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Blue Fin 5.25 Bow Rider: Great For Family Fishing
  |  First Published: December 2008



The Blue Fin 5.25 Bow Rider Sport is certain to be well received from boat lovers, thanks to ample useful features matched with high comfort levels. This versatile vessel is an ideal family fishing fun craft and is suited to a host of water-based pursuits.

It may be the case that not all members of the family are fishing-mad, so versatility is the key. Whether cruising with a picnic lunch and towing the kids with assorted water tow sports, or out on the reef with fishing buddies, the nifty Blue Fin 5.25 Bow Rider Sport will fit the bill.

Powered by a Suzuki 90hp four-stroke outboard, the Blue Fin was a lively yet thoroughly likable rig. Her ample freeboard and easy handling characteristics meant an ability to handle bar crossings and offshore work just as easily as towing a water skier in tight areas.

The 5.25 Bow Rider’s strong bow sprit is large enough to keep the pick off the paint, and the wide anchor well is within easy reach of people seated on the plush bow seating, which has storage facilities and well formed back rests for extra comfort. Although the area is a little higher than the cockpit, there's excellent depth with carpet flooring throughout.

I liked the wind block door under the hinged central windscreen section, which provided access between forward and aft sections of the rig. When in place, the door keeps cool breezes off the crew in winter yet can be folded back to allow passage within the craft.

Bow infill handy

A well made reinforced infill can be set up on the forward area to provide a neat casting platform if you wanted to work plastics or lures up front. I’m a flyfishing tragic and the platform was perfect.

The driver and front passenger are treated to solidly built pedestal bucket seats, which has ample legroom plus protection from breezes courtesy of the five-piece windscreen. Paired consoles offered a glove box and grab handle for the first mate, and a neat dash layout for the Skipper.

Set into a smart looking carbon fibre binnacle to starboard were gauges to monitor the Suzuki 90hp, while an array of switches was located beside the soft feel wheel. The outboard's forward controls were set up on the side of the craft in the usual manner.

A sturdy bimini is a standard feature of this craft, and one that is certain to be appreciated now that summer is looming.

The carpeted cockpit of the Blue Fin 5.25 Bow Rider Sport featured a removable table, ski pole aft, and room for up to four people to enjoy the bench seat with its well-formed back rests. Side pockets were of reasonable size and had padding above them. Completing the cockpit features were a pair of rod holders on each gunwale and aft grab rails.

For easy entry, there are large swim platforms from astern, robust transom rails and an extendable ladder to port.

Sporty performance

The sports title of this craft is well deserved. Its engines are available from 75-115hp – mid range but well matched. The Suzuki four-stroke was whisper quiet and got onto the plane at a modest 2800rpm at 18.1km/h. At 3,000rpm the gauge recorded 19.8km/h, and at 4,000rpm the rig pushed along sweetly at 39.6km/h. A quick burst to 5,000rpm from the new motor saw 56.8km/h.

The 90hp Suzuki would easily fulfil ski tow duties, while also being able to take the crew to any number of fishing destinations. There was ample punch from the engine; getting away from a wave or crossing a bar would not be asking too much of the craft's ability.

The Blue Fin 5.25 offered a good ride. On the test run we had fun jumping across the wash of some of the larger passing craft, and there was no issue with excessive pounding or jarring from the hull. While it had a fairly shallow deadrise (14º), the hull's ride greatly benefited from its well-designed and fine bow entry, and its prominent bottom pressings assisted in maintaining stability under way and at rest. Due to its high sides, you can expect to stay dry in most conditions.

Rigidity is a great feature of the Blue Fin's hull, which was constructed from 3mm marine grade alloy throughout. There was also plenty of cross ribs, giving it strength and a total lack of annoying vibration. When under way the craft was very quiet with just a gentle bump experienced as we hit wash at speed.

Overall

At around $36,690 the Blue Fin 5.25 Bow Rider Sports represents good value for money when seeking a versatile, six-person multi purpose rig that suits family boating or angling requirements.

Overall build quality was quite good with welds neatly smoothed throughout. The fit and finish of the upholstery, with its neat green on white contrasting sections, was of a heavy duty standard.

Price includes a braked heavy duty trailer, full registration and tie down straps. For more information and for your nearest dealer contact Bluefin on (07) 5571 5277 or email --e-mail address hidden--

Technical Information

Length:5.42m
Beam:2.30m
Weight hull:489kg
Deadrise:14º
Fuel:110L
Construction:3mm marine grade aluminium
Engines:75-115hp
Engine fitted:90hp Suzuki four-stroke
Towing:Family six or wagon
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