Fisher Boats of Bribie Island has an advantage that many of its competitors don’t have – the manufacturer, Col Svensson, is a keen angler himself. Who better to build a good boat for the angler than another angler?
Not surprisingly, the big 670 Walkaround is a state-of-the-art fishing machine set up with just about every desirable feature an angler could hope for. The craft that I tested, Aquaholic, was custom made for a lucky northern fisho who wanted the lot, and he certainly has it.
The terrific finish, great paint job and attention to detail is strictly Fisher through and through. Standard inclusions within this magnificent craft run to over 30 items, including a handy deck wash, a bait board with insulated ice box under it, seat boxes with built-in ice chests, insulated kill tank with divider, plumbed livewell, paired batteries, targa and bimini, custom paint job, and 100-litre pressure freshwater system.
Col Svennson certainly knows how to build, and finish, a great hull. It’s a fact that no matter how great things are topsides, if the underwater lines aren’t right the ride will suffer – but this was certainly not the case with the Fisher 670. The big walkaround delivered one of the best rides I’ve experienced in a plate alloy craft.
The hull features a fine entry mated to a 23 deep V for the best possible ride. The bottom features prominent longitudinal strakes and beefy reversed chines to ensure stability both at rest and underway.
Complimenting this is a ballast system that allows 230 litres of water to flood into the 5mm thick apex of the V when the big rig comes to rest, resulting in unheard of stability in a deep V craft. The ballast brings the reversed outer chines down onto the water and keeps her steady as a rock. During the tests, Col and I (with a combined weight of around 180kg) bounced on the gunwales without causing any noticeable list.
This stability, combined with the terrific amount of freeboard and a quality of ride and handling that make travel a pleasure, is going to make the big 670 Walkaround an offshore fishing craft to be treasured.
The finish of every Fisher craft starts from scratch at the factory, where I got to see several ‘big boat’ hulls under construction. Massive under-floor framework ensures great rigidity and strength, and I noted that the system of girders and cross bearers virtually divide the hull’s lower section into a series of watertight compartments, ensuring positive flotation from the outset.
The 350-litre fuel tank has a compartment as well, creating yet another buoyancy cell. I noted that even in these out of the way places the standard of welding and finish was spot-on.
Col’s attention to detail shows virtually everywhere aboard the finished product. At the bow, a section of checkerplate surrounds the deep anchor well so you won’t lose your footing while lifting the pick. In this forward work area the marine carpeted deck is surrounded with a decent sized gunwale and a bowrail with holders for a pair of reef anchors for added safety while fishing from this area.
Access forward is via the comfortably wide walkaround area on each side of the cabin, and there are brace points along the superstructure of the aluminium targa frame with its bristling array of rod holders and Furuno radar dome.
Cabin access via the lockable (but easily removed) door is quite easy, with the opening being sheltered by the prominent full-width dash and overhead targa top. The bimini is standard as well. The cabin offers wide V berths, with cushion infill, and has plenty of overhead room. Shelves are standard, with more storage under the bunks, and there’s a marine toilet and decent lighting.
At the helm area, the skipper and mate sit on Rae Line deluxe slide adjustable seats mounted on insulated ice boxes which are also set up with aft facing seats. This arrangement allows four anglers to be seated forward while heading out to the reef, with another three or four seated aft on the drop-down transom bench. The plumbed ice boxes could also be used for storage of course, and simply by tilting a seat forward gives you access to a cold drink, tucker or other items.
The skipper and mate’s forward seating is spot on with direct visibility through the windscreen. A set of zippered heavy-duty clears between the targa top and windscreen was another handy feature. The hard top is removable for storage and Col pointed out that nylon bolts are used, to prevent corrosion which can make removal difficult.
The 670’s dash area (with dual power outlets) has a grabrail and a locking glovebox for the passenger and a neat array of instruments for the skipper to monitor. The test boat came with the owner’s specified Furuno 24-mile radar, Lowrance X15 Plotter, Furuno 582 colour sounder and compass on the upper dash area. A Clarion sound system, Navman VHF radio and Navman 3100 fuel management system joined the paired Suzuki multi-function gauges set up below.
I found the dash layout to be ideal, with main navigational aids right before my eyes. The engine and other gauges and ancillary equipment were a little lower but still within easy line of sight. The wheel linked to power steering was well positioned, as were the forward controls for the pair of Suzuki 140 four-stroke outboards.
The huge self-draining cockpit featured thigh-height padded side coamings, gunwale rod holders, a 50-litre capacity underfloor storage area, pressure deck wash connected to a 100-litre bow-mounted heavy-duty bladder, and full-length side pockets.
Full height at the transom provides added safety if you’re backing into a sea, and gives peace of mind for the four or five anglers who might fish here once the rear bench seat is folded down. A boarding gate to port allows access to the checkerplate swim platform and heavy-duty boarding ladder.
Lastly, the transom area deserves special mention. This area houses a plumbed livewell that’s large enough to swim a whole school of yakkas, a bait station with four rod holders and a cutting board with insulated icebox below in which to carry frozen or chilled bait. This is indeed a serious fishing boat!
Fisher boats are renowned for their soft ride, and the big 670 walkaround certainly impressed me with its ability to handle chop and some very short and confused swells at Pumicestone Passage’s eastern end. Even in the rough stuff the ride was smooth and dry, and I noticed it was remarkably quiet for an alloy hull, even one with a 5mm bottom.
The pair of willing 140 Suzukis were a brilliant match for the hull, and they started on the first turn of the key with the merest whisper astern. She lifted onto the plane in around a couple of boat lengths, at an easy 18km/h for 2800rpm. 3000rpm saw 35.4km/h on the GPS, easy cruising was at 3500rpm for 42.4km/h which would see a lot of ocean covered without any fuss at all. 4000rpm saw 49.3km/h recorded and at those revs normal conversation was quite possible. A burst to 5000rpm recorded 62.6km/h, and even at these revs the engines were still not overly noisy. I was also impressed by the Suzukis’ compact size, given that they were 140s.
The Fisher 670 walkaround is an impressive craft, and if you’re a serious angler it’s well worth checking out. It will handle offshore conditions with great comfort and high safety levels, and has all of the ‘must have’ fishing features that discerning anglers demand. The craft has a great feeling of rigidity about it that inspires confidence, thanks to almost overbuild construction. There’s a five-year structural warranty complimenting a standard of finish that’s top shelf, from paint to welds to carpet and accessories. And to top it off, the 670 is one mighty attractive craft that you can feel proud to own.
For more information phone Fisher Boats on (07) 3408 0722, email --e-mail address hidden-- or visit www.fisherboats.com.au.
Length - 6.8m
Beam - 2.4m
Bottom - 5mm plate
Sides - 4mm plate
Fuel - 350L
Tow weight with fuel - 2700
Power rating - 200-300hp
Power as tested - 2 x 140hp Suzuki four-strokes
Price - from around $85,000
1) Aquaholic certainly has sweet lines, and its under-hull strakes ensure great tracking and stability at rest.
2) There’s room for four or five anglers to work in the big Fisher.
3) Col Svensson setting up the GPS for test runs. Note the easy dash layout and forward visibility.
4) The two Suzuki 140s were an excellent match for the hull.
5) The walkaround area on each side of the cabin is nice and wide with high rails.