Double celebration for Parkol new launches

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Two new boats will be launched by Whitby ship builder, Parkol, in the next two days.

Later today (Friday) La Creole II, a 15m vivier crabber will take to the water at around 1.30pm and then lifting tackle will be adjusted ready for the lift of Able One, a 26.75m cruising yacht at approximately 2pm on Saturday 24th October.

Able One, for Whitby Yachts LLP, has been a long term project between Parkol and the owner Andrew Whalley and is the first pleasure craft that Parkol has built with the specification and finish one of the highest to come out of the yard.

The boat is laid out as cruising yacht with three double berths below deck forward of the engine room, one open space at main deck level which incorporates a galley and living area. As well as the main deck there is a wheelhouse casing and flybridge above. The boat was designed by Ian Paton of S C McAllister and is based on an American style tug boat.

A naming ceremony will be carried out on the quay followed by a marquee celebration party attended by the Owners, guests and all Parkol employees.

The contract for La Creole II was signed at the Bournemouth Fishing Show in 2014 and construction on the 14.5metre registered vessel started in April 2015. It is a repeat of Ebonnie BM176 which Parkol built for Nick Bright in 2005. A naming ceremony will be carried out on the quay followed by a celebration party attended by the Owners, Crew and Parkol staff at The Stables.

The new vessel is steel hulled with full length shelter, arranged for static gear creel fishing, fitted with a vivier tank, dry hold and manned by a six man crew.

The boat was again designed by Ian Paton.

Jim Morrison Managing Director of Parkol said it had been a pleasure to work with Mr Bright again and hoped the vessel would be as successful as Ebonnie.

He added: “Saturday is going to be a very special day for everyone at Parkol Marine. To see the yacht now painted and in all her splendour being lifted into the water will be a fantastic sight. The build has been a learning experience for Parkol as we have installed equipment and materials that are not normally required on a fishing boat. The build has certainly helped to improve the skills and capabilities within the yard and we are grateful for that opportunity.”