Agility and ver­sa­til­ity in a neat pack­age

NT News - Motoring - - MARINE GUIDE -

THREE years ago, neat, seam­lessly laid-out 4.2m tiller-op­er­ated al­loy fish­ing out­fits were al­most im­pos­si­ble to find.

Now al­most ev­ery dealer stocks one. Anglapro’s 424 Chaser model takes a power of beat­ing.

An ex­tended bowsprit, qual­ity roller, strong T-bol­lard and a large re­cessed fore­deck and self­drain­ing al­loy rope com­bine well for a per­fect per­ma­nent an­chor mount set-up.

The el­e­vated, car­peted for­ward plat­form is fixed at a sen­si­ble height be­low the gun­wale line for sta­bil­ity when an­chor­ing or lure­cast­ing. Un­der­neath, is a stack of stor­age space.

The end re­sult is an ul­tra­ver­sa­tile, con­ven­tional deep-v, wide-body unit ideal for lure toss­ing, crab­bing, dab­bing gar, troll- ing and gen­eral in­shore, bay, es­tu­ary and river fish­ing.

Launch­ing and re­triev­ing is a cinch, and the out­fit tows com­fort­ably be­hind a fam­ily ve­hi­cle.

On-water agility, ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity, range and per­for­mance with a 30hp out­board are all com­pelling at­tributes.

The boat gets a spa­cious, un­clut­tered cen­tre work­ing area, side pock­ets and a drop-style car­peted floor panel.

Deep stor­age lock­ers with bat­tery and fuel tank ranks are set ei­ther side of a solid self-drain­ing out­board splash well.

The boat has a ro­bust seven-rib frame and a durable 3mm gauge al­loy hull. Wide bow spray de­flect­ing chine ex­tru­sions, a tran­som board­ing step, split bow and aft siderails are stan­dard.

The 399 Sea­sprite Stacer, left, is ideal for a va­ri­ety of water con­di­tions and the more com­pact 359 Sea­sprite Stacer, in­set.

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