TRADITION is 49 feet in length and was designed and built for one purpose - to catch 1000lb black marlin with no compromise in design or construction. This means a comfortable boat for clients and the crew to fish and relax while maintaining levels of fishing performance without equal. This nimbleness and comfort makes TRADITION a great platform for all types of sportfishing.
Captain Tim Richardsons' passion for purpose built custom boats, has led him to now own this beautiful game fishing boat built in 2000 by Dick Ward of Cairns Boat Builders in Cairns TRADITION is kept in the finest condition of any boat in the country by Capt Tim and his professional crew. TRADITION underwent a major refit in 2010 with a new paint job, new teak deck and scupper, as well as many other upgrades to make her just about perfect.
TRADITION has a large spacious airconditioned salon with all the comforts that are expected by todays client, whilst only steps from the cockpit. Her spacious open plan air conditioned accommodation comfortably caters for up to 4 anglers and crew, in one master stateroom with ensuite and an open plan room with 2 bunks on each side. There is an additional full head as well. The cockpit is long with a teak laid deck and covering boards. The hull design provides great performance at sea, with excellent stability while fishing and at rest.
Fully equipped with a full suite of Furuno Navnet electronics and navigational equipment, TRADITION features a 12kw 72 mile colour radar for safety and bird finding, 3kw colour sounder for the deepest canyons and bait searching, as well as a full plotter. All equipment is also available to the captain in the tuna tower. The beautiful teak Tuna chair and rocket launcher bait box are from SCOPINICH in Stuart, Florida, as are the helm and controls. Captain Tim Richardson has extensive knowledge of these products, having more than 18 years experience working in Florida. Both as a captain and mate, as well as manager at Scopinich Fighting Chairs and has successfully completed large scale refits on boats from 20 to 65 feet.
TRADITION is arguably the finest game fishing charter vessel in Australia and is the perfect platform when combined with a mothership for your personal needs. She is also very comfortable for liveaboard and day charters from Townsville, Cairns, Port Douglas and Lizard island during August through December, southern Queensland and New South Wales January through August. We use only the best quality tackle including Shimano reels, 4 x Tiagra 130's, 4 x Tiagra 80's, 4 x Tiagra 50's, 4 x TLD 25's, 5 TLD 20's and 5 TLD 15s , all reels are fitted on CUSTOM RODS by DRU built to our specifications. We also use all IGFA line for all our fishing. We also carry a full range of custom lures from the worlds finest craftsmen in Australia, Hawaii and the USA.
We also offer saltwater fly fishing for sailfish and marlin and other sportfish. We use Finnor fly reels and custom fly rods by DRU. Powered by twin diesel MTU 6R-183 600hp engines, 240v domestic power is provided by 2 diesel Onan generators. TRADITION - a first class game boat with world class crew, will ensure you the ultimate in big game fishing, light tackle sport fishing and saltwater fly fishing on the Great Barrier Reef and Queensland coasts.