ULTIMATE LADY is a 28m Wave-piercer Catamaran motor yacht which is based in Tahiti. She was purpose designed and built for sport fishing on the open ocean and suits a serious game fish seeker. ULTIMATE LADY epitomizes the virtues of the wave piercer concept with her modern styling, high efficiency, and her top speed of 32 knots. She will comfortably cruise at 25 knots as well as efficiently passage make at 10 - 15 knots with a range of 5500 nautical miles.
With a 33 foot beam, ULTIMATE LADY?s design features stability as well as plenty of large, open plan spaces in both covered and open decks ? a spaciousness one would only expect on a far larger yacht. Indeed, Ultimate Lady received the International Super Yacht Society, Super Yacht of the Year Award in 1998.
For the non-fisher, she still has plenty to offer with a large range of toys, entertainment facilities and an ultra enthusiastic crew.
DECK & SYSTEMS
ULTIMATE LADY Crew Profile
CAPTAIN Tom Francis - New Zealander
Growing up in Papua New Guinea, Tom lived on his family yacht spending his childhood cruising the remote islands of New Guinea, from Port Moresby to Milne Bay. Sailing and fishing have been in his blood since an early age, catching king mackerel, wahoo and tuna while sailing from island to island. Often raising billfish on home made lures he grew frustrated when not able stop their blistering runs. Crewing on boats during the school holidays, and then finishing school, returning to New Guinea to run the deck on a local charter boat.
Since moving to New Zealand in 1996 Tom has fished from the Three Kings to East Cape and was the 1st captain to recreationally fish the Whanganella Banks. Since the launch of Ultimate Lady in August 98’ Tom has worked his way up through the ranks from 1st mate to gaining his Captains and engineers license, and in 2001 took over as Captain. Tom is a well-traveled professional, having worked on boats in Cairns, Gold Coast, Vanuatu, Fiji, New Guinea, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norfolk Island and now calls French Polynesia home.
Qualifications include: NZ Offshore Master STCW 95, 500 ton unlimited area operation, Marine Engineer Class 4, Boat Builder, Dive Master, Ship Master Medic
Hobbies include: Stand up Paddle Board, Kite surfing, Windsurfing, Marlin fishing, Scuba diving, cooking
FIRST MATE: Jeremy Boyle, New Zealander
Growing up in a small coastal town in Gisborne, New Zealand Jeremy lived for the outdoors. He was always found chasing trout in the rivers and stalking wild pigs and deer roaming the bush or fishing down at the wharf.
Hunting and fishing are two of his greatest passions in life, so, when he was 15 years old he was offered the opportunity a job on a commercial long-line vessel. Jeremy spent three years commercial fishing working with Captain Colin Kerr, who was a leader in the catching of tuna and broadbill swordfish at the port of Gisborne. Although Jeremy enjoyed long lining and learnt many different skills and techniques, his ultimate dream was working on a marlin fishing boat.
In 2001 the opportunity to crew for one of the finest game fishing boats in New Zealand. A position onboard Ultimate Lady came up and Jeremy took his first steps to reaching his childhood dream of being a professional marlin fisherman.
Jeremy spent 5 and a half years working onboard Ultimate Lady, starting as a crewman and working his way to achieving necessary certificates to become First Mate. In 2006, Jeremy joined Ultimate Lady on her annual pilgrimage to Cairns for the giant black marlin season. Once in Cairns Jeremy spent time on another top Australian marlin fishing boat, with Captain Luke Fallon.
During his two seasons working on Kekoa, Jeremy fished with some high profile anglers, Marsha Bierman and Gary Carter from the U.S.A. Kekoa’s clients demanded the best crew to chase giant black marlin on ultra light tackle. That year, Jeremy was instrumental in helping to successfully tag and release numerous black marlin over the 900lb's, with 5 fish over 1100lbs.
