Hervey Bay boat builder supplies twin jet boats for WA ports

IT’S another feather in the cap for award-winning Hervey Bay boat builder, BtB Marine.

BtB Marine General Manager Chris Hough shows off one of the workboats heading to Western Australia. PHOTO: Supplied.

The Urangan-based business recently delivered a pair of identical 8m jet boats destined for workboat duties in the Western Australia ports.

The vessels were designed by Naval Architects Australia.

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BtB Marine General Manager Chris Hough said the workboats were powered by turbo charged Yanmar diesel engines coupled to Hamilton jet propulsion units.

The Yanmar and jet combination delivers a 30knot top speed fully loaded, (33knots lightship), and they can easily reach a cruising speed of 21knots at around 2,500rpm.

“With a three-stick manual control system, (throttle, gear and bucket controls), manoeuvrability of these is about the best of any I’ve built,” said Chris.

“Once you get used to it, they are super-responsive – they are as good, if not better, than any other setup you can power this kind of boat with, in my opinion,” he said.

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“BtB Marine has always come from a philosophy of looking at innovative ways to build and operate ecologically sustainable vessels.

“Safety, reliability and practicality are paramount issues for vessels in remote locations. Our vessels have been performing remarkably for many years in many locations around Australia and right throughout the Pacific Island Nations.”

PHOTOS: Supplied.

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BtB Marine built the twin line handling boats in Hervey Bay for Jetwave Marine in Western Australia, where their port support duties will include line handling and dive operations in Fremantle and Port Headland.

BtB Marine’s innovation skills and boat building capability were recognised by the Australian Marine industry in 2020.

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The company won two major national marine industry awards; ‘The Australian Marine Industry Award for Innovation’ and the AusMarine award for the ‘Best Multi-Purpose Workboat.’

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