NEW 24′ Boats at North Island LodgeMarch 16, 2017 | 2726 Views
North Island Lodge guests looking for an extra measure of room and comfort on the water will no doubt be pleased to see two new additions to the fishing fleet this upcoming season. Custom made to West Coast Fishing Club specifications by Northwest Aluminum Craft of Langford, BC, the 24-foot boats have a unique welded aluminum hull design that delivers both comfort at higher speeds and stability while fishing. Seating in rear allows guests to ride in comfort on the way to the fishing grounds with additional seating up front to ensure that each angler can be close to their rod once the action begins.
Both boats are powered by single 200-HP Mercury engines and a 15-HP kicker. With an 8.5-foot beam and centre console, they offer plenty of room for up to three anglers plus guide. According to Todd McIntyre, manager of North Island Lodge, the boats are in-demand extreme fishing machines, and like the latest models of Tesla, there is a long waiting list for anyone wanting to order one.
“We are extremely fortunate to be able to acquire these boats,” says McIntryre, who put the boats through some rigorous sea trials last week in waters off Sooke, BC. “They are designed with safety and our style of fishing in mind. The engine pod allows for an open floor walk-around layout that is perfect for the double-headers that guests will inevitably experience, and the high gunnels provide a safe platform for anglers of all ages or those with mobility limitations.”
The boats are now back at the Northwest Aluminum Craft factory for bottom painting, lettering and installation of the all the latest electronic equipment. Once final inspection is complete, the boats will be transported to Beale Cove where they will make their Langara Island debut as North Island Lodge kicks off the season with the annual Ultimate Grill Showdown May 28 – June 1.