$1.5m cat perfect fishing boat
THE Enforcer is not your average fishing boat.
Worth $1.5 million, the 15-metre-long catamaran is the first of its type in the world.
It is hoped the boat, which was built by Sailfish Catamarans at Alstonville for a wealthy Brisbane-based client, will be launched at the Ballina Slipway today.
Sailfish director Darren Foster said the aluminium twin-hull boat used a new type of drive system utilising propellers at the front of the vessel.
“It’s a luxury cruising weekender-cum-fishing boat,” he said.
“The client wanted something that was his own design, so we’ve custom-built this at our shed.
“It took us 16 months with three or four of us working on it.”
The Enforcer was moved to the Ballina Slipway this week under escort at 5 o’clock in the morning.
“We had to take off the front of the factory so we could get it out,” Mr Foster said.
“We moved it in two halves and bolted it back together once we got it here.”
The catamaran sleeps six people and is fully-equipped for living on board.
It has all the luxuries, including air-conditioning, a $27,000 kitchen, washing machine and dishwasher.
Complete with an all-electric Volvo engine, Mr Foster said the catamaran was now one of Sailfish’s ‘flagship boats’.
“We’ve never built anything like this before,” he said.
“But now we’ve had some interest from Western Australia. The owner of this one is planning cruises from Bribie Island up to the Whitsundays.”