Efficient for a 21-year-old
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