Synergy steps up to plate
DAVE KRANTZ has a look at the latest from In and Outboard Marine — the impressive Yellowfin Synergy.
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.
The Yellowfin Synergy is a plate boat that offers a smooth dry ride
Designed by Territorians, for Territorians