It’s not every day you get to test a boat that can be made into a configuration that allows the installation of a bow mounted machine gun. Granted, it’d be great for when you get to the secret snapper spot and your so-called ‘mate’ that you took fishing last week is anchored up, hooked up and pretends to not speak English.
I did check with Alan Whittley, however, and that version went overseas. You can’t get it locally.
What you can get is an outboard powered version of this popular sized hull that’s eminently suitable for both inshore and offshore fishing. Built in Australia and refined from decades of feedback from Australian boaties, the CW2150 is a popular model in the range, boasting the walk-through configuration to give access to the bow of the boat without having to crawl around the gunwales.
Powered by Yamaha’s stalwart F150 four-stroke outboard, which is at the lower end of the range suitable for this hull, fuel economy mirrors the fact that it’s working hard to push the hull. Not that modern four-strokes don’t like the load – in fact there are thousands of Yammys on the water that cherish the workload. Regardless, expect around 1.5km/L of unleaded burned for this rig.
From the cockpit, you’ll see that this is a beamy boat with high gunwales. You feel safe in this boat out on the ocean. It’s only 2cm narrower than the maximum legal width (without having to tow with an oversize sign) and it has gunwales as high as anything I’ve tested in recent times.
The rear lounge seats are fully removable, allowing you to change from ‘family mode’ to ‘fishing mode.’ In fact, this version of the hull does both pretty well. The front cabin is well designed and spacious and honours the Whittley heritage of making comfortable cruising boats.
Looking back from the helm, its fishing chops become evident. The bait station is large and simple. There are three ways to store rods: vertically and horizontally in the side pockets and up in the rocket launchers.
Bait tanks in the transom corners solve your live bait storage problems and a big kill tank under the floor deals with the issue of icing down your catch.
You know what else I like in a boat? Somewhere to put your keys, wallet and mobile phone without fearing that they’ll be lost or drowned. You could fit 50 of each in the open glove compartment storage on the passenger side of the helm, along with a couple of coldies in the drink holders.
Driving from the helm is comfortable and there’s space to flush mount all necessary electronics. For me, that’s a must in a 21st century boat.
For more information on the CW2150, visit a Whittley dealer or www.whittleymarinegroup.com.au online. You can also Like Whittley on Facebook and make sure you scan the QR code on this page to watch the full video test on this boat.
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