"Some have said they have felt a boat shudder before she struck a rock, or cry when she beached and the surf poured into her. This is not mysticism, but identification; man, building this greatest and most personal of all tools, has in turn received a boat-shaped mind, and the boat, a man-shaped soul. His spirit and the tendrils of his feeling are so deep in a boat that the identification is complete."

- John Steinbeck, The Log From the Sea of Cortez

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

2015 and 2016 Marlin Season

We had a very quiet winter but its all happening this summer, despite our first fish-less day last Sunday, we had a double hook up on Marlin the week before and with only two on board, 5 lines and two teasers to clear, it was mayhem for a few moments. I also took a Gopro out for the first time, just to get a feel for the best place to mount it when filming. Initial footage is on the Gopro, the rest was taken on a smartphone -video edited in Gopro studio, click link below;

Testing out the GoPro

I have also made some minor changes to the boat, small stuff but makes a big difference, photos at the bottom of the page. Other than that, the boat is trucking along nicely, I still get comments from crew on the boat regarding how great the ride is, the hull continually impresses.

A perfect morning

Beautiful golden sunrise contrasts against the dirty green water caused by recent heavy rains

Out go the lures, home-made aluminium outriggers are working well so far.

Much better, blue water.

Rob at the helm, GoPro wide angles are great fun.

Lots of trolling and thinking to do at the bow.

A couple of 32mm pole holders and the annoying poles are no longer on the floor.

A tether to the turnbuckle, occasionally they undo them selves whilst towing and get lost on the floor.
Shimano Tiagra

Thursday, January 8, 2015

It's Been a Big Season So Far

What a great time I am having with the boat, trips to paradise, Marlin and more. I have made up some cleats for the boat out of 3mm tube, wish I had done them earlier though. The other day we also landed a Striped Marlin, off Sydney in a completely unprepared kind of way. We didn't intend to fish for them but we did decide to because it was quiet elsewhere. We landed this Marlin and raised another two for the day, one particular fish was really feisty, kept coming back for more but we never hooked it! The fish caught was around 130kg (estimated and a good size for a Striped) and caught on the 6th Jan 2015 - There seemed to be a few fish caught that day off Sydney and water temps in close were 22.5deg and the further we headed out the warmer it got, best water was around 24deg and the fish was hooked in 24deg water.

Video of catch can be seen here:  First Marlin on Tailor-Made

New backrest/ grabrail with some rod holders.

Cleats made from 19mm x 3m wall tube, ends TIG welded and ground to shape.

The finished product.

Rob Frier - Angler on the Marlin

Jumping madness

Fish was kept in check the whole time, we chased it and the centre console helped here.

More tail-walking!
Digging deep on the Stella 10K

Almost there!


Collingwood Beach, Jervis Bay

Reached our holiday destination safely

Paradise! Long Beach Jervis Bay.

Used 85L of fuel for 157km of running, not bad at all.

The lures that did all the damage!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Chop Test

After spending a few hours on a very choppy, messy Jervis Bay last weekend I could really see what this hull was designed for. Great soft landings in messy seas while punching through at a solid pace makes for an excellent offshore boat, here are some photos from the weekend with 4 people on-board.

Caption says it all

Seas were still OK in this shot

It was really getting rough here but CNC Marine's hull design ate westerly gust, bay chop for afternoon tea

4 on-board, we arrived to the ramp safe and slightly wet!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A Perfect Day

It's been a while since I posted, not much other than this recent 'perfect day' out on the water with my family. Great weather, great food, calm water and lots of sunshine, this is why I built the boat, the pics tell the rest of the story...

Land ahoy!

Close-up of the wonderful, variable deadrise hull 'S' chine design

After this trip I realised I really needed a ladder!

Rubber bits and locking mechanism sorted so it won't rattle or flip over when under way.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Fishing Time

I have taken the boat outside a few times now, the last trip was out really wide for a boat this size, to the continental shelf, Brown's Mountain and even a little further. Aim was to snag a Yellowfin tuna on hard bodied lures, we didn't get a tuna this time but we scored a nice winter mahi-mahi for the dinner table. The boat is going really well, still super impressed with the soft ride from a hull of this size; I could only just imagine how something in the 6m+ range in CNC Marine's design would perform. We headed back from outside, about 50km wide of Sydney's coast -line; this little boat passed a couple of larger and quite capable and popular boats along the way, punching through the chop at 4000rpm. Fuel consumption is very low, cruising, trolling and running around 3500-4000 rpm all day and the Suzuki DF90 will go through anywhere between 0.35-0.5l/klm of fuel so I have plenty of range to work with. Just had the motor serviced through my dealer, Northern Beaches Marine, the diagnostic software for the engine said I have done 37hrs in total and consumed 179.4 litres of fuel for the 37hrs. The day we headed out was forecast for light winds but the South-Westerly had different ideas....Backtracking…..Mixing it up with the big and even bigger boats all day, it was more of a trip to get to know the boat though, fuel range and performance. We headed out of Sydney harbour, over the 12 mile for a quick jig and then over the shelf to Browns and a little beyond Browns. There were two largish storm cells pretty much over Browns in the morning so we stayed a couple of klms away until the cells moved South. I feel for the boats stuck in that weather which I believe also had some hail in it and a fair bit of lightening as well, not to mention ‘black’ blankets of rain. VHF Channel 21 was pretty busy all day with the usual silliness and calls of yellowfin busting up at the back of Browns, South of Brown’s etc but no luck for us on the fin. This winter dollie was the biggest one for me so that means fresh fish all week. Probably our biggest mistake was to leave fish to find fish, where we hooked the mahi-mahi there was bait, striped tuna and a nice Yellowfin caught that day in the same area so it may have paid to stay in that area for a while, grass is always greener though and Yellowfin were caught in a few different spots that day.

I am a very happy chap! Mahi-mahi, dolphin fish, lampuki, dorado, this fish is known by many names!

Live bait tank installed and running

Sorting out a Scotty downrigger, this is the Strongarm model 1092

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Photo's and a quick test on the water

A really nice, late afternoon fishing trip that started well, balmy evening but it soon ended in rain and a very stiff 40 knot breeze! We caught some nice fish but had to head back at 11pm, it was just too uncomfortable and we were soaked to the bone!

Click here for Video of boat build and water test