Open craft aimed at ‘no-frills’ fish­er­men

NT News - Motoring - - MARINE GUIDE -

WELL-KNOWN al­loy brand Sav­age has pro­gres­sively re­leased a range of open boats from 4.35m up to a gi­ant, deep-hulled 6.05m model that will ap­peal to knock­about fish­ers.

Th­ese no-frills out­fits suit harsh, re­mote lo­ca­tions with sub­stan­dard launch­ing fa­cil­i­ties where looks run sec­ond to prac­ti­cal­i­ties.

What sets the boats apart from other sim­i­lar open dinghies are the slightly thicker-gauge plate sides, which re­place the tra­di­tional press clinker look.

Sav­age says the craft have more strength and dura­bil­ity.

In ad­di­tion they are eas­ier to clean and main­tain.

Sim­ply jack up the trailer front, take out the bung and wash in­side and out with fresh wa­ter.

They come in a stan­dard for­mat com­plete with a sim­ple rolled fore­deck and full-width for­ward and aft bench seats.

Th­ese stripped-down ver­sions are lighter, more eco­nom­i­cal to tow and eas­ier to beach launch in com­par­i­son with heav­ier, for­ward­steer­ing run­about and cabin ver­sions of the craft.

Short side and bow rails are stan­dard, but that is about it.

The big­ger Karva and Sa­fari open mod­els come with a patented Ul­tra Lift Hull.

Re­versed wa­ter­line chines are pressed into the un­der­side of the hull, com­mon in fi­bre­glass boats.

The fea­ture en­hances sta­bil­ity at rest and boosts plan­ing ef­fi­ciency.

The boats take tiller-steer out­boards. Most mo­tor com­pa­nies now put out mid-range four-stroke en­gines with ex­tended tiller arms in­cor­po­rat­ing elec­tric start, trim and tilt fea­tures.

Op­tions worth con­sid­er­ing are a com­pact tran­som board­ing step with grab rail, a re­cessed an­chor well and an eas­ily re­mov­able drop­cen­tre car­peted floor panel.

Boats can also be or­dered with a for­ward fill-in plat­form, which of­fers pur­chasers valu­able sub­floor stor­age space.

Sav­age has an im­pec­ca­ble pedi­gree and is man­u­fac­tured by Tel­wa­ter, the famed mak­ers of Quin­trex, Stacer, Yel­lowfin and Archer boats.


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