Tails Up - 7.5M Center Cab from Moda Marine

G 'day everyone,

I spent a long time looking for a boat for my needs, i was after a center cab, with twins, big fuel tanks, bait station and a tower. I looked at all the top builders, both in wa and qld. I hadn't heard of moda custom boats until I saw a build thread on another site with special k - the 8m express and my interest grew.

I got in contact with shane at moda, he had a great attitide and was more then willing to have a go at what I was trying to acheive. This is my 5th boat and I wanted to build a boat that could cater for a number of applications. I mainly go marlin fishing, but also do overnighters chasing reefies and trips to the islands as well as booze cruises with family and freinds on board!

There a quite a few things I wanted, flush mounted dash, lockable cabin, common pump manifold, refigeration and freezers, tackle station, front / rear tuna tubes, flush mounted electronics, plenty of space in the center cab etc.
Everything with shane was so easy to discuss and as soon as I made any suggestions he came up with a plan and got it done!

The Hull is a center cab layout, big dash for flush mounting 2x 12'' screens, 400mm wide walk around, reccessed fridge and freezers under the helm seats, 2+m of deck space, plenty of bow space for casting, 30 rod holders, Taco grandslam 380 outrigger brackets, Custom outrigger layout, center mounted bait station for storage, 22 degree deadrise at transom, 2.45m beam, 600L of fuel and 100L of water and a tower on the roof with full electronics and controls. The Hull is 6mm and sides are 4mm 5083 marine ali.

I took delivery a few weeks ago and I am stoked with everything, the trailers very well built and tows so nice, the boat had come out flawless and is a real head turner!

It is 10x more stable then my last boat, a 24ft sailfish american mono, I still cannot beleive how a hull with 22 degrees of deadrise can be so stable, even with 2 up in the tower it dosen't even come close to feeling tippy.

The ride is the best I have been in for an ally boat of its size, it really blew me away. It feels so safe with a following sea with a swell rolling, it tracks straight and never ever felt like it was not in control. Side on is also awesome! Like any trailer boat a big head sea is a challenge, but it was pretty nasty coming out of the seaway in the goldy a couple of days ago and we could still acheive planning speed without too much fuss and didnt loose any teeth.

With 175 lean burn suzukis I get to 43 knots flat out spinning 6200 with half fuel and 2 pob. I would love to see how the next size up props run! Cruise speed between pretty much 20 - 30 knots is 1L per km! This suprises me so much, my last boat with a 300 yammy used about 1.5l per km! The boat will plane on one 175 and I can troll at 8 knots using about 12l on one motor or 20l combined. Im just going to troll with one, less fuel and half the hours - win win!

I would recomend shane and his boys to anyone looking at getting a top quality aluminium boat built, they are truely impressive!

The price was much less then what one in WA would have cost and no where near to the same standard of finish.

I would also like to thank garmin, there gear is incredible and i cant wait to get to use mine to its full potential! Im running 2x 7412, 2x 7407 on the tower, autopilot, gsd 26, cm599lhw 3kw tranny and a ss175h 1kw.

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 Looks sexy Luke. Can't wait

Thu, 2016-03-24 16:09

 Looks sexy Luke. Can't wait to get a look in the flesh.


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 Hell yeah. What a boat 

Thu, 2016-03-24 16:16

 Hell yeah. What a boat 

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Thu, 2016-03-24 16:19

Thanks for the write up.  That sure is one awsome looking boat and very well set up by the sounds of it.  Hope the weather allow for some good fishing this weekend.

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Thu, 2016-03-24 17:14

Wow! You dont f*#k around with your boats and cars mate! I saw your 200 series build too

Were you always going ali with this boat?

What does she weigh fully loaded? You will have some serious range with those fuel numbers. From all reports those new i4 suzukis are ticking ALL the boxes. 

Congrats mate and more photos please!


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Tuna tube

Thu, 2016-03-24 16:50

 Whatsa tuna tube?

