Master craft

Posted: August 3, 2012 in Marine

O’Brien 47 powered by Cummins QSM11 engines.

Peter O’Brien has been described as “boatbuilder extraordinaire”, a title readily endorsed by his customers.

A legendary name in sportfishing circles, Townsville-based O’Brien has built his reputation on the back of decades of boatbuilding and fishing experience.

A shipwright by trade, O’Brien set up his own business in 1978 and has gone on to build game boats up to 57 ft that have earned rave reviews.

Today, O’Brien Boats is well known and respected in circles beyond the game fishing industry.

Just ask the Townsville Coast Guard.

In 2011 Townsville Coast Guard took delivery of its second O’Brien vessel, replacing a boat built 10 years earlier by the company.

In those 10 years, the boat completed more that 1500 search and rescues, retrieving almost 1350 vessels.

The new 47 ft O’Brien, powered by 610 hp Cummins QSM11 engines, has “far exceeded our expectations” says Townsville Flotilla Commander Richard Boulton.

O’Brien vessel, powered by Cummins QSM11 engines, has “far exceeded” the expectations of Townsville Coast Guard.

Boulton doesn’t hesitate to specify the reasons for choosing an O’Brien boat again… “innovative design…excellent craftsmanship…extraordinary quality of finish”.

He also highlights the performance and fuel efficiency of the QSM11 engines.

“One of the key benefits of working with Peter O’Brien,” says Boulton, “was the effort he went to in understanding our requirements and the flexibility he went to in meeting those requirements to ensure he gave us the best possible vessel.”

There’s no doubt O’Brien Boats has engendered strong customer loyalty over the years.

“We have customers who are on their third O’Brien boat,” says Peter O’Brien.

“When we’re building a new boat our contract with the customer has a delivery date and a fixed price and we don’t deviate from that.”

Another reason he cites for success is that  “our boats hold their value well”.

He’s also proud of the fact O’Brien Boats has survived the tough economic conditions for boatbuilders over the last four years. “We’ve chased business rather than standing around playing the blame game,” he says.

O’Brien Boats’ latest design is the 34 Custom Express powered by Cummins QSB 480 engines.

“We wanted to be able to offer a bread-and-butter vessel, a lower cost vessel, and the 34 is the result,” says Peter O’Brien.

Designed as a pleasure/sportfishing boat, the Cummins QSB engines punch the 34 Custom Express to a top speed of 39 knots.

O’Brien Boats has developed a strong relationship with Cummins over the years.

“I have a very good relationship with Cummins…I certainly couldn’t complain about the support I get from the company,” says Peter O’Brien.

“I also believe Cummins has a very good range of engines. The QSM11 in particular is an engine that has an excellent reputation.

“The fact that Cummins has its own dedicated marine service people is another big plus for our customers.”

Peter O’Brien…has built his reputation on the back of decades of boatbuilding and fishing experience.

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