The first box of new Waterdance netter Amanda of Ladram’s hake fetched £550 at Brixham auction, sold to Greendale Farm Shop, a partner company within the group that owns Waterdance.
In traditional style, the proceeds of the new boat’s first sale went to the Fishermen’s Mission, matched by Brixham Trawler Agents and added to with with a contribution from Amanda of Ladram’s builder, Parkol Marine Engineering.
Skipper John Walsh and his crew are working the new Amanda of Ladram and managed to get in a quick first trip before the arrival of a strong spring tide that kept them in port.
The first newbuild netter of this size to join the UK fleet for more than fifteen years, Amanda of Ladram is an addition to the Waterdance fleet and has been built at Parkol in Whitby, designed by Ian Paton at SC MacAllister.
The new netter operates from Newlyn, designed to fish for hake, as well as turbot, monk and mixed fish.