With the start of winter it was time to get Snapper out of the water for a thorough refit. The aim was to make her a more comfortable boat for both anglers and crew ahead of the upcoming season.

Wheel House

The first step was a new larger wheelhouse to give more shelter and comfort when undertaking long steams. We chose a 9ft square Cougar wheelhouse built and supplied by Audacious Marine of Ramsgate.

finished wheelhouse for snapper charters
The new wheelhouse finished and ready to transport

 

New wheelhouse being delivered to weymouth
The new wheelhouse on its trasport this picture really shows the size of the wheelhouse

 

New wheelhouse on Snapper
Heading over to the boat yard with the new wheelhouse in tow

 

new wheelhouse on the boat
Out with the old in with the new! The wheelhouse loaded on the stern deck of Snapper ready for the short trip over to the boat yard

 

New Engines

We also chose to re engine the boat during the refit to give more speed and better fuel economy. With the old Perkins engines removed we ordered a pair of 8.1l Doosan’s as a package complete with all new controls and ZF gear boxes from Watermotor Ltd.

Snapper gets new doosan engines
The engines in the workshop on delivery day!

 

Wheelhouse Interior Refit

The new larger wheelhouse means a lot more seating and space for a new galley complete with a tea mate water boiler and microwave oven.

Interior refit of Snapper Charters weymouth
New look dash coming on well
Seating area in Snapper Charters wheelhouse
One of the two seating areas in the new wheelhouse

 

Snapper Charters in Clarkes boat yard on Portland

The new look is taking shape well now and we are really looking forward to the coming season with lots of exciting trips planned. In April we start heading over to the Channel Islands in search of the trophy Turbot and then down to the west country chasing sharks later in the year. We also have plenty of normal wrecking, inshore and half day trips out of Weymouth in the diary!

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