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Catch a Trophy boat
  |  First Published: December 2005



The fully imported Trophy Pro 2002 catches the eye immediately, with excellent lines and built to last construction.

I expected when I climbed aboard the Trophy to be overwhelmed by American-style trinkets everywhere – just more stuff to go wrong. At first glance it seemed that way and I commented along that line to co-pilot Dave Powell. Closer inspection, however, revealed there was no unnecessary rubbish, just well-built fishing essentials. Everything on board was functional, but integrated into the hull design, creating excellent lines inside and out. The Trophy series is imported and marketed by Mercury Marine and the test boat was supplied by Quay Marine in Cairns.

LAYOUT

Boarding over the nose at the pontoon and walking easily down the side to the cockpit set the tone for the boat – everything is spot-on. The walkaround is a comfortable width and the high bow rail offers excellent security, creating the perfect 360 degree fishing platform.

The livebait tank doubles as a step up to the walkaround and its 70-litre capacity will hold some serious livies. The rear quarter seats slide out to allow fishing right at the stern, and give access to the twin underfloor kill pens. Access from the water or on the trailer is via the starboard transom step, with pull-out, drop-down, ladder. Twin grabrails double as support brackets for the transom step.

The fibreglass canopy is a serious piece of superstructure, with oversized anodised alloy supports and bracing everywhere. The construction of the canopy typifies the Trophy. It is a boat you would have no hesitation in attacking an ocean bar in, as everything is built super strong and will take a pounding. I would feel very comfortable flying off the top of a bar wave and crashing back to earth. In the trials it landed beautifully off a wave, with the tail touching down just ahead of a dead flat re-entry.

The overhead locker, with Perspex door, keeps bits and pieces close at hand and visible for easy retrieval. The four shot rocket launcher, on the trailing edge of the canopy, keeps reels up away from the spray. Another four through-gunwale rod holders in trolling position, plus under gunwale rod storage offers plenty of places to carry a serious armoury.

TEST DRIVE

The Trophy was exceptionally dry in some ordinary conditions we put it through, at a serious clip. I even managed to give Dave a scare when I took on the wake of one of the large tourist boats returning to port. We hit it at 4000rpm and flying at over 50km/h. The Trophy just ate it up, taking everything in its stride, and I felt totally in control at the helm – though I think Dave had his doubts!

Running at 45 with a swell always gives me the willies, but the Trophy handled it easily. It was one of the few times I have felt comfortable at this angle at high speed.

The lockable cabin hatch opens to reveal a fully carpeted interior, adjustable dining table, with all-round seating and a porta-potty built in. The table slides down to create a comfortable place to crank out a few Zs on an overnighter. The front hatch offers good flow-through ventilation and access to the anchor, if necessary. Why you would bother though I don’t know, as the walkaround is very safe and more comfortable.

The dash is compact and super functional, with the 12-switch panel and fuses all easy to access. Standard Mercury instrumentation finishes off the helm. Surprisingly, the Trophy doesn’t have hydraulic steering but you wouldn’t know from the ease with which it handles. Other cockpit features include a wash-down hose and removable esky under the passenger seat.

One very American feature is the twin windscreen wipers, but I can see the need for them. When standing doing over 60km/h it doesn’t take long for the wind to start biting but once you sit in the wraparound bucket seats it is pure comfort. Thus, the need for wipers to provide good visibility through the screen. Those of us who like the wind through our hair can also sit up front on the padded seat, on the leading edge of the cabin.

The anchoring system is very functional, with a starboard anchor hatch, bow roller on the end a long bowsprit and a horn cleat for easy tying off. I didn’t particularly like the wraparound bowrail but the construction method means it would be a simple process to cut it off at the first support bracket, if you wanted to.

Features which add to the quality of construction are: the built-in water channels, which direct water flow toward the main cockpit drains then into the scuppers for quick removal; PVC wiring chassis to protect wiring and make it easy for owner installation of extra electronics; textured surfaces for excellent grip; and an overbuilt fibreglass stringer system which is glassed into the hull while still in the mould.

The 175hp Mercury Optimax was the perfect power plant, and really got the Trophy Pro on the fly. It produced 30 km/h (16kts, 19 mph) at 3000rpm, 43km/h (23kts, 27mph) at 3500rpm, 51km/h (28kts, 32mph) at 4000rpm, 56km/h (30kts, 35mph) at 4500rpm and 62km/h (33kts, 39mph) at 5000rpm. The fingertip controlled trim tabs worked a treat. With the touch of a button the nose could be tucked down or up, and any list adjusted. It is the most effective trimming system I have used.

All up, the Trophy Pro 2002 is an excellently designed, built and finished boat that is perfect for the serious offshore fisher. It would be equally at home in the bay with the family or around the islands where you want to look good on the water.

For further information contact Quay Marine in Cairns on (07) 4041 3166.

Facts

SPECIFICATIONS

Length overall - 6.58m

Beam - 2.46m

Deadrise at transom - 19

Weight (base boat with engine) - 1516kg approx.

Length overall - 7.19m

Length on trailer - 8.23m

Height on trailer - 2.49m

Draft hull - 0.41m

Draft max. - 0.84m

Bridge clearance max - 2.24m

Fuel - 322L

BMT price as tested - $70,000

[CAPTIONS]

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The Trophy Pro boasts an excellent layout. The walkaround is excellent, with full height bowrail for safety and plenty of foot width.

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The rear quarter seats slide out to give fishing access right to the transom and to open the under floor kill pen/wet well.

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The fibreglass canopy is a serious piece of superstructure. The overhead locker has a Perspex lid so equipment can be stored close at hand and easy to retrieve. The rear deck light gives good illumination.

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The anchoring system has everything in the right place.

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The helm has everything at hand. Note the touch controls for the trim tabs in the centre far right.

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