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Old 12-06-2007, 10:59 AM   #31
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Re: South African Cat!!

At this point, I'd be happy with one 130lb Yellowfin.

I always enjoy reading your posts Miles.

Keep, keeping us dreaming!

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Old 12-06-2007, 11:18 AM   #32
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Re: South African Cat!!

THATS AWSOME!!!

really quick, if you dont mind how much did the boat/rigging finally cost?

also how long did the entire build take?

the 2 fish boxes are GREAT
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Old 12-06-2007, 04:36 PM   #33
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Re: South African Cat!!

Miles obviously doesn't require much in the way of electronics!! That yellowfin catch would be the envy of every tuna angler out of Venice, La!!!
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Old 12-07-2007, 12:30 AM   #34
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really quick, if you dont mind how much did the boat/rigging finally cost?
also how long did the entire build take?
Well, remember that this is a COMMERCIAL boat. The boat builder pretty much ONLY builds commercial boats, so his finish isn't that great. I paid him a deposit, drove 12 hours to get to his factory, spent 2 hours telling him EXACTLY what i wanted and 3 months later, as promised, he calls to say the boats ready!! That was bare boat, with cabin and fish box's. No stainless steel or upholstery or anything else!

Myself and a buddy fitted the lights and electrical stuff as well as the radar arch and all the other stainless steel bits and peices. Took two whole days!! Motors took about 4 days to be installed, because the bloke only arrived at 10/11am each day and then left at 3pm. All in all, the boat was standing on the HARD for 3 weeks.

Rough cost, as she is now is about us$100 000

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Actually 4 fish box's. Each one is spilt into two. Its easier to use a smaller box, as you then add less water to make a proper slurry. On my old boat, my fish box would carry 20 YF carcasses, but needed about 800lb's of water to make that slurry. Very annoying if you've only caught one or two fish and you need to run 10-15miles to another spot, pushing an extra 800lb's of water!!

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Miles obviously doesn't require much in the way of electronics!!
On my 21' semi-rigid, i had a garmin fishfinder. Monochrome model that worked well inshore, but really battled to work offshore. So, i use to go out with only my Garmin GPS72 and i managed to do quite well, even with-out that fish finder. Thats why i was quite confident that it wouldn't be a problem to go to sea with-out one!! Seriously though, i won't settle for anything but a good furuno colour fish finder!!

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and I had no idea South Africa was THAT rough lol
Unfortunately, photo's don't really show you how bad the sea is, but here's a couple of pic's......

Pic1 - mono-hull passing us in a lumpy sea
Pic2 - crew getting wet on my semi-rigid
Pic3 - slightly lumpy sea
Pic4 & 5 - wife fighting fish in a lumpy sea
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Old 12-07-2007, 12:34 AM   #35
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Couple more.....
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Old 12-07-2007, 12:37 AM   #36
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For all you surfers......
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Old 12-07-2007, 07:54 AM   #37
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Maiden Voyage

Rigging my new boat has truly been a very rewarding as well as informative process. Almost EVERY person to climb aboard would offer his/her unsolicted advice, with nobody seeming able to agree on ANYTHING!!

After launching her, the first thing my fishing mates did was poke fun at the fact that i didn't have a echo-sounder/fishfinder mounted!! One of my buddies graciously offered to borrow me his old furuno Fcv668 echo-sounder, which i declined......... Wanted to show those guys that i can fish with-out a fishfinder and plotter!!

Sooo, ended up taking only a handheld GPS and off we went. The guys i sold my old boat to wanted me to show them how to catch tuna and i was quite happy to oblige. With a crew of 8, and only 3 being experienced tuna anglers, we left harbour.

A bit lumpy inside the bay, but flattened out beautifully in the deep, as predicted. Starting chunking when we got to the deep, with no idea of water temperature or even whether there were fish under the boat. Ten minutes later i see the longfin (albacore) in the chum line!! We catch a half dozen or so of these little buggers, sort of 20-25lb (8-12kg) class fish and then started using whole sardines to see if the YF weren't under the albacore. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ..................YEELLLLLOOOO OW-FINNNNNN ON!!! 2 rods bent over double and now the fun begins!!

Firstly, i some-one borrowed my knives to a buddy and he promised that he'd put them back on the boat. Needless to say, he didn't and i didn't check either!!! So, i managed to find a couple of old, rather blunt knives in my tackle box. The sharpest thing we had was the knife on my leatherman!! Then, i hadn't taken into acount that the new boat is considerabily higher out of the water, making my 3' (1m) gaff's rather in-effective!!

With all the drama and much shouting and profuse sweating on my new crew's part, we ended up doing not so bad. Final tally was 18 Yellowfin, with the smallest being 60kg's (130lb+) and 4 being 85kg class (200lb's) fish with a couple of albacore thrown in for good measure.

Surely a sign of good things to come!!

Congratulations on the maiden voyage Miles!

Having been to the "World Within One Country" several times, I love your posts!

I remember seeing those monster seas on one trip along with lots of Great White Sharks.
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Old 12-07-2007, 10:10 AM   #38
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Re: South African Cat!!

Love the pic of the mono hull getting pounded & soaked! Great explanation for you going with a cat. They can't be beat for carrying a lot of weight in rough water.
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Old 12-07-2007, 03:27 PM   #39
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Miles, very nice maiden voyage and beautiful fish. How much does a 200lb yellofin go for in south africa?
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Old 12-16-2007, 06:08 AM   #41
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Awesome boat Miles! Keep the posts coming.

I got a real kick out of this shot:
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Old 12-16-2007, 08:41 PM   #42
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Love the pic of the mono hull getting pounded & soaked! Great explanation for you going with a cat. They can't be beat for carrying a lot of weight in rough water.
Most of our smaller commercial tuna boats are 28' Cape Craft mono-hull's. The reason they're so popular is because thats the largest size boat that you can legally tow on our roads. Makes you much more flexible in terms of where the fish are.
Those 28' mono-hulls how-ever, carry ALOT more weight when compared to a 28' cat. The downside is that they use the space under-deck of the mono-hulls for fish carry-ing space, which in turns robs the vessel of floatation. 2 years ago, 3 boats, 2x28'ers and one 25'er sent out maydays when the sea picked up and all three of them took so much water over the nose, that the skippers were standing almost waist deep in the water INSIDE their cabin!!! Since then, all of them have increased their flotation. Thats the reason my boat has a open transom!! To put it into perspective, a 28' monohull here, will carry about the same amount of weight as a 30-32' cat!! The cat rides softer and is MUCH safer though, as well as requiring less power!!

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I got a real kick out of this shot:
This is one of my favourites!! same trip as the previous pic. Check out the small blue shark at the bottom left of the photo!!
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Man, this thread just makes my day. What a fish, though this is probably everyday for you. keep us updated! and thanks for the new desktop picture
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The cat rides softer and is MUCH safer though, as well as requiring less power!!
Cats are sweet for sure Miles!
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Miles,

Do you even have to walk down the stairs were they weigh the fish at the dock there in Simonstown to get on that rig? Looks like it sits nice and high in the water.

Any chance you will be in the Tuna comp in May?

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