Houtman: Patrol Vessel

The Houtman is the result of a long term relationship between Southerly Designs and the Department of Fisheries, Western Australia. An impressive resume of seven WA fisheries Vessels have had Southerly Design’s state of the art style and performance stamp. After many years of service, Fisheries needed to replace the Southerly designed McLaughlan with a similar yet updated vessel, with some minor modifications.Fisheries needed a comfortable, fast, long distance patrol vessel to meet the demands of the lucrative Western Australian fishing industry. Requirements were for 3 crew and 3 additional overnight personnel patrolling for periods of up to 15 days.

CAT power and twin skegs provide the Houtman with speed, stability and propeller protection from the coral reefs of the unpredictable Houtman Abrolhos Islands from which the Houtman aptly takes its name.  The Houtman’s wheelhouse and flybridge remains central and low slung, serving to minimise rolling and vertical accelerations to maximise crew comfort.  The vessel also boast a stern ramp for launch and retrieval of a daughter craft and of course the renowned soft ride and superb sea handling abilities of all Southerly Designs.


Vessel Length 20.75 Meters
Launch Date May 2010
Vessel Type Fisheries Patrol Vessel
Survey Class USL/NSCV Class 2B
Builder Western Boat Builders
Construction Material Marine Grade Aluminium
LOA 20.75 m
Beam 6.17 m
Main Engines 2 x Caterpillar C18
Propulsion Fixed Pitch Propeller
Speed Max 27 kts
Speed Cruise 22 kts
Fuel Capacity 10,000 L
Crew 3
Passengers 3

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