The Stacer Nomad Elite range can really get your head spinning, there are so many options! Tiller steer, side console, centre console, it’s so hard to choose! Luckily, the 469 Nomad Elite was already designed with fishing and comfort in mind.
The test boat was custom built for anglers with families a close second. It’s a side console design with a custom-made windscreen to keep out the wind and rain. The console carries all the gauges, switch panel and sounder/GPS combinations, so you don’t need to leave your seat to do anything but fish.
The internals of the have been designed to suit an angler’s needs. It has a massive live well in the front deck, which is perfect for the livies or the tournament enthusiast, and could easily keep four bass or ten bream going all day. The raised casting platform gives added height required for pin point casting and has an additional storage area that can accommodate safety gear or other necessities.
On the bow is an anchor well with a moulded insert to keep the chain and anchor quiet when running. It is a big area enough for all your rope and chain requirements. There is also a bow roller to make life a little easier deploying and retrieving the anchor.
The cockpit is a big open area with five optional seating positions, including one up on the front deck. The rear deck is also a raised casting area with extra storage underneath. Lifting the hatches allows easy access to important safety gear and another live well, which would be perfect as an esky. There also is enough extra storage room for multiple batteries.
The entire boat deck is fully carpeted, which makes it a lot more comfortable. It was also fitted with a fold down bimini that covered a large percentage of the boat, which will be a life saver on those hot sunny days.
At the rear is an optional fitted transom step and rail. This is perfect for effortless access on board, especially when you’re pulling the kids on a tube as they can just climb back in with ease.
The 469 Nomad’s wide gunnels are a great bonus as it provides safety without taking up any extra room. The gunnels are fitted with well placed rod holders and have grab rails in the necessary places. Under the port and the starboard gunnels are side pockets for all your extra gear.
The fuel efficient Honda 60hp 4-stroke with fuel injection is matched with a huge underfloor 70L fuel tank. You could go for days with this combination, especially with the Blast technology that boosts low speed power and torque.
The actual power of the Honda was impressive, no doubt due to the Blast technology. This boat can really fly, even carrying two solid guys with all their fishing and safety gear on board. Working the trim switch of the motor really got some extra performance from the outboard. In the chop of the river the boat reached a top speed of 50km/h and ran very smooth.
The one issue I have always had with aluminium boats is their balance. When moving from one side to another in some boats you can really feel the lean, but that was not the case with the Stacer. The Evo Advance hull design held true, thanks to its deeper v and sharper bow. The easy handling stood up well against the wind and chop.
The external smooth lines of the test boat were fully painted and dressed with very classy stickers on the side. There are just so many options and colours to choose from, you can even get a full boat wrap.
The Stacer 469 TS Nomad Elite package sits safely on top of a custom designed Stacer trailer, consisting of mag wheels, moulded guards and the frame is made from lightweight aluminium C channel. They look stylish and are finished off with LED lights on the rear, and a top quality winch and jockey wheel. The package includes rego for boat and trailer, four person inshore safety kit, installation, pre-delivery and a 450CCa marine battery.
The test boat was also adorned with plenty of extras; Stacer accessory kit (nav and white lights, Auto 1250 Gph bilge pump, isolation switch, switch panel factory fitted), side console transom step and rail, Stacer alloy braked trailer, 13” alloy wheels, LED lights, swing away jockey wheel, 1100kg load rating.
All this came to under $30,000, which is great value with all those extras, and comes with a 3-year warranty.