Wan­der off to blue yon­der

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SEA Jay Boats has given boat­ing fam­i­lies the op­por­tu­nity to dis­cover new hori­zons in a high el­e­ment of safety and econ­omy with its four-boat range of Wan­derer bow rid­ers.

This stylish open-style run­about is best de­scribed as a ver­sa­tile all-rounder, with the hull de­sign and spa­cious in­te­rior lay­out al­low­ing the Wan­derer to be eas­ily con­verted from a comfortable day cruiser into a se­ri­ous fish­ing and crab­bing run­about.

There are very few recre­ational boats on the mar­ket which can com­pare with the ver­sa­til­ity of the bow rider, and Bund­aberg­based Sea Jay Boats has added its own touch of ex­pe­ri­ence to present a high stan­dard of fam­ily leisure craft.

Es­sen­tially all five Wan­derer mod­els are de­signed for the shel­tered in­shore en­vi­ron­ment, but the 5.8m flag­ship of the fleet has the proven pedi­gree and struc­tural in­tegrity to ex­tend its ver­sa­til­ity to fish­ing open off­shore wa­ters.

The com­bi­na­tion of a wide 2.44m beam and the abil­ity to re­place the comfortable bow-rider cush­ions with a cast­ing plat­form has made the 5.8m Wan­derer a pop­u­lar choice with boat­ing fam­i­lies who pre­fer off­shore fish­ing when the weather is right.

The model’s ex­cel­lent sea-han­dling char­ac­ter has been tried and im­proved over many hours of test­ing and re­search in both calm and rough con­di­tions, with the fea­tures of the Sure Trac and ul­ti­mate-edge tran­som pro­vid­ing a calm­ing ef­fect in a lumpy se­away.

The 5.8m Wan­derer’s hull weight of 625kg, com­ple­mented with 16 floor ribs, presents a su­per­s­tiff un­der­body.

This, com­bined with a sea-calm­ing fore-peak and spray-de­flect­ing chine, as­sists to de­liver a bet­terthan-av­er­age per­for­mance.

There was plenty of power from the 130hp en­gine to sug­gest the 5.8m Wan­derer could also add ski­ing and wake-board­ing to the list of aquatic ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Sea Jay 5.8m Wan­derer mea­sured up to all ex­pec­ta­tions dur­ing test­ing, but a max­i­mum 150hp en­gine could be fit­ted if wa­ter-ski­ing and wakeboarding were to be­come pre­ferred ac­tiv­i­ties.

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