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Murphy Marine Services Delivers New Typhoon “Westro” – May 2019

Built and fitted out by Murphy Marine Services, Scottish Skipper Michael Dolan’s new Cygnus Typhoon 40 “Westro” headed for north-west Scotland early last month, after being launched in the boatyard on Valentia Island.

Shieldaig Skipper Takes Delivery

The Westro is the third boat for the enterprising young skipper, who has been at sea catching prawns with his uncles, John MacGregor and Duncan Macleod, from around the age of 10. After spending 3 years onshore Michael bought his first boat—an 8m Cheetah Catamaran (Sandpiper) at the age of 21. Two years later he replaced the Cheetah with a Blyth Catamaran, the Daelan-De.

Three years on from that, when Shieldaig based Michael and his wife Claire decided it was time for a new boat, wanting something “reliable and with a bit of speed”, they knew the Cygnus Typhoon 40 would be the one. Expressing his satisfaction with the new build, Michael indicated to the Skipper that in this regard he has not been disappointed.

Built for the 26-year-old skipper by Murphy Marine Services on Valentia Island, Westro is a 39’ft Cygnus Typoon 40 with a 4.0m beam and a 1.2m draught. Powered by an Iveco Curser C13 and a ZF 325 IV gearbox, both of which were supplied by Kirwan Marine, the new Typhoon’s propulsion is supplied by a Clements.


The vessels hydraulics – a Spencer Carter 100cc variable displacement pump – was supplied by Derek Noble and is driven engine front end, powering the hauler, cargo winch and bow thruster. Spencer Carter winches (a 3000lb Slave Hauler) and a compact landing crane, were also supplied by Derek Noble. Ropes, safety equipment and life rafts were all supplied by CH Marine.


The electronics onboard were supplied by Watt Marine in Ullapool. On this front included in the equipment kitting the new Typhoon out is: an Olex Chartplotter, 2 x Neovo X-17 Monitors, a Hondex HE7300DI Echo Sounder, TD4/T Transducer, Furuno M1815 Radar, 2 x Furuno GP39 GPS, an Icom ICM506 VHF, IC-M323G, 2 x LV120 VHF Antenna, a 9” LED CCTV Monitor, Colour Engine Room Camera, CCTV Shotgun Cable 10m, a Navitron NT777 Autopilot, Kobelt Steering Lever, Simrad HS70 Satellite Compass, Intellian Sat Tv System, 16” Led TV and a Hy-Pro PC45 Steering Pump.


Previously fishing for whelks in the Moray Firth with the Cheetah, with an 80 box fish hold in the new Typhoon there is plenty of room onboard for the brown crab, prawns and lobster Michael currently fishes. His crab creels were supplied by Swan Net-Gundry. Prawn creels were supplied by Gael Force Marine Equipment. Accommodation on board for the boat’s 3 crew is provided by 3 berths forward.

Best Wishes!

Speaking to the Skipper, Fionán Murphy of Murphy Marine Services congratulated the young skipper and wished the young skipper, his family and crew many years of safe and plentiful fishing. The Skipper team would also like to wish Michael, his family and crew all the best for the future with their new boat.