Big on size and power
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.
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.
The Stabicraft 2880 Supercab making waves in Darwin Harbour