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Doing it easy in the Clark 510 Dominator
  |  First Published: May 2012



The Clark 510 Dominator with 90hp Mercury EFI four-stroke is a truly impressive family day boat or fishing craft capable of bay, harbour or even inshore work.

Ample work room, a high degree of comfort, a steady and dry ride and real practicality enable the Dominator to to fulfil family and fishing roles with ease.

The 510 Dominator is 2.25m wide and 5.10m long, making it quite beamy. It’s a fairly high-sided craft with a 12° transom deadrise, plenty of fine entry and useful rake in the bow, which makes it highly suitable for bay or estuary work. Its 710mm sides and excellent sea-keeping ability mean some offshore fishing would also be on the agenda in suitable conditions.

Up forward there’s a mounting pad for an electric motor to port and a deep, drained anchor well tucked behind a wide bow roller.

The carpeted casting deck offers plenty of work room – two or three anglers could fish here with ease. There’s a pedestal base for a fishing seat and lockers either side have flat floors and are accessible via two big hatches. A full-width 100L recirculating livewell has a divider and could hold catch or an abundance of bait.

What impressed me was just how stable the Dominator was while moving about. This is thanks to its ample beam and a hull design incorporating plenty of deep pressings in the 3mm alloy bottom. The hull weighs 510kg.

In the cockpit are more features that give the Dominator its appeal. There are three more pedestal bases for very comfortable folding seats, with the skipper’s at just the right distance from the steering wheel for comfortable driving.

The wheel was mounted centrally on the sports-style side console, which featured a moulded upper section and a tinted windscreen with a flat area to mount a smallish sounder. For larger screens, a RAM bracket or similar would be required.

The driving position is quite comfortable, with the wheel in easy reach and plenty of legroom under the console.

The gauges were all in clear view and the four switches to starboard and the side-mounted engine controls were within easy reach.

A gunwale-mounted rod holder for the skipper was a bonus – why should the boss miss out on all the fun?

The side pocket to starboard was aft of the console yet still large enough for personal items, tackle boxes and a PFD. The pocket to port was over 2m long and provided ample storage for rods, gaffs and plenty more, while both pockets featured drink holders.

Other cockpit features included rear grab rails and cleats, gunwale, mounted rod holders, a fuel filler to port for the 120L underfloor tank, a full-width transom shelf and a bait station with cutting board and rod holders.

Non-skid boarding platforms were on each side of the aft pod with handrails and the boarding ladder was to starboard. You can simply step over the transom to board from astern.

Performance

The Clark 510 Dominator is rated for 60-90hp engines and the 90hp Mercury EFI four-stroke was a top power choice. With three pretty solid blokes aboard, the Dominator came onto an easy plane at 7.5 knots (14kmh) and 2800rpm without excessive bow lift, the Mercury a mere hum astern.

At 3000rpm we were doing 12.5 knots (23.3kmh), at 4000rpm 23 knots (42.8kmh) and 5000rpm we hit 30.5 knots (56.5kmh). At 6000rpm we topped out at a lively 38.5 knots (71.4kmh).

I found cruising around 4000rpm ideal, with a minimum of engine noise and a lot of reserve power. Pushing the throttle lever forward still evoked an instant response.

The craft handled very well, turning sharply without undue lean and recovering quickly. The 90hp Mercury four-stroke was quiet at idle, growled a little under power and at all times was a perfect power match with three or more aboard.

I did notice that the mechanical steering was a little heavy, as might be expected with a 90hp astern. It’s worth remembering that Clark offers hydraulic steering as an option.

The Dominator’s ride was quite controlled, soft and dry in the estuary chop and when crossing wash from other craft. The 3mm alloy hull had no inclination to bash or pound and while there might have been some minor noise from wave impact at times, it was certainly not excessive.

Fishability

The open layout, great stability, big livewell, ample freeboard and good seakeeping make the Dominator a suitable fishing boat for bay, estuary or impoundment work, with runs offshore in suitable conditions also on the agenda.

About the only thing missing were rod racks and a handy owner could install them to port if necessary. Family anglers would have plenty of peace of mind when younger ones were aboard, thanks to the high sides.

Overall

The well-appointed and well set-up Clark 510 Dominator is a good all-rounder for anyone wanting an open boat for fishing or family fun. Finish was of a high standard throughout.

The carpet fit was very clean and upholstery was well done, with neat stitching and a quality appearance. Full, well-smoothed welds were all round, which I like. Build quality was impressive with a rigid system of cross ribs and stringers giving the hull a rock-solid feel. Construction was of a standard that should result in many years of use.

Supplied on an Oceanic trailer and with the 90hp Mercury four-stroke as fitted it would come home for around $30,850, which is very sharp indeed.

You can contact Pacific Marine Centre on (07) 38011722 or on the net at www.pacificmarinecentre.com.au

Facts

Specifications

Hull length:5.10m
Beam:2.25m
Length on trailer:6.20m
Height on trailer2.02m
Construction:3mm alloy
Hull weight:510kg
Fuel Capacity:120L
Engines:60-90hp
Engine fitted:90hp Mercury EFI four stroke
Persons:Five
Towing:Family 6 sedan or wagon

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