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Blue Water magazine Boat test - 3 Pages

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Boat Test Xxxxx Xxxxx Custom Sportfisher O’Brien 56ft O’Brien 56ft Custom This article is provided courtesy of BlueWater Boats & Sportsfishing magazine. It originally appeared in Issue 80, 2010 “There’s no way production line boats can approach the functionality of a boat like Kekoa.” – Peter O’Brien. bigger, better The new Kekoa is a custom-built 56ft gameboat from the respected Townsville boatworks of Peter O’Brien. It’s been meticulously crafted for both heavy-tackle marlin fishing off Cairns and long-range cruising as a luxury sportfishing mothership. As Warren Steptoe found, she’s a beautifully designed rig for both extremes. AUT H OR A N D PH O T O GRAPHY: WARREN STEPTOE BlueWater Boats & Sportsfishing he top spot on my list of worst-ever boat rides is comfortably held by a fishing tournament run off Eagle Hawk Neck on Tasmania’s east coast. On the day, an Antarctic front came through and delivered gusts above 50 knots as the fleet literally smashed their way home. Although on reminiscence, that trip did start out pleasantly enough. A journey from Townsville south to Cape Bowling Green on the GBR rates second on the list. Around Townsville, 15 knots of wind is a great day, but more often than not it’s 20 knots plus.

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O’Brien 56ft Custom Sportfisher O’Brien 56ft Custom Sportfisher foredeck. Without diverting too far from our main plan here, Kekoa’s dories, in place to access the inshore fishing, are a matter of interest in themselves. Constructed using a composite ‘sandwich’ material that Cross Country call E-Lite, and powered by 30hp Evinrude E-TEC outboards, the 110kg dories come complete with casting decks and are easily lifted onboard by the 200kg-rated Davco davit and Muir power winch. LIVE ABOARD Above: From the bridge helm, Capt Luke Fallon has great visibility over all quarters as well as down over...

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O’Brien 56ft Custom Sportfisher O’Brien 56ft Custom Sportfisher SP E C C H E C K O’Brien’s 47, with scaling up as and where necessary. “We didn’t want to reinvent the wheel because the 47 worked so well and we definitely wanted to maintain the same centre of gravity,” says O’Brien. From BlueWater’s images of Kekoa on the water, readers can judge for themselves just how well the boat’s superstructure-to-cockpit ratio is balanced. What you can’t see though is that the props are set into half tunnels in the hull bottom, increasing propeller efficiency while decreasing draft. In fishing terms, I’d...

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