A serious craft for serious anglers best describes the TABS Territory 5100 side console. It offers ride, stability and a thorough package of features for the angler.
The craft features ample beam, 2.3m, and a variable but well formed deadrise up front; designed to minimise wave impact. Construction is centred around strength with ample cross ribs and longitudinal stringers below the floor to ensure utmost hull rigidity under all conditions. And although the Territory Pro is well endowed with fishing orientated features, it’s the ride that will ultimately sell this boat. More on this later: let’s take a look at the layout.
At the bow an electric motor pad sits to port of the craft’s fairlead and anchor cleat, with the Territory Pro’s carpet-lined anchor well directly aft. Two flat-based storage compartments are set within the 45cm high forward casting deck; the forward one reserved for general storage or electric battery placement, and the second compartment with its near full width lid was devoted to a 90L ice box neatly anchored to the carpeted base.
A six rod rack is set into the front of the console and are complimented by a set of drawers located in the side. The neatly made alloy console, with grab handles and windscreen, also has an intriguing small perforated alloy plate near the drawers. This was designed to hang ready-to-use lures on. Such a great idea for anglers!
The craft’s neat and well made console offered room for ample gauges and instruments on its upright face. Two sets of switches were to port, a Garmin GPS Map 750S was central; the Tohatsu 115’s gauges were set to starboard within the dash, the craft’s GME radio and CD player were placed lower and within easy reach of the skipper, and speakers were set into the aft bulkhead of the cast deck. A compass and Garmin marine radio were also mounted on the console and forward controls for the outboard were side mounted in the usual manner.
To finish the list of console features was a spare 20L tote tank of fuel (as per owner’s request). Located underneath the console, this addition didn’t compromise leg room and was designed to supplement the 80L under floor tank set longitudinally within the hull for optimal stability.
Seating for skipper and mate consisted of well-padded pedestal seats aft of the console (further seating options are offered). I found the skipper’s seat to be well placed to allow ease of driving in either a seated or standing position. This craft would handle offshore work in suitable conditions with ease.
TABS have designed the 5100 Territory Pro with its main fishing areas roughly split 50/50. The forward casting platform occupies nearly one half of the craft, and there is still ample room aft for anglers to work with handy features for their enjoyment.
The large off floor side pockets to port were a full 2m long and equipped with a deck wash. On hand were paired rod holders within the wide decks, a good sized under floor fish box aft, a plumbed live bait well to port, a transom mounted bait station with tray and cutting board plus another three rod holders (making a total of seven rod holders on board).
Also featured aft, was full coaming across the transom and rear sections of the cockpit to make life easy for fishing. Side height was 800mm external, 650mm internal that offers excellent sea keeping ability.
Completing stern features were grab rails aft, cleats, twin large non-skid boarding platforms with grab rails handy and a retractable ladder to starboard.
Overall, this is a well put together package for the keen angler, or the family wanting to get onto the water in a comfortable, well equipped, fishing craft.
The TABS was certainly a lively craft with its maximum powered (long shaft) 115 Tohatsu direct injection two-stroke outboard on the pod astern. The Tohatsu started first turn of the key, exhibited no oil smoke whatsoever, and ran smoothly and quietly throughout its rev range.
The easily powered TABS hull planed at 14.5km/h at 2,200rpm with 3,000rpm recording 31.3km/h on the Garmin 750S. At 4,000rpm saw 43.4km/h, 5000rpm a brisk 53km/h and WOT of 5,800rpm a hang-onto-your-hat 62.6km/h.
Test runs were carried out within the Southport Broadwater, with a foray into the Seaway and beyond to test out the hull’s efficiency in less subdued conditions.
Few would be disappointed with either ride or handling of the Territory Pro. At 530kg dry weight, the press formed hull with its 15º dead rise aft, prominent under hull strakes, keel, and well formed bow just seemed to shrug off any chop or waves encountered within the walls of the Seaway. And a run offshore into 1.5m high swells did little to change the craft’s easy-going attitude. Planing offshore was as easy as within the Broadwater and, with its high sides and wash deflecting outer hull spray chines, the 5100 Territory Pro’s ride remained dry while heading into or running with the swells.
The rig handled well: It turned quickly and straightened up with rapidity. An indication of the excellent balance of hull and motor can be gauged by the fact that the craft was not equipped with hydraulic steering; non feed back steering being standard and sufficient for all needs. Power from the 115 Tohatsu was impressive and yet I feel the hull would be just as easily powered by a smaller engine, given its ready planing capability.
Stability of the Territory Pro was also impressive. The combination of a solid hull, generous beam and ample well formed strakes within the bottom sections combined to allow easy movement within the craft without excessive leaning being noted. This, of course, is an important factor within any fishing boat.
The TABS 5100 Territory Pro is a lot of fishing boat for the money. Being nearly all work area four, maybe five, anglers aboard would fish with comfort and safety and the features are there to make their time on water as enjoyable as possible.
Ride and handling attributes make the craft suited equally for bay or estuary work as it would be for offshore on the right day. Finish was very good with welds visible but smoothed, upholstery and carpet fit out very neat indeed.
With engine ratings from 75-115hp I would opt for a smaller motor, say a 70-90hp, on the transom for some cost savings and would be confident that I’d see very little performance sacrificed.
As supplied on a Dunbier single axle trailer, which made easy work of launching and retrieval duties, the 5100 Territory Pro equipped with a 70hp Tohatsu two-stroke would come home for around the $29,557 mark representing good value for money.
TABS Boats can be contacted on phone (07) 5594 6333, fax (07) 5594 7188 or at www.tabsboats.com.au
|Hull construction:||3mm alloy bottom and sides|
|Engine fitted:||115 Tohatsu Long shaft DI Two-stroke|
|Length on trailer:||6.10m|
|Height on trailer:||2.10m|
|Towing:||Family six or big four sedan or wagon.|