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stick a live tuna (bait)in

Thu, 2016-03-24 17:42

stick a live tuna (bait)in water flows through ...keeps tuna alive

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My lord. Need a deckie for a

Thu, 2016-03-24 17:51

My lord. Need a deckie for a salmon sesh? 


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 That is great looking rig. 

Thu, 2016-03-24 18:58

 That is great looking rig. 

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 I just put up some more

Thu, 2016-03-24 19:28

 I just put up some more pics!

shane goes the extra mile when he builds a boat, for instance his flush mounted my boarding ladder, fuel system, transom door so its all neat and tidy! He even goes to lengths to put stainless steel eyelets in the holes were you hook up the safety chain and winch strap to eliminate wear and tear. 

The flooring is cnc cut seadek and is laser scanned when the hull is bare then cut out. It looks great! Its all saved in the data base so if i ever needed a new peice i can call up and order it over the phone.

The next boat was always going to be ali so I could get it built to as I want. She weighs just under the 3500kg mark so I can tow it around no worries!

I got a few different size tuna tubes made up for different size live baits, there all on a threaded base so there easily interchangeable. You put baits in them to stay alive while rigged.


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Special K

Tue, 2016-03-29 15:22

Special K looks the goods too!




Do you have a link to the build thread?


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Tue, 2016-03-29 15:48


There you go mate! I caught up with the owner and the boat while I was on the east coast, aweosme rig too!

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 Thats Awesome! Im no welder

Tue, 2016-03-29 16:22

 Thats Awesome! Im no welder but those weld seams on the Bow Eyes look perfect. No wonder you gave them a call after reading through that build.


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3500kgs, too bad you can't

Thu, 2016-05-12 19:51

3500kgs, too bad you can't put fuel or gear in it haha!

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 3500 with fuel and water

Fri, 2016-05-13 15:00

 3500 with fuel and water mate, im sure your preston will be much the same especially with your gear onboard for the kimberly trips 

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 That really is an awesome

Thu, 2016-03-24 19:37

 That really is an awesome looking rig..very nice indeed 




My fishing spots are so secret........... even the fish don't know where they are !!

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Awesome rig

Thu, 2016-03-24 20:31

 Love the inlays and attention to detail. 

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 Lovely rig mate.

Thu, 2016-03-24 23:12

 Lovely rig mate. Congratulations :)

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Great looking rig

Fri, 2016-03-25 02:18

Ya got to be happy with that

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very nice

Fri, 2016-03-25 09:19

Very very nice machinem mate.


The island cabs are the way to go hey, my new boat will be the same :) 

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That is one impressive

Fri, 2016-03-25 14:09

That is one impressive boat.

Def got me thinking

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Nice rig there young fella.

Sat, 2016-03-26 09:55

Nice rig there young fella. Bathurst trench next break?

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 Lovely work, I've heard a

Mon, 2016-03-28 18:35

 Lovely work, I've heard a bit about Moda boats and their finish is right up there.

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Nice RIG!

Tue, 2016-03-29 08:38

The fruit n veg sticker industry is paying well these days!


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 Whats the deck Material?Any

Tue, 2016-03-29 16:26

 Whats the deck Material?

Any comments on that?


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Hey mate sorry I missed your

Sat, 2016-05-07 06:13

Hey mate sorry I missed your question,

Deck material is seadek, durable and nice on the feet!

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How many beers/hour does she

Sat, 2016-05-07 09:20

How many beers/hour does she consume?

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I heard a rumour she's pretty

Thu, 2016-05-12 08:56

I heard a rumour she's pretty thirsty on the beers trolling for barra up the Daly with the full spread deployed, riggers and all.


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Epic boat mate, Maybe for my

Thu, 2016-05-12 19:51

Epic boat mate, Maybe for my next one haha


Then again maybe not!

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Sat, 2016-05-14 06:21

love it. 

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 What's the go why you

Fri, 2017-04-21 19:31

 What's the go why you selling it?

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 Was going to build a bigger

Mon, 2017-04-24 17:27

 Was going to build a bigger one, taking her off the market soon and ill do another season!

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bigger again yewww 

Mon, 2017-04-24 17:29

bigger again yewww