Director of Sailfish Catamarans in Alstonville, Darren Foster, putting the final touches to his latest catamaran that he is building for a Russian businessman.
Director of Sailfish Catamarans in Alstonville, Darren Foster, putting the final touches to his latest catamaran that he is building for a Russian businessman. Jay Cronan

Cruising into global waters

GOT a spare $260,000?

If you did, you might consider buying this 8.2m catamaran, made by the best in the business right here in Alstonville.

With sleeping quarters, a shower, toilet, air-conditioning, stove and sink, Sailfish Marine’s Weekender 3000 is pretty luxurious.

But you can’t buy this exact one.

It has already has an owner – a Russian businessman – and it is being delivered to him next week.

Sailfish Marine’s reputation for quality boats now extends throughout the world, after a successful stint at a boat show in Dubai a couple of years ago.

Darren Foster started the business 18 years ago, but says he never expected to be selling to international customers.

“It was the last thing on my mind when I set up in a small factory around the corner (in the Russellton Industrial Estate),” he said.

“At the moment I’m also building four boats that we will be sending over to New Guinea.

“Two of them are for the government and are worth about $600,000 each, and two are for private clients.

“We’ve also sold boats to customers in places like Florida and Malta.”

And Mr Foster could be getting a few more orders in the near future.

He is heading down to the Sydney International Boat Show next week; an event which attracts about 100,000 people.

“We lead the market for this type of aluminium boat,” he said.

“I think the reason our business has stayed strong is because we can be pretty flexible for our clients.

“A while ago we built a $1.5 million boat for a client, but our average sale is about $180,000.

“We have just launched two smaller boats – the Reef Runner and the Shelf Runner, which are 5.8m and 6.3m.

“They retail for about $80,000 and we’ve already sold six of them, so it shows that the demand is there.”

 

SYDNEY BOAT SHOW

July 28 until August 1.

It is Australia’s largest boat show and is now in its 44th year.

More than 280 exhibitors.

The Darling Harbour Exhibition Centre will be packed with many millions of dollars worth of marine related products.



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