Steber refit successes continue



Steber refit successes continue

The old adage: “killing two birds with one stone” can be applied to Steber International’s latest round of boat refits at their Taree factory complex.

Minimising impact to the public, Steber returned the 38ft fishing charter vessel “Better Than Vegas” to the Manning River for sea trials after it’s engine overhaul and upgrade, and immediately “slipped” the 43ft commercial dive boat, “Sea Life V” to undergo a four week refit and refurbishment.

According to general manager, Alan Steber, both Steber vessels will continue to give many years of service to their respective owners following the upgrades.

“Better Than Vegas” had completed around 1000 engine hours over a two year period and came back “home” to Taree for an overall maintenance check including servicing of the motors as well as upgrades to engineering and electronics.

Based on the award-winning Steber 38 design, the vessel is ideally suited for charter work, involving 10-11 hour days and offers a stable and reliable fishing platform in a variety of weather conditions.

Owner/skipper, Peter English, focuses on mainly game fishing day trips off the continental shelf, which is only 13 nautical miles or a comfortable 45 minute run seawards.

“Tag and release marlin – blue, striped and black is the main game”, he said. “Secondary catches include Tuna, Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, Mackeral, Spearfish and Sailfish”.

“Better than Vegas” currently holds the Coffs Coast record for Yellowfin Tuna – off the rod – at 82 kilos; has won the Coffs Hot Current and Coffs Harbour Heavy Tackle Tournaments and was runner-up on the Solitary Islands Game Fishing Competition.

Quality Shimano fishing gear, the latest satellite Fishing Effort Location Charts live onboard and now electric reels on deck, all help provide the best opportunity to hook up.

The 43ft dive boat,”Sea Life V” is 14-years-old and has clocked up almost 13,000 engine hours and 38,000 dive customers over that period.

Based at Rose Bay, Sydney the vessel may be feeling a little tired, but new engines and a general “spruce up” will ensure another 14 years of action and excitement for dive customers.

After the four week refit “Sea Life V” (pictured) will be back in the water just in time for the busy spring/summer period.Sea Life V