The Lochin 33 GDSV (General Duty Service Vessel) design was developed alongside the RNLI 'Brede Class' Lifeboats and shares many of the build characteristics. Originally supplied to a Fisheries Authority she continues under Cat. 2 Coding. The current ownership has undertaken many improvements including engine replacements in 2014. Significantly the hull and superstructure has been re-painted and a 'Copper-coat' epoxy system to the hull.
The following units are fitted and reported to be operational:
- FURUNO FCV Radar,
- FURUNO FCV633 Fishfinder
- FURUNO Chart Plotter
- SAILOR RT144C VHF radio
- AUTOHELM Depth Sounder
- SESTRAL MAJOR Magnetic Steering Compass
- Clock & Barometer
A 24-volt system comprising 4 x 12v batteries charged by engine alternators, supported by shore power connection and a 6 Kva GM Power Plant Genset (serviced 2012). The shorepower (240vAC) hook-up is fitted for domestic use serving Galley installations and aa AC ring main. Circuits are connected to a dedicated CB panel mounted in the lower galley area.
In July 2014 the engines were replaced with twin IVECO 8061 engines rated at 330hp each ( reportedly built 2004 but fullly refurbished in 2014) including replacement ZF 220A gearboxes. This included the replacement of the propellers and drive couplings (full details available by request).
Fuel capacity: approx. 180 gals (815 litres) in two stn/stl tanks.
Fresh Water: approx. 100 gals (450 litres) in one stn/stl tank.
Performance: Cruise at 16-18 knots Maximum: 22 knots +
The safety equipment includes:
- Full navigation lights
- 1 x manual & 1 x electric (1750g/hr) bilge pumps
- 1 x hand-held & 2 x foam fire extinguishers
- Auto fire extinguisher system in engine bay
- Fire Blanket in the Galley
- Searchlight controlled from the console
- 8 x life-jackets & MOB side-lift gantry
- AVON 6-man Liferaft & flares pack
MCA Cat. 2 (60 miles from safe haven) compliant - ashore survey completed June 2012 - full details available on request.
From Aft - the entire gunwhale level deck provides a flush, secure area, with the same level continuing to the side decks going forward. A central hatch in the aft deck provides access to the tiller flat spaces and tanks. Central aft door gives access to the WHEELHOUSE/DECK SALOON where bench seating provide (P&S) stowage spaces behind and under, as well as full length berths. A demountable table is set to port. The helm console is to Port with engine controls, guages and auxiliary switching to hand. The helmsman and navigator are provided each with KAB suspension seating giving excellant viewing. The Starboard navigation area is given to electronic installations as listed (See Navigation).
Central access below to: GALLEY (P) - including sink unit with pressurised H&C water, microwave (240v) and kettle point. Ample stowage for cooking utensils, etc.. HEADS / SHOWER COMPARTMENT with electric toilet (2011), hand basin and H&C combined shower fitting. The FORWARD ACCOMMODATION comprises a convertable double berth arrangement with shelving above, anchor locker and emergency hatch to fore-deck. Additional stowage is provided below the berths. A number of fixed ports are in the Galley and Heads spaces.
Stainless steel inboard 'Pilot' rails run aft from the Fore-deck to the forward part of the wheelhouse structure with matching rails fitted around the afterdeck providing a secure working area. The deck surfaces are 'non-slip' coated.
Anchoring arrangements include:
- Fore-deck mounted Lewmar 1000W electric windlass (console and fore-deck controlled)
- Bruce Anchor and Chain
- Mooring warps & fenders (with storage baskets)
- Substantial s/s fore-deck mooring bollard, fairleads and cleats.
- Heavy duty fendering to upper and lower strakes with inter-
straking on the after quarters.
- Stainless steel mast carrying navigation lights, electronic
aerials and pennants
''Watchful" has been known to us since she was built by Lochin in the early 1980's and has been a faithful 'servant' to both her current and various previous owners. The craft provides a practical 'balance' between accommodation and working deck - whatever their role may be. This vessel has seen good commercial service but is now owned by a Lochin devotee who has used her for pleasure and has invested in many upgrades and improvemnents to maintain her condition - including to MCA Cat. 2 standards. Whether for commercial application or leisure, 'Watchful' is ready to serve again."