New boat...

Built right here here in Geraldton (again) by Xtreme Marine, biggest Cray boat in WA at 86’

19 tonnes of plate, 700kg of wire...

 

 

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One powerball

Fri, 2018-06-22 04:23

 And you still could not afford to have this as a daily fisher.

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 Sometimes when the water is quiet, you can hear the fish laughing at you !

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Big trailer boat

Fri, 2018-06-22 04:24

 thats a big trailer boat.

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 It's a beautiful thing.

Fri, 2018-06-22 06:34

 It's a beautiful thing.

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 Yep Dongara boat, currently

Fri, 2018-06-22 07:04

 Yep Dongara boat, currently being fitted out in town. Had to be bigger than the last one by 1 foot...

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 It was trucked 65km to

Fri, 2018-06-22 07:04

 It was trucked 65km to Dongara to fit the fibreglass wheelhouse

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The old " one foot-itis.."

Fri, 2018-06-22 08:22

 They put out a good product. A local young bloke here had one built last year , Extreme 72. I had a good look over it at the launching. I like how they injection mould the wheel house and fit it to the alloy hulls, best of both worlds. Fibreglass superstructures to alloy have been done for a long time, but this is next level.

 

 

They run twin keels, now, gives your drive gear so much more protection than the old twin setup of rudders and props dangling in the breeze behind an abbreviated keel.

Going away from the super boats, I looked across the harbour that day and spotted a boat I drove for about 13 years. Only 42 foot, very beamy and stable, rode HARD. Looking a bit sad, has passed through a few wetliner owners hands since she was sold out of crayfishing in the ealy noughties. But the good thing about this pic is the boat immediately behind it, the Ellen Marie, a sister ship to the last boat I owned, the Lady Laurel, right down to the extension to 50ft from the original 46. I don't know if there was a 46' Image S-Chine hull that wasn't extended. Although I think the EM kept the original 3406 Cat they mostly fitted, I was running a 700hp TAMD120 volvo after chucking a 3408 Cat the the previous owner had fitted. They were a bloody good hull, faultless ride.

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 Haha, wasnt the Lady Laurel

Sat, 2018-06-23 01:13

 Haha, wasnt the Lady Laurel Jack Hartleys boat originally?
The first boat I ever threw pots off and I drowned one first day...

Ellen Marie has been around for, oohh, about half a million years, but like Centrepoint still looks good!

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yes, Jack built it.

Sat, 2018-06-23 06:53

 I bought it off Don Hobbs  from Dongara. Don had made a Big Banker out of it, extended, extra tanks in the extension, side exhaust, big genset to run the pumps, and stuffed an 800hp CAT 3408 twin turbo, electronic EM, in it. Big mistake in retrospect, lengthening a boat moves the COG forward, and that bloody Cat was just too heavy. had a couple of thousand hours on it when I bought it, but CATs are expensive to run ( $20,000 freshen up @ 5000 hrs, anyone ) --I got an offer on a run-out model Volvo TAMD 122(?) 16 litre 6, and grabbed it. Whole assembly with same transmission weighed a half-ton less, and it transformed the boat. The bow sat at least 100mm higher at rest, and it just got up and planed with a full load on so much better. Did a run with the full 105 pots on (wet) from Dongara to north of Kalbarri and averaged dead on 16 knots. Economical cruise went up to 18-something knots.

So the old girl copped some mods in her time, and I sold it to some South Aussies who took it to Lincoln for crays.

This is the only pic i have of her at sea, taken from the deck of one  of the Starlings boats.

 

 

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 Lol, I put 2 new GM's in

Sat, 2018-06-23 22:52

 Lol, I put 2 new GM's in Geralds Centrepoint (while working at GBB with the crew at Xtreme) then straight to Big Bank 90 or 91 as my first proper cray gig

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Is that boat in

Fri, 2018-06-22 08:46

Is that boat in Kalbarri?

Thought I saw two that look similar at the end of the jetty a few months back.

Impressive tinny's

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Dinghys are cool

Fri, 2018-06-22 08:49

 Looking at that overhead shot , I would have slapped a couple of tiller steered 500,s on her , as is 

and broke the worlds biggest dinghy record while I at it.!!

 I thought WA,s biggest cray boat was in Kalbarri , anyone know how big it was?.

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Yes, that is a Kalbarri boat

Fri, 2018-06-22 12:25

 I think David Ralph , in Kalbarri, may have had the title for a year or two, back in the nineties, with Queen of Peace.   Until Michael Boschetti built one, Business Class, with a directive to the designers that it had to be "bigger  than Ralphies" probably just joking, but it was 78 feet, IIRC.  That boat in the pics belongs to Davids'  nephew, Ian.  Both those boths are no longer involved in crayfishing, as far as I know, both went to OAG as work boats during the consolidation and uncertainty around the introduction of quota.

 

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 First Class I reckonWorking

Sat, 2018-06-23 01:15

 First Class I reckon
Working with Mr B now :-)

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You're right, Rob

Sun, 2018-06-24 17:53

 First Class was Mike Boschetti's big new one, Business Class was later. Didn't Schultzy drive that for him?

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 Yes he did, shit that was a

Sun, 2018-06-24 18:35

 Yes he did, shit that was a long time back.
It was for Bert not Mike though

 

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Awesome

Fri, 2018-06-22 13:16

 Keep the updates coming, both on the new build and I really enjoy historical pics and info WA fishing.

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Sat, 2018-06-23 01:24

 Im proud to say that the bloke who built the boat above (along with his helpers lol) is the same bloke who pointed me in the direction of my career to this day.
The core of this team were at Geraldton Boat Builders when I was there early 90's and I went from there to fishing for many years on deck, skipper, part owner then full circle to swinging spanners again at sea (still)

The knowledge I gained from Pin is still serving me today in spades and I only absorbed the loudest 10% 

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Fri, 2018-06-29 07:40

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-29/big-rock-lobster-boat-may-not-benefit-all-say-businesses/9919266

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