Owners

David Green, Predator, Explorer 685

David Green, Predator, Explorer 685

He’s one of Team CruiseCraft’s most active members and a guru of offshore fishing as well as in stainless steel marine fabrication – David Green. Always willing to share advice and a first port of call if you are trying to figure out how to modify or repair something made of stainless steel, or even fine-tune your sounder. We’ve seen…

Graham Wells, The Cure, Outsider 685

Graham Wells, The Cure, Outsider 685

In a bizarre twist to traditional on-line internet romance stories, Graham Wells married his true love on Valentine’s Day – a gorgeous CruiseCraft Outsider 685. His first wife, Amanda attended, wearing black and flashing visual daggers at the new lady in Graham’s life who he said: “… is looking even more beautiful than the day I first saw her on…

Julie Daffy, My Orca, Outsider 625

Julie Daffy, My Orca, Outsider 625

Julie Daffy persuaded the CruiseCraft factory to build her a cruiser version of an Outsider 625 fully fitted with embroidered dashboard mat and seat backs, beige upholstery in the cockpit and Mocca suede in the cabin, a rear dining table, mood lighting, an up-market sound system, long range tanks and fresh water supply, special seat covers and a host of…

Kevin Nichols, Broomstick, Explorer 685

Kevin Nichols, Broomstick, Explorer 685

Kevin is a one of the industry’s most respected marine identities and an incredibly talented boat builder. He’s a second generation member of the famous Nichols boat building family. Now retired from active boat manufacturing, Kevin is a regular host at Team CruiseCraft events. Known under his call sign of Broomstick in fishing tournaments, Kevin most often is seen in…

Bill Corten, Reef Affair, Explorer 685

Bill Corten, Reef Affair, Explorer 685

He’s too modest to admit it, but Bill is an absolute guru on bar crossings and offshore fishing techniques. Most weekends he’s out on his specially kitted Explorer 685 teaching people the safe way to cross the notorious South Passage Bar between South Stradbroke and Moreton Islands. When not dicing with surf, pressure waves, wind and swells on the bar,…

Brendon Tait, Karma Cruisin’, Outsider

Brendon Tait, Karma Cruisin’, Outsider

He’s earned the nickname of CruiseCraft’s media tart – Brendon Tait. After a brilliant trip to fish the Boyne-Tannum Hook-Up, Brendon not only won one of the prize boats on offer, but he also appeared three times in one edition of the Gladstone Observer. Not only that, he followed it up with two appearances in one edition of Bush ‘n…

Brett Lee, Spearer, Explorer 685

Brett Lee, Spearer, Explorer 685

Brett Lee started his lifetime association with CruiseCraft boats when he was just 10 years old. He fished for bream in a 10 foot timber dinghy built by Kevin Nichols when Kevin was doing his boat building apprenticeship. Brett ‘s father, Cec was a stalwart in the Southern Cross fishing club in Toowoomba. The club had a fleet of the…

Jay Furniss, Kid Cougar, Explorer 600

Jay Furniss, Kid Cougar, Explorer 600

Not many kids grow up with a cougar as a playmate, but Jay Furniss pictured here, did. He and Mal McInnes have been mates since the Ark and from when Mal once owned the Golden River Zoo at Mildura in Victoria’s north-west. Pride of the exhibits was a house-tamed and trained cougar which even once figured in the Cougar bourbon…

Brett Seng, Explorer 685

Brett Seng, Explorer 685

Brett’s name is famous through south-east Queensland fishing competitions as a snapper guru. Look down any tournament board in a south-east Queensland offshore fishing competition and the odds are that you will see Brett’s name. He has won enough fishing rods in these competitions to impressively stock a tackle shop. Always ready to share his snapper fishing techniques, Brett makes…

Bruce Hunt, CruiseControl, Outsider 685

Bruce Hunt, CruiseControl, Outsider 685

Bruce covers plenty of miles in his 2002 Outsider. As the third owner of the boat which undertook rescue work at Tweed Heads before being on-sold to another owner in Western Australia, Bruce put a fair bit of effort into tidying up the boat. He uses the boat for family outings to Rottnest Island and Mandurah, enjoying fishing and crabbing…

Greg Morris, Explorer 685

Greg Morris, Explorer 685

Meet Greg Morris from Boomi in northern New South Wales – successful farmer, recreational pilot, crop duster pilot, thrill seeker, rodeo clown and owner of an Explorer 685. Greg previously owned a 26 foot Sea Ray but figured: “It just didn’t have the zip for crossing the coastal bars” which he regularly visited in northern New South Wales. So Greg…

Luke Deighton, Stinger, 506

Luke Deighton, Stinger, 506

Luke Deighton undertook a fantastic, complete restoration of a CruiseCraft Stinger 506. He’s yet another member of the Deighton family which figures regularly in team CruiseCraft newsletters. They travel to great places from their home in Brisbane and they have shot some spectacular photos. As well as being an offshore fisherman of some repute, Luke also is a gun on…

Steve Deighton, Distraction, Outsider 685

Steve Deighton, Distraction, Outsider 685

Steve and Darelle Deighton are stalwarts of Team CruiseCraft. Often seen travelling in the company of Steve and Lyn Murray and Graham and Kath Taylor (who also have red-trimmed 685’s), they’re regulars up at 1770 and the Boyne Tannum Hook-Up. Always ready to give some great advice and a few waypoints to newcomers, the Deightons also are right into things…

Graham and Kathleen Taylor, Ocean Pearl, Explorer 685

Graham and Kathleen Taylor, Ocean Pearl, Explorer 685

This couple has encyclopaedic knowledge about great places to go in a CruiseCraft. Keen fisherfolk (Kathleen has amassed a wall of trophies), they’ve also built up a wealth of knowledge about the performance of different propellers, fuel economy and best travelling speeds. They’re the ones to see about the best places to stay when you are holidaying with a boat.…

Sally Jones, Gizmo, Explorer 575

Sally Jones, Gizmo, Explorer 575

Sally Jones from Southport on the Gold Coast is one of Team CruiseCraft’s most active photographers. Here’s an example – a great sunset shot when fishing down the Pin (that’s the Jumpinpin Bar area between North Stradbroke and South Stradbroke Islands at the northern end of the Gold Coast). Sally managed to secure personalised CC575Q registration for her Explorer 575…

Danny Burke, Resort 6

Danny Burke, Resort 6

Danny Burke, (better known in local circles as Danny The Barber) sold his Power Cat 2600 to secure a CruiseCaft Resort 6 for his family which includes wife, Kim, and daughters Rubie and Ella. And why the change? “When I saw how well Resorts performed in choppy water, I realised that we didn’t really need the big PowerCat.” Danny also…

Ken & Billie Hunter, Gale Force, Executive 700

Ken & Billie Hunter, Gale Force, Executive 700

Now this is how to travel in Executive comfort and style – Ken and Billie Hunter use their luxury cruiser as an upmarket caravan when on the road. With the opening of the Western Australia demersal fishing season (which in general terms is that group of fish which live near the seabed in deep water), Ken and Billie head down…

Mark & Tracy Larsen, Krooze, Explorer

Mark & Tracy Larsen, Krooze, Explorer

Mark Larsen loves heading to Fraser Island with his Explorer 685. He easily secured pole position on this barge trip going over from Inskip Point to Hook Point at the southern end of Fraser Island. Mark is a regular on-water traveller to distant offshore fishing locations. He also has a great eye for detail, keeping his boat immaculate. One of…