Designed by Coprexma, Daniel Auguste II replaces an older vessel, now for sale, and was launched at the Socarenam yard in Boulogne-sur-Mer in mid-June for the final stages of fitting out before heading for its home port of Dieppe.
Daniel Auguste II was ordered at the beginning of last year – at a time of great uncertainty for Channel fishermen, facing both the growing Covid pandemic and the fallout from Brexit. But the new vessel’s flexibility, able to operate on scallops during the season, or on either demersal or pelagic stocks for much of the year, the owners hope escape the worst of the consequences of the recent political turmoil.
‘The project has already been delayed for a year,’ Loïc Marguerie said.
‘We’re taking a risk by building this boat now as we don’t know what our future will be, but we have to take the plunge. I hope it goes well.’
Built with a reported €2.40 million price tag, Daniel Auguste II is part of the Dieppe Marée fleet, owned by Loïc’s father Miguel Marguerie and his wife Isabelle.
The new trawler’s dimensions differ from those of the boat it replaces, with an overall length of 15.95 metres, compared to the previous boat’s 18.55 metres. But Daniel Auguste II is broader in the beam at 7.20 metres, while the older trawler was a slimmer at just over six metres.
The aluminium superstructure and shelterdeck are built on a steel hull. There is a dedicated catch handling area and a 53m3 fishroom. Tank capacities are for 19.40m3 of fuel and 8.40m3 of fresh water.
A skipper’s cabin is built into the superstructure, while crew accommodation is below and Daniel Auguste II works with a crew of six, rotating trips so that four are on board and two are ashore.
The main engine is a Cummins, driving a four-bladed, fixed-pitch propeller. The HA450 bow thruster and DEA80-1000 steering gear are from Bopp, who also supplied Daniel Auguste II’s complete deck equipment package, including the hydraulic power pack and both wheelhouse and deck control points.
The TS25 spit winches have a 12-tonne first layer pull and the drums have capacity for 400 metres of 24mm warp. The two double split net drums have a 5.50-tonne core pull and hold a variety of Daniel Auguste II’s fishing gears.
Also from Bopp are the twin TCH 18 MF gilsons with a 8.50-tonne pull, twin TCH 02 MF gilsons with a 1.20-tonne pull and a TNH300 net sounder winch.
‘We chose Socarenam because of its reputation and the deadlines that the yard offered us,’ Loïc Marguerie explained.
‘We are very proud of this boat – a childhood dream come true.’