Up­grade puts pol­ish on golden oldie

NT News - Motoring - - NEWS - By JON HUIE www.nt­news.com.au CARS­guide NT NEWS.

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

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