The Kylin

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The Kylin was built in 1997 by Freeman Bay boats as a 57ft Westcoaster and in 2004 was extended to the current 62ft.

New Twin Scania motors have been installed in November 2007 with a cruising speed of 16 – 18 knots with a full speed of 23knots.

The wheelhouse was greatly lengthened to accommodate passenger needs but this still left enough working deck for 14 passengers to fish in comfort.

A retrousse stern was added, housing the full beam dive platform and steps. These are reached through double transom doors. There is a hot and cold shower to one side of the platform.

An awning covers two thirds of the deck with protective clip in windows for all weather protection.

The wheelhouse layout puts an extremely well-equipped galley aft to starboard with a lounging area-dinette ahead. The main control station is to port with the dinette aft of it, An air conditioner ensures comfort even in the hottest of weather. There is a full gas oven, microwave, fridge and sink for preparation of meals.

Refrigeration was an essential consideration for storing the catch during the 6 day Montebello Safaris so a five cubic metre freezer, operating at 18 degrees minus C is below deck There is also a self contained one cubic metre brine tank on deck.


Vessel type: Wet liner-charter boat
Construction material: FRP-foam sandwich
Survey: USL 1B and 3B by Transport Dept WA
Builder: Freeman Bay Boats ?95
Designer: Phil Curran
Owner: Montebello Safaris
Home Port: Fremantle
Length measured: 17.37 metres then ext to 18.2mtr in 2004
Beam: 5.64 metres
Draught: 1.3 metres
Main engines: 2 x Scania DI12M EMS; 650hp each
Gearboxes: 2.5:1 reduction
Propellers: Veem 4 bladed 35.5″ x 41″
Auxiliary: Perkins-Seagen 17kva 3-phase genset
Fuel: 4,000 litres
Fresh water: 1800 litres
Engineering installation: Lawson Engineering
Underwater gear installation: Hamilton Engineering
Radar: Koden MD-3604
Sounder: Furuno Colour LCD Video Sounder model FCV-1100L
Plotter: JRC NWU-55
Two-way radios: Codan 9390 HF, GME GX558A VHF, GME GX290 27MHz
Autopilot: Autohelm ST7000
Electrical Installation: Norman Electro Services
Electronic Installation: Maritime Electronics
Refrigeration Installation: Hydrotherm
Hydraulic Installation: Fremantle Hydraulics
Liferaft: Roaring Forties 20 person
Dive Compressor: Bauer 190m3/min, 350 bar
Passengers: 18 by day, 6 overnight in unprotected waters, 60 in protected waters
Speed: 18 knots cruising, 23 knots full speed
Range: 800nm plus reserve