The Quintrex 440 Renegade is a great all rounder. Even though it is the ideal entry-level craft, it could easily suit the more experienced angler seeking a handy sized craft for bay, estuary or dam work.
The 440 Renegade can be towed by a large four cylinder family sedan or wagon, and has enough standard fishing features in a turnkey package to make it suited to a wide range of fishing pursuits.
The 440 Renegade’s hull differs a little from standard Quintrex craft. The flared Millennium style bow is part of the package, and the featured straight sides gives the craft a whole new, and attractive, look.
With a beam of 2.11m overall length of 4.46m, this five person rig is quite a lot of boat for under the $22,000 mark including select features
Construction is robust; there are 3mm alloy sides and bottom with an overall hull weight of 370kg. Interior depth is 580mm with 710mm exterior sides, which certainly helps to keep occupants dry.
Up front there is an electric pad set to port, a bowsprit with roller conveniently placed ahead of the open anchor well, and a pair of side rails for work at the boat ramp.
A carpeted, 30cm high, front deck was set up with all the usual compartments, and three storage hatches provided access to the flat floor below.
At the rear of the deck, the forward opening hatch provided access to a divider-equipped, plumbed, 70L live catch well. The underfloor storage area is capable of taking everything from a tote tank of fuel to tackle boxes.
The deck also offers a handy work area for a couple of anglers up front.
Within the craft’s carpeted cockpit area are three seat spigots, allowing flexible seating for most boating and fishing conditions. The test boat was fitted with the passenger’s seat forward and skipper’s aft, proving ideal for test driving.
Aft of the vessel are four rod holders, 1.5m long side pockets, a full width casting platform, and a plumbed live bait well (with cutting board on top) set to port. About the only thing missing from this list of fishing features were rod racks; which are left to the owner to determine placement.
Like up front, there are plenty useful storage compartments located under hatches within the deck. The central hatch housed the engine battery, power isolator and fuel-priming bulb. The starboard hatches were reserved for general storage and the hatches to port were divided into a storage compartment and the craft’s bait well, including a handy cutting board for a lid.
A pair of side grab rails, a stern grab rail and boarding platform to port wrapped up the additional aft features.
The Quintrex’s driving position was as simple as it was effective – same as the dash layout. The side console was open in front, allowing ample leg room. Even though the seat position was fixed, it would suit most drivers.
At the helm, the very supportive swivelling pedestal bucket seat offered unrestricted vision in all areas. The small grab rail-equipped windscreen on top of the console gave some relief from the slipstream.
At the helm I found the brand new boat’s non-feedback steering to be slightly stiff, but it would doubtlessly free once used a little.
The dash layout was typical Quintrex – everything there and compact. To starboard on the upper flat level, was a handy weatherproof storage compartment, a Humminbird 550 sounder adjacent and a drink holder for the skipper.
On the lower vertical level, speedo and tacho were prominent, with the Quintrex sports style wheel lower, and a set of switches and trim gauge set up. A neat storage side pocket for the skipper was located under the side controls for the 40 E-Tec on the transom.
Engine ratings were from 40-60hp, which saw the 40 E-Tec as minimal power but excellent performance. The 863cc twin cylinder engine is a very tidy and compact unit and proved remarkably smooth. I noted no smoke whatsoever throughout the engine rev range and it exhibited the usual two stroke grunt we associate with these light weight direct injection units.
The craft planed at a speed of 18.4km/h at 2800rpm; 3000rpm saw 22.3km/h on the hand held GPS; 4000rpm at 35.8km/h and 5000rpm at 46.4km/h. In all, quite good performance – more than adequate for two persons and you’d see little difference with four aboard.
The 440 Renegade’s ride and handling also excelled. We crossed quite a few large washes from passing craft within the Broadwater during test runs, yet I found the quite buoyant hull handled the resulting chop with ease. Thanks to the Millennium bow there were no bangs or thumps, just a graduated impact that was quite comfortable with displaced water pushed well away from us. The 710mm exterior sides would see the Renegade being a quite dry craft under most bay/estuary, river or lake conditions.
To push the Renegade’s just a little further we actually took it for a run out through the Seaway for a spell to see how it handled the modest onshore swell prevailing. There were certainly no issues on the day but such work will always depend on sea conditions.
Overall stability was also fine, and the hull at rest hardly leaned to starboard even with the skipper seated behind the wheel. Ample under hull pressings did their bit here, as did the small outer reversed chine on the hull’s extremity.
I believe that the Quintrex 440 Renegade will have broad appeal to all manner of boaters. Rated for four people, it’s an ideal family boat that could also be used for four anglers.
Supplied by White Water Marine on the Gold Coast, with Dunbier trailer, registration and safety gear the rig would come home for $21,990. White Water Marine can be contacted on (07) 5532 4402, fax (07) 5532 6367 or on the net at www.whitewatermarine.com.au .
|Length on trailer:||5.65m|
|Height on trailer:||1.55m|
|Construction:||3mm alloy, bottom and sides|
|Engine fitted:||40hp Evinrude E-Tec|
|Towing:||Large family four sedan or wagon|
Useful storage under the Renegade’s casting deck was a feature of this angler-friendly Quintrex. But when closed up two anglers would work up front of the 440 Renegade with ease.
This images clearly shows the manner in which the Quintrex Millennium hull throws displaced water well away from sides.Reads: 7231