The Coulam 15 Defender is by far the most popular fly fishing boat in the UK with the vast majority of commercial fisheries, large and small, using this model of boat. Over 1000 boats in operation
The Defender version was launched in 2006 to replace the standard 15′ model that had the Mahogany wooden gunwales. Larger commercial operators were requiring the quality and robustness of the Coulam 15 but without the winter maintenance. So, in its place, a heavy duty D section rubber was designed and made to fit around the gunwale in lieu of the timber.
Wood is bonded into the inside of the gunwale at time of manufacture and there is a moulded return lip that gives the gunwale its strength. Because of this, older models cannot be converted to the later Defender type. Standard wooden gunwale boats are still available by special order.
Heavy hand laid GRP hull with reinforced keel, stem and transom. Hardwood bonded in to hull in stem and keel areas.
Aft thwart set forwards of the transom to allow the angler to sit astride, giving greater comfort whilst fishing and using the outboard motor controls
Hand operated bilge pump to remove water drained from the floor into the bilge.
Quality Sapele thwarts – 3 spaced to give each angler maximum use of space
Buoyancy tanks fore, aft, under floor and under centre thwart to give the boat the ability to float when full of water with occupants on board.
No floor boards to snag your line on, but a tough anti-slip coating on all floor areas and bow buoyancy tank step.
Lloyds approved GRP materials throughout, marine grade plywood, stainless steel fixings.
Stainless steel U bolts, one in bow, two in stern for mooring and lifting of the boat.
Stainless steel transom plate lipped for secure mounting of outboard.
Rowlock holders and rowlocks as standard, or Coulamtholes as option.
Brass drain bungs, one to empty the bilge when the boat is out the water, one to check the integrity of the buoyancy tanks under the floor.
Standard colour – white hull and light grey interior. White to prevent osmosis, grey to cut down on glare.
For options, please see our option page on the main menu.