Open sea­son, NT style

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

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.

Pic­tures: KA­T­RINA BRIDGEFORD

The Stab­i­craft 659 Fron­tier has an ex­pan­sive plat­form for sport­fish­ing Ter­ri­tory-style

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