Big on size and power

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By DAVE KRANTZ

THE Stab­i­craft 2880 Su­percab is here to prove that size does mat­ter.

This game­fish­ing mon­ster is 8.7m long with a whop­ping amount of in­ter­nal space that can be con­fig­ured in a va­ri­ety of ways.

In the Ter­ri­tory this set-up would ap­peal to se­ri­ous blue­wa­ter fishos or those want­ing to do longer trips in com­fort, safety and style.

There is am­ple room to roll out a num­ber of swags on the fully sealed deck — a four­poster would fit, there is that much space — and the front cabin is big enough to sleep in for an overnighter or just a power nap be­tween pulling in fish.

The cab pro­vides shel­ter from rain or sun and there is ad­di­tional shade from a ex­tend­able bi­mini.

The test boat was pow­ered by a 300hp Yamaha fourstroke, which is the min­i­mum rec­om­mended by the man­u­fac­turer. I have seen a 2880 with a cou­ple of 225hp mo­tors on the back, so it seems the sky is the limit.

How­ever, the 300 gives plenty of get up and go even when push­ing around such a large boat.

At 4500rpm we were cruis­ing at 52km/h and us­ing about 55 l/h of fuel. Drop­ping back to 40km/h needs only 3200rpm. At this slower speed the big Yam­mie was us­ing only 26 l/h.

Push­ing the throt­tle for­ward in­stead gets an easy 60km/h out of the big rig.

All info is cour­tesy of the Yamaha Com­mand Link dig­i­tal LCD dis­play, which hooks up to the engine and shows all vi­tal signs on a sin­gle screen. This looks good and frees up a sur­pris­ing amount of dash­board real es­tate too.

Across a range of speeds the 2880 Su­percab tracks and turns as if on rails thanks to the weight, hull shape and the new GIII pon­toon de­sign. This has re­worked chines for sharper turns, eas­ier plan­ing and a dry, smooth ride.

The cock­pit has a cou­ple of plush padded pedestal seats for trav­el­ling or loung­ing and the view from the helm is kept clear by heavy-duty wind­screen wipers on the two-piece wind­screen.

As you would ex­pect with a boat of this size, there is heaps of stor­age. Big ful­l­length gun­wale pock­ets will swal­low up all the gear you need to pack.

An eight-rod

rocket launcher sits on the back of the cabin up high.

There is room for four more rods on a sec­ond bait­board rocket launcher.

Stab­i­craft hail from New Zealand and are built to take the worst the South­ern Ocean has to of­fer, so they are Ter­ri­tory tough and then some. For more in­for­ma­tion about Stab­i­craft or a test cruise, see the team at In & Out­board Marine or give them a call on 8924 0200.

Pic­tures: KA­T­RINA BRIDGEFORD

The Stab­i­craft 2880 Su­percab mak­ing waves in Dar­win Har­bour

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