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Bar Crusher 535XS

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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

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The 535XS is a fair dinkum all-rounder that looks right at home in Dar­win Har­bour

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