58 foot crayboat

Custom build for South Australian lobster fisherman

An experienced commercial fisherman is the client for Dongara Marine’s first new vessel for the South Australian Rock Lobster fishery.

Customised to client preferences, the aluminium hull features the hallmark fine entry of Southerly Designs’ offshore capable monohulls, topped by a single level wheelhouse – an arrangement that is common for crayboats built for South Australia.

Like Dongara Marine’s recent vessels for the Western Rock Lobster fishery, the superstructure will be manufactured from composites using resin infused moulding techniques to deliver a very high standard of finish as well as lightweight and noise, vibration, and thermal insulation. The ability to provide this composite wheelhouse was a key factor in the owner’s decision to choose Dongara Marine as the builder of the new boat.

In addition to the helm station, galley and mess in the wheelhouse, onboard accommodation for three crew is provided to AMSA NSCV AL 36-72 standards. This includes two berths in a forward cabin and an owner / master’s cabin with Queen sized berth beneath the wheelhouse.

The vessel will be single screw with propulsion power coming from an MTU 8V 2000 M72 diesel; an engine selection made by the owner and accommodated within Dongara Marine’s custom design and build approach.

The boat will have capacity for 750kg of live lobster, with a custom basket/liner  arrangement within the tanks. Fuel capacity is 4000 litres.

“With a number of boat builders already well established as suppliers of new cray boats for the lobster fishery in South Australia, we are delighted the owner has placed his faith in Dongara Marine. We look forward to having this boat in the Southern Rock Lobster fleet to showcase our abilities and quality.”

Rohan Warr – Managing Director - Dongara Marine


Principal Particulars
Propulsion & Performance
Other Details
Project type
Vessel Type
Lobster fishing
Hull type
Southerly Designs
Construction materials
Aluminium hull, composite superstructure
Survey / Class
Length overall
17.8 metres
5.4 metres
1.65 metres
Live lobster: 0.75 tonnes
4,000 litres
Fresh water
400 litres
Main engines
1 x MTU 8V 2000 M72
Main engine rating
1 x 720kW
1 x Twin Disc MGX5146A
1 x fixed pitch propeller
Maximum speed
23.0 knots
Service speed
18.5 knots
Two (1 x Queen, 1 x Twin)