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Holton 24 repowered with JCB J444

When Roy Gibbs was looking for an engine to repower his Holton 24 fishing boat, he chose JCB’s J444 from Mermaid Marine, swayed in part by the fact the engine is British built.

“It was a combination of finding a UK built engine and the JCB brand together with Mermaid Marine being local; all the factors pointed me in that direction,” said Roy, whose boat is based in Poole. “JCB has a good name and I’d never heard of any problems with their engines.”

He added: “I got far the best response from Mermaid than other companies I had spoken to. Customer service is very important, you need a good product and good customer service.”

The new engine was part of a refit to the boat that Roy built with his father in 1985 and uses for pleasure angling.

And so far, he says he’s very pleased with the performance and fuel economy.

“I’ve only had the chance to do 15 hours so far but it’s run very smoothly and has much lower emissions than my previous engine,” he said. “She’s had routine maintenance over the years but needed a real refit which is what she’s now had. I’m now planning on going further afield in her, perhaps down the coast to Weymouth.”

The JCB J444NA is rated 63kW / 84hp @ 2200rpm. It was installed by Mermaid Marine.

Mermaid Marine is the sole UK JCB mariniser and distributes its engines through its network of suppliers across the UK and around the world.

Engineering, Production, Head Office:

Mermaid Marine
Herald Way

T: 024 7663 5757

Sales, Parts and Service:

Mermaid Marine
27 Herald Way,

T: 01202 677776