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  1. #16

    Re: Plate boat research frustration

    Sounds like you need to keep shopping, Compass, Seaadex, Iconic, Tuff Tubs etc in Brisbane, PJM Industries at Hervey Bay and then Svenson Boats at Mackay.

  2. #17

    Re: Plate boat research frustration

    Spoke to Riptide on the phone, not sure I can do the big wait. Have planned a ride in the seaadex and have spoken to Ralph at compass. Plan to visit him shortly. Col makes a great boat but I couldn't hand my money over.

  3. #18

    Re: Plate boat research frustration

    Since you appear to be focusing on qld builders to to Gerard at Hammerhead boats as well.

  4. #19

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    Hi Jclay,
    This 8 meter platey is up for grabs.
    PM me for full spec's if interested.

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    Cheers Rob.

  5. #20

    Re: Plate boat research frustration

    I'm bound to get into trouble for this, but I found trying to buy a plate boat to my specs. so frustrating, I gave up.
    This was about seven years ago, and it sounds like nothing has changed.
    All I wanted was a centre console long boat for offshore fishing.
    I had experience of these in the Islands. They were self draining, soft riding, extremely economical, unsinkable with ample floatation, and able to take a hammering. Definitely not show ponies, or able to win "best looking' but had workboat functionality.

    I got sick of being told I was a d'head---"come to my factory, and I'll show you what a REAL boat looks like" It didn't matter that I had the money for them to build what I wanted. These "boat builders" didn't even ask.
    I ended up buying a 28 ft. longboat out of the Philippines. A bit fancy, and fibreglass, but the boat builder quoted on everything I wanted without question, it arrived at the marina, onto the travel lift, turn the key, and drive it home.
    It is economical at any speed, sea kindly, and easy to handle by an old man who mainly fishes on his own. Getting onto eight years old now, has some cosmetic cracks in the glass---here and there, but still structurally sound.
    If the wait is too long, if you are treated like you are not a valued client, then look at going off shore.
    John Cav.

  6. #21

    Re: Plate boat research frustration

    Quote Originally Posted by Cav(J.C.) View Post
    I'm bound to get into trouble for this, but I found trying to buy a plate boat to my specs. so frustrating, I gave up.
    This was about seven years ago, and it sounds like nothing has changed.
    All I wanted was a centre console long boat for offshore fishing.
    I had experience of these in the Islands. They were self draining, soft riding, extremely economical, unsinkable with ample floatation, and able to take a hammering. Definitely not show ponies, or able to win "best looking' but had workboat functionality.

    I got sick of being told I was a d'head---"come to my factory, and I'll show you what a REAL boat looks like" It didn't matter that I had the money for them to build what I wanted. These "boat builders" didn't even ask.
    I ended up buying a 28 ft. longboat out of the Philippines. A bit fancy, and fibreglass, but the boat builder quoted on everything I wanted without question, it arrived at the marina, onto the travel lift, turn the key, and drive it home.
    It is economical at any speed, sea kindly, and easy to handle by an old man who mainly fishes on his own. Getting onto eight years old now, has some cosmetic cracks in the glass---here and there, but still structurally sound.
    If the wait is too long, if you are treated like you are not a valued client, then look at going off shore.
    John Cav.

    Did you look at these? Been to the factory and they are very impressive.

    http://aluminiumlongboats.com/

    To the OP, there is another, arguably better option than going with the smaller local platey builders.

    Just get a Surtees.

    They will customise, to a fair extent, and you are getting a proven boat from a serious manufacturer that will be there tomorrow, next year and the year after.

    And the other critical risk factors are far less -
    - risk of losing for your deposit is negligible
    - less uncertainty with progress payments along the way
    - risk of incomplete job is zero - compared to what happens if something happens to the principal of smaller manufacturers?
    - risk of manufacturing defects is negligible due to quality assured process
    - all key options can be factory installed vs dealer installed

    Just something to consider....
    Note to self: Don't argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience....

  7. #22

    Re: Plate boat research frustration

    Had a look at the Aluminium Long Boat site.
    Wish they had been around when I was in the market.
    John Cav.

