Streaker Marine – a Melbourne dealer for iconic Cruise Craft Australian made trailer boats – had a fairly simple goal with this EX 685 HT. To set up the ultimate snapper fishing boat and display it at the 2016 Melbourne Boat Show.
With Sean Savage from Streaker Marine at the helm of this project, there was zero chance that it’d be done half heartedly, so it was with excitement that Fishing Monthly met him at the ramp in the Patterson River.
To be honest, it was with a little disappointment, too, as Port Phillip Bay had turned on a glass-out for us. There wasn’t going to be any white-knuckled wave jumping.
But that wasn’t really the focus of the day. This test is about taking a well-established and popular hull, paired with the industry-leading naturally aspirated 4-stroke in Yamaha’s F300 and doing what you’d do to it if you were left with the options list and someone else’s chequebook.
So this is what the finished product looks like and this is what you’d get if you plonked around $200K on the front counter of Streaker Marine and told them to ‘go nuts’!
There’s a couple of videos we’ve compiled in tandem with this test (scan the QR codes hereby to watch them or visit the Fishing Monthly YouTube channel) – one is a detailed walk-through with Sean Savage and the other is our standard Boat Test compilation. They’re well worth the watch – even if only to dream.
For me, it’s no use having the best looking and fitted out boat in the world if it’s not practical. And it’s evident that this package has evolved to a point where everything is done for a reason. Let me explain further.
I love the fact that the battery management system is accessible, well-labelled and addresses the most common problems boaties encounter – a flat cranking battery.
The fact that you only need to take a few seconds to remove the rear bench seat and you have access to all of the pumps and stopcocks you need to deal with a problem at sea is reassuring.
Little things – like the snapper rod racks being built with a hinge to allow access through the transom door. Mint.
And both fresh and salt running water? There shouldn’t be a boat of this size without it.
With 310L of fuel underfloor, that gives this boat a range of around 300km at cruising speeds – ample for the biggest of day trips.
If you like being informed at the helm, you can be supplied with everything you need via the two screens – one on the Simrad NSS12 (sonar, GPS, radar) and the Yamaha colour screen engine gauge. The helm is remarkably simple and well organised with nothing getting between you and your wast windscreen.
Supplied on the top-of-the-line alloy Easytow twin axled trailer, this rig comes in at just under three tonnes. Although I could technically tow this with my twin cab Triton, but I’d feel safer doing it with a larger 4WD.
Do yourself a favour and make sure that you drop in and see this rig at the Melbourne Boat Show in 2016!
Yamaha/Cruise Craft packages with the EX685 HT start from $164,950. As tested, you can drive away this special Streaker Marine fitted craft for $196,000. Visit www.streakermarine.com.au for more details.
|Length with bow sprit||7.2m|
|Length overall on trailer||8.7m|
|Height on trailer with hard top||3.3m|
|Height overall on trailer with screen||2.6m|
|RPM||Speed (km/h)||Economy (km/L)|
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