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DS 8 "Sylvia Bowers"

DS 8 "Sylvia Bowers"

On sunday the 22nd April "Sylvia Bowers" was moored in Macduff. Seems like she hasn't started fishing yet ?

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Going by your photo Ole and the last time i was in Macduff a few weeks ago i would say she is getting nearer the entrance of the harbour,maybe someday!!
 

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The beams don't seem very long, considering the size of the doors and the boat!!

She's been in the harbour for what seems like ages...she'll almost need a refit again!!lol
 

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Thats just the outrigger arms your seeing smc. Her beams will be the full length of the tipping doors from what i've been able to find out. Think is almost 18 months since she first went to MacDuff to begin the refit and she was down in Fraserburgh for a steam clean and repaint in December ( where her hull plating around the engineroom was looking decidedly thin , you could see all of the ribs and stringers ) so at this rate she'll need to go back up the slip for another clean up soon !!!!
 

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I've heard that the owners changed their minds about 8-9 times and the yard had to stop and start , do redesign work , etc. I do not know if its true tho but it would explain why its taken so long I guess.
 

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This might be an explanation...and if it is so, it is not the first time. Some skippers can't take a decission and when almost finished, they change opinion and want things to be done different. It can be a night mare for the shipyard, but certainly also for the skipper, because that method is very expensive...!!
 

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Yes Ole thats why the current FRV Scotia was so late ( 2 years ) and considerably over budget ( £24m instead of an initial estimate of £16-£18m ). Having looked at her hull plating aft I am horrified that the owners did not have them replaced. All it would take is for them to be fishing in poor weather and roll heavily with the beam just about up for it to slam end on into the hull........
 

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