It’s been a while since our last Blog and a lot has happened since then!
Our new vessel ‘Poseidon’ is finally on the water!! She is a 10.5m custom build, allowing up to 12 passengers and 2 crew, giving us greater comfort and capacity.
She took longer than expected and we (well by we, I really mean Chris) had to do a lot of work to get her to completion, luckily, he’s quite the handy man with excellent welding skills!!
Having just the shell of the boat, he spent day and night slowly chipping away. Sometimes the enormity of it all became overwhelming and at times his labour of love became a nightmare. Somehow through perseverance, persistence (maybe the amount of money spent) I don’t know what kept him motivated to keep going and finish off another job on his daily to do list.
Some days even became a family affair, I would head down with the kids in toe to clean up, sweep, vacuum whatever was simple enough for us to do. The kids proved to be the perfect little helpers, being small enough to get in under the floor and help put the foam in, take it out, back in, then out and finally back in again, suffice it to say, we don’t want to see that foam ever again!
We have been lucky to have some good friends help us also (you know who you all are, and a massive thank you!). An especially big thanks to Geelong Marine World for giving us the space to use for the fit out and for hooking us up with the Suzuki engines and Deon for the trimming, thanks Jake! Also, a huge thanks to Mick, Isi and Thom from Maritime Survey Australia, they have been so helpful and easy to deal with from the planning stage to final sign off, thank you for all your help guys!
Finally, after the literal blood, sweat and tears, it was with great relief our vessel was finally on the water. Watching Chris’s face was the best part for me, seeing his dream come to fruition and the pride I’m sure he had (and if he didn’t, I did), knowing that he fit out the boat himself, it was a big day for us.
Poseidon is down in Portland now chasing the Blue Fin Tuna. It’s been a great season so far, with multiple hook ups (even a 9 way, footage on our facebook page). Once tuna season is over Poseidon will take her place at the Queenscliff Harbour.
In Queenscliff, our ever reliable and still in great condition Masai is operating. The whiting and gummy shark has been going strong and will provide the family with a good feed. Customer pick up for Masai will still be at the Queenscliff Boat Ramp.
To keep up to date, check our face book page https://www.facebook.com/gonefishingcharter/ or instagram @gonefishingcharters or you can listen to Chris Vasilevski with his fishing report on Reel Adventures with Patrick Dangerfield and Aaron Habgood http://www.reeladventures.com.au