Australian boat builder Dongara Marine has released details of two multi-purpose fishing boat offerings it has developed in conjunction with long-term design partner Southerly Designs.
One is a 15.5-metre aluminium monohull that can be configured for lobster fishing, wetline fishing, or both. With a NSCV measured length of 14.7 metres and beam of 4.8 metres, the single screw design can be powered with a variety of engine makes and models depending on owner’s preferences and requirements.
“We would expect to power these with engines in the 600 to 800hp range, with options including Caterpillar’s C12 or the MTU Series 60,” said Dongara Marine. “That would give loaded speeds in the 20 to 25 knot range.”
Aside from the overall dimensions, a notable difference between the design and Dongara Marine’s recent lobster boat newbuilds is the single level wheelhouse design.
“We know that some operators – including most in South Australia’s Southern Rock Lobster fishery – prefer not have a flybridge, and of course we are happy to oblige,” said Dongara Marine’s Rohan Warr.
A second new design further demonstrates the ability to customise solutions. Based on the same hullform as a vessel currently under construction (see story here) it is a raised wheelhouse, single screw lobster and wet line fishing boat.
Designed with live tanks for 78 baskets of lobster, and deck space for 140 lobster pots, the 22.4-metre monohull can achieve 24.5 knots with 1,600 hp (1,193 kW) from a single D-rated Caterpillar C32 main engine.
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