Open season, NT style
I’VE been looking at a number of Stabicraft models with cabins lately.
These robust Kiwi boats offer safety and comfort in any conditions you will ever encounter in the Territory.
The basic Stabicraft hull design — essentially sponsons combined with a deepV— handles well whether it is rough or smooth and the way they are put together is bulletproof.
But what if you are a fishing fanatic and can’t bear to give up the ultimate fishability of an open boat?
That’s where the Stabicraft 659 Frontier steps in. With the Bimini top down this big rig is an expansive platform for sportfishing Territory-style.
The test boat was powered by a 225hp Yamaha fourstroke and steered from a centre console.
Ample fuel can be carried in a 300l underfloor fuel tank.
Cruising at 55km/h, the engine was purring away under 4000rpm, so a run to your favourite bluewater spot or remote coastal creek is a breeze.
There is heaps of storage in the open cockpit in the form of deep side pockets and fully carpeted hatches under the front deck.
A neat and accessible rear transom incorporates batteries and a large livebait tank with one side a clear viewing window for checking the health of your livies.
This is one of many standard features offered in the 659 Frontier and there are also a range of optional extras allowing a bit of customisation to create your dream boat.
This boat will appeal to fishos looking to venture a little further from the ramp.
For more information about Stabicraft or a test cruise, see the team at In & Outboard Marine or call them on 8924 0200.
The Stabicraft 659 Frontier has an expansive platform for sportfishing Territory-style