Meet the Blue Lightning Fleet
Blue Lightning III
Blue Lightning is a 55ft Conquest charter vessel powered by a V10 820 Doosan engine and was first launched in 1993 and cray fished along the coast for many of her early years (as First Light out of Fremantle, later renamed Crustacea 3 by Captain Tony Merrutio fishing between Jurien Bay and Bunbury).
At the end of the 2005 crayfish season Bill and Chad Mills brought her into the fleet renaming her Blue Lightning III. And that’s not the only change they have made to her from the cray fishing days. With 18 years experience in and knowledge of the charter industry between them, they soon went to work setting Blue Lightning up into a very comfortable and practical charter vessel which now operates all along the coast between Mandurah and Dampier.
Blue Lightning now has all the latest electronics including:
- C Plot computer GPS system
- 1100L Furuno Coloured Sounder / Auto Pilot
- VHF/HF / SAT Phone / Internet
Blue Lightning has airconditioned 8 comfortable bunks downstairs a CD player, DVD, VCR and 61cm Flatscreen TV to keep you entertained when not battling the big one. There are also 2 toilets and showers with hot water, 240V power and enough fridge and freezer space to keep all supplies and your catch cold.
In November 2007 was repowered by a V10 820 hp Doosan Diesel giving her a cruising speed of 17-18 knots and top speed of 22 knots. And in 2012 the genset was upgraded to 16kva to keep up with all the 240V supply needs.
We also have various tenders including an Ally centre consul with 30hp Suzuki 4 strokes and 2 Southern Pacific rigid inflatables with 15hp 2 stroke Yamaha outboards.
Reely Black is our most recent addition to the Blue Lightning fleet. A 2005 Black Watch 40 with tuna tower, twin C9 Cats, 510hp (giving a top speed of 30 knots and cruise speed of 24 knots),joining the fleet early in 2014 after a 3 month journey across the top of Australia. The boat can take 8 passengers (including 5 passengers for overnighting).
Reely Black is fully equipped for the serious gamefisherman with a full array of Furuno electronics, a Cat 9 kva genset supply of 240V for all your needs and she has excellent eutectic freezer setup and lots of fridge space.
She also features a desal for unlimited water supply, air conditioning, LCD TV, DVD player and surround sound to make your trip more comfortable and enjoyable!
Heart Starter is 26ft Boston Whaler built USA in 1990 and put into WA survey in 2008. It has 250hp 4 stroke Suzuki outboard, fitted new in 2009 and a top speed of 38 knots (cruisin gat 30 knots). She is a great dry ride, amazing boat for GT fishing amongst the islands.
Bought into WA and originally set up by the late Dr Victor Chang (the famous heart specialist), hence the name Heart Starter!
Global Venture is our 4th boat at the Montebello Islands in 2017, joining Blue Lightning III (our mothership vessel), Heartstarter (our 26ft Boston Whaler) and Reely Black (our 40ft Black Watch with Tuna Tower). Global Venture is a 12 meter aluminium vessel powered by 2 Suzuki 300 Outboard Motors enabling us to get places quickly at up to 20 knots. She is the perfect addition to the fleet with her wide beam making it very roomy and a great fishing platform for casting for GT’s, and her low clearance allowing us to manoeuvre her in close to the islands to take advantage of the awesome fishing at the Montebello Islands. She is larger than Heartstarter, meaning she can fit more anglers on board at one time.
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Tell Me MoreThe team at Blue Lightning Charters are passionate about fishing and do our very best to ensure your time on board with us is a memorable experience! Utilising our experience fishing in these remote locations, we can bring you the very best fishing from the Montebello Islands, to the Abrolhos Islands and even day tripping from Mandura.
Contact us today to discuss your next booking! We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you aboard!