Bass boat

Land Rover AFRICA Magazine - - FEATURE -

Drop the bass

A bass boat can cost any­thing from what a mis­guided evening at the Black Jack ta­ble will set you back to the price of a lux­ury SUV mo­tor ve­hi­cle. These boats are of the smaller kind, partly to cruise the parts of a river where bass lurk in the muddy shal­lows. Honda Marine sells the Lin­der 445 Catch, a 4.5-me­tre alu­minium boat pro­duced in Swe­den. The ves­sel is light­weight and can thus be pow­ered by a tiny 30-horse­power out­board mo­tor and won’t cre­ate much drag be­hind your ve­hi­cle when tow­ing it on the trailer, which is also in­cluded in the price. Paul Ver­meulen from Honda Marine says the alu­minium boat is far lighter than a GRP boat and can per­form with a far smaller en­gine which in turn ben­e­fits your pocket and the en­vi­ron­ment. “The smaller en­gines are also cheaper to in­sure and li­cense with lo­cal author­i­ties who gov­ern bod­ies of wa­ter and the us­age thereof,” he says. “Another mas­sive ad­van­tage of these boats is that they re­quire very lit­tle main­te­nance or clean­ing. No de­ter­gents are needed to clean the boat af­ter use; just a rinse with fresh wa­ter. Once again, bet­ter for the en­vi­ron­ment.”

Pri­mary fun fac­tor: The fun of fish­ing and driv­ing a boat com­bined.

Price: R250 000 (in­clud­ing trailer) from Honda Marine. Length: 451cm | Width: 175cm Weight: 332kg (in­clud­ing en­gine weight)

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