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JCB fits the bill for Chris and Richard
Having dealt with Mermaid Marine for many years, Chris and Richard Harvey were keen to continue the relationship when the time came to repower their 9m fishing boat Predator.
The two brothers had the Gemini catamaran built ten years ago and initially installed two six cylinder Mermaid Manta IIs that were de-rated to comply with licencing conditions.
After 16,000 hours, the Harveys decided it was time to repower and have now had twin four cylinder JCB 444NAs installed.
“The Mantas were very reliable but we’ve had them for ten years and small things were starting to go wrong,” said Chris.
“We rely on them every day so decided to go with JCBs.
“We haven’t looked back since. We love the JCBs; they’ve been very good.”
And he explained that before buying the JCBs he and Richard had asked other fishermen about JCB engines and everyone had been full of praise.
“We’d seen the JCB around and asked a few questions,” said Chris. “Mermaid Marine was a big help. We’ve dealt with Mermaid for the last ten years as we bought the Mantas from them.
“We’re really pleased with the JCB, they fit our power requirements and they have good fuel efficiency.”
He added: “It’s a very basic engine that goes on and on but is simple to repair if something does go wrong.”
Chris and Richard fish out of Selsey Bill and mainly go potting for lobster, crab and whelks.
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