Masta full of as­sets

Sea­jay’s Barra Masta is an all-rounder that doesn’t dis­ap­point, writes BH Ma­rine’s PHIL POMEROY

NT News - Motoring - - MARINE GUIDE -

THE guys at Sea­jay Boat fac­tory lis­ten to what their cus­tomers want and on most oc­ca­sions they de­liver — and yes, they’ve done it again.

Sea­jay has sold sev­eral of its pop­u­lar Haven se­ries in sizes from 4.55m up to 5.4m and there are many happy own­ers us­ing them, and will not part with them, es­pe­cially the 5.0m and 5.4m mod­els.

But with the chang­ing ways of fish­ing and mod­i­fi­ca­tions, Sea­jay has lis­tened and done the home­work, and has now re­leased the new model Barra Masta.

Rang­ing in size from 4.55m up to 5.4m, they are still based on the Haven style, but sev­eral changes have been put in place to keep those happy an­glers happy.

Let’s start with the new model con­sole, which comes with a front lure tray and a five-piece ver­ti­cal rod holder rack — no more step­ping on those ex­pen­sive rods and snap­ping them in half.

The new mod­els still have a full tran­som pod, but now come with a prac­ti­cal re­mov­able bait board, made of al­loy of course, and great for those who like barra and bot­tom fish­ing. Mov­ing for­ward, there is a big dif­fer­ence in the new-look­ing cast deck.

This one is higher and, as you lift the lid on the for­ward hatch, you find a large un­der­floor esky and stor­age com­part­men­twhich can han­dle most 75 to 100-litre es- kies that are on the mar­ket these days. For­ward of this is a sim­ple stor­age areaw­ith a welded front bat­tery rack for those who want to fit an elec­tric mo­tor to the ex­tended mount plate.

The fac­tory got this huge amount of stor­age in­side the cast deck by mov­ing the fuel tank right un­der the floor and lo­cat­ing it long-ways along the keel — that way the fac­tory could drop the floor and end up with a very good pack­age.

Bow rails, bow sprit and roller are all stan­dard, and the fin­ished paint­ing is of a very high stan­dard.

A large stepped board­ing lad­der is also a stan­dard fea­ture now, as are the two padded fold­ing seats.

Af­ter slip­ping the boat of the Oceanic trailer, the 4.85 Barra Masta was fit­ted with Honda’s lat­est 60hp and with a sim­ple turn of the key the Honda four-stroke went straight into a quiet idle.

The large outer re­verse chines give these boats great sta­bil­ity when you climb aboard.

With the throt­tle down, the 4.85 Barra Masta jumped on the plane and with a cruis­ing range of 4500rpm we were scoot­ing along at a pleas­ant 44km/h.

At this range, this is where Honda en­gines achieve their best fuel con­sump­tion.

Throw­ing the boat around, it turned as though on rails, was very sta­ble at rest and just a great all- round fam­ily boat.

And yet it was still at home out at Charles Point, up the arms, at By­noe Har­bour and in in­land bil­l­abongs.

The fam­ily will be quite at home in one of the new model Barra Masta out­fits, yet still up to the task of some se­ri­ous fish­ing when that time comes around.

If you are in the mar­ket for an all- rounder, have a good close look at the new model Sea­jay Honda pow­ered Barra Masta range— you will be im­pressed.

Price as tested, Sea­jay 4.85 Barra Masta with Honda 60Hp fourstroke, Oceanic braked trailer with spare wheel, canopy and in­shore safety gear and blue coloured sides, is $33,990.00.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Phil on 8947 0552 or see By­ron Hazell Ma­rine at the corner of Moo St and Ber­rimah Rd.

Pic­tures: ELISE DERWIN

The Haven Barra Masta 4.85 will suit the fam­ily, as well as serv­ing the se­ri­ous fish­er­man when the time comes

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