Open craft aimed at ‘no-frills’ fishermen
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.