A local family fishing business has invested in a third boat for Ilfracombe - a brand new £225,000 lobster-potting catamaran. Lady of Lundy has just been put into service by Paul and Scott Wharton of S&P Fish to catch lobster, crab and whelks from North D

A local family fishing business has invested in a third boat for Ilfracombe - a brand new £225,000 lobster-potting catamaran.Lady of Lundy has just been put into service by Paul and Scott Wharton of S&P Fish to catch lobster, crab and whelks from North Devon waters.The catch will be sold from the S&P wet fish shop at Butchers Row in Barnstaple, although the whelks will also be exported to the Far East, where they are considered a delicacy.The new boat, which was built at Canvey Island in Essex, has a swift top speed of 25 knots and will lay up to 100 pots at a time.In recent years the Whartons have invested in what are presently Ilfracombe's largest trawlers - the Our Josie Grace and the Our Olivia Belle- both purchased brand new.The brothers said with the ever-increasing price of diesel fuel they decided to diversify into new markets.