Masta full of assets
Seajay’s Barra Masta is an all-rounder that doesn’t disappoint, writes BH Marine’s PHIL POMEROY
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.
The Haven Barra Masta 4.85 will suit the family, as well as serving the serious fisherman when the time comes