Caribbean 2400

Just a few weeks from 4 years since starting the Reef Runner build thread, I've dropped a deposit on a Caribbean 2400.

The Reef Runner is sold/committed but still with me until the end of Feb, now the agonising wait for the hull build that is only due in Nov' 21.

The Reef Runner has been a great boat and a great investment (if there is such a thing in boating). With some selective build and DIY elements at the front end and the current market pricing, it has resulted in 4 year of economical boating. My family and I have shared some great memories but we are looking for that extra room to make the extended day or weekend trips for 4 that bit more comfortable. Whilst it has hosted us on meny weekend trip to Rotto, the extra room of the 2400 will be a welcome benefit.

I considered bigger, I considered a penned boat or a share in a penned boat, I considered a jinker hardstand boat, but I couldn't look past the ROI that the Caribbean Boats command and truth be told since owning the Reefie I always dreamed of the girth and volume of the 2400. I always want to be able to hose and wash my gear off and be in control of my own modifications/repairs so I need to keep it trailered. Our usage is a mix of Metro fishing days with mates, whiting bash with kids, family day/weekend island trips, tubing and skiing in the river, plus 1-2 weeks fishing in Coral Bay/Exmouth per year.

Basic hull, oversized swim platforms and bunk infill ordered from Mansfield Marine. I'm researching engine options and trailer options currently. 300hp most likely. I'm pretty open to all major brands. I actually think the finish will end up similar to how I built the Reef Runner. Awning/Simrad/Autopilot/Fusion/Deck Tread/Extra Bench Seating… It has served us well. Build below:

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I will look for a through hull transducer. I've really struggled with a transom mount at speed over the years. I also think I will add the addition of tabs or zipwakes to get the beamy bow down into those tight chops and through hull leaves the transom clear for installation!

I’ve now got 11months to hunt the sales, find deals and start building the stockpile of fittout goodies!

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Looks very HD nice. Does the

Fri, 2021-08-06 09:22

Looks very HD nice. Does the weight include the spare wheel and hub etc? 

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Rego Papers

Fri, 2021-08-06 10:18

Not sure... I've taken that from the nameplate and rego papers.

In-line with the first 60post on this thread, weight is a major factor on this build so will be getting it weighed in a few different conditions when the boat arrives.

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Transtyle

Thu, 2021-08-05 21:10

 Interesting, I have Transyle axles on my new trailer, made 6 months ago.

Is this a new option for replaceable stubs (had a look on Transtyle website and couldnt see any update)

Have you got a pic of the removeable stub set up please?

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It's pretty new... Design was

Thu, 2021-08-05 21:18

It's pretty new... Design was released 1 year ago. I believe they have had Covid supply issues. I'm still waiting for the supply of the spare one to arrive.

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Thu, 2021-08-05 22:48

 Hmm interesting, and a little annoying, I ordered mine in Dec and didnt get that

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Thu, 2021-08-05 22:48

 Hmm interesting, and a little annoying, I ordered mine in Dec and didnt get that

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Finally some build progress

Fri, 2021-10-22 20:19

Finally some build progress from the Caribbean factory!

The last photo has me a little worried if this thing is going to fit on my driveway. I do hope those guys are really, really short 

Also had a few worried weeks regarding engine supply. Thankfully Mercury has come to the party and i should have an engine mid Nov (ordered May '21). There was a threat of a 2022 engine that was not going to work for me...

 

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 Will be interested to see

Mon, 2021-10-25 10:43

 Will be interested to see how this goes. A mate has ordered one to leave at his house in Exmouth, so basically it's mine too!

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 Does your mate need any more

Mon, 2021-11-15 12:53

 Does your mate need any more mates? 

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 He doesn't think so but I

Mon, 2021-11-15 13:05

 He doesn't think so but I think he does 

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Best kind of mate, i reckon 

Mon, 2021-11-15 13:43

Best kind of mate, i reckon 

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Mech fittup started

Tue, 2021-10-26 13:41

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Getting closer... But engines!

Mon, 2021-11-15 13:47

 

I'm going to need a few beers to start calmly typing my story about my engine, or lack there of... To be continued

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 Darren the old man of my

Mon, 2021-11-15 14:32

 Darren the old man of my mate mentioned above ordered a Robalo from Travis and had been absolutely promised engines before Christmas (by the dealer not Travis). Didn't happen and the long and short of it is they can get one black engine and one white but not two of either! They're seeing if the white one can be sprayed but I doubt it.

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I've heard that same

Mon, 2021-11-15 15:57

I've heard that same story... 

Its no problem, I'll take that white motor on the 2400 in a pinch. My black one might be here in Feb '22 for him!

I feel for him, its alot of coin for someone to have tied up in a boat with no motors for it. But i'm not sure many businesses carry that kind of working capital

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 Yeah it's a pretty crappy

Mon, 2021-11-15 16:14

 Yeah it's a pretty crappy set of circumstances for everyone involved, with no solutions within their control.

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 What a sexy boat she is

Mon, 2021-11-15 14:03

 What a sexy boat she is going to be!

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I did here

Mon, 2021-11-15 15:32

2 year wait list . On certain brands of motors

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 I was gonna buy a second

Mon, 2021-11-15 16:17

 I was gonna buy a second hand boat but thought I'd check for motor availability first as it had a time bomb on the back. I was told by a few that I could expect a motor in Feb 2023. I'm no longer in the market haha

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Hurry up already...

