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The new FV Courageous LK-470 from Vestværftet for Courageous Fishing (Whalsay) Ltd of the Shetland Islands

The Shetland Islands fishing community has recently welcomed a new addition to their whitefish fleet with the arrival of the FV Courageous LK 470 for the Courageous Fishing (Whalsay) Ltd.

Ian Shearer and his three partners started fishing together in April 2015 with the 87ft Campbeltown built Courageous, which was previously known as the Guardian Angell. The following year the team added a new crew member and after the successful partnership grew, and the decision was made to upgrade from the 1993 boat to a fully modern trawler.

The single-rig trawler is designed in-house at Vestværftet in Hvide Sande and was delivered in March 2021.

The hull is built in Gdansk, Poland and completed in Hvide Sande. The vessel is built according to MCA regulations and classed in Bureau Veritas.

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The new FV Courageous LK-470 from Vestværftet is 28.10 metres LOA

On choosing the Danish shipyard Ian said, “We were just impressed with the other boats that have come from Ove. The Kelia, Boy John, Rosebloom and Tranquillity.”

All fantastic boats from the designing board of Ove Kristensen but has Ian found much difference moving from a boat with the wheelhouse aft to a boat with the wheelhouse forward:

“So far I’ve seen no difference,” he said. “She seemed to handle the head on gale steaming across the North Sea with no problem.”

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Underway, the Courageous LK-470 from Vestværftet

The new design means a new layout for hauling and shooting for the skipper and the crew, with the codend coming onboard over the transom rather than on the starboard from the traditional layout of the former Courageous.

“We’ve only had two days fishing, so we are still getting used to it. As far as I can see it’s a lot easier and quicker shooting and hauling.”

The Fishing Daily wishes the new boat and the partnership of Ian, Malcolm Reid, James Johnson, Christopher Irvine and LHD Shetland Ltd, along with crewman Davy Shearer, safe and successful fishing well into the future.

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The forward console in the wheelhouse of  FV Courageous LK-470

Navigation and Communication Equipment

Furuno FAR2228 BB 25Kw 6.5ft scanner
Furuno FAR1513 BB 12kw 4ft scanner
2x Furuno GP-39 GPS 
Furuno SC-70 Satelitte Compass
Furuno SCX-21 GPS Compass
Furuno FA-170 AIS
Sodena – 24v Sodena Easywin
Olex 3D 
Maxsea Timezero profish with Wassp integration
Furuno RO Wind (interfaced to Olex/Timezero System)
Simrad ES80 38KHz split beam echosounder, ES38-10 transducer
Furuno FCV1900B BB (chirp) sounder, CM265 transducer
Wassp F3i 160 multibeam sounder
Trawl Monitoring
Marport – Doors Pitch/roll/depth/spread, trawl explorer pitch/roll/depth, spare trawl explorer, catch, multi chargers x2, hull gear, door pockets
Simrad AP70 MkII autopilot
Watch alarm
FU 80 remote steering lever 
CD100A compass sensor + CDI80 mag compass interface
Communication – GMDSS
Sailor 6222 DSC VHF
Sailor 6310 MF/HF DSC 150W
Furuno NX-700B Navtex
Tron 60S GPS auto release EPIRB 
Entel HT649 GMDSS handheld VHF
Communication – Non GMDSS
2x Sailor 6248 non-DSC VHF c/w handsets
3x 6204 remote handsets
Furuno VSAT system
VOIP and telephone
GSM Phone
Procom phone antenna
Fusion RA55 AM/FM Radio c/w bluetooth, 2x 6″ speakers
HWS AM/FM antenna
Huawei 4G router
Phonetec 3101 – 10 Station Talkback
6 x 9001 Indoor cabin unit
9003 Headset substation 
0005 headset
p/n; 11220 headset bracket
3x 9004 outdoor call unit
3x DNH waterproof speaker
Satellite TV
Seatel 80 Sat TV System & distribution to communal areas and cabins.
16x IP camera for deck/engineroom, wheelhouse viewing on 5x independent monitors, independant control
Underwater stainless steel analogue HD camera for propellor
Wheelhouse PC – elog, internet, weather, etc
Wheelhouse PC – scales
VCU Scales 
1x 50″ LCD – TV Lounge
5x 32″ LCD – cabins
1x 32″ LCD – Messroom
2x Sonos playbar
FCMS – matrix and control system
32-way matrix and control system 
Note: consists of control panel in centre console for global, group or individual dimming of monitors and source selection. All connected equipment controlled by 2x trackball. Ipad for additonal control and screen selections. 8x ‘favourite’ presets available for harbour/steaming/searching/towing etc. Common function for plotter control available from the control panel such as event, start/stop track, zoom in/out
11x Neovo QX-24 
2x Neovo QX-32 
5x Neovo QX-43 

Delivered and installed by H. Williamsons, Scalloway. 

Electrical installation:

Made by Vest-EL, Hvide Sande.

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Main dimensions:

Length oa. ……………………..28,10 metres

Length bp. ……………………..23,87 metres

Breadth mld………………………..8,70 metres

Depth shelterdeck………………..6,66 metres

Tonnage ………………………..377 GT

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Fuel oil ……………………………….. ~ 51.000 L

Freshwater…………………………… ~ 15.900 L

Technical freshwater………….. ~ 20.300 L

Accommodation……………………………9 men

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main engine courages


Main engine: Mitsubishi S12R, 749 KW at 1600 rpm.

Gearbox: Heimdal HG5114 2PTOCR with 2 PTO for hydraulic pumps. Reduction 11:43:1

Propeller: Heimdal K-600 variable pitch 4 blade propeller, diameter 2780 mm in high efficient nozzle.

Engine controle system: Lyngaa with 3 controle stations

2 pcs. Mitsubishi 6D24, 195 KVA, 3 x 400 V, 50 Hz.

1 pcs. Mitsubishi harbour genset. 40 KVA

2 pcs. Azcue Fire / deckwash pumps

4 pcs. Xylem / Flygt submersible pumps

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1 pcs. Hundested SFT 5, 250 HP hydraulic driven bowthruster

Steering gear:

Scan-Steering MT – 1600 with 2 EL-hydraulic pump units

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Surface treatment:

All external steel is sandblasted and zink sprayed and painted with Hempel 2-pack paints.


Made by Vestværftet.

Fishhandling system:

Compete deck machinery package delivered by VCU, Urk, Holland consist of conveyors, fish / washers, KM-Fish gutting machine and pack at sea system delivered by VCU.

Refrigeration system:

Delivered and installed by Lemvig Maskin & Køleteknik, Lemvig.

2 x 3,0 ton/24h ice machines are fitted.


2 pcs. wheelhouse chairs are from Alu Design, Norway

Life saving appliances and various outfitting is delivered by Viking.

Windows are delivered by CC.Jensen, DK


Sandblasted and metallized all over and painted with Hempel 2-pack system.

The Fishing Daily would like to thank Ove Kristensen and Vestværftet for the information on the boat and the use of their photographs.

The Fishing Daily would also like to thank Ian Shearer for taking the time to chat to us.

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Vestværftet delivers on new build Courageous LK-470 for Shetland Islands

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