The story about GT Fishers began in September 2011 when Japanese GT-aficionado Shin Achiwa had just finished a couple of days fishing from one of the traditional Maldivian dhonis. He was in love with the Maldives, and its GT-fishing – but as the result-oriented businessman that Shin also is, he was not in love with the 5-knot speed of the dhoni and the slow-moving boat’s limited access to productive fishing spots. Back at the airport, waiting for his flight to Tokay, he envisioned a concept that would revolutionize GT fishing in the Maldives:
A fast-moving speedboat wouldn’t only be ideal for getting closer to reefs and points where swirling currents would hold more and bigger fish. It would also enable the anglers to cover much more water in a day without wasting valuable time moving slowly between less productive spots. Finally, its seaworthiness and speed would give much faster access to remote atolls that the slow-moving fleet of dhonis would rarely reach.