Gallery: Carbon fibre Edencraft 233 Formula

By: Tom Prince, Photography by: Tom Prince & Ben Keys


Edencraft carbon fibre decal Edencraft carbon fibre decal
Edencraft carbon fibre 233 starboard Edencraft carbon fibre 233 starboard
Stainless on Edencraft carbon 233 Formula Stainless on Edencraft carbon 233 Formula
Twin 300 hp Suzuki outboards Twin 300 hp Suzuki outboards
Edencraft 233 carbon dash Edencraft 233 carbon dash
Edencraft carbon fibre cuddy Edencraft carbon fibre cuddy
Edencraft 233 carbon fibre door Edencraft 233 carbon fibre door
Edencraft 233 Fromula door Edencraft 233 Fromula door
Carbon fibre Edencraft 233 Formula Carbon fibre Edencraft 233 Formula
Dive door on Edencraft 233 carbon Dive door on Edencraft 233 carbon
Edencraft carbon fibre mould The Edencraft 233 Formula mould. Edencraft carbon fibre mould
Edencraft composite carbon fibre mould “When you lay the carbon down you can’t see what you’re rolling so you build the boat from the outside in,” says Edencraft's Alan Ball. Edencraft composite carbon fibre mould

A tremendous buzz surrounded the release of the carbon fibre Edencraft 233 Formula at the 2015 Melbourne Boat Show.

Gallery: Carbon fibre Edencraft 233 Formula
What's more epic than an Edencraft 233 Formula? A carbon fibre Edencraft 233 Formula.

Fibreglass Edencraft fishing boats need little introduction for any serious trailerboat angler. Built in Geelong, Victoria, these boats have an epic reputation, and none so more than the Edencraft Formula hull.

At the 2015 Melbourne Boat Show, anglers got to see the latest Edencraft 233 Formula Carbon. As the name suggests, this trailerable fishing boat uses composite carbon fibre construction materials.

 

Carbon fibre Edencraft 233

Edencraft principal Alan Ball is no stranger to composite materials. Although he’s been with Edencraft boats for six and a half years, he has a background in composites manufacturing technology. He started building composite rowing sculls in the ’80s and describes this manufacturing technology as his forte.

He says the concept for the Edencraft 233 Formula Carbon began with design concepts for lesser components. For example, boats were fitted with carbon fibre boat windscreens. These items took some time to perfect.

Satisfied with the results, Alan found a "nice carbon" material he was happy to use in a fishing boat hull, so he decided to step up the process.

"The first composite materials were the windscreen and wind deflectors, and cabin doors," says Alan. "People like quality and don’t mind paying for things that are done properly. We started introducing little bits of composites in our boats and now that it’s gone to this stage, we’ve got it onto the next level," he says.

Being a first of its kind, however, he concedes that the construction process was somewhat nerve-racking.

"When you lay the carbon down you can’t see what you’re rolling so you build the boat from the outside in," says Alan. "You really don’t know what the boat is going to look like until it comes out. It’s a little bit nerve racking," he says.

"You’ve just got to have the balls big enough to have a go," he says. "I think it’s a first in a fishing boat in Australia," he adds. "So I thought, why not, let’s do it. Show the other guys how real boats are made."

 

Price

What’s the Edencraft 233 Formula Carbon price? $190,000 approximately, for the boat Trade-a-Boat saw at the 2015 Melbourne Boat Show. This specimen was fitted with twin 300 hp Suzuki outboard motors, was fully optioned, and was glistening with stainless steel.

 


 

 


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