VERSATILE TINNIE SO HARD TO TOP
AMILY boating fun is made easy with a small tinnie weighing just 52kg.
The Stacer 349 Car Topper is a neat, little rig that is beamy and stable enough for a couple of adults to fish in comfort and safety.
It also will be of particular interest to families who e n j o y camping or caravanning because the tinnie is light enough to be carried on the roof of a family sedan or wagon.
This type of portability is a bonus for those on extended vacations to more remote areas.
The hull weighs 52kg, meaning two adults can comfortably lift it on to roof racks.
Stacer boats are built in Queensland by Telwater, Australia’s biggest manu-
recreational facturer craft.
It is the same company that makes Quintrex and Savage aluminiums, both of which have been legendary brands on the Australian boating scene for decades.
Stacer’s eight Proline series models vary from 3.19m to 4.29m and each is designed to suit inshore fishing with small-capacity outboards.
The Prolines are built with typical Telwater precision and, like their Quintrex and Savage stablemates, have a threeyear limited warranty.
As with all models in the Proline range, the 349 Car Topper comes with front and rear bench seats, front deck, transom handles and ample storage.
It is an uncomplicated layout but one that provides the best use of available space.
A few accessory items, including bow rails, fuel tank rack, rod holders and bimini top for sun and rain protection, are available.
The standard hull is unpainted but painting and striping are available as optional extras.
The 1.25m beam and relatively flat bottom make the Car Topper exceptionally stable for a boat of such modest size.
Standing up to fish is no problem in calm conditions.
The Car Topper comes as a pre-rigged factory package with a 6hp Mariner two-stroke motor or can be ordered as a base boat only.
Maximum recom - mended horse power is eight, with a transom motor weight limit of 42kg.
The hull is rated to carry as much as 400kg but would be better suited to just a couple of adults and some fishing gear for a day on the river or in the estuary.
As a safety feature, Stacer offers its Proline Car Topper with full flotation in both seats, which means it will stay afloat in the event of swamping.
This is desirable in a craft of these proportions, particularly when used in waterways that can become choppy.
Although the 349 is no flying machine with a 6hp motor on the back, it gets along well enough with normal loads.
Naturally, it will take you a long way on the standard 20 litres of fuel, despite the fact that it is powered by a two-stroke motor.
It is possible to substitute a four-stroke to increase range and economy. Retail price of the Stacer Proline Car Topper 349 (in Ready-2-Go form) is $4100 and the boat only is about $1820.