Jimmy completes boat upgrade

Jimmy Buchan pic.
Jimmy Buchan pic.

Peterhead fisherman Jimmy Buchan has completed what he described as a “radical project” to modernise his 22 year-old boat, the Amity.

The project took a little over six months to complete and saw the weight of the boat reduced by some 20 tonnes.

The transformation included the installation of three new engines, new plumbing and complete re-wiring. Improvements to the fish-catching system were made to improve the market value of each catch.

Satellite connections were also introduced to the Amity so crew members can now keep in touch with loved ones through social media while they are away to sea.

Commenting on the renovation work, Jimmy said: “The boat was uneconomical. We felt that we had to improve the efficiency of it but without the cost of a new vessel. The upgrade cost £700,000 but a new boat would have cost £1.7m.

“We put together a package of changes to improve the boat.

“Although the Amity is the same size as before, it is now 20 tonnes lighter. The steel work is now as good or better than that of a new vessel.

“Working on the Amity is a team effort. We all want to make it a happy ship”.

Jimmy added: “I’ve got young guys working with me. But I would like to see the right policies to be put in place to attract more young people to join the industry”.