Upgrade puts polish on golden oldie
THE Allison Boat Company had a cult, purist fishing fraternity following in the eastern states before it decided to move away from fibreglass craft into the plate alloy market.
Fortunately, the popular Angler 195 model has received a second lease of life.
The no-frills interior, a wide-bodied 2.42m beam, heaps of interior fishing room, a 190-litre, long-range fuel tank and a capability to hurry along at more than 70km/h with a 150hp outboard are strong selling points.
While the classic 6.55m deep-V hull is well over a decade old, it remains un- changed and loses none of its genuine offshore handling abilities and competent performance efficiency.
The square lines might look a little dated but there is a touch of nostalgic traditionalist charm about the Angler 195. Raking split bow rails and a sparkling finish help lift the craft’s profile.
There is plenty of helm dash room to create a tidy engine gauge and marine electronics display.
Bucket seats set on storage modules, removable corner cushions, tiered horizontal side pockets, a draining cockpit floor, rear boarding steps and ladder are standard.
The cabin has upholstered bunks, side shelves and a wide overhead bow hatch leading to a faultless anchor station.
The boat, with a tandem trailer, 150hp Mercury EFI outboard, marine electronics and safety gear costs about $57,000.
It also comes in an identical Angler Pro version with a MerCruiser inboard/ sterndrive motor.
The classic 6.55m deep-V hull loses none of its genuine offshore handling abilities