  8. #23

    Re: Plate boat research frustration

    alluminium long boat looks real good, might be a hassle keeping the trailers up to them unless going alloy too.

  9. #24

    Re: Plate boat research frustration

    Quote Originally Posted by catshark View Post
    alluminium long boat looks real good, might be a hassle keeping the trailers up to them unless going alloy too.
    If you want, they build alloy trailers to go with them, very well built too.
    Note to self: Don't argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience....

  10. #25

    Re: Plate boat research frustration

    Quote Originally Posted by Moonlighter View Post
    To the OP, there is another, arguably better option than going with the smaller local platey builders.

    Just get a Surtees.

    They will customise, to a fair extent, and you are getting a proven boat from a serious manufacturer that will be there tomorrow, next year and the year after.

    And the other critical risk factors are far less -
    - risk of losing for your deposit is negligible
    - less uncertainty with progress payments along the way
    - risk of incomplete job is zero - compared to what happens if something happens to the principal of smaller manufacturers?
    - risk of manufacturing defects is negligible due to quality assured process
    - all key options can be factory installed vs dealer installed

    Just something to consider....
    Some good points there, I have a mate who considered Origin but went with AMM, he would have lost a lot of coin had he gone with Origin who we all thought were a sure bet.

    I've been looking at 7 metre plus plate boats for 15 years & owned a few smaller boats in that time. Everything I wanted I couldn't afford & everything I could afford I didn't want. I have quotes from nearly every reputable boat builder in the country (except Performance Plate boats, I spoke to him on the phone but he was too busy to quote!!) & I spec'ed all the quotes as closely as I could for comparison. I found the kiwi boats bloody expensive, & mostly supplied on a bolt together trailer or pay extra. I don't like bolt together trailers. I wasn't looking for a fish killing machine, I love fishing but I need to be diving, overnighting & partaking in bickies & cheese as well. Too much money involved to have a 1 trick pony.
    - I loved the Stabicraft 2400 but there's a lot of wasted space under the kill tank in the new game chaser transom.
    - Surtees & Barcrusher have a tiny cabin, & living in a cold area I need some protection, just as expensive as the Stabi but I wouldn't buy 1 even if it was cheap due to the cabin layout, even the 7.5 I couldn't turn around in the cabin if I had a boner. Good mass production boats otherwise.
    - White pointer NZ, now there's a nice boat. You'll find a wobbly weld on a stabicraft occasionally but you would be hard pressed to find 1 on a white pointer. I would buy 1 of these in a heartbeat, but again you pay for it.
    - Sailfish S7/S8 were a serious contender & I've crawled over them the most, they have a basic cabin trim which could be improved. I always wanted a Cat & they know there cats, couldn't go wrong there I don't think.
    - I priced a Moda Cat which blew the budget away, having said that I think their finished product is worth every cent, it's just that I don't have the cents. Moda boats would give a jellyfish a horn., not an "agricultural" boat like the Sailfish.
    - Extreme look a little "mass produced" for me & I don't like the seats welded to the sides like they are & they're priced right up there with the best of them.
    - For the monohulls, Razerline & AMM were my pick, I love the lines on the Razerline & it's nearly impossible to distinguish between the 2 on product quality. I use reverse psychology on boat quality, the less you see advertised for sale the better the boat is & not often you see a Razerline or AMM, when you do you had better be quick!! An AMM for sale is almost unheard of most of the time. I considered the AMM to be more price competitive as well, & they have been a very stable company for many decades. I could get a boat built to my spec from AMM cheaper than I could get an off the rack boat from NZ.


    To the money shot - If I was going to buy a boat I'd get a Sailfish or an AMM depending on how many feet you want in the water, but I'm so bloody fussy that I decided to design & build my own 6.8 metre Cat. I'm a tradesman with lots of welding experience so I'm a bit further ahead than some people & I worked with Plate Alloy Australia to design my perfect rig. The CAD file is done, the shed is built so all I need now is a bit of time & I'm into it. Let's hope I'm not back on here in a few years time with a half finished boat, no doubt the country is littered with them.

