Tamworth Boat Sales has commissioned a range of boats under the Pro-Star brand from Peter Adanko, of Allylite Marine Co at Slacks Creek, Brisbane. Peter has been in the aluminium boat building business for 18 years and has been building his own boats for the past 18 months.
I had the opportunity to test three boats recently. All featured plate construction with ample cross-braces, internal and external keels and were fully welded. They have flotation to Australian Standards and, because they are custom-made, can be built with any little features that you may so desire.
The top of the range is the 5150 Seamaster centre console, which is primarily built for close offshore fishing and, in the case of the test boat, for diving. So this boat had a small door in the transom for easy access.
The Seamaster has been built with purpose in mind, with grab rails fore and aft, a bow roller and a slightly raised deck forward of the console housing two hatches, one for the anchor and the other for storage, safety gear and the like. There is also an excellent pedestal seat that would be handy for spotting schools of surface-feeding fish. This raised deck area is large enough for two people to fish on quite comfortably.
The entire floor is fully carpeted and flat with a slight step up to the bow section.
At the rear is a three-quarter-width seat, transom door and easy access to the oil tank and fuel filter.
The cockpit behind the console is very open and spacious. The owner of the test Seamaster did not want a seat but in the normal build format there is a good quality pedestal one just behind the console.
There is plenty of gunwale height, around 600mm, so you would feel quite safe landing a big fish. To port there is a side storage pocket for rods, gaffs and odds and ends. The gunwales are wide enough to sit on and feature two rod holders aft.
The centre console is designed to fold down, an excellent idea if you want to put a cover on the rig or store it in a standard garage. The console also incorporates a large bimini top of excellent quality which can be folded to fit on the floor while being trailed.
The console houses the two Yamaha gauges and a sounder on top while there is a parcel shelf to port for a radio or phone.
The test boat sported a Yamaha Saltwater Series V4 115hp two-stroke, the maximum allowed. The engine was ideal, it fired up easily and got up onto the plane with about 1/3 throttle at around 3000rpm and 16mph (13.76 knots) and then cruised along at 4200rpm doing about 21 knots. Although the whole rig was all brand new, we had a quick spurt to 5200rpm for a top speed of 36mph or 31 knots.
The Yamaha was remarkably quiet for a two-stroke and with the 17” stainless prop made the boat turn easily with very little effort. The lake was dead flat so we could not try it in any rough water but, looking at the design, I am sure it produce a dry and comfortable ride.
With its 2.27m beam and 8° deadrise. The Seamaster is quite stable at rest. I would have loved to have given it a run out of Nelsons Bay and out to Broughton Island.
|Overall length on trailer||6.4m|
Price as tested on Dunbier trailer: $34,000 plus $1500accessories.
The smallest boat in the Pro-Star range is the 4.35m Stinger, designed for the angler with standard features as a full cover and bimini top.
Although it is a plate hull, the Stinger follows along the lines of the vast number of pressed aluminium hulls but, with plenty of ribs and cross braces and 3mm plate bottom and sides, it gives the impression of being a lot stronger.
The Stinger has a very slight deadrise and, with a beam of 1.95m, is very stable and has very good freeboard height. Like all the Pro-Star range, it has fully welded internal and external keels.
There is a small anchor well and forward storage hatch and the entire floor is flat and fully carpeted. At the rear of the boat there is a storage compartment on either side while the fuel tank and battery are in between.
There are grab rails fore and aft and the wide gunwales have two rod holders on each side. Navigation lights and bilge pump are standard.
The side console has a windscreen, which was very welcome on the frosty morning of the test. On the console is a Lowrance X50 sounder as standard equipment along with nav lights and bilge pump switches.
There are three positions on the floor for the pedestal seats.
Power came from a Yamaha 40hp two-stroke with power trim and tilt. Although you can fit a 50hp engine on this hull, I found the 40 an excellent choice. It idled low enough for trolling and got up at around half throttle and ran out to 21.5 knots with a good cruise speed around 16 knots.
The test day glassy but the Stinger performed really well with two aboard and I imagine would be comfortable in a slight chop.
|Constuction||3mm plate side/bottom.|
Price as Tested on a Dunbier trailer $22,500
The last boat tested was the Comp-Fisher 5000, which is really a prototype. It’s built for the angler who wants to get to fishing fast and cast lures and flies for bream, bass or cod.
This boat is designed with large, uncluttered decks fore and aft with also plenty of undercover storage, including two livewells.
With a Yamaha 100hp four-stroke, the Comp-Fisher got up on the plane at around half throttle and ran out to around 36mph and sat very nicely on the water. This rig, as tested on a Dunbier trailer, will set you back about $35,000, including Lowrance sounders front and rear and a Watersnake 55lb bow-mount electric motor.Reads: 4165