The Leisure Boats Mudskipper 3.8 is the creation of Arne Huysamen from Leisure Build, Bundaberg's premier fibreglass manufacturer.
"I am a keen fisherman and very family orientated so I wanted to build a practical stable and safe fishing boat for all ages - from as young as ten years (with 6Hp motor) up to retirees, having safety in mind" said Arne. "The Mudskipper 3.8 has level flotation which means it is very safe".
Official testing was done by an approved surveyor from the Gold Coast, Arne said. "The boat was physically swamped full of water with its load rating of four people inside and the outboard motor" said Arne "It did not sink or topple over - this means it is very safe, as few boats have level floatation".
The first boat is 3.8 metres long and is of 100% fibreglass construction. There are two storage compartments under the front casting deck, plenty of floor space including two side pockets and rod holders and two rear compartments for live bait tank and storage or two tanks, whichever the owner chooses, including front anchor well.
The boat has many options for the avid fishers. "The rear moulded seat and bait tanks doubles as a rear casting platform" said Arne. "The boat is rated to max 40HP outboard, can take four people (capacity up to 320Kg), has high sides yet good for fishing and is dry riding". Being fibreglass it is easy and cost effective to repair and can be made in several colours. "There are also plenty of options such as navigation lights, anchor lights, live bait tank pump, bilge pump, ski hooks, rod holders plus more" added Arne.