Hooker gives stead­ier ride

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By IAN GRANT

NORTH Queens­land leisure craft builder John Mar­getts has re­shaped his pop­u­lar Hooker 6m com­mer­cial fish­ing boat into what prom­ises to be an­other de­sign success.

The orig­i­nal no-frills de­sign (com­monly re­ferred to as the Com­modore of Cape York and Tor­res Strait be­cause of its abil­ity to iron out the bump and bash that is part of the mon­soon sea­son) be­came pop­u­lar with in­dige­nous fish­ing fam­i­lies in this weather-chal­lenged re­gion.

Be­sides be­ing their only means of trans­port, the spe­cial low-styled Hooker has proved to be the per­fect fish­ing plat­form for hunt­ing dugong and shal­low-water div­ing for span­gled trop­i­cal cray­fish.

‘‘The sea-han­dling ca­pa­bil­ity of the 6m has been well proven in a very de­mand­ing en­vi­ron­ment but the de­sign needed some pro­file changes, par­tic­u­larly to the height of a safer free-board,’’ Mar­getts said.

He said since Septem­ber he had sold five of the re­shaped Hooker 6m boats to north Queens­land own­ers.

‘‘ I have al­ways main­tained the con­fi­dence that the mod­i­fi­ca­tions would work and I’m happy with the re­sult,’’ he said.

The higher sides of the hull have not com­pro­mised per­for­mance or func­tion­al­ity but have contributed to a much safer open­style fish­ing boat.

In fact, the new-style Hooker 6m (pic­tured), cou­pled with a 140hp four-stroke en­gine, breezed through a rig­or­ous test on the open ocean off Trin­ity In­let to present a per­for­mance which im­pressed the test skip­per.

The se­away, dis­turbed into choppy, short, white-crested waves by the pre­vail­ing 20-knot trade wind, proved to be a search­ing test which the boat came through with fly­ing colours.

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