSap helmsman’s chairs flank the central navigation console, which is backed by a chart table. Fitted with CCTV displays of hauling activities and a third set of engine/steering controls, the aft trawl console from where the skippers can take full control of shooting and hauling the gear is centrally located between the two points of access that either lead out onto the shelter or down into the deckhouse.

Bottom sounding and fish detection onboard Rebecca is handled by a Koden CVS-833C dual frequency (50/200kHZ) colour sounder which also provides depth data for the Olex 3D seabed mapping system. The Olex is invaluable for provision of accurate seafloor picture to allow skipper Tait to steer his net towards prawns and fish.

Rebecca Front Consol 2








Rebecca Wheelhouse, finished to extremely high standard

Positioning data is provided by 2  Koden KGP-913 D & GPS navigators and a Vector G2 satellite compass which is interfaced to a Navitron NT 921 MK II autopilot providing accurate heading information. Both the Olex 3D dual screen and Sodena Turbowin c/w ARPA provide navigational and fishing information.

The customary array of communication equipment includes an Icom M801 GMDSS SSB RT, Icom M411 GMDSS and Sailor VHFs, Sailor GMDSS Inmarsat C system and Globalstar satellite telephone with Ocens weather forecasting.

The Rebecca is also installed with a comprehensive CCTV system including 6 cameras, 2 x 10.4” flat screens all controlled via a switching unit. This allows for visual display of all areas of the boat monitoring shooting hauling and processing the fish with one camera also monitoring the engine room. All flat screens flush mounted in the console can also be controlled via a Matrix switch allowing skipper to choose which screen displays which equipment.

Rebecca FR143 Sea Trial








Rebecca handled well during fishing trial prior to delivery

For entertainments onboard, the Rebecca is installed with Sea Tel 3004E stabilized satellite TV system which provides the crew, when at sea fishing, with Freesat channels including news, sports and entertainments. The galley area is installed with a flat screen TV and surround sound cinema system.


QuoteOur vessel "Kingdom of Fife" is primarily engaged in a wide range of mooring and navigation buoy maintenance tasks. It has used the e-SEA™ system from Woodsons for some time now, and it has transformed our approach to shipboard communications. Benefiting from always on broadband without punitive data charges has allowed easy communications with the vessel and I am pleased to recommend it to others. Quote

Iain Ross
Marine Operations Director of Briggs Marine

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