Westerberg Marine's latest vessel is a project boat for Western Angler magazine

Westerberg Marine is a time-honoured name in West Australian boating and with good reason.

Based in Albany, Westerberg has been building durable aluminium boats for local conditions since 1977 and will celebrate its 40th anniversary next year.

Specialising in commercial and recreational fishing boats, Westerberg has been trusted by generations of local anglers and most keen offshore fishos would have at least fished on, or even owned, a ‘Westy’ at some point in time.

The Westerbergs were professional fishers and started the business to build their own boats with what was then a new product on the market – aluminium.

It was proving popular for boat building due to its corrosion resistance, strength and light weight and a new business was established with Mike Westerberg managing and Colin Westerberg designing.

Initially tender boats were produced to service the strong local mulie fishing fleet, but soon recreational fishermen recognised the superior design and strength of Westerberg aluminium boats and a new market was established.

Over the years, its boats have garnered a number of awards and Westerberg continues to be a major player in the often challenging WA boat building industry, due to rugged, quality construction and designs tailored for testing local conditions.

Rhys Jones, who joined Westerberg as an apprentice in 2005, now owns the business and is continuing on the tradition.

Westerberg has a range of models up to 8m available, and can do boats up to 12m long if requested.

Owners can customise the deck plan and fit out to suit their individual requirements.

Westerberg boats are designed with WA conditions in mind and the hull dead rise, entry point and chine section combine to provide a soft ride, combined with an enviable reputation for stability in following sea conditions.

Its latest project is a new sportfishing boat for Western Angler magazine, which was launched at the recent Mandurah Boat Show and will be seen around WA in the coming months.

This 5.7m Bandit centre console is fitted out for the serious fishers who write for Western Angler, featuring a forward casting deck, live bait tank and kill tank, as well as great boating tools like a Minn Kota spot lock GPS, SavWinch, Boat Catch and electronics from Garmin, Fusion and GME.

Rusty’s Marine, in Albany, completed the fit out and Mandurah’s 4 Signs fitted an eye-catching wrap at the Boat Show.

Built with 5083 aluminium and featuring 5mm hull and 4mm sides, the Bandit lives on an impressive Westerberg custom aluminium single-axle tortion trailer and has a 260-litre underfloor fuel tank.

It is powered by a Honda BF150 four-stroke motor, which offers reliability and fantastic fuel economy.

The Western Angler project boat made its maiden voyage in Albany last month and Jones was aboard for the ride, which was dry and comfortable, with the Honda showing it could do up to 35 knots.

Jones said he was thrilled with how the Bandit came together and expects it to prove its worth as an offshore fishing boat.

“The first trip went very well and I am sure this is going to be a superb boat for offshore fishing in WA, especially with the Honda 150 on the back,” he said.

“We knew Western Angler would want a boat for the hardcore fisherman and I think the Bandit was the perfect choice.

“I can’t wait to see some of the fishing photos on the boat from the team at the magazine.”

Jones said Westerberg offered a range of boats, and other services, for local fishers.

“At Westerberg we’ve been building specialist fishing boats for 40 years, so I think we have a great understanding of what works for local boaters, especially in the sort of offshore conditions they have to encounter,” he said.

“We’re here to meet the needs of local fishermen and we’re not just about building boats either.

“We also carry out aluminium fabrication, repairs and modifications, general aluminium engineering and have a fully equipped chandlery store stocking a wide range of boating hardware.”

Check out the time lapse video of the construction at https://www.facebook.com/westerbergmarine/videos/ .

For more information on Westerberg boats, visit www.westerbergmarine.com.au or call 9841 2277.

Caption: Westerberg Marine’s latest vessel is a project boat for Western Angler magazine. (Pic Jamie Kiddle)