  11. #26

    Re: Plate boat research frustration

    Heliduck, you need to talk to Mojoes, he knows the joys and pains of what your doing very well. One of the nicest plates I've ever been on.

  12. #27
    Ausfish Gold Member
    Join Date
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    Location
    Kalbarri, WA

    Re: Plate boat research frustration

    Quote Originally Posted by Heliduck View Post
    Some good points there, I have a mate who considered Origin but went with AMM, he would have lost a lot of coin had he gone with Origin who we all thought were a sure bet.

    I've been looking at 7 metre plus plate boats for 15 years & owned a few smaller boats in that time. Everything I wanted I couldn't afford & everything I could afford I didn't want. I have quotes from nearly every reputable boat builder in the country (except Performance Plate boats, I spoke to him on the phone but he was too busy to quote!!) & I spec'ed all the quotes as closely as I could for comparison. I found the kiwi boats bloody expensive, & mostly supplied on a bolt together trailer or pay extra. I don't like bolt together trailers. I wasn't looking for a fish killing machine, I love fishing but I need to be diving, overnighting & partaking in bickies & cheese as well. Too much money involved to have a 1 trick pony.
    - I loved the Stabicraft 2400 but there's a lot of wasted space under the kill tank in the new game chaser transom.
    - Surtees & Barcrusher have a tiny cabin, & living in a cold area I need some protection, just as expensive as the Stabi but I wouldn't buy 1 even if it was cheap due to the cabin layout, even the 7.5 I couldn't turn around in the cabin if I had a boner. Good mass production boats otherwise.
    - White pointer NZ, now there's a nice boat. You'll find a wobbly weld on a stabicraft occasionally but you would be hard pressed to find 1 on a white pointer. I would buy 1 of these in a heartbeat, but again you pay for it.
    - Sailfish S7/S8 were a serious contender & I've crawled over them the most, they have a basic cabin trim which could be improved. I always wanted a Cat & they know there cats, couldn't go wrong there I don't think.
    - I priced a Moda Cat which blew the budget away, having said that I think their finished product is worth every cent, it's just that I don't have the cents. Moda boats would give a jellyfish a horn., not an "agricultural" boat like the Sailfish.
    - Extreme look a little "mass produced" for me & I don't like the seats welded to the sides like they are & they're priced right up there with the best of them.
    - For the monohulls, Razerline & AMM were my pick, I love the lines on the Razerline & it's nearly impossible to distinguish between the 2 on product quality. I use reverse psychology on boat quality, the less you see advertised for sale the better the boat is & not often you see a Razerline or AMM, when you do you had better be quick!! An AMM for sale is almost unheard of most of the time. I considered the AMM to be more price competitive as well, & they have been a very stable company for many decades. I could get a boat built to my spec from AMM cheaper than I could get an off the rack boat from NZ.


    To the money shot - If I was going to buy a boat I'd get a Sailfish or an AMM depending on how many feet you want in the water, but I'm so bloody fussy that I decided to design & build my own 6.8 metre Cat. I'm a tradesman with lots of welding experience so I'm a bit further ahead than some people & I worked with Plate Alloy Australia to design my perfect rig. The CAD file is done, the shed is built so all I need now is a bit of time & I'm into it. Let's hope I'm not back on here in a few years time with a half finished boat, no doubt the country is littered with them.
    I really don't know why everyone is obsessed with big plateys. I've spent plenty of time on plate boats--up to 50ft, thanks for asking, yes, I owned it,that one did ride well-- For a lot less than the sort of money these people are asking, you could put together a brand new 23 ft Caribbean which will absolutely murder any plate boat for ride and match the best for stability. and with guaranteed resale. Personally, I think a lot of people just assume that top line glass is too expensive--they get that by looking at the eye-watering prices that CC charge for the bigger hulls and are just put off. I know someone that recently splashed out on a 685 Explorer--$185k out the door, thanks. Yes, I know that they are well outfitted, all the nice touches, but there are boats equally as good for a lot less.People push the "customisation " angle--just what is it you want, that you can't get in a large glass boat? With any kind of thing that moves with an engine, be wary of "personalizing" it too much--you may think that it's what you really want at the time, but, in retrospect, all you have done is narrow the appeal when it comes time to resell. Your "really good little idea" ( that cost you thousands) may end up being a prospective buyers "WTF was he thinking" item.

