By Barry Thompson
The Australian based owners had already enjoyed 10 years of cruising and game fishing out of Western Australia in a Senior designed 40 footer, so when it came to finding a replacement vessel they had no hesitation in calling up the talented kiwi designer and asking him to draw what they wanted. The request was for a game fishing boat for charter that would be big enough and tough enough to chase the marlin wherever they were.
The end result is a serious sportfishing boat, custom built by Allan Tongs Boatbuiders, complete with a tuna tower, game chair and a cockpit that includes a marlin door, tuna tubes and massive live bait tank. For fishing aficionados, Mistress has it all. The cockpit layout is specifically designed around sportfishing, hence the absence of a full width-boarding platform, rear scuppers or any obtrusions that might get in the way of the serious angler.
Wide flat teak coamings with the cockpit sides set well back are ideal for getting hard up against the hull to work the fish when tagging or gaffing and all cleats are recessed below large stainless hawsepipes. Unlike the conventional cruiser there are no lockers in the side or rear deck areas and the wide marlin door with its stainless marlin roller is set below the coamings. A clip-in stainless swim ladder can be added when guests are swimming or diving, although access to the tender is strictly up and over the low cockpit coaming.