A Bet­ter Op­tion


Due to the dif­fi­culty of load­ing and un­load­ing rel­a­tively large fish­ing boats, the ma­jor­ity of the moth­er­ship op­er­a­tions cur­rently run­ning to­day con­sist of mo­to­ry­achts that either tow or run in tan­dem with their fish­ing boats. The ex­cep­tions are mostly for­mer com­mer­cial ves­sels that were con­verted to haul a fish­ing boat, such as The Madam (which was orig­i­nally an oil­rig sup­ply boat) and El Zorro (which be­gan life as a com­mer­cial-fish­ing ves­sel). But at least one builder has be­gun de­sign­ing com­plete moth­er­ship pack­ages, in­clud­ing both the moth­er­ship it­self and the fish­ing boat.

Af­ter build­ing mul­ti­ple boats for moth­er­ship op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing a 40-footer for the 167-foot French Look and a 42-footer for the

228-footer for­merly owned by Greg Nor­man and known as Aussie Rules,

Game­fish­er­man de­vel­oped plans for a se­ries of moth­er­ships rang­ing from 94 feet to 254 feet. These moth­er­ships are pur­pose-de­signed to carry game boats from 36 to 60 feet on an ex­tended aft well deck. In the case of the 254-foot moth­er­ship, it can haul a pair of boats, in­clud­ing a 46- and a 60-footer, as well as three ten­ders and a he­li­copter. Af­ter launch, the well decks con­vert into a swim­ming pool. To load the boats, they’re driven onto the bunks of a float­ing dry dock, then a winch pulls the dry dock into the well deck of the moth­er­ship.

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