Cray boat the biggest

Zoe KeenanMidwest Times

A Dongara family have bought what could be the biggest lobster boat ever built in WA.

With a capacity of 6.3 tonnes of lobster in 212 baskets, the boat was released on February 20.

To put that into perspective, a truck might weigh on average of 2.5 tonnes, so the vessel is capable of carrying nearly three times that weight in lobsters.

The vessel, named Holdfast, measures 26m in length and was built for the Cockman family of Dongara for their company Tebco Fishing Co.

Dongara Marine director John Fitzhardinge said it was the biggest vessel his firm had ever built.

“This vessel is the largest boat built in Dongara, and required the construction of a custom hydraulic jinker to allow her to be launched using the existing commercial launching ramp in Port Denison Harbour,” he said.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s Mid West regional manager Ron Shepherd believes it’s the largest-ever WA cray boat.

Dongara Marine general manager Rohan Warr said the 10-month build provided a great deal of work for local tradesmen.

This is the second vessel the Cockman family has had built by local builders and designers; their first boat was a 20m-long vessel called Safari.

The newest boat was designed by Southerly Designs in Dongara, the super structure was produced by Dongara Marine, the engines were supplied and installed by Brand Mechanical in Dongara, and the electronics by Geraldton Marine Electronics.

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