Ballycastle Charters Perkins Press Release


Ballycastle Charters has completed the refitting of its Aqua Star nine-metre sea fishing charter boat, Lord Moyle, by repowering with a Perkins Sabre M265Ti engine. It is teamed-up with a ZF 1.25:1 reduction gearbox to give Lord Moyle a top speed of around 20 knots.
Ballycastle Charters is one of the most established sea angling charter companies operating out of Ballycastle in Moyle, County Antrim, on the very northeastern tip of Northern Ireland. The company offers day and evening fishing trips for groups of up to 12 private individuals as well as local community and youth groups. It also uses Lord Moyle for coastal sightseeing trips and diving.
The installation of the M265Ti followed the accidental flooding of the engine room, when Christopher McCaughan, skipper of Lord Moyle, took the opportunity to repower with an engine that would give the boat more speed and greater reliability. Commenting on his decision to fit the Perkins Sabre engine, he said: “Next to local knowledge, the difference between success and failure in the fishing charter business is often down to the boat’s performance.” He explained: “If you have a group of a dozen enthusiasts turn up for a day’s fishing, the last thing they want to hear is that you have engine problems. It is not the way to retain custom or make a decent living.”
The wastegated turbocharged, charge air cooled six-cylinder, six-litre M265Ti develops its maximum 265hp at a relaxed 2,500rpm. This provides Lord Moyle with the manoeuvrability and responsive low speed handling that is essential for sea fishing and diving. At the same time the engine has what Christopher describes as “bags of power the moment it is needed”. Indeed, such is the increased performance over the old 250hp engine that he is able, for the first time, to “hunt the tuna” on the Gulf Stream in the North Channel between Rathlin Island to Islay in the Inner Hebrides.
The repowering operation was, according to Christopher, quick and easy to complete, the engine having been installed by local marine diesel engine specialist and Finning (UK) dealer, David Anderson Marine Engineering. Its compact dimensions and easy access servicing points also ensure that maintenance is straightforward and trouble-free.
“I am a confirmed believer in quality,” concluded Christopher. “Lord Moyle is fitted with the latest fishfinders, radar, navigation and communications equipment. Now she has what I consider to be the best engine on the market.”
Perkins Sabre engines are available in England, Wales and Ireland exclusively through Cannock-based Finning (UK). Elsewhere parts and service support are available only through the Perkins distribution network that today numbers 4,000 dealers in 160 countries.

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