Ef­fi­cient for a 21-year-old

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DE­SPITE first be­ing re­leased in 1990, the Aus­tralian-built 585 Sportscraft Fish Hunter keeps on de­liv­er­ing ir­re­spec­tive of the power train.

The craft comes in three full­height tran­som con­fig­u­ra­tions with a choice of in­board stern drive, sin­gle or dual out­board en­gine in­stal­la­tions from 90-200hp.

Test­ing the 585 with Honda’s new-re­lease 115hp four-stroke out­board was an eye-opener. Pro­grammed fuel in­jec­tion along with the in­tro­duc­tion of Honda’s boosted low-speed torque technology gave the boat a good turn of ac­cel­er­a­tion, a com­mend­able mid-range cruise mode and a 68km/h top speed.

The per­for­mance speaks vol­umes for both the out­board and boat. The 5.85m hull weighs 800kg, has a spray de­flect­ing flared bow, a 20-de­gree deep-V, two sets of triple plan­ing strakes, wide re­versed wa­ter­line sta­bi­liz­ing chines and high sides. It is re­spon­sive, han­dles well and is ef­fi­cient for its age.

The de­sign re­sults in a load of un­clut­tered in­te­rior fish­ing room and ex­tends for­ward to cre­ate a wide spa­cious cabin with up­hol­stered bunks.

For­ward height pro­vides a de­gree of spray pro­tec­tion at the helm. The dash is ef­fec­tive with prac­ti­cal elec­tronic mount­ing op­tions. Multi-tiered side pock­ets with rod racks and a 170-litre un­der­floor tank are stan­dard. The boat had bucket seats set on stor­age mod­ules.

The 5.85 with an 115hp Honda four-stroke out­board, tan­dem trailer, bow rails, bi­mini canopy and ma­rine elec­tron­ics costs $53,990.

— JON HUIE

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