FLASHY FINN

This might not be your typ­i­cal angling boat, but find out why she re­ally is a per­fect fit

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Dave Lewis checks out a sporty ves­sel.

Re­cently, I was in North Wales re­view­ing a Robalo fish­ing boat and I was asked to cast a crit­i­cal eye over the Fin­n­mas­ter S6. While I was aware of this man­u­fac­turer, I couldn’t re­mem­ber hav­ing stepped aboard one of its boats. Nat­u­rally, I seized the op­por­tu­nity to give it a whirl.

While the S6 is clearly a boat that has been built for gen­eral fam­ily fun on the wa­ter, be­ing per­fect for ski­ing and day cruis­ing, there is lit­tle doubt she would make a very fine fish­ing boat.

When I got home, I vis­ited the Fin­n­mas­ter web­site, keen to ob­tain some back­ground in­for­ma­tion on the com­pany. It told me that Fin­n­mas­ter has de­signed and man­u­fac­tured ves­sels at its boat­yard in Fin­land for more than 25 years. It adds: “Over th­ese years we have worked hard to de­velop smart so­lu­tions that, for ex­am­ple, mean there is al­ways some­where for you to stow the fend­ers, just sec­onds after cast­ing off. Nor do you need to move the cush­ions when you want to stow any­thing in the stor­age

space.” The con­cept is called Smart De­sign.

What that means is it tai­lors the form to the con­tent to make life at sea eas­ier, what­ever you use your boat for. Th­ese so­lu­tions do not only help to tie to­gether well-thought-out and prac­ti­cal de­tails with smart and mod­ern de­sign, they mean, above all, that the skilled cap­tain and the cu­ri­ous novice can both have won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ences at sea. No men­tion of fish­ing there, but I like the com­pany’s think­ing.

SMART DE­TAILS

Next, I looked for some spe­cific in­for­ma­tion on the S6: “Fin­n­mas­ter S6 is a per­fect com­bi­na­tion be­tween sporty and in­no­va­tive de­tails. This boat al­lows you to fully en­joy a sum­mer’s day, thanks to the many seats and the eas­ily con­vert­ible sun deck in the bow.”

The wide helm with the stream­lined wind­shield guar­an­tees pro­tec­tion from wind, even at high speeds. It has spiced up the boat with many smart de­tails, like board­ing steps, a fen­der bas­ket to keep the fend­ers in place, and plenty of stor­age space so that you can pack

ev­ery­thing you need for a day trip. The glow from the LED lights in the bow will lead you to­wards end­less ad­ven­tures at sea.

Again, noth­ing here of ob­vi­ous in­ter­est to sea an­glers other than end­less ad­ven­tures at sea – but, trust me, if you are cur­rently search­ing for a gen­eral sport, fam­ily or fish­ing boat, the Fin­n­mas­ter S6 might be ex­actly what you are look­ing for.

IM­PRES­SIVE DIS­PLAY

My day afloat had been ar­ranged by Neville Wil­liams, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Ideal Boats, based at Pwll­heli Ma­rina. We very quickly es­tab­lished the close quar­ters, slow-speed han­dling qual­i­ties of the Fin­n­mas­ter S6 were flaw­less. Once out into open wa­ter and clear of the har­bour speed restric­tions, I sat back on our cam­era boat and watched, as Neville put this sleek and beau­ti­fully fin­ished boat through her paces in an im­pres­sive dis­play of boat han­dling.

Like most sports boats, the S6 has a deep-vee hull, which is per­fect for slic­ing through a hefty swell and choppy sea con­di­tions, such as those an­glers fre­quently en­counter off­shore. There’s lit­tle point in own­ing a fast fish­ing boat de­signed to ven­ture many miles off­shore to fish dis­tant marks if the only time you can ben­e­fit from the speed is when con­di­tions are favourable.

Pro­vided you drive her with due re­gard to the pre­vail­ing con­di­tions, then, even if con­di­tions do cut up rough while you are out fish­ing, the Fin­n­mas­ter S6 is a boat that will en­sure that you will be able to cruise back at a rea­son­able speed in both safety and com­fort.

The Fin­n­mas­ter S6 has an over­all length of 6.30 me­tres, which is just over 20ft, along with a 2.35m, 7.71ft, beam. She dis­places 1250kg, is rated for use with out­board engines from 130-200hp sup­plied via a 125 litre fuel tank, and for car­ry­ing up to eight per­sons. Her over­all build qual­ity and fin­ish is ex­cel­lent, her in­ven­tory of stan­dard fix­ture and fit­tings im­pres­sive.

PER­FECT TOOL

When­ever re­view­ing a boat in­tended for off­shore angling, the three cri­te­ria I like to look at are – sta­bil­ity and han­dling, amount of open and un­clut­tered deck space from which to fish, and avail­abil­ity and amount of stowage space to help keep ev­ery­thing un­clut­tered.

The Fin­n­mas­ter S6 ticked ev­ery box and, in ad­di­tion, I noted that her in­board free­board is ex­cel­lent, with on­board safety fur­ther en­hanced by the ad­di­tion of stain­less steel grab rails. The steer­ing con­sole is sited to star­board, leav­ing free the en­tire port side and area for­ward of the con­sole for fish­ing.

By the time my op­por­tu­nity to climb aboard and drive the S6 came, I had al­ready seen more than enough to con­vince me that she was an ex­cep­tional boat. I im­me­di­ately found that her re­sponse to the throt­tle was in­stant and crisp, which is ex­actly what you want when run­ning in heavy seas, con­di­tions that de­mand con­tin­ual ad­just­ments of throt­tle and helm.

The test boat was fit­ted with a Yamaha F150hp, and on the day we recorded the fol­low­ing speed and fuel con­sump­tion fig­ures. At 3000rpm the GPS con­firmed a speed of 18.7 knots, with a fuel burn of 4.5gph. At 4000rpm speed in­creased to 27.1 knots while burn­ing 6.8gph. At 5000rpm we were run­ning at 36.2 knots while burn­ing 11.8gph, then at a max­i­mum 5600rpm we achieved 43.5 knots while burn­ing 17gph.

Driven sen­si­bly, the hull cut cleanly through the hefti­est waves and wakes from pass­ing boats that I en­coun­tered. If this boat ever does slam, then it will be en­tirely down to oper­a­tor er­ror, which al­most al­ways is the case.

Cer­tainly, the Fin­n­mas­ter S6 is one boat I would love to have at my dis­posal for long-haul fish­ing sor­ties, she might be a tad on the flash side com­pared to many angling boats, but she re­ally is the per­fect tool for fish­ing off­shore. ■

IN­FOR­MA­TION The cost for a Fin­n­mas­ter S6 pack­age starts at £36,338. For in­for­ma­tion visit: www.ide­al­boat.com Ideal Boats, based at Pwll­heli Ma­rina, tel: 01758 703013 or 07813 581937. Email: sales@ide­al­boat.com For in­for­ma­tion on Yamaha out­board engines visit: www.yama­haout­boards.com

Left: The bow area of the beau­ti­fully fin­ished Fin­n­mas­ter S6 Be­low: The S6 can be used with out­boards rang­ing from 130-200hp

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