It is a one owner 2005 Bayliner “ Trophy 2359” pilot house with only 300 hours on the engine. It is 24ft long , 8ft 6inches beam and about two tonne loaded displacement. It will cruise at over 20kts fully loaded, with a top speed of around 30 knots. It can sleep four , has a small galley and toilet, and carries an 8ft inflatable on the pilot house roof. It is a very capable offshore boat with a good reputation. It will be on a trailer, so that we can remove it from the water during the cyclone season, or for maintenance/storage. It has a Mercruiser 5lt 260hp engine ( 300hrs)with a bravo III outboard leg with twin counter rotating SS props. I will also fit a new 15Hp Mercuary auxiliary outboard engine. It will be equipped with a small lifting crane, dive ladder, duckboard and scuba racks for 8 cylinders.
Having looked at all the boats best suited for the job, this is by far the most versatile for what we need. It can do many different things, travel long distances (fast if needed), and will greatly complement our logistics base and capabilities. I have just bought the boat and am now organizing for all the modifications/ reconditioning , servicing etc to be carried out in America before wrapping it for shipment to Tonga via New Zealand. ETA in Nuku Alofa should be late April 2014.