Tim Powell found us like many 3 Rivers Marine customers. He’d been elsewhere for previous boat purchases, but wanted more in the way of service and expertise. Tim was not just looking for a boat salesman, but someone with the unique expertise with fishing boats.
Tim met Chad Beatty of 3 Rivers Marine at the Seattle Boat Show and shared his dream with Chad. The dream was to purchase a boat that would act as housing and a fishing platform on a tour he would take through SE Alaska. The boat needed to be big enough to accommodate the living arrangements, but maneuverable enough to act as a world-class fishing boat. When asked about why he chose 3 Rivers for his dream boat, Tim said, “I knew Chad was the right fit the minute I met him. He talked in a way that provided me with the confidence that he knew what he was talking about. There was never a question.”
Chad recommended a 26′ Duckworth Offshore as the solution for Tim’s dream. The Duckworth Offshore boasts legendary performance, offers plenty of space, and is one of the best built boats in the world. The boat would feature twin Yamaha 150’s and a Yamaha T9.9 trolling kicker. This power package would provide incredible speed for covering lots of water, but offer the torque necessary when the big water requires it. Although many troll on the big powered Yamaha 4 strokes, Tim wanted the precision and efficiency of a dedicated troller.
With the hull and power selected, it was now time to put the personal touches that any boat of this caliber deserves:
Tim went with a Raymarine electronics package that included a radar, chart plotter and fish finder with two navigation/fish finder stations. Tim wanted one for the cabin and one in the rear deck control area to make navigation and fish locating a breeze.
Tim wanted a diamond plate roof installed to provide wear resistance and usability. In Alaska this was the storage area for the dingy.
Custom cabinetry? You bet! There’s plenty of storage in the cabin of this 26.
While living aboard, an abundance of fresh and hot water is definitely a bonus. The hot water tank even serves the back deck to make cleaning a snap.
This boat is served up with some great features. What about this transom mount fish box? It is convenient and acts as a great work station as well.
Tim’s trip from the Puget Sound to SE Alaska was such a success that he plans on doing it again. “It was just too much fun,” said Tim, when asked about the possibilities. “The boat performed flawlessly and we had the time of our life.”