  13. #28

    Re: Plate boat research frustration

    Congratulations on doing your research and having a go.
    I went through a similar experience a few years ago whereby I wanted a 40 ft. diesel powered cat.
    I had done most of the engineering installations on production boats on the Gold Coast from about late 1970, and the problem they had with cats was, they wanted to scale up the underwater design from 20 ft. to 40 and above. This just didn't work because the hulls were a skinny deep vee, planning design which left the props and rudders hanging down below and subject to damage, and the boats just bogged down, which the "designers' tried to fix by just adding trim tabs, more horse power, bigger and heavier engines, larger fuel tanks, with corresponding loss of efficiency.
    I did my research, built a model, did my own version of a tank test with video, did drawings and contracted a great Kiwi boat builder to do hull deck and wheelhouse, whilst I did the engineering.
    The result was a 40 ft. by 17 ft. cat which topped out at 23 knots, cruised at 18, with two 160 H.P. turbo Fiat diesels. I could drive it onto sand with no underwater damage. (Most probably pissed and excited). but the main expectation of a boat ---like a wife--it has to be forgiving. I used the same amount of fuel on a fishing day out to the shelf on the Gold Coast, as I used to use with a 20ft. boat with a 175 Evinrude.
    The production boats were using over 400H.P. a side-----over 800 H.P to achieve this, and the wash was so great they were a menace to anyone nearby.
    SO-----a couple of tips, if I may.
    It is easier to build a hard chine, no curve boat in plate than it is just to lay the plate over straight beams and bulkheads, but the results will be less than pleasing. Curvature gives strength, and prevents hammering. Hammering is bloody tedious, and puts strain on welds and connections, and severely restricts the life of a vessel----especially in alloy. Compensation built in to provide extra strength, costs more, and increases weight. In cat design, light weight is everything. Any good designer of sailing cats would agree.
    Engine driven cats do not need planning hulls. With cats it is the length to beam ratio (block co-efficient) which makes the thing work. They should be driven through the water instead of over it, with just enough lift in the bow to be able to take a breaking wave head on, without slamming. This is achieved by making the wing (connection between the two hulls) high enough, and of an above water shape that buoyancy is increased exponentially as the water comes closer to the wing.
    There is far more can be said on that subject, but you should have the idea.
    Lastly---the most important part of underwater design is not how the bow proceeds through the water, but how the stern leaves it. There should be clear water left behind the hull at any speed. Any curling of great froth is water holding you back, and fuel being used to create this turbulence. Do NOT CONTEMPLATE having a deep vee or any kind of vee at the stern. It is difficult to describe a hull which will give you shallow draft, soft ride, efficiency, and prop. protection.
    I have photographs of a design which you may find of use or wish to modify to suit your purposes.
    If you are too far gone in your project, just ignore.
    Best wishes,
    Cav(J.C.)

  14. #29
    Ausfish Gold Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Location
    Kalbarri, WA

    Re: Plate boat research frustration

    Good dissertation. I often look at these supposedly legendary gamefishing hulls in action at speed and all I see is a massive mounded wake sitting higher than the transom, and a bow waving in the air. AND using massive HP to do it. Bloody awful.
    This is the only picture underway I have of my last commercial boat, a 50ft Image. 700HP volvo single installation. Most of the wake you can see behind belongs to the 65ft twin screwed boat I am passing. Cruised between 18 and 19 knots @400rpm under max. A heavy fitout with a large amount of underdeck live tanks, pumps and a 20 kva genset. Likely I had at least 2 tonne of water in the forward tanks at the time.


  15. #30

    Re: Plate boat research frustration

    Quote Originally Posted by Dignity View Post
    One of the nicest plates I've ever been on.
    I figured that no-one is going to pay as much attention to detail on my boat as I will, so I'm hoping for a superior result as well.

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