Syn­ergy steps up to plate

DAVE KRANTZ has a look at the lat­est from In and Out­board Marine — the im­pres­sive Yel­lowfin Syn­ergy.

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DAR­WIN’S In and Out­board Marine didn’t get to where they are to­day with­out un­der­stand­ing what lo­cals want in a boat.

The lat­est ev­i­dence of that comes in the form of a sweet plate boat they have de­signed in con­junc­tion with Yel­lowfin, specif­i­cally to suit the North­ern Ter­ri­tory.

The new 6.4m Yel­lowfin Syn­ergy ticks all the boxes.

It looks great, rides well and has a host of fea­tures to ap­peal to se­ri­ous fishos.

Jumping on­board us­ing the heavy-duty rear lad­der, the first thing you no­tice is the at­trac­tive check­er­plate deck, which de­signed to be fully self-drain­ing.

This is a great safety fea­ture and also makes wash­down a breeze — no wa­ter col­lect­ing in the bilge.

A self-drain­ing deck also in­creases the struc­tural strength of a hull.

The open cen­tre con­sole de­sign has heaps of fish­ing room, with am­ple stor­age un­derneath the front deck and in the ca­pa­cious side pock­ets.

There is a large live­bait tank with clear lid and a kill tank.

Usu­ally ar­rang­ing a boat test means an au­to­matic glass-off, but Dar­win Har­bour was pleas­ingly choppy on test day.

The Syn­ergy ate it up at a range of speeds. The hull slices cleanly through chop with­out slap­ping thanks to the 20 de­gree dead­rise, and han­dling is su­perbly sharp and re­spon­sive.

One of the things In and Out­board were aim­ing for when they de­signed the Yel­lowfin Syn­ergy was to get a solid plate boat that also of­fered a dry ride.

They have achieved their goal — the gull-wing deep V pushes spray out and away very nicely. Like all open boats, it would be pos­si­ble to get wet with the right weather but I couldn’t do it un­der test con­di­tions de­spite the strong gusty winds and choppy con­di­tions.

This is in marked con­trast to some plate boats, which have the hy­dro­dy­namic properties of a skip bin and have you reach­ing for a rain­coat on the calmest of days.

The test boat was pushed along by a Yamaha fourstroke 150hp out­board and this rig can hit 70km/h with- out a prob­lem. The pow­er­ful 150 is sur­pris­ingly fru­gal with fuel.

At tra­di­tional bar­ra­trolling speeds we were get­ting 3.2km/litre as the Yam­mie purred away qui­etly.

At a cruis­ing speed of 50km/h and 4500rpm we were get­ting 2km/litre. Slow­ing down a bit, at 42km/h the fig­ures look even bet­ter, ris­ing to about 2.4km/litre.

The Yel­lowfin Syn­ergy has a to­tal fuel ca­pac­ity of 260litres in two un­der­floor tanks, so you would ex­pect a range of more than 500km.

That’s heaps for a run out to North Gut­ter or any num­ber of dis­tant fish­ing hotspots— the only limit is your own sense of ad­ven­ture.

It’s a ver­sa­tile boat too, look­ing just as much at home in Cor­ro­boree wa­ters as it would cruis­ing around the Ver­nons.

In and Out­board Marine have come to the plate party with a well con­sid­ered of­fer­ing that is de­signed by Ter­ri­to­ri­ans to make the most of Ter­ri­tory con­di­tions.

Pic­tures: HELEN ORR

The Yel­lowfin Syn­ergy is a plate boat that of­fers a smooth dry ride

De­signed by Ter­ri­to­ri­ans, for Ter­ri­to­ri­ans

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