Largest Steber ever built hits the water



Largest Steber ever built hits the water

Steber International launched it’s biggest vessel yet into the Manning River at Taree before an enthusiastic crowd of local dignitaries, current and former staff and interested onlookers.
The vessel, coming in at 18.6 metres (61ft) weighing in excess of 35 tonnes and having a height of just over seven metres, it certainly captured the attention of those present.
Steber general manager, Alan Steber said the fisheries research vessel for export to the Mauritius Government was launched on a high tide to minimise the chance of the vessel touching bottom with
its two metre draft.
“Apart from the depth at the launch site, near Manning River Rowing Club, another major concern is the condition of the Harrington bar.
“We always work closely with Marine Rescue NSW Crowdy/Harrington to pick the deepest channel when taking boats out to sea.
“After final fitout and sea trials, the “Investigator II” will be sailed down to Sydney where it will be boarded onto a container ship for the final leg to Port Louis, Mauritius”, Mr Steber said.
Recently the Director of Shipping, Ministry of Blue Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, Republic of Mauritius, Mr Alain Donat, was impressed with the finish and fit out of the vessel which includes hydraulic equipment, tissue sampling laboratory and accommodation for 12 people.
“Following delivery of the vessel to Sydney early December, Investigator II will be loaded on a container ship for export”, a delighted Mr Steber added.
It’s no idle boast from Alan Steber, that Investigator II is the most versatile, commercially orientated vessel produced at the Steber factory to date.
“Getting the 60’ from drawing board and into the water has been a monumental task and to design it from the ‘inherited’ Westcoaster mould was our biggest challenge,” he said. “Not just because there was little to work with, but because it has to live up to the Steber name and reputation.”
Stebercraft is synonymous with quality recreational and commercial vessels, manufactured to stand the wear and tear of demanding and sometimes gruelling work at sea. Every model can be customised with interchangeable cabin, deck and flybridge fitouts to create individual operational setups and different tastes.
Steber International has consistently won awards for its commercial export range, with boats operating in a network of 12 countries. Steber was recognised for its outstanding achievement in export development at the recently held AIMEX Conference conducted during the Sanctuary Cove
Boat Show.
Bruce Steber who celebrated his 90th birthday last week is still the driving force behind the three generations of the family business, attending the factory on a daily basis and running his critical eye over the whole operation. He enjoys a conversation with the staff about the latest models lines, engineering and anticipated performance.
“As boat builders we pitch our skills against some of the international heavyweights and often proudly come up victors in the tender process. We intend to continue to strengthen our position as a leading Australian boat manufacturer and rural and regional manufacturer in the future.” reports
Alan Steber.