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Verados 9m Westcat 9000


At 61, Rocco Lemma is living what many would call the perfect retirement. Two or three times a week he goes fishing with his mates on the clear blue waters off Karratha WA aboard his new 9m Westcat 9000 catamaran Hard Yakka.

“The ocean, the archipelago, it’s what’s kept me at Karratha for the last 32 years. I love it,” he said. “We fish the Montebello archipelago where there’s more than 100 islands to go to, or go out to Barrow Island and maybe stay overnight, sleeping on the deck. I’ve put twin 300 Verados on the new boat and they’re awesome. I’ve got four tanks that can hold a total of 1800L of fuel and I’ve got 500L of water, so going for long cruises isn’t a concern,” Rocco said.

Designed from the ground up to set new standards in economy, control, performance and quietness, the Verado is a four stroke which gives you an automotive-like driving experience. Powerful, quiet, efficient and reliable, Verados are the ideal mix of brains and brawn.

“The beauty of it up here is that there are so many species and with the Verados we go wherever we have to.” The powerful pair can push the cat, which weighs in at a touch above four tonnes, up to 44 knots with wide-open throttle. Cruising speed is a more sedate 28 knots which has the two engines sipping just 90L/hr between them.


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