Long established Queensland manufacturer YaltaCraft have achieved a handy balance of form and function in their 5.5m 1800 Allrounder. Not only is it capable of fishing offshore with a team of hot-to-trot anglers aboard, but it can also cater for a pleasant family day trip with a bit of tow sports on the side.
Even though the craft is mainly fishing orientated, it can still fulfil a lot of family boating requirements.
The YaltaCraft 1800 Allrounder featured a wide full-length infill equipped bunk within its window cuddy cabin. With the infill removed, the airy cabin had ample head and leg room for a comfy spell out of the elements. And even with the infill in place there was room enough for two adults and a youngster to sleep.
Cabin storage wasn’t compromised within the roomy cabin and consisted of overhead shelving plus spacious under bunk boxes. It was also a great place to store tackle and other gear when fishing.
Anchor tending was via the cabin’s rear opening hatch. Standing with the hatch open the deckie could easily reach the large bollard up front to tie off or, alternatively, feed anchor rope into the compartment under the hatch with ease. A full bow rail was fitted to the forward section of the cuddy and, while the rail was quite strong, its height made exiting the craft through the forward cabin hatch best left to agile youngsters.
At the rear of the cabin, a two-piece windscreen combined with the craft’s bimini, which featured overhead and side clears plus overhead rod holders on the rear frame work, provided shelter from the elements for skipper and mate. Dual foot rests and drink holders were standard and the first mate was treated to a grab rail and a side storage compartment at the elbow.
Forward seating consisted of well-shaped swivelling bucket style seats set on top of large storage cylinders, which were ideal for items needing to be kept handy.
The Allrounder’s dash layout was simple but effective; a compass uppermost and an array of gauges including an hour-metre for the 100 Suzuki set up on a small facia underneath. On a lower level were a Simrad NSS7 touch screen combination sounder plotter, Lowrance UHF radio and Fusion stereo sound system with speakers set into the cabin sides up front.
The wheel and an array of switches were lower again but conveniently placed for the skipper’s use, as were the side mounted engine forward controls.
The Yalta’s cockpit was 700mm deep; offering ample peace of mind for families with youngsters aboard plus plenty of sea keeping ability for the serious angler.
It featured a non-skid floor and useful angling features such as wide full length side pockets, rod holders on top of the gunwales, a raw water deck wash in the port side pocket, and seating for up to three on a pair of padded seat boxes stern. These large seat boxes were designed as additional storage or, with the addition of a couple of bags of ice, to be used for the catch or to store cold drinks.
There were also two decent-sized bait boxes, one plumbed, were set into each stern quarter on top of the transom, which was equipped with grab handled boarding platforms either side of the Suzuki 100.
Engine ratings were from 60-120hp, but I would think a 60hp would struggle with the YaltaCraft’s solid 550kg hull. With two people on board the smoothly efficient 100hp Suzuki four-stroke did an excellent job of powering the craft and would be ideal for general fishing duties or tow sports when family fun days came around.
The craft jumped onto the plane in a couple of boat lengths at 2,800rpm and at 9 knots, with 3,000rpm seeing 13 knots, 4,000rpm at 16 knots and 5,000 rpm 26 knots. WOT at 6,000rpm gave a speed of 32 knots. The willing Suzuki 100hp was very strong from around 3,000rpm onwards, which would make dodging a wave offshore or towing a tube or skier equally easy. It has a fuel capacity of 130L.
The YaltaCraft’s ride and handling reflected the extensive manufacturing history of these boats. With its 2.2m beam, 20º deadrise Vee hull, fine bow and decent under hull strakes the five-seater tracked true and sat evenly at rest. In fact, it took a fair bit of effort to tilt it from level even with two of us on the one side.
The ride was soft and dry. Mechanical steering effort was minimal with the rig very responsive to driver input at high and low speeds.
The YaltaCraft 1800 Allrounder featured a totally uncluttered and easy layout with sufficient fishing-orientated features to make it a very versatile rig.
High sides and protection from the cuddy cab added to its credentials as a fishing boat with the excellent ride and handling being icing on the cake.
Offshore work on a calm day would be well within its capabilities with general all round bay or estuary work undertaken with ease. The craft was easily launched and recovered from its Dunbier single trailer.
The general finish of the YaltaCraft 1800 Allrounder was of a high standard to ensure that pride of ownership would be a definite selling point at the boat yard. With its fishing craft heritage mated to family usage, it’s a truly versatile rig in every sense of the term – an Allrounder!
From Bermetto Marine on Queensland’s Gold Coast the craft as reviewed, including safety gear, registration, battery and tie downs, was priced at $42,990. With a 75hp Evinrude E-Tec on the transom Bermetto advise that the craft would be coming home for around $34,990.
For more information contact www.bermettomarine.com.au or telephone (07) 5568 0904.
|Length on trailer:||6.4m|
|Height on trailer:||2.2m|
|Deadrise:||20º at transom|
|Engine fitted:||100hp Suzuki four-stroke.|
|Towing:||Family six sedan or wagon|