Built in 2000 for owners in Scotland as the Asteria, Rachel of Ladram was originally a trawler designed to catch langoustine. When the original owners decided to upgrade to a new vessel, it was seen as an ideal candidate to be refitted as a netting boat and was given an extensive refit. The trawling gear was removed and pounds for the nets were fitted at the stern, while the catch handling space on the main deck was fitted out for the gentle handling that whitefish demands. Local suppliers in the South-West were chosen to convert Rachel of Ladram to its new role as a netting boat, with a new ice machine fitted, the wheelhouse remodelled and new auxiliary engines fitted, while the original 350-kilowatt main engine still has plenty of life left in it.
Rachel of Ladram measures 18.27 metres overall with a 7-metre beam and spends four or five days at a time at sea with a crew of six. Although she has an Exeter registration, Rachel of Ladram operates from Newlyn, the closest point to fishing grounds off the South-West that are often a hundred miles of more offshore.