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Kilkeel Harbour was a hive of activity recently as G Smyth Boats has a double launch of new Maxus catamarans for UK customers.

The 14mtr and 12mtr Catamarans Olivienna and Lily James were built during Covid lockdown and easing of restrictions enabled their new owners to meet up in Kilkeel to collect both vessels on the same day.

Lily James was put into the mould in June 2020 and began its fitout in January 2021 with Olivienna moulded in November 2020 and began its fitout in March 2021.

Both vessels were launched into Kilkeel Harbour in September and later that month, the duo made their way together through the Caledonian canal to the homeports of North Shields and Blyth.

Lily James


Being the first 14m Catamaran to be both built and fitted out by G Smyth Boats, Gerry and the yard team worked with new owners Peter & Dennis Clark to maximise the deck layout for trawling. The result is a vessel that has been finished to a very high standard.

Watermota supplied the Lily James with Doosan Infracore L136TI 169KW@2200rpm main engines with a Beta Marine generator 6/2 6.5kVA fitted as an Auxillary.

Trawl equipment supplied by MacGregor (GBR) Ltd included winches, net drums and a gilsen winch

Echomaster Marine were proud to have supplied, installed, and commissioned the complete electronics package on board the‘ Lily James’.

A dual screen OLEX package operates as the vessels main chartplotter. As well as operating as a navigational chart plotter, the OLEX systems true strength lies in its cutting edge, real-time seafloor mapping function. This advanced system allows you to create a highly detailed, three-dimensional map of the seabed, using hardness and depth data supplied directly from the Hondex HE-7300-Di echosounder and Simrad Combi-C transducer. OLEX plots each depth reading from the Hondex using the coordinates supplied by the Simrad HS60 GPS Compass, automatically adjusting for local tidal variations, to generate an interactive seabed mapping database of everywhere the vessel has been, allowing Peter to locate new fishing grounds during every trip. An AMEC B600 AIS transponder is also interfaced to the OLEX so that AIS targets will appear as triangular boat symbols or MMSI numbers, further improving navigational awareness.

Simrad’s A2004 autopilot package complete with HS60 GPS compass, IS42 rudder indicator and FU80 ‘Follow-up’ steering lever provides safe and reliable autopilot control. The large aluminium rotary control dial enables quick, but precise steering adjustments, while dedicated keys offer instant access to steering modes, a custom-configurable Work mode, and automated turn patterns. All built-in controls are designed for ease of use with wet or gloved hands, in commercial settings such as fishing vessels and workboats.

The Simrad R2009 dedicated radar package combines a 9” portrait display with Simrad’s market leading HALO20+ pulse compression radar, which features dual range operation, MARPA tracking, AIS tracking and the pioneering VelocityTrack doppler technology allowing real-time tracking of moving targets to assist in collision avoidance.

A comprehensive 19” CCTV package included the installation of High Definition HIK vision cameras in both engine rooms, the after side of the mast, the after gantry and the port and starboard aft handrails. The installation locations provide the Skipper with vessel security and ensure that all crew members can be located and viewed for vessel safety purposes.


The package was completed with two Simrad RS20S DSC VHF’s with built in GPS, a CETC VEP-8 GPS EPIRB and Fusion RA60 Marine stereo and speaker package.




Being a previous customer of G Smyth Boats, Gerry Smyth was keen to complete this 12mtr Maxus Catamaran for owners Chris and David Armstrong. The G Smyth team worked closely with Chris to customise the vessel to his fishing style.

Powered by Cummins QSL9 290 24v HX engine coupled with Twin disc gearboxes driving clemens 34×36 4 blade hyperform propellers, Olivienna is rigged for potting using a Seaquest pump supplying a Hydroslave 17/19” hauler supplied by KK Hydraulics.

Having previously supplied the electronics package for Chris and David’s last new vessel the Endurance, SIRM UK were pleased to be asked to supply the comprehensive electronics package for the Olivienna.

Automatic steering is supplied by the Navitron NT921 Autopilot package linked to a Hypro constant running pump with internal and external steering controls and interfaced to the JRC JLR-21 GPS Compass for heading and a Simrad Precision 9 Compass as a back up. A Maxsea Chartplotting system and Olex 3D seabed mapping system provide navigation with AIS, and ground discrimination connected to a Hondex HE7300DI Echosounder. A wind sensor provides wind speed and direction on the Olex system.

A Koden MDC-5004F black box radar system is connected to one of a suite of Neovo LCD monitors, and is fitted with ARPA tracking to both plotters. VHF communications are provided by Icom and Sailor VHF’s, and an 8 camera CCTV system gives the skipper complete coverage of deck and engine rooms. The entertainment system is a Fusion bluetooth stereo system.

Both vessels were supplied and fitted with electrical systems by Ashley Maginnis Electrics and KTS rigged safety equipment on Olivienna and Lily James. Kilkeel Fuels filled the tanks for the long steam home.

Speaking to The Skipper, Gerry Smyth said: “It was a pleasure to complete the builds for both Peter & Dennis and Chris & David. All here at G Smyth Boats wish them well with their new vessels and hope they have safe and prosperous fishing for the future”