Looking for a great calm water fishing tinnie to get you into the action this season? The Stacer 429 Proline Angler may well be your answer; it’s priced right, has plenty of storage and is ready for you to load up and hit the water.
It’s fantastic how far aluminium fishing boats have come since I first started boating in a rough 14’ tinnie with bench seats, narrow gunwales, no floor and almost zero storage.
Now it’s all new hull designs, improved construction technology, carpeted floors, well-planned storage compartments, side consoles, casting decks and plenty more
Stacer’s 429 Proline Angler is an enclosed-water angler’s dream. With simple marine electronics, ample storage, carpeted forward and rear casting decks, a side console with hydraulic steering, pedestal seats and four gunwale-mounted rod holders, this package is hard to beat for the price.
Powered by a Mercury 40hp four-stroke EFI, the pick-up out of the hole is pretty quick, almost instantaneously tucking the hull onto the plane and zipping it along.
These boats are known for their sure-footed ride and this hull powers in and out of turns confidently.
The wide beam is carried forward, ensuring good stability at rest, while the vee bow comfortably manages a slight chop. As is the case with all boats of this style, sizeable chop will make the hull bang a bit, but that’s part of boating when you own a small tinnie.
Driving seated was comfortable enough in the calm to slightly choppy water we encountered on the test day.
There’s a place to stash everything you need.
The well-thought-through layout tells the story of years of Quintrex listening to customers and dealers. The dash and console are simple and space is available for more marine electronics than the standard Lowrance Mark 5x sounder, such as a chart plotter or marine radio/stereo.
There is easily accessible storage in the side pocket to port, a top spot for assorted items you need to keep readily at hand.
Under the console you can store a number of medium-sized tackle boxes, while under the forward casting deck there is a lined compartment that can act as a kill box, an anchor well or a stash spot for bags, wet weather gear and further tackle.
Aft of this, a large dual access compartment stretches from gunwale to gunwale, providing space for oars and life jackets. This space could be optioned up or retro-fitted for a number of purposes to suit your needs.
Under the rear casting deck brackets are welded to store at least one 25L portable fuel tank, the battery box and battery.
As you would expect from Stacer, the finish and workmanship are great, while numerous two-tone paint choices allow you to customize the look of your pride and joy.
An electric-motor mounting bracket at the bow provides the option to bolt on some battery-operated stealth.
The Lowrance Mark 5x mono fish finder is standard, as are four gunwale rod holders, carpeted floor and casting decks.
Transom boarding steps mean you can board and leave easily.
A plumbed live-bait tank would be an asset if you like to fish livies for larger predatory fish. I’d probably mount a few more rod holders in the gunwales and an upright rod storage bracket.
Within the Stacer range there are other console options available, including those with rod racks built in.
Make no mistake, the Stacer 429 Proline Angler is an Australia-wide success for a number of reasons aside from the $19,997 price tag. These great tinnies are ready to fish and will deliver you hours of fun with at least one fishing buddy.
So whether you are in the far north or the deep south, a boat like this will get you into the calm-water action with confidence and precision.
Solo launching and retrieving is a breeze at any half-decent boat ramp.
The package comes with a Stacer TQ46 galvanised single-axle trailer and the rig is easily towable behind a medium-sized car.
So if over the coming season the calm waters of our fishing nation are calling your name, check out this and other packages from Stacer.
|Total weight BMT||409 kg|
Hull warranty: 3 year
Options in test package: Sports side console; rear step; cockpit carpet; enclosed waters safety gear; Lowrance Mark 5x sounder; bow mount plate; marine battery and box; boat and trailer registrations.
• Price as tested from Penrith Marine with fitted options: $19997.