More than a Top Ender
A LONG 19km drive in the Gold Coast Broadwater quickly changed the perception that Quintrex’s 490 Top Ender side-console model is just another specialist Northern Territory barra fishing outfit.
The elevated running attitude of the hull, safe fullheight transom and soft ride over the bumpy Southport seaway entrance indicated that the outfit would be equally at home in bay waters of any location around the country.
The Quintrex’s stability was outstanding.
Some mid-size Quintrex Millennium hulls tend to be on the sluggish side, but not this one. Powered to the max by a 90hp DFI twostroke Mercury Optimax, the performance was sharp and spirited.
The motor was hardly working at a cruise speed of 35km/h on 3500rpm and had an unmistakable economical feel about it.
A touch of throttle and this 5.33m outfit was running at 45km/h on 4000rpm with plenty of upside acceleration from there to a brisk 67km/h top speed. With a side console and comfortable, padded twin pedestal bucket seats set aft of centre, weight distribution and resultant balance provided a much better ride than a standard forwardsteering model.
The Top Ender’s open design and low, spacious and elevated casting platform not only suits lure and sport fishing, but is so practical for crabbing, yabbying and dabbing garfish.
A bow sprit, roller, split rails and recessed foredeck rope combine for a functional anchor station.
A host of gear and safety equipment stacks tidily away in interchangeable, multi-purpose underfloor storage bins.
The compact console has a wraparound windscreen and solid grab rail.
It takes engine gauges, a switch panel, an elevated fish finder and recessed marine radio.
The rear top deck houses a live bait tank.
And a 70-litre underfloor fuel tank is standard.
The boat is also offered with an additional 42-litre tank for long-range work.
The Quintrex 490 Top Ender would be at home in any waters around Australia