If you have ever wanted big things from a little boat then look no further, Seajay 455 Capri is one runabout with a very bright future.
The Capri is the elite member in the Seajay runabout range and available in six different sized models, with the 455 the baby of the bunch. On first thoughts it was just another tinny, but once on the water the Capri became a real fishing vessel.
The Capri has an overall length of 4.7m and can accommodate up to five anglers, not bad for this size runabout. The 2.1m beam made it free from overcrowding leaving a very spacious cockpit. It is always good to see a boat with substantial fishing room, rather than seeing all the space filled up with bait tanks, seats and similar.
A unique feature of the Capri is the Ultimate Edge hull. This feature is implemented into all of the Capri models and provides amazing stability in rough seas. The transom height of 1.1m provides an easy-entry boarding platform and the reverse chine bottom keeps water spray to a minimum, along with aiding in the stability of the boat.
A nice addition is the standard inclusion of a comfortable lounge, which can be folded down if you require more fishing room. If you want another seat just for cruising, the lounge can be brought forward making a bench seat in the middle of the boat. A padded back rest is a permanent fixture on the inside of the transom, which when fishing makes a good rest for your knees and quadriceps if your tight to a big fish for a long period.
There is a rod holder in each side of the transom, and with its wide side decks more can be installed for the keen fisher. Bollards are located on both the starboard and port sides on the transom, which makes life easy when securing the boat at the ramp. There is also a grab rail on either side to allow more control when launching or retrieving.
A great feature of the Capri’s design is the walk-through windscreen enabling easy anchoring procedures. After opening the windscreen there is a small step towards the bow allowing easy access to the anchor well, T-bollard and roller. This made lowering and lifting the anchor very comfortable, considering I was the only person onboard and had to do it by myself.
There is definitely more storage room on board than meets the eye. The two side pockets allow a substantial amount of storage space, with a further two pocket nets under the dash. Rod storage also isn’t a problem either with a five-rod storage rocket launcher overhead.
For the average anger weather is always a problem, but not when you’re in the 455 Capri. The vessel can cope with most fishing conditions and handles very well. Complete with a full bimini cover and clears, escaping unpleasant weather isn’t a problem.
The great thing about the 455 Capri is all the added-in features that come standard. These include: the battery and oil rack under the transom; three bollards; bow sprit and roller; two drink holders; spacious glove box; gunwale rubber inserts; pocket nets; two transom rod holders; side pockets; spray chines; a double towing eye; transducer bracket; walk-through windscreen; two full upholstered seats; and, three seat sockets. What more could you ask for?
We took the test ride out on a chilly winter morning with a breeze blowing a solid 10-15 knots. We launched the boat with ease and headed out of the river. It was one of those typical days on the Bay that would scream snapper!
After exiting the river I had the Capri up on the plane quite quickly. Powered by the lightest 50hp 4-stroke engine on the market, the Honda just purred like a kitten.
After motoring along a few hundred metres pulling 2500rpm, I decided to head into the wind and slight chop. At 6000rpm it sat nicely on 45mph and the ride was quite comfortable, especially considering most tinnies bash and bang even in the slightest of choppy conditions. However, what I was most impressed with was the performance that the 50hp Honda delivered.
For a boat of this size I didn’t expect it to be so stable, but that’s testament of the Ultimate Edge hull design and the fact the overall hull weight is 348kg. Although the waves averaged between 0.5m to 1m, it didn’t rock around as much as I thought it would. Even though I am prone to seasickness, I felt fine onboard the Capri.
Being an avid snapper angler, weather conditions are never perfect and most of the time there is some wave action. To find a boat willing to deliver quality performance, stability and fishing room can be hard to come by but the Capri 455 as all the required attributes.
I was quite pleased with the Capri 455 and would consider it to be an ideal bay, river and lake fishing boat. Even for those into skiing, it can suit both families and individuals wanting to get out on the water. It handled well, powered beautