Steel fishing vessel – ex research ship – suit island trader

NZ$95,000 + ANY NZ GST

Although neglected recently, this vessel has very good potential to be refreshed and brought back to be a respectable and viable small ship. She will respond to a good refit and will serve a new owner either as a fishing vessel or as an island trader carrying cargo. A steel thickness test, carried out in 1997, shows little by way of steel wastage. Main engine, we believe, will start and run well – no known issues. All worth investigating. Worth refitting. We urge inspection. Based Stewart Island, New Zealand.

SKU: 2030 Categories: ,

Additional information


25m x 7m x 3.12m


New South Wales 1970, round bilge, single chine, steel deck and hull (10mm forward & 8mm elsewhere).


Max displacement – 250T. Maximum deck load – 6T.

Main engine

16V/71 GM diesel, 460hp @ 1700 rpm. Shaft drive. Cooled by heat exchanger.


10 knots at cruise.


2 x steering stations. Full vessel controls from aft station.


2 x GM 3/71 and GM 4/71 driving alternators.


Variable pitch – ALM make.


Vessel has massive tankage. Potential for 70,000 litres diesel and 12,000 litres water. Plus overall vessel will carry approx. 20T of cargo.

Cargo hold

15T (fish/ice or other product (approx.)).


Bridge deck contains skippers & engineers cabin & toilet. All other cabins below, forward of amidships. 6 cabins, 2 x single cabins & 4 x double cabins. 2 x toilets & 2 x showers. Suitable long voyages. Gas. Electric.


• Very large hold.
• 2 x 16 tonne brine tanks (fishing use) are also plumbed for diesel.

Navigation aids

We noted an auto pilot, 2 x VHF radios, weather fax and little else – vessel needs a new set of nav aids.


Stability Book by Stronach & Associates dated 14 October 2002.
Lines Plan by Eken and Doherty, updated 1992.

Diesel fuel aboard vessel

Diesel fuel aboard the vessel currently is estimated by the vendor to be approximately 60,000 litres. Buyers are responsible to check the quantity and quality of this fuel – which has been in the boat since at least 2014.

Vessel history

Effectively this vessel has only had two owners during its lifetime, first owner was New South Wales Government who used her very successfully as a Fisheries Research Vessel from 1970s until 1997. Vessel was sold to Stewart Island ownership in 1997 and was used as a fishing vessel, often in remote areas. Recently vessel has been laid up and not working.

2014 underwater upgrade

In 2014 at Dunedin, the following work was carried out on a slipway.
Water blast, spot blast, sweep blast, all underwater area. Spot prime, applied 3 primer/barrier coats, plus applied 2 full coats antifouling. Whilst on the slip, the vessels hull was ultra scan tested for steel wastage – the owner, and the marine engineer involved, inform us that such testing showed very good results with only one very small area below the hawse pipe needing attention.

Estimated Payload

Work on no less than 50T