Stacer offer a veritable feast of boating experiences these days, from small tender-sized punts and tinnies right up to offshore rigs with all the bells and whistles. It means there’s an alloy boat for virtually all fishing requirements.
As a mid-sized rig easily towed by the family car and suited to either family or more dedicated angler/boaters, the 469 Outlaw ticks a lot of boxes. A close look at the rig reveals just why this model, in particular, is so popular. One of the obvious reasons for the Outlaw’s popularity is Stacer’s skilful blending of fishing features and functionality into a boat that falls into today’s ‘just right sized’ category. It’s a class of craft that has captured a lot of the budget based boating market.
Northside Marine in Brisbane supplied the test boat. This particular craft did come with several major options to upgrade its fishability, yet the package price with options was certainly not excessive when compared to similarly equipped craft within the market niche.
On its custom Stacer trailer, the rig looked stylishly neat – even eye catching. White 3mm thick plate-style sides were jazzed up with a go fast decal. Handy fore and aft grab rails gave the craft a finished appearance, and the Stacer brand was prominent astern. The compact and sleek grey Yamaha F70LA decorated the transom in fine style.
And fine style is what this craft is all about. It’s small enough to be launched and retrieved by just the one person yet would fish three or four anglers, depending on their plans for the day. In addition, Stacer have ensured the 469 Outlaw’s design and set-up never strays far from the ‘looks good, goes great and works well’ overall concept.
Up front, an elevated carpet-covered casting deck came set up with storage hatches each side of a big catch well. An electric motor bracket was tucked to port of an open anchor well. Stepping down into the main cockpit work area the craft’s windscreen equipped side console came equipped with a glove box, Yamaha gauges and bank of main switches with the wheel lower. I found the console caused minimal intrusion into fishing space. Twin Stacer Sea Pro seats on pedestals were placed side by side aft with another seat position further forward.
While at the helm I noticed that Stacer had done an excellent job of setting up the skipper’s seat in just the right position in that I could easily make myself comfortable, there was plenty of room for my legs under the console and the windscreen blocked slipstream quite well.
Cockpit storage space for longer items was provided via paired side pockets while a battery compartment to starboard, live bait well to port were set into the transom with their hatch covers providing further casting platforms as is standard in many smaller craft these days. Note that paired rod holders were installed astern within gunwales. In short, comfort levels were high.
Driving the 469 Outlaw was nothing short of fun with two aboard. Engine ratings were from 50-75hp, and with the Yamaha 70 4-stroke near top power the craft jumped straight onto the plane at a very modest 14.2km/h at 2700rpm. It reached 3000rpm at 21.6km/h, 4000rpm at 34.7km/h, and 4500rpm saw a very reasonable 41.8km/h. With a rev range going to 6000rpm, you could easily speculate as to speeds around the 60km/h mark being standard for the Outlaw/F70 LA combination.
It was interesting to note that Stacer’s engine ratings began at 50hp, This, to my mind, might somewhat restrict the craft’s excellent performance capability. The Stacer Evo hull is a time proven design with easy planing capability, ample stability and soft riding characteristics that will endear it to owners, but at some 4.97m long, 2.22m wide and with a basic weight of 422kg without engine or passengers, it needs power to perform well. I’d be reluctant to nominate less than 60hp on the transom unless a two-person team would be aboard most times. The 70 Yamaha 4-stroke made a lot of sense to me.
Looking at the 469 Outlaw purely as a fishing rig, I saw it as a very comfortable three to four person outfit. Although ratings are for up to five aboard, that sort of team would likely be family orientated, not a group of anglers – unless everyone was working as a very well organized team and were fishing in favourable conditions.
Ride and handling tests were undertaken in the western part of Moreton Bay, and the Outlaw came through with flying colours. With the easy power of the Yamaha 70 astern, the rig, whether two or three up, had a very sweet feel about it. When crossing wash at speed to see if I could invoke some hard bumps or jarring, the result was always pleasing. I’d see the rig very suited to most bay or estuary conditions, and it would certainly handle a run offshore on the right day and conditions.
In many respects, with its 1.08m side depth, ample width for length ratio, flexible seating and the large range of options from bimini to electronic packages that Stacer offer, the 469 Outlaw is a genuine all rounder. It’s ideal for buyers seeking a smaller craft to fulfil options from fun boating to serious fishing.
I personally would prefer to see some of the more desirable fishing options as standard equipment rather than options. However, with a package price of $27,032 (as reviewed and with a braked trailer), I consider the craft to be excellent value for money. For more info call Northside Marine on 07 3265 8000 or visit their website at www.northsidemarine.com.au.
|Length on trailer||6.16m|
|Construction||bottom, sides, 3mm alloy sheet|
|Towing||Family six or big four sedan|