Jeremy is quick with a smile and a joke, he enjoys sharing his passion for boating and water sports with his guests ensuring they have the most enjoyable time possible.
Qualifications: New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry Level 6, New Zealand Offshore Master STCW 95, 500 ton unlimited area operation, Marine Engineer Class 6 Motor, Advanced Fishing Deckhand, Comprehensive first aid
Hobbies: Hunting, Diving, Trout Fishing, Big Game Fishing, Camping, Biking, Swimming, Spear fishing, Stand Up Paddle boarding
DECKHAND, Ben Tietjen, New Zealander
Ben returns to the ULTIMATE LADY having worked on her previously from 2007 – 2010 he is not only eagerly welcomed back, he is a valuable asset to the team. Ben has always had a passion for the sea and at the young age of 27 he has logged many miles at sea whilst crewing aboard the 78 meter Feadship TANGO, a 58ft sports fisher on the Great Barrier reef and formerly the ULTIMATE LADY during which he has gained his RYA /MCA Yacht Master Offshore, MCA Yacht Rating certificate, RYA Power boat level II, ENG1, STCW’95 Basic Training, GMDSS, Restricted Radio Operators License, Restricted Radar Observer bringing a wealth of knowledge and training. Ben is an active person who enjoys fishing, surfing, wakeboarding, golf, rugby and travel in his spare time.
Chef and Stewardess TBC
ULTIMATE LADY Specifications
ULTIMATE LADY Testimonials
Yacht: Ultimate Lady
Capt. Tom Francis
Location: So. Pacific Date: March 18-25, 2012
How did you enjoy your cruising vacation?
We enjoyed it tremendously
How would you describe your Captain and crew? Were they courteous? Attentive? Knowledgeable?
Captain and crew were exceptional – each one. Captain Tom knew the waters well, and was very helpful in all sorts of activities – deep sea fishing, bone fishing, snorkeling standup paddle board, helping organize off-yacht activities such as local dining places, scuba diving, etc.
Tell me about your meals? Did the menus meet your group’s expectations?
We have been on perhaps 6 private yachts over the years, some quite a bit larger than this, and this was the best food we have ever had, hands down. Charlotte cooked healthy, tasty and varied meals. She was superb.
How is the yacht? Is she clean and well maintained? Were your cabins comfortable?
Yacht is good. Showers are very nice, plenty of water, plenty of storage space. The rooms are not huge, but for the size of the yacht and the type of hull design, they were just fine. It was very nice to have A/C and that worked well.
How did you find the pace and the itinerary of your vacation?
Would you charter this yacht again? If not, please explain. If yes, what are the key reasons?
Absolutely we would, if this was the size we wanted. A big element in our decision for Ultimate Lady had to do with price, speed and accommodations. She is a very fast boat, and that was a big plus when cruising between islands that are fairly distant. She is also quiet steady given the hull design. For those who like deep see fishing, she is very well equipped for that in both gear and engine. We don’t do much of that, but with all the other toys and Tom’s knowledge of bone fishing and snorkeling, it was just right.
ULTIMATE LADY Specifications
|LENGTH||91ft (28.0m)||BEAM||32ft (10.0m)||DRAFT||6ft 6in (2.0m)|
|YEAR BUILT||1998||BUILDER||Craig Loomes||DESIGNER|
|GUESTS||10||CREW||Captain Tom Francis + 4||REFIT||2011|
|SPEED||20kts / 30kts||STABILISERS||None||FLAG|
|ENGINES||2x 1200hp MAN's Carbon fibre propellers|
ULTIMATE LADY Accommodations
ULTIMATE LADY can accommodate 10 guests in 5 cabins. The Master cabin has a queen size bed, shower and toilet. 2 Guest cabins have a queen size bed, shower and toilet. A Guest cabin has a double bed with shared shower and toilet with a further twin cabin. ULTIMATE LADY is fully air conditioned through out. Crew has a separate heads and shower.
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