Type of Boat: Fishing day boat, under 10m class
Refit/ Work completed – New engine installation (EFF grant funded)
Mylor Marine Team found and fitted a new engine and fabricated bespoke stern gear for Helford fisherman Chris Bean – part paid for with a Euro-fishery grant – and had him back on the water within a fortnight.
The Lady Hamilton is a familiar sight in Cornwall’s Helford River, from where owner Chris Bean day sails to catch a wide range of fish and shellfish for clients including London restaurants and fish merchants, and his own stalls on three farmers’ markets.
The 8.5 metre gill netter was originally built in Looe in 1972 from one big Iroko log from Liberia. For nearly 14 years it was powered by a Perkins Sabre 130 C diesel engine, which outlasted two gearboxes and even survived immersion when the Lady Hamilton sank following a collision in Falmouth Bay. By Chris’s reckoning, it clocked up close to the equivalent of a million automotive miles along the way.
However, the engine finally developed serious problems and Chris applied for grant aid available from the European Fisheries Fund to replace it with an updated version.
Nathan Percival – now the Mylor Marine Team Engineering Manager – helped his father to install the original here, so Chris naturally turned to us again to fit the new one.