Tournament Pleasure Boats are renowned in Australia for designing high quality and reliable boats for everyone. And the 2100 Walkaround Tournament could just about cater for everyone!
The test boat was kitted out for someone who wanted the best of everything. The big 21’ vessel is striking on first impressions and the cleverly designed bow and aft configurations seem to add extra feet onto the already enormous boat. But the true test of any vessel is in the ride.
We first headed a few kilometres down the river to the mouth where the swell was running so I could really give this boat a sea going style test. We were away straight up on the plane at a nice cruising speed of 30km/h, and the 200hp E-Tec custom electronic gauges read 2900rpm using 20.5L of fuel per 100km, which is impressive. At full speed the gauges read 55km/h at 4000rpm using 40L per 100km. Again, pretty efficient for a two-stroke motor.
The motor was also fitted with a Permatrim, which keeps your boat permanently in trim, gets you on the plane quicker and allows you to plane at slower speeds in rough water. It really stabilised the boat at speed so you could really work the trim switch. For the extra price, it was a good addition.
Hitting the swell was a breeze in this boat. It really cut through waves and maintained excellent stability – everything you would expect from a genuine offshore fishing machine.
The cockpit features really make life easy and very comfortable. When you step inside the lockable back door you are immediately greeted with a large spacious area. The fully cushioned rear seat provides comfortable seating for travel and easily folds away for fishing. Just above is a customised bait board/fishing station, which includes a practical table for preparing baits, and it even has two rod holders. Access to the rear pumps and wiring is within easy reach at the aft, and the batteries and oil are in a locked away compartment.
Port and starboard have big side pockets for quick access to safety and fishing gear on the water. Even the fire extinguisher has its own recessed section so it is quick to get to but out of the way.
The helm was equally well laid out. Everything was within easy reach of the skipper and very clutter free. The helm chair (and passenger seat) were slide adjustable and could swing 180º to watch out the back. The VFH radio, stereo system, sounder and gauges were all positioned in the dash, so the skipper’s work station was easy to get around. There was also a couple of storage sections at the helm for those little extras like phones, sunglasses and maps.
From the bow, as soon as you step up to go around the console, there are very solid safety rails leading all the way to the front. This made it easy and safe to manoeuvre in swell or choppy seas with bow access through the cabin.
The word ‘walkaround’ needs to be highlighted and, as a fisherman, this is the main reason why I’d buy this boat. When I fight big species on the offshore grounds it usually requires moving around the boat just to stay hooked up. I remember one day I did three laps of a walkaround on one GT! For the serious fisher or solo game angler you really need all round access and a cabin.
The 2100 Tournament boat was fitted with an electric Quick Free Fall 600F anchor winch, which is so important in rainy conditions. It also takes the guess work out when dropping the anchor as you can watch the sounder at the same time.
The cabin is more like a one-bedroom apartment than a sleepout. When you roll up and unzip the door in, all you see is comfort. It has a massive bed that can also double as an area for the kids to play. Under the bed’s cushions and in the middle of the cabin is plenty of storage – you could go away for a week and live comfortably.
The fuel is underfloor and holds a massive 240L. There is a deck wash, and full rod storage above the custom bimini to look after the rods on long runs or when not in use. There are removable eskies under the seats and a live bait tank onboard.
The 2100 is ideal for the family fishing market. Not only does it accommodate the pro angler it has enough room and power to tow skiers and ski tubes. It has ski rings on either side of the motor and a stored away fold down ladder for easy water access back into the boat. Great for the kids when you’re going to the Great Barrier Reef fishing.
The boat came with a Dunbier multi roller galvanised duel axle trailer, which is fully braked and comes with a spare wheel and LED lights.
When test driving the 2100 Tournament I was expecting a price tag of $100,000. However, including all the features, 200hp E-Tec, electronics, safety gear and the custom trailer it was priced at $78,000! An amazing boat at a amazing price. Any Tournament Pleasure Boat can be customised to suit your needs.
The test boat was supplied by Ocean Marine in Mackay. Owner Scott Bain can be reached at 27 Conner, Rd Mackay or on (07) 4952 2436 or --e-mail address hidden-- , you can also contact them through www.oceanmarine.com.au.