WA, which used to export large numbers of aluminium vessels around the world, now sends far fewer completed ones but a lot more kits for assembly overseas. A minor trend is for local prospective boat owners to buy themselves flat packs and put together their own trailer boats; an updated version of the bondwood dinghy kits of the 60s.
Of course a buyer could opt for having a professional fabricate the boat, and do the fit-out himself as money accumulated. The kit costs $12,990, and consumables might add another thousand. That takes you to what is known as a Stage 1 hull which, if you paid a professional to make it, would cost perhaps $28,500. It would then need a motor, steering, trailer, upholstery, electronics, paint, windscreen, canopy and so on. A complete owner build would cost between $55,000 and $65,000.
The route of building it yourself or buying a Stage 1hull allows you to delete or defer items, or buy second hand, and manoeuvre the boat around your budget. Plenty of keen fishos could live without paint, for instance.
And the boat itself? It is a competent all rounder, intended to be easily interchangeable between the fishing and family roles. The cabin has a part time compartment for the toilet, accepting a chemical toilet at the same height as a domestic model. The fishing purist can remove it, converting the space into a locker by fitting the detachable lid. Similarly, the cantilevered extension for the awning has a neat and quick system for removal to suit the angler who wants extra casting clearance.