Sometimes you need to take a step back from what the world of marketing tells you to have/own/use and accept trying to appease one’s expectations and steer you in a direction unwillingly you may traverse… sometimes you need to break the mould and be bold to be true to your instincts…
This Blackwatch 22 Kokoda Long boat is one such journey that adopts the latter approach to the above.
This sensationally and heavily customised long boat has cost the owner close to $65,000 to set up and is offered to the market at a heavily reduced price of under $40K. It would make a tremendous tender to a larger mother boat or as its been currently used, sits atop a pontoon for easy deployment to run over to the bays gorgeous beaches on Moreton and Peel Island.
Long boats / Panga boats / Narrow boats / UB Utilitarian Boats, call them what you may are regarded as the hull for the pacific Islands offering a gentle ride in sloppy conditions and can carry huge payloads. However this machine is set up for social boating from bow to stern and allows the fisherman to enjoy a capable boat for fishing from with some awesome toys like the 24V bow mount Minn Kota Terrova I-Pilot.
As the photos show, when being stored a full storage cover has been carefully fabricated to keep rain and sun off the decks. Hen at anchor enjoying a coldie from the over size custom made fridge (Waeco refrigeration system) over head a full-length sun awning can be quickly set up providing some reprieve from the sun for those aboard. The rear quarter over head a stainless-steel targe and bimini has been fabricated and atop of this a solar panel helps keep the dual start batteries topped up.
Have a look at the bow, a top of the range Muir Atlantic Freefall 600 electric anchor winch is fitted with a stainless Delta plough anchor, married to winch rope and chain, that in excess of $4,000 to have supplied and fitted (research the price of just the anchor – incredible cost). Anchoring has never been so easy, press button up / press button down !
Shore power and a trickle battery charger are also installed and another charger up in the bow for the electric motor batteries. The helm is perfectly executed with everything one could desire at arms reach, a large screen Garmin GPS Map 7407 combo GPS/Sounder, a Garmin VHF radio and for those that like their tunes aboard a sensational Fusion stereo system is installed. For those that may be out at night, transom mounted underwater LED lights are fitted for that bling or for squid attraction.
The rig is power by a tiller steer (linked to hydraulic steering) 90Hp EFI Fourstroke Mercury Command Thrust outboard. Generating a perfect balance of power, performance and superb economy. The motor spins a stainless steel Enertia prop, steering is light via the hydraulic ram and naturally its electric start with power trim and tilt functions for ease of operation. The motor was purchased and installed around Easter 2017 and backed with a BIA 50/50 warranty for buyers confidence.
The rig doesn’t have a trailer, is sits atop our yard trailer for ease of moving if a trailer is required please ask our sales team to organise a quote with a Redco Sportsman or Redco tandem axle trailer as we are dealers for this quality Australian made trailer fabricator.
If you are looking for that exclusive and unique boat, that someone else has spent all the money in have custom made, then take advantage of this one and heavily optioned rig ideal for the Noosa River, Gold Coast canal home owners that want a simple to operate family / social package that is nothing short of sensational !
When it comes to used boats, it’s likely your watercraft is going to be your second or third largest investment behind your house and car. This is the reason John Crawford Marine goes to extensive lengths to ensure every boat that rolls out of our Brisbane boat yard goes through a range of comprehensive checks and maintenance audits before it is even listed as a used boat for sale.
This means when you walk into our Brisbane boat dealership, you know every boat is quality assured, meaning you can get on the water quicker.
Private boat sales are great, but what are you actually buying?
Don’t run the gauntlet – with us it’s clear sailing!
Now don’t get us wrong, we’re not suggesting for a second that you don’t look around for a great price on a boat, in fact we encourage it! We just want to make sure that everyone on the water is safe, happy and doesn’t put their boat (or their friends and family) in any type of danger.
Unless you know what to look for – hidden mechanical problems, leaks, incorrect or inferior screw & bolts, etc for fixes – there’s a possibility your dream boat will quickly turn into a money pit.
John Crawford Marine completes the following checks:-
If you’re in another state and see a boat that you would like to purchase through John Crawford Marine, we can assist and prepare your boat for transport to anywhere in mainland Australia. We’ve sold boats to customers in every state and territory in Australia and even to customers abroad.
When you buy a used boat through John Crawford Marine you get quality and peace of mind. Time and Tide waits for no man – call us today on (07) 3890 2322.