Ideally, a boat should be a work of art, an
engineering masterpiece and a gateway to fun, relaxation and adventure.
However, economic and practical considerations dictate that boats that
meet this ideal are rare. Shaka is one of these rare boats.
To fully appreciate Shaka, one must
know something of her designer and builder, Barry Martin of Assegai
Marine. Barry has spent his entire working life of 40 odd years
designing and building boats. At Assegai Marine, Barry founded a company
which created a line of legendary boats, from his first – Assegai –
launched in 1992 to his latest – Zulu – launched in 2014.
Without exaggeration, Assegai Marine has earned legend status on
Australia’s east coast among the top Australian skippers over the last
twenty years. Hand built by the most uncompromising craftsmen, the
vessels are a reflection of Barry’s passion and unwillingness to
compromise and are a symbol of the way all things should be created.
Barry is truly the Enzo Ferrari of game boats, blending form and
function into classic masterpieces. Such is the meticulousness with
which Assegai Marine builds its boats that design and construction times
are long – approaching two years – and ownership is rare.
In common with Ferrari, Assegai Marine demands patient owners and rewards them with exclusive craftsmanship.
Shaka is hull Number 9 of only 12 boats built by Assegai Marine and
remains the largest and flagship of the Assegai family. She is the pride
of the Australian sport fishing fleet and arguably one of the best
sport fishing vessel in the southern hemisphere.