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ooooh thats looking nice! the

Wed, 2021-12-01 10:23

ooooh thats looking nice! the room in the deck is amazing compared to the reefy.

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 Looking good Darren! My mate

Wed, 2021-12-01 11:20

 Looking good Darren! My mate has actually ordered the 2300 not the 2400. The extra foot looks like a lot of extra boat!

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From memory i think that

Wed, 2021-12-01 11:53

From memory i think that extra foot comes with a significant amount of extra beam too. somethiing like 10cm on either side from the 23, 15 from the refy.....seeing it in the pictures, the difference is huge. waiting with baited breath to see then end weight, as if looks like can get under 3.5 tonne i will be seriously considering an early upgrade lol! (whether the missus would allow it is a completely seperate issue tho!)

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 Yeah that was what I meant

Wed, 2021-12-01 12:19

 Yeah that was what I meant Sea Goat. Not sure why mate went with the 2300 as cost isn't an issue.

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i wonder if it may have been

Wed, 2021-12-01 13:35

i wonder if it may have been the weight issue? unless he has a ram or something, or got the gvm upgrade. thats certainly been something thats been on my mind.  i have been thinking for a while about upgrading from the reefy for a bit more room. would absolutely love the 24, but with twin engines i think getting under the 3.5 tonne towing liimit could be an issue, so the 23 may be the best compromise.....then again....could always upgrade the car as well???? lol! man the stupid things i would do if i won powerball!

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 Could be mate. It's going to

Wed, 2021-12-01 14:24

 Could be mate. It's going to live in the garage at Exmouth and probably launch at Bundegi a lot of time. I think he has a Hilux up theer so that wouldn't do the bigger boat.

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2400 vs Reefie

Wed, 2021-12-01 16:23

2400 vs Reef Runner photos I've collected along the way

 

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2400 vs 2300

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those photos make it even

Wed, 2021-12-01 17:09

those photos make it even more appealing! makes the reefy look tiny!

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Finally Here

Mon, 2022-01-10 17:30

So... It finally arrived! 24th December 2021.

It has had a few drama along the way including the final kicker of a smashed windscreen from a flying rock 200km out from Perth whilst on the truck!

The next few weeks were filled with hot, sweaty, confined work with itchy firbreglass.

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mate looks the goods!

Mon, 2022-01-10 17:42

but thats not even close to enough pics....c'mon!    

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 Congratulations. Those

Mon, 2022-01-10 18:15

 Congratulations. Those things are amazing. Well done, and yes more pics please

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 Nice looking trailer

Mon, 2022-01-10 21:55

 Nice looking trailer Darren,

 

Thinking of installing a boat latch on the trailer tells me you want to drive the boat on??

 

I can never understand with custom trailers why fellas dont have a better "alignment" ass end on the trailer and protect the hull more with more placcy guiding the boat to the centre of the trailer....

 

Just my way of thinking perhaps but i'd like to see a bow catching/guiding ass on the trailer if it was me spending 100k on a new boat...

 

Of course if you are only launching in a protected marina with no side sweep, current or swell then i'm sure it will be fine....

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 Nah it looks like

Tue, 2022-01-11 11:35

 Nah it looks like crap! 

Awesome looking beast but I agree we need more pics! Steps on the trailer are a great idea too.

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Hot and Sweaty Xmas

Thu, 2022-01-20 11:20

Fittout Progress... Routing cables, cutting fibreglass and engless tubes of marine sealant.

Xmas morning layout consideration...

Pulling Cables with spares for the future. This is a one time job!

SS175HW with custom 316 spacer. First time on a lathe in 20years! Its marks fish at 35knots!

Trailer bunks need lowering down.

Lighting using RBG rock crawler lights. This is using only 5 of the 8 LEDs provided.

DIY Z tread flooring. I went for the 5mm this time and bought the 3m 94 primer from ebay. I was very happy with this after 4 years on my reef runner.

Lunch trip with the Family to long neck brewary.

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Weight...

Wed, 2022-01-19 21:56

One of the most common C2400 questions… What does it weigh? This is clear from the first 30 posts on this thread!!!

So now my fittout is finished "for now", I took to the weigh-bridge for some real world numbers…

C2400, Ace 3.5ton Alloy trailer with spare, Yamaha 300 XXL, 2 XL swim platforms, 3 Batteries, 2 Anchors & chains, Esky, 12v fridge, bench seat, electronics inc autopilot and DC/DC chargers, bait-board, fishing tackle etc.

150ltrs of fresh water 70ltrs of fuel (verified from first fill and Yamaha gauge)

**3160kg Total With a full tank of fuel and water as loaded I would total 3441kgs.

This is a pleasing result given that I can also manage the 150kgs of water giving me 60-210kg of variable payload.

The Amarok also has a GCVM of 6000kgs so it’s good to know/confirm that the car can exceed the total load of the trailer even with my lard arse sitting in the drivers seat. (Gross number included me in the car)

It’s far from comfortable or allowing for excessive loading but my biggest worry was keeping the whole combo legal, and therefore insured!!! If i drain the fuel and water i basically have 540kgs of payload for those trips to the North West.

 

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 Excellent news on the

Wed, 2022-01-19 20:21

 Excellent news on the weights Darren! How did you go with the cabling like terminal blocks and fuses etc for all electrical I've seen a few different methods by people and companies. Could you please put up a photo? Ok