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O'Brien Bluewater Charters

O’Brien Boats, the premier boat builders in the game fishing industry; O’Brien Bluewater Charters has been 40 years in the making. 

In August 2021, we launched ‘OB1’ with the aim of offering tailored and flexible charters to suit your wants and needs.

The experience of catching the elusive Black Marlin is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that not many can check off their bucket list, so why not ensure it’s the best trip possible. All our charters have 2 experienced crew and our skipper, Leigh O’Brien.

Our crew have experience fishing up and down the east coast, including: The Great Barrier Reef, Flinders Reef, Port Stephens, Lizard Island, Cook Town, Fraser Island, ‘The Ribbons’ and everything in-between.

Sustainability is incredibly important to us, which is why we ensure all our practices are eco-friendly. We want to keep the fish coming back for generations to witness. 

O'Brien Bluewater Charters Logo

O'Brien Bluewater Charters

O’Brien Boats, the premier boat builders in the game fishing industry; O’Brien Bluewater Charters has been 40 years in the making. 

In August 2021, we launched ‘OB1’ with the aim of offering tailored and flexible charters to suit your wants and needs.

The experience of catching the elusive Black Marlin is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that not many can check off their bucket list, so why not ensure it’s the best trip possible. All our charters have 2 experienced crew and our skipper, Leigh O’Brien.

Our crew have experience fishing up and down the east coast, including: The Great Barrier Reef, Flinders Reef, Port Stephens, Lizard Island, Cook Town, Fraser Island, ‘The Ribbons’ and everything in-between.

Sustainability is incredibly important to us, which is why we ensure all our practices are eco-friendly. We want to keep the fish coming back for generations to witness. 

About The Boat

Our luxury vessel was designed and built in Townsville, QLD by O’Brien Boats. The boat was officially launched in August 2021.

Boat specifications
  • Length Overall: 14.33m (47.13ft)
  • Measured Length: 14.33m (47.13ft)
  • Water Line Length: 12.7m (41.87ft)
  • Maximum Beam: 4.73m (15.6ft)
  • Beam at Chine: 3.71m
  • Draft: 1.0m
  • Dead Rise: 16 Degrees
  • Engines: Cummins QSM 11- (449 KQ) 610 Metrix HP 602 BHP @ 2300 RPM
  • Transmissions: Twin Disc MGX5114A Quick Shift
  • Transmissions 1.75:1
  • Maximum Speed: 31 Knots
  • Cruising Speed: 26 Knots
  • Onan Genset 13.5 MDKBP 13.5kw 24 Volt Start
  • Maximum Diesel Fuel: 2,800 Litres 
  • Maximum Freshwater: 900 Litres 
  • Inclined Weight: 17 Ton
  • Shafts: 2205 Super Duplex 2-1/2-2205SD
  • Props: R&L 26-1/2 X 29 X 4 Blades

About The Boat

Our luxury vessel was designed and built in Townsville, QLD by O’Brien Boats. The boat was officially launched in August 2021.

Boat specifications
  • Length Overall: 14.33m (47.13ft)
  • Measured Length: 14.33m (47.13ft)
  • Water Line Length: 12.7m (41.87ft)
  • Maximum Beam: 4.73m (15.6ft)
  • Beam at Chine: 3.71m
  • Draft: 1.0m
  • Dead Rise: 16 Degrees
  • Engines: Cummins QSM 11- (449 KQ) 610 Metrix HP 602 BHP @ 2300 RPM
  • Transmissions: Twin Disc MGX5114A Quick Shift
  • Transmissions 1.75:1
  • Maximum Speed: 31 Knots
  • Cruising Speed: 26 Knots
  • Onan Genset 13.5 MDKBP 13.5kw 24 Volt Start
  • Maximum Diesel Fuel: 2,800 Litres 
  • Maximum Freshwater: 900 Litres 
  • Inclined Weight: 17 Ton
  • Shafts: 2205 Super Duplex 2-1/2-2205SD
  • Props: R&L 26-1/2 X 29 X 4 Blades

Meet The Skipper

After being around the water from two weeks old it was a lifelong dream to be a Charter Boat Captain.

After completing my trade as a Diesel Fitter back in 1993, I was able to crew and fish with a number of renowned Australian Captains, such as: Jim Dalling, Dave Pemberton, Bob Gilmore, Dean Beech, Bob Jones and Luke Fallon.

But the man that I have learnt more from about the ocean, fishing and boats is my father, Peter O’Brien.

Dad and I have achieved some amazing tournament wins and a heap of Australian and World Records as a team; with myself on the deck and Dad at the Helm then in the past 15 years the transition to myself at the helm.

After working at O’Brien Boats and being an integral part of some of Australia’s premier Cairns Marlin charter fleets for the past 30 years, the time has come for me to fulfill a childhood dream and captain our new custom 47 O’Brien (OB’1).

After 40+ years fising on Australia’s east coast (from Port Stephens all the way to the famous Lizard Islands) my family and myself have collected a number of highlights which are listed below.

Career & Family Highlights
  • Mum (Val O’Brien) World Record Black Marlin 29kg on 2kg line. One of the first woman to catch a Marlin on 2kg line.
  • Dad (Peter O’Brien) World Record Dog Tooth Tuna – 36kg on 6kg line. Myself at the helm age 11.
  • Fishing in North Carolina, USA in a Hatteras Yacht in for Giant Bluefin Tuna’s and releasing 29 Tuna’s in two days.
  • Fishing along side Marsha and Lenny Beirman who paved the way for stand up angling. She lead the way for women in the sport fishing all over the world catching giants on stand up tackle .
  • At age 16 – Captain of Champion Boat and Team Spinnaker Sound in the Bribie Island Tournament of Champions
  • 1987 Champion Team AIBT
  • 1992 Champion Boat and Team Dunk Island
  • 1999 Champion Boat and Crew Lizard Island on board Orca with Legend Captain Jimmy Dalling
  • 2012 Champion Boat and Team Mike Carney Billfish challenge
  • 2013 Runners up Boat Mike Carney Billfish Challenge
  • 2017 Champion Boat and Team Mike Carney Billfish Challenge
Career & Family Highlights
  • Mum (Val O’Brien) World Record Black Marlin 29kg on 2kg line. One of the first woman to catch a Marlin on 2kg line.
  • Dad (Peter O’Brien) World Record Dog Tooth Tuna – 36kg on 6kg line. Myself at the helm age 11.
  • Fishing in North Carolina, USA in a Hatteras Yacht in for Giant Bluefin Tuna’s and releasing 29 Tuna’s in two days.
  • Fishing along side Marsha and Lenny Beirman who paved the way for stand up angling. She lead the way for women in the sport fishing all over the world catching giants on stand up tackle .
  • At age 16 – Captain of Champion Boat and Team Spinnaker Sound in the Bribie Island Tournament of Champions
  • 1987 Champion Team AIBT
  • 1992 Champion Boat and Team Dunk Island
  • 1999 Champion Boat and Crew Lizard Island on board Orca with Legend Captain Jimmy Dalling
  • 2012 Champion Boat and Team Mike Carney Billfish challenge
  • 2013 Runners up Boat Mike Carney Billfish Challenge
  • 2017 Champion Boat and Team Mike Carney Billfish Challenge