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David Perham’s new lobster boat will have live tank capacity for 90 baskets of crays

Geraldton-based David Perham is the latest operator from Australia’s Western Rock Lobster fishery to order a new ​lobster boat from Dongara Marine.

The 22.40 metre Southerly Designs monohull will, like other recent fishing and pilot boat newbuilds, combine an aluminium hull and composite superstructure.

Dongara Marine has overall project responsibility for the vessel and is currently in the process of fitting out the hull, which recently arrived in Port Denison after being fabricated in Geraldton by Xtreme Marine. This includes all the main machinery as well as the many mechanical, hydraulic and electrical systems that go in to a modern Australian high speed lobster boat.

Based in Port Denison, Western Australia, Dongara Marine has already completed manufacture of the resin-infused composite wheelhouse structure, which is also now in the fitout stage.

Once the wheelhouse and hull fitout stages are complete the superstructure will be lifted onto the hull just prior to the new boat’s launch, which is scheduled for April 2020.

The new boat will replace Perham’s current vessel, the 58-foot Natural Selection, which was built in 1994. That boat has been Scania-powered since new, including two re-powers, and the new boat keeps that relationship alive. Twin Scania DI16 072M, each rated to 662kW (900hp), will drive fixed pitch props via ZF gearboxes. This is expected to give a maximum speed of around 23 knots and 17 knots cruise.

The new boat will have live tank capacity for 90 baskets of lobsters, 7000 litres fuel capacity and 800 litres of fresh water.