Stacer have long been known for producing quality aluminium boats out of their Coomera factory and the 509 Easy Rider is no different.
The boat itself is what we would call a multi-purpose vessel and they are pitched as such by Stacer. This boat features smart looks and a quality fit out and is adept to fishing, cruising or towing family and mates around the water on any given day. It’s a perfect boat for a small family looking to spend social time on the water in a small trailerable boat that won’t ever get them in too much trouble.
The Stacer 509 Easy Rider is a bow rider style boat and when I stepped aboard it for the first time I was impressed with the interior fit out. Everything was in the right place and looked as though it had been added with care and attention to detail.
The dash has a clean look about it making each gauge easy to see at a glance and it looked sporty too. The side pockets offer ample storage but are also finished off well with no bits and pieces sticking out where they shouldn’t.
The 509 Easy Rider is rated to carry six people maximum and while all are able to grab a seat, fishing with this many onboard would be difficult and pretty annoying at best. Four people would be more comfortable for this pursuit. For other activities by all means take aboard six people.
Being a bowrider, there is room for two up front, two seats forward in the cockpit and a bench seat across the rear. There is an optional transom door that reduces the rear bench by about a third but would not be needed unless you were severely hindered with your mobility. Cockpit passengers, passengers on the bow and on the rear bench seat all catered for with hand rails.
The gunwale height is 61cm and provides good support when leaning over the sides when retrieving an inflatable or winding in the catch of a lifetime. Stability at rest is also good and with two people on one side there were no tense moments or noticeable tipping to one side.
Construction is of 3mm bottom and 2.5mm topsides and she feels as tough as an ox. There was no banging or that typical aluminium hull noise. We tested the boat on Lakes Entrance in a stiff wind and the hull chewed up the chop easily courtesy of a fine entry at the bow.
The hull also features level floatation and this is standard across most of the range. It allows the boat to remain level and upright with passengers and gear in calm water once swamped, which you obviously don’t want to test yourselves, but trust us.
The brochure claims 100hp maximum on this boat with a 203kg maximum transom weight, but seriously after being on the test boat rigged with a 90hp four-stroke outboard (a 13¼” diameter prop x 19” pitch), I’d be surprised if anyone needed a 100hp, but we do love to go fast here in Australia.
The 90hp pushed this boat along at about 45mph (72km/h) flat out. That’s fast enough for a small family and the handling with this combination impressed me.
Acceleration was quick and we were onto the plane in about two seconds. Top speed is achieved at about 6,200rpm with cruising comfortable at about 3,500rpm and 25mph (40km/h).
But it was cornering that really grabbed my attention. We were testing in choppy conditions and the hull and motor combination sliced through the chop easily. Corners weren’t even a problem and we managed several turns across the chop at or close to full speed. The hull holds exceptionally well and doesn’t give any signs of skipping or jumping across changes in the water surface.
The Evo hull is well designed to provide a soft ride, stability, and stay dry due to the rolled side-pressing running from the transom to the bow. This forms a distinctive curve in the bottom half of the hull side softening forward and is very effective at deflecting spray downward. Coupled with the four stroke technology it is an attractive combination indeed.
As tested the boat we looked at was priced at $35,990, which is well within the realms of affordability for such a neatly packaged boat of this size. Weight on a trailer would come in about one tonne (all inclusive) so a brand new 4WD is not needed, just in case you were thinking of trying that one on too.
Options abound for Stacer boats in general. They provide an opportunity to customise your setup to the pastimes you think will be most popular for you. Something to consider for this boat would be a transom mounted live bait tank and bait station if you like fishing or a ski pole if towing the kids or friends around is more your speed.
The Stacer 509 Easy Rider is a neat package, ideal for a family looking to get into a comfortable boat without it being too excessive or breaking the bank. The hull is sure and solid and combined with a 90hp four stroke provides generous power for any situation.
Visit stacer.com.au for more information and call into BL Marine at 612-614 Plenty Road, Plenty or call them on 03 9478 1420.
Quoted performance figures have been supplied by the writer in good faith. Performance of individual boat/motor/trailer packages may differ due to variations in engine installations, propellers, hull configurations, options, hull loading and trailer specifications.
|Construction:||Aluminium 3mm bottom, 2.5mm sides|
|Height on Trailer:||1.9m|
|Length on Trailer:||6.05m|
|Weight:||502kg boat only|
|Max Power:||100hp (203kg weight)|
|Price as Tested:||$35,990 on trailer|