by Dom Wiseman

Steber International recently launched their fourth and largest vessel for the Fregate Island Resort in the Seychelles archipelago. Fregate Island is a private island located in a conservation sanctuary. It has 16 villas located within 3 kilometres of pristine nature. They cater to high end private luxury holiday makers.

The Seychelles archipelago is located in the Indian Ocean, north East of Madagascar and about 1600km east of Kenya. The archipelago consists of 115 islands.

Steber International is a family owned business founded in 1946. They originally produced timber clinker hull boats. Steber International changed to fiberglass (FRP) construction in 1959. They are considered as one of the pioneers in the construction of fibreglass vessels in Australia. The company has remained at the forefront of the industry and is now regarded as the premium manufacturer of custom commercial fibreglass vessels and composite components.

The multi-million dollar Steber 5200 (52ft) will be used for a variety of resort activities covering extended scenic excursions, game fishing and diving.

It has been built at the Taree facility and includes two cabins, twin lounge areas and two bathrooms. It has been fitted out with an inflatable tender and crane (davit). The custom build also includes on-deck seating for guests take in the stunning scenery while underway.

The 5200 will be joining a fleet of three other vessels. The first was delivered back in 1999 and is still operating. In 2016 Fregate Island took delivery of a new Steber 3800 (38ft). That was being used to transfer clients between the island and the mainland and will now expand into other resort activities.

The hulls of all the Fregate Island fleet vessels are finished in a unique Jade Mist Green colour.

The vessel will be delivered at the end of February following sea trials and final fit-out.