Brupeg started life in 1974 as an Australian prawn fishing trawler. In 2013 she sunk in the Burnett River from flood waters left over from a cyclone. Damien and Jess Ashdown tell the story of the boat's conversion, which includes using "vege" fuel. Then we'll reprise some of their videos"
We brought Brupeg in 2014 after she had sunk in a flood. It was love at first sight. She was a stripped out steel hull about to be cut up for recycling. We had a pretty specific set of requirements and it took us four years to find the right boat. The places we want to go are often hostile and demanding and need a strong hull so it had to be steel to cope with the conditions, it’s likely we’ll be pushing through sea ice for days or coping with 60 knots + pretty regularly. To reach remote places where refueling is difficult or impossible we need ultra-long range and we want to share our travels so it has to accommodate and feed a good number of people comfortably.
Brupeg can comfortably sleep nine people. Three private double cabins and a crew bunk room with three single sea berths. Brupeg has an on board media room so we can edit our documentaries, a full commercial sized kitchen & a big lounge room extending out to a large flat rear deck.
Length: 57 ft.
Beam: 18 ft.
Draft: 6-8 ft. (depending on fuel load)
Hull Plating: 6 mm mild steel all round
Ice Plating: Additional 8mm of steel starting at the bow, extending back 6 meters and running parallel to the waterline, extending 500mm up from the waterline and below one meter.
Main Engine: Cummins NTA855 Turbo Charged Intercooled inline 6cyl diesel. 350hp 1,340nm Torque.
Transmission: Advance HC138, 4:1 reduction driving a 46 inch four blade prop housed in a nozzle with protective guards.
Cruising speed: 7 knots, burning 18-22 liters per hour.
Max Speed: 10-11 knots burning 63 liters per hour.
Fuel & Water: Currently 9,000 liters of fuel spread over four tanks, 7,000 liters of potable water spread across two tanks.
Future Fuel & Water: 23,000 liters of fuel split across 8 tanks, 500L of water and a large capacity watermaker.
Vege Oil: Any oil on-board will displace diesel. Our main engine is capable of running at full capacity on filtered/dried waste cooking oil.
The reason we use waste oil is cost and environmental impact. Diesel is $1.30 per liter in Australia, waste oil is $0.28 per liter. It also is significantly better environmentally and has higher lubricating properties than low sulfur diesel, promoting longer engine life.