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484 Pro Sniper Anglapro with a 60hp Mercury Outboard.
  |  First Published: April 2016



There are a number of factors that make the 484 Pro Sniper Anglapro stand out above the pack. You’d think that as an aluminium boat extra noise, extra vibration (whether at rest or when travelling) and that extra flex in the sides of the boat would be standard – this is not the case when it comes to the 484 Pro Sniper Anglapro.

Anglapro have highly refined the construction, design, shape and finish of the Sniper to suit an avid angler who enjoys fishing in the estuaries, and maybe poking their nose offshore to troll for kingfish and work soft plastics for snapper over the close inshore reefs. This boat is also totally suitable and comfortable to take the family out for a bit of fun!

The deep V side console is the perfect blend of stability and capability in enclosed waters and is tough and comfortable in the rough stuff.

The Sniper is fully equipped to target fish in both fresh and saltwater. The 3mm bottom and sides, aggressive ribbing support and extra wide gunwales gives you total confidence in the boat whether trolling for kingfish, barramundi or Murray cod, drifting for flathead and offshore reef species or at anchor berleying for bream, trevally and whiting.

On the test run I found that I didn’t have to slow down when crossing over chop or the wake of other boats. This is where the deep V dead rise and internal keel system comes into play.

ERGONOMICS

I like to be able to move about a boat with ease. For a boat of its size, the 484 Pro Sniper had so much room that when the tailor came on the chew, my mate Derek and I didn’t have to keep looking around to see where the other was – even when I invited him to come up to the front casting deck as the school moved around.

I’ve put many boats through their paces and I have come to prefer a boat with a raised platform at the rear of the boat that can be used as a casting platform. You can still stand at the rear of the boat, but there are times when you need to work the rod tip down near the water. The raised platform at the rear was big enough for someone to quite comfortable stand while not having to brace themselves.

With plenty of room at the rear and front of the boat you would be able to have a third and maybe even a fourth angler casting lures at a feeding school of fish.

I am an angler who needs plenty of places to store items, and when you look around the 484 Sniper there are quite a few places where you can store your gear and supplies. The rear-casting platform has two closed in compartments, one for the battery and one to store your tackle. As you move forward there is a built-in open aluminium tray on the port side and a smaller one on the starboard side underneath the controls. Both of these could store a number of items that would put them within an arm’s length of the passenger and skipper.

At the front there is a 100L built-in plastic kill tank that could be used either for storing the day’s catch, plumbed to keep your fish alive or just as a big storage compartment. At the pointy end of the boat there is a deep built-in anchor well and another storage compartment for extra life jackets, extra anchor and rope, wet weather gear and much more.

The side console had a fuel gauge, five toggle switch panel with a 12-volt adapter, and RPM gauge. There was also room to display the voltage, motor hours, troll mode and trim.

The side console also had an open storage area on the floor, plus a small tray for those incidentals. I would put a fold down cover on the tray to keep things dry. As we were travelling along the high windscreen did enough to keep the spray off the Elite-4x sounder. I would have preferred the screen to wrap around the console for a bit more protection from the elements.

Having the extra wide gunwales would enable you to be able to run the extra cabling needed for deck lights, electric motor up front and even a stereo if you wanted!

FISHABILITY

On the fishabilty side of things, the 484 Pro Sniper Anglapro has the ‘WOW’ factor. With all the movement between Derek and I while casting at schools of feeding tailor, and blading for flathead and flounder, the stability of the boat never faulted – even when both of us were on the same side of the boat and either the front or the rear.

Whether lure or baitfishing I prefer to have a number of rods rigged, ready to be able to grab if I need to change tactics. As you will see, there were six stand-up positions to have pre-rigged outfits. With two anglers onboard this setup gives you three each, rigged and ready.

On the starboard side of the boat the horizontal storage could serve as another couple of rod racks, giving you four rigged rods per angler.

The live-well at the rear is big enough to hold your pink nippers, poddy mullet and yellowtail. The kill tank is large enough to store that large dusky flathead before you release it or if you are fishing in a bream tournament with a non-boater there is a plastic divider to keep the fish separate.

SAFETY

The high gunwales gave me a sense of stability when leaning up against them, even when there was a bit of wash hitting the side of the boat. The wide beam of the boat gives plenty of extra stability when moving about in the boat and even when there was only the skipper in the boat there was very little tilt sideways.

I did find that when I drove the boat onto the trailer at the ramp the skids and centre rollers centred the boat with ease so all I had to do was walk up the front, attach the boat clip, climb out and drive off the ramp. This is definitely one of those boats that a single angler would be able to use with ease.

Climbing in or getting out of the boat while it was on the trailer was a bit harder for me. The wheels of the trailer are back under the boat and I am short and don’t have long legs – for me this would be overcome by installing a fold up stainless steel ladder on one of the rear steps. This step would then also be used if you want to jump in for a swim or get back into the bait after being towed behind on a kneeboard.

I put the 484 Sniper into fairly sharp turns with very little roll off the horizontal plane, which gives you that extra stability.

The details

If you are looking for an outfit that is ready to go and all you need to do is put yourself and some fishing gear in it then you need to contact the crew at Good Times Marine and they will hook you up with the 484 Pro Anglapro Sniper. The RRP for the setup tested is $28,800.

If you are looking to customize one to suit your needs you won’t need to go anywhere else as they can create the outfit you are after.

The Sniper package will give you the confidence to step your fishing up to the next level. It’s an aluminium fishing boat that performs like a sports boat. It’s great for an avid angler who has a family or friends that like fishing, getting towed around on a float tube or kneeboard or simply cruising about.

Find your dream boat at Good Times Marine, 2 Toorak Ave, Taren Point, NSW 2229. Give them a call on (02) 9524 6999, or visit the website at http://www.goodtimesmarine.com.au/collections/anglapro-1.

Facts

What makes this a great boat to own?

° Easy to use by yourself

° Plenty of room to move about

° Adequate storage

° Very comfortable ride

° Strong design with less noise for an aluminium boat

° Less flex in the hull

° Extremely stable

° Corners very well while still holding in the water

° The 60 hp 4 stroke Mercury lifted the boat out of the hole with ease. I could just only imagine what a 90hp outboard would do

° Carpeted throughout

° Comfortable upholstered pedestal seats with four positions

° Gussets (bulkheads) are then welded to the ribs to establish a solid structure for the floor to be fixed to and for improved hull integrity

Specifications

° Overall boat length4.840m
° Overall outfit length on trailer with motor down6.200m
° Beam width2.200m
° Outboard60hp, 4-stroke Mercury outboard (Minimum)
° Outboard maximum90hp
° Payload 450kg
° Freeboard630mm
° Sides and bottom3mm
° Warranty5 years
° TrailerDunbier braked trailer with folding jockey wheel, LED lights, skids and centred rollers.

° Anchor well with drain and bollard

° Side decks

° Side console with grab rail

° Console windscreen

° Non-feedback steering

° Bow sprit and roller

° Front casting deck

° Side pockets

° Rear casting deck with splash tray

° Rear step port side

° Rear step starboard side

° Side rails

° Bow rails

° Chine height cockpit

° Bow keeper tank (not plumbed) painted inside and out

° Bow battery shelf

° Plumbed bait tank

° Two upholstered pedestal seat

° Driver seat slide

° Deluxe pedestal seats

° Underfloor fuel tank (minimum 60L)

° Electronic package (Navigation lights, bilge pump, accessories, bait tank and a 12v socket)

° Colour sounder

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

° Coloured sides

° Bimini

° Full boat cover

° Plumbed keeper tank

° Bow mount plate

° Plastic rod holders

° Aluminium rod holders

° Hydraulic steering

° Courtesy lights

° Keeper tank plumbed

° Rocket launchers mounted off bimini

° Cup holders

° Dual batteries

° VHF radio

° Lowrance sounder GPS upgrade

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