Nautical News
Welcome to the inaugural edition of our Norman R Wright & Sons Nautical News. In this regular newsletter we’ll feature all the latest from the world of Norman R Wright & Sons as well as reminiscing about times gone by, with a featured boat from the Archives. This month we're featuring the stunning Dolphin II, a fine example of the custom craftsmanship that our yard is renowned for.
We recently completed a custom 60 foot game fishing boat called “Aura” for a local owner. Aura was recently at the yard for some finishing touches and she has now made her way to Cairns to enjoy her first game fishing season.
Spring has arrived and summer boating will be upon us soon. If you need some annual maintenance, general repairs or a full refit, call or email our team to discuss your specific needs. Our team of highly skilled master tradespeople are the best in their fields and your boat will benefit from those many years of experience.
This year we celebrate 110 Years and to mark the occasion we’ll be hosting our owners, guests and friends at RQYS Caniapa for a casual event to say thank you for your support. Check the details in the newsletter and set aside the date.
We hope to see you out on the water soon.

The team from Norman R Wright & Sons
Norman R Wright & Sons - Custom 60 Sport-Fisher
THE BRIEF: Design and build a go anywhere serious sport fishing boat.

Aura is completely designed in-house as we have been doing so since 1909. None of our boats are built in moulds, allowing for every aspect of the build to suit the custom requirements of the owners.  Aura features a warped planning hull with deep tunnels below the waterline with substantial flare forward, optimised to be stable at speed and at rest when fishing, whilst retaining superior performance at speed in a seaway or to and from offshore fishing grounds. This is achieved without the need for noisy hull bottom spray-rails or planning strakes. The transom shape including large radiused corners was designed to facilitate backing up hard on fish.
One-off temporary moulds were built for all main components including hull, deck, deckhouse, flybridge and console. The structure is designed by composite engineering experts ATL Composites to meet DnV-GL HSLC R1 High Speed Light Craft Rules. The hull bottom is designed and constructed for 2g loading and is infused with epoxy resin and e-glass either side of a high density Divinycell structural foam core providing the ultimate strength-to-weight structure. Topsides are also foam cored with the highly stressed and impact zones such as the chines, keel and stem all being solid GRP. Engine bearers are a combination of carbon fibre and E-glass with epoxy resin and run the full length of the hull to provide a rigid hull. The hull is a monocoque construction with the hull shell providing the strength and rigidity with minimal internal framing to maximise usable space. The main deck, deckhouse and flybridge are all constructed in custom moulds using E-glass and epoxy either side of a Divinycell structural foam core.

LOA | 60’ (18.29m)

BEAM | 19’3” (5.87m)

DRAFT | 4’ 7” (1.40m)

DISPLACEMENT LIGHTSHIP | 73,000 lbs (33.1 tonnes)

SPEED | 41 knots (@ 93% engine load)

FUEL | 1,800 US gal (6,800 L)

WATER | 160 US gal (600 L)

ENGINES | 2 x 1825HP C32 Cat ACERT

GENSETS | 2 x 19kVA Onan

TRANSMISSIONS | Twin Disc Quickshift MGX-6620A

CONTROLS | Twin Disc EC300 with Palm Beach Controls

STABILISER | Seakeeper 16

Click here to view the Aura brochure
Refit, Maintenance & Service Specialists
Prepare Your Boat For Summer
Whether it’s an annual anti-foul, some timber TLC or a full refit, our team of highly skilled and experienced tradespeople are ready to help prepare your boat for summer. Or if you’re a commercial operator who needs some urgent repairs or maintenance to keep your fleet on the water, we have the world class facilities and team you need to limit impact on your operation. Just some of the services we provide include GRP and composite repairs, timber repair and refit, gyro and active stabiliser installations to name just a few. Click on the link below to review a list of the services we provide, call us on 07 3399 3911 or email the team today to discuss your specific needs.
Dolphin II62 Foot Custom Motor Yacht
We recently had Dolphin II up for some annual service and maintenance, so it’s timely that she is our inaugural Archive Feature Boat. Bill Wright kindly shares with us his knowledge of this stunning example of Norman R Wright & Sons custom crafted motor yacht. And in Bill's words,
“Even today very few boats can equal the speed for economy. Just a stunning boat.”

Year built: 1967
Designer: R T Wright
Builder: Norman R Wright and Sons
Hull Design: First half carvel/half chine large boat. One of the first motor yachts tank tested in Australia – 1966. Similar hull to the 75ft 24 knot pilot boats that Ron Wright designed in 1965/66.
Length: 62 ft
Beam: 16 '6"
Draft: 4'9"
Displacement: 28  tonnes lightship (light ship for her size)
Structure: She was the first large fully glued, cold mounded timber yacht in Australia, glued with Ciba Giegy araldite epoxy.
Performance: When built she was the fastest large motor yacht in Australia, whilst featuring incredibly good fuel economy.
Engines: 2 x Detroit 8V 71 - 320hp at 2300rpm
Propellers: Ron Wright designed and produced  3 blade 29 x 26 - DAR 0.85
Max Speed: 20.1 knots when new recorded on the measured mile, she will still attain 18.6 knots.
Cruise: 10 knots at 28 litres per hour, 12 knots at 47 litres per hour
Range: 750 nautical miles at 10 knots
Other features unique for a boat built in the 60s:
  • Air-conditioning
  • Heater
  • Decca Radar
  • Autopilot 
  • Curved glass windows
  • Very quiet, amazing speed and seakeeping
Celebrating 110 Years
In 2019 we’re celebrating 110 years designing, building and maintaining custom crafted pleasure and commercial vessels. To help enjoy this momentous occasion we’re inviting all supporters of our business and brand to join us for a celebration at RQYS Canaipa on Saturday the 9th of November.

For our celebration in 2005 we hosted 90 plus boats and 300 guests so we’d like to eclipse that this time and hope you can join us. A formal invitation will be sent out soon, in the meantime if you would like to confirm your attendance simply send an email with your name, boat name and guests names to
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