The latest launch from Scarborough Boatworks in Wanchese, North Carolina, is a 67-footer named Sea Weez, which was built to travel the world in search of marlin and adventure. While the owner is from Maryland, her skipper, Ross Finlayson, is a native of Caines, Australia, who has 31 years of experience fishing for giant black marlin off the Great Barrier Reef.
“The goal was to create a boat with an extensive range capable of traveling great distances on its own bottom and possibly with a mothership to some even more remote destinations,” Finlayson says. “We’re in the Bahamas now, but the owner wants to bring it back to the Mid-Atlantic this summer to fish the Big Rock Blue Marlin, White Marlin Open and MidAtlantic billfish tournaments, and enjoy the boat in his own backyard.
“In the fall we will take it through the Panama Canal to fish Costa Rica, Mag Bay and eventually head to Australia for black marlin season,” he says. “Then we’ll head to New Caledonia and the Solomon Islands in the Pacific, with Cape Verde and the Azores in play down the line. Anyplace where big marlin and great surfing and diving are to be found, that’s where we’re headed.”
Sea Weez is artfully crafted utilizing Scarborough’s proven hull design and cold-molded construction. The boat is 67 feet overall, with an 18-foot, 6-inch beam. The profile shows graceful, sculpted lines, and the ice-blue hull has gleaming white topsides with teak toerails and trim. Accommodations include four staterooms, with three head/shower compartments.
She is powered by twin 2,000-hp MAN V-12 diesels that provide a 49-mph top end and a cruising speed of 40 mph. Redundant systems are an important consideration when traveling long distances to remote locales, so the boat is equipped with two Northern Lights 25 kW gensets and two Quick 19 air-cooled gyrostabilizers, each capable of doing the job independently should one go down. Fuel capacity is 2,200 gallons, the water tank holds 300 gallons, and a high-capacity watermaker can produce 1,800 gallons a day.
Of course, the boat is set up for serious fishing, with tackle stowage throughout, a large mezzanine, bait freezers, drink coolers, fishboxes, live wells and tuna tubes.
The owner’s penchant for scuba diving and surfing led to some custom work on Sea Weez, including a dive compressor, tank racks and a plumbed tank-fill station in the cockpit. The flybridge helm provides space for an oversized sun pad that runs the length of the starboard side of the bridge, and tucked neatly beneath the sun pad are racks for five surfboards.
“The build presented some interesting challenges,” Ricky Scarborough Jr. says.
A bow davit holds an 18-foot Chittum Islamorada flats skiff that serves double duty as a shallow-water fishing boat or tender.
For more about Sea Weez and other Scarborough builds, visit scarboroughboatworks.com.