Keep­ing it sim­ple

NZ Fishing News - - Trailerboat Trials -

The 650 has a rea­son­able an­chor-well, but there was no winch on the test boat, al­though one can be fit­ted as an ex­tra. Al­though an an­chor winch on a boat of this size used to be a given, Jamie says that with the ad­vent of cast­ing lures while drift-fish­ing, an­chor winches are not al­ways re­quired on boats these days and ob­vi­ously it is bet­ter to fit one if asked than to have to rip out an in­stal­la­tion that’s not re­quired.

The bow fea­tures sub­stan­tial rails, fair­lead, bol­lard and hatch ac­cess from the fore-cabin.

The fore-cabin it­self has un­der-berth stowage space, sup­ple­mented by wide shelves. With a berth in­fill fit­ted, it can sleep three at a pinch. A portable chem­i­cal toi­let and pri­vacy screens are an op­tion, as is a lock­ing cabin door for stowage se­cu­rity.

The dash is a de­cent size, lined, with three dis­crete trays to store odds and sods of kit. A 12V power out­let and dual USB ports for charg­ing phones and so on are fit­ted, along with a hatched glove­box on the pas­sen­ger’s side.

Right: Bow fur­ni­ture in­cludes fair­lead, rails, bol­lard, open an­chor well and hatch­way. Below left: The cock­pit has plenty of work space; the gun­wale tops are handy perches while fish­ing. Below right: Gun­wale faces give midthigh sup­port. Jamie Black tries

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