This episode of Big Fish Big Adventure follows Captain James as he leaves Red Cliff port and heads to The Yard in Brisbane to get the Big Cat slipped and refitted in the dry dock.
The Yard is the biggest dry dock on the east coast of Australia and homes many specialised factories and companies that purely focus on large ship maintenance and manufacturing. This will be James’ home for the next 6 weeks while the boat sits up on bricks getting stripped back inside and out and then completely refitted with new finishes, new equipment and a couple of new toys.
Leading up the slipping there has already been 4 solid weeks of work on the boat doing what they can in preparation to go up on the slip, as every day on the slip pass with a slide of the credit card so James needs to make sure he uses his time wisely while the big girl is up on the bricks.
With tense moments through out the episode there is drama for Captain James trying to get the boat finished in time for the first trip of the year which is a 7 day line fishing trip out to the Sweet Lip Reef, part of the Swains Reef system with a full load of guests and a couple new crew.
Follow James through the ups and downs of the mammoth effort it takes to get a 250 ton charter boat slipped and refitted. From having to replace both of his shafts and props to needing a full respray on the boat the Big Cat is in for a lot of work.
James’ original budget for the slipping was around $100,000 but after all of the unexpected issues James is slammed with a $250,000 bill something he was not ready for. As well as this James is stuck on the slip for an extra 4 weeks on top of what he planned for, putting a huge amount of pressure on the small business owner and his family.
Will James be able to make it out of the yard in time to get to Bundaberg for the first trip of the season or will he be forced to call it off?