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The future diversity of inshore fishing was on display recently with the arrival of the new multi-purpose 12 meter catamaran Shazleah to her home port of Killybegs.

Built by G Smyth Boats in Kilkeel for Donegal fishermen Michael and Marcus Munnelly, Shazleah has been designed to fish using Whitefish & Pelagic Trawls, Jigging Machines and Haulers..

The versatility of the Shazleah was a design collaboration between the owners and designer Gerry Smyth resulting in a vessel that can quickly change roles to target fish by availability or season and take advantage of weather conditions to fish further offshore.

Kirwan Technical Services  supplied the two Iveco FPT Nef 6.7 mna  main engines coupled to  PRM 1000D4 gearboxes.

The deck equipment package by SeaQuest Systems includes

SeaQuest 3tonne Trawl Winches

SeaQuest 1tonne Net Sounding Winch

SeaQuest 2tonne Net Drums

Complete Hydraulic Package incuding local & deck control, Wheelhouse panels and a LS Hydraulic System

The installation was carried out in Kilkeel  by SeaQuest Systems engineers which included fitting out the complete pipework in stainless steel

Barry Electronics supplied and installed a complete electronics package to Shazleah which also included a 80kHz 6” Sonar to target pelagics.

The fitout consisted of : 

Simrad R3016 16” Halo Radar

Furuno FCV588 50/200kHz Echosounder

Furuno FCV588 50kHz Net Sounder

300m of Net sounder Cable and Net sounder Box

2 x Furuno GP39 GPS Navigators

Sodena V9 ECS Chart Plotter with All Ireland UK Charts

Max Sea 3D Plotter with Dual Screens with All Ireland UK Charts

Suzuki S1900 80kHz 6” Sonar

Simrad A2009 Autopilot and Compass

Emtrak Class B AIS

2 x Icom M330G DSC VHF

Fusion AM/FM Radio

4 camera CCTV system with NVR recorder

Swan Net Gundry designed and supplied both Demersal and Pelagic trawl gear to Shazleah including a 14 x 10 Pelagic Trawl  and 2 x 12fm Dual Purpose Whitefish Trawls for Twin Rigging.

Swan Net Gundry’s Inshore Marine  depot in Killybegs also provided the supplied the complete chandlery and safety package  for the vessel.

Shazleah is insured by Donegal based Cavangh Hooper Dolan Ltd.

Reflecting on the new build Michael Munnelly was full of praise for Gerry Smyth and his team at the Kilkeel boatyard

“Shazleah is exactly the boat we hoped it would be and credit must go to all at G Smyth Boats. We would like to thank Gerry, Ceara and rest of the workforce at the yard for their dedication and workmanship, which is reflected in the quality built boat we have today”

The Skipper would like to wish Michael, Marcus and Family many years of good fishing and safe seas with their new boat.