Fish with no holds barred
Bar Crusher 535XS
THE Bar Crusher XS series will be particularly interesting to Territorians as these boats fit right in with our unique fishing environment.
Essentially they’re an open centre-console boat in the classic Top End style — where fishing functionality is everything — but with the safety and reliability advantages of a Bar Crusher hull.
Bar Crusher director Peter Cleland said the crossover concept stemmed from consumer inquiries for a versatile boat that could safely go from estuary and inshore to bluewater work.
He said the XS series met those demands and was a genuine all-rounder.
The Wavecrusher hull design found on the 535XS is essentially a moderate deep V plate hull with no strakes, and features reverse chines to keep the ride dry.
Bar Crushers of all sorts are proven performers in both rough and smooth water and tend to need minimal power to get up on the plane. The boats are made with great attention to detail and the Rigideck system — with the floor fully welded in — adds to the inherent strength of the company’s plate construction.
A well-known Bar Crusher feature is its Quickflow ballast system, which is a cavity running the length of the keel and open at the transom.
This keeps the chines in the water while at rest for great stability — but the water ballast empties out immediately as the boat moves forward.
The result is the best of both worlds — a smooth ride without pounding thanks to the V but the stability of a punt while fishing.
A door that can seal this ballast compartment is available as an option. This feature allows the ballast water to be retained while running for extra weight and improved handling.
The Bar Crusher 535XS is the smallest of the XS range.
From a Territory perspective, it’s a beauty — with the capability to go from billabongs to bluewater with ease. It is the ultimate hardcore sportfishing machine for the fisho searching for maximum versatility and plenty of bang for their buck.
The only real drawback to the baby 535 is the attractiveness of the slightly larger 610.
The 535 can be powered by anything from 60hp to 100hp.
At Darwin’s In and Outboard Marine, they took one look and stuck one of the lovely new Yamaha 70s on the back. This turns out to be a top choice that is perfect for the baby XS. A 60 is not quite enough and has to work too hard, while the extra grunt of the lightweight 70 goes with the 535 hull like barra and run-off. With the 535XS, Bar Crusher has produced a boat that demands a second look.
In a market that has become crowded, this is one offering that stands out thanks to excellence design and construction.
For more information about the Bar Crushers, contact In & Outboard Marine on 8924 0240 or go to www.iomarine.com.au
The 535XS is a fair dinkum all-rounder that looks right at home in Darwin Harbour