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The perfect excuse to go fishing
  |  First Published: December 2011



When it comes to inshore fishing tinnies it really doesn’t get any better than Stacer’s 459 Barra Pro, perfectly laid out for every species you are likely to want to chase. From barra, jacks, grunter and trevally in northern waters to bream, flathead, yellowtail kingfish and mulloway in more southerly climates and everything in between.

Designed and built with serious Aussie anglers in mind this great medium sized package is ready to get the keenest of anglers in the zone, doing what you love best – leaving your cares on the shore and your mind focused on more important things like the snag up ahead or the tournament winning fish marking on the sounder.

Build, design & layout

The Telwater group are an Australian marine powerhouse with decades of experience and an intricate understanding of what Australian anglers want from their boats and what the boats themselves get put through over a lifetime of ownership.

Walking through the 459 Barra Pro from bow to stern the thoughtfulness of design and quality construction is immediately apparent. Decked out with sturdy hatches and hinges, well considered storage compartments are located under both the forward and rear casting decks – providing loads of space for all the required safety gear, wet weather apparel and of course the all important tackle boxes, bags and pouches.

At the bow a lined anchor well will house all the rope you’d need for all but the deepest of estuaries. But who really needs an anchor when there’s a Minn Kota with iPilot that will keep you silently in position all day long?

Marine carpet neatly adorns all the internal decking, creating a safe non-slip surface to stalk and fight fish from. Welds are robust and neat, and the finish is clean, polished and looks great. The two tone glossy black paint glistens and gives the whole rig a slick professional appearance.

Seating is provided by two pedestal seats with folding backs, four mounting locations ensure you can be comfortable no matter where you like to position yourself. The side-console is positioned perfectly, and the gauges, electronics and small open glove-box are all in exactly the right spot. I like the addition of the sports steering wheel, adds a touch of flare. Shelving and space are also provided for under the dash of the console, a place where I would choose to keep my terminal rigging tackle box and favourite lure trays and pouches for easy access.

A fully lined large kill well positioned under the forward casting platform will accommodate all but the longest fish you’re likely to encounter, this can be turned into an extra large live-well if so desired, however the weight forward this would create may influence the boats handling.

The actual live-well is plumbed ready for action and easily accessible via a hatch in the rear casting deck. Battery storage, water separating filter and wiring can all be easily accessed via the hatch under the starboard side of the rear casting deck.

Performance ride and stability at rest

Pushing out a top speed of 55km/h at WOT, the Mercury 60hp four-stroke gets this great medium sized fishing package up and going, where you want to be fishing pretty quickly, if more speed is your thing then you can always opt for the 70hp.

The holeshot is quick at approximately four and a half seconds from stand-still to planing in calm conditions. Stacer’s patented hull design delivers a confident ride, which tracks true and is sure-footed through turns and powers out of them feeling safe.

The ability to make hard turns at pace isn’t great, but then these boats aren’t designed for towing skiers or horsing about, they are at home cruising up fish filled creeks and zipping across estuaries, harbours and impoundments before most people have stirred from their slumber.

Stability at rest of the SF sports hull is awesome, the wide beam is carried forward, and hull design delivers the ability for two or even three anglers to move confidently and safely about to get into the action and not pause to think about weight distribution.

Fishability, a tournament tested success

On all aspects the Stacer 459 Barra Pro is a fishing fanatics dream, from the bow mounted Minn Kota RT55ST Terrova iPilot electric complete with a stainless steel prop, through the numerous and specific storage compartments through to the rear casting deck with in-built live-well this boat says – let’s you fish until the sun sets.

The upright rod rack built into the front of the console will safely house four outfits, while a further four gunwale mounted rod holders are positioned to provide options for trolling or baitfishing.

The test boat was fitted with the Humminbird 597 CX HD DI sounder/plotter combo an upgrade well worth the extra dollars, the ability to locate fish and navigate through complex waterways and locate your favourite locales cannot be over estimated, the unit is compact and the screen delivers good clarity.

Furthermore the near silent operation of the Merc four-stroke is well suited for towing lures in impoundments, creeks and skinny water estuaries without too much concern of putting the fish off the bite.

Although not designed for offshore work, with the correct safety upgrades for your state, on calm days you could fish plenty of offshore reefs and make it home in safety and comfort. All in all you will find it hard to beat the enclosed water fishing capabilities and quality of design and build delivered by the team at Stacer for the amazing price of $34,106.00 drive away. I loved it and wished we could have gone fishing for hours.

The complete package

Purchased complete with boat and trailer registrations, and delivered on a Stacer TQ48VBHW single axel, skid trailer this package can be paid for and towed out the door behind a standard sedan or family car.

At just over 5m on the trailer finding a location to store your fishing pride and joy will be painless too. Easy enough to launch and retrieve single handily there really is no excuse not to go fishing if you’re lucky enough to own one of these.

Fact Box 1

Inclusions

459 Barra Pro

Priced from $28,500 with 60hp Bigfoot Four-Stroke Mercury

Options included in test package:

Stacer SF 459 Barra Pro

Live bait well plumbing

Cockpit carpet

Enclosed waters safety gear

Hummingbrid 597CXIHDDI down imaging combo

Minnkota I pilot and deep cycle battery

Marine Battery & box

Boat & Trailer registrations

Price as tested with fitted options - $34,106

Facts

Specifications

Type:SF Series(sports Fisher)
Material:alloy
Length:4.59m
Beam Maximum:1.96m

Depth: 0.82m

Hull weight:440kg
Total weight:818kg
Maximum horsepower:70hp
Minimum horsepower:40hp
Persons capacity:4
Fuel capacity::65L alloy underfloor fuel tank

Fresh water capacity: 0L

Hull warranty: 3 year

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