The offshore boat used for fishing charters is a Reelax Capricorn Sportfisher built at Woongoolba between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
For Qld survey purposes the boat measures 7.7m and can carry 8 people in total (7 customers). Its operational limit is 50Nm from land or partially smooth waters putting it in range of fishing hotspots like the Hards, the Barwon Banks, Cape Moreton, Caloundra Wide, the Caloundra 12mile, the 50m line, Chardons Reef, North Reef plus numerous wrecks and that is just off the Sunshine Coast.
It is powered by a 240hp 4 cylinder Yanmar diesel engine maintaining a genuine 18knot cruise speed in most seas.
Electronics wise, the boat is fitted with a Lowrance 5300C GPS Chartplotter, iCom VHF radio, a 1kW FCV-585 Furuno sounder, 400C Garmin sounder, TMQ-AP4 autopilot and a USB/SD/FM radio player.
In the fishing department the boat sports all the best Reelax gear, a large live bait tank, as well as a Canon electric downrigger. We use and recommend Gary Howard Custom Rods and Fin Nor reels.
The inshore boat used for fishing charters is a 4.55m Seajay Nomad built at Bundaberg. It is registered for smooth waters and 4 people total (3 customers). Powered by a four stroke 50hp Yamaha outboard there is no smell, vibration or noise. It sports a Minn Kota iPilot GPS with spot lock electric trolling motor and Lowrance depth sounders with side scan and down scan and GPS. We operate when booked in the Pumicestone Passage, Mooloolah, Maroochy and Noosa Rivers, the freshwater dams inland from this region or custom trips to further away destinations are available. Photo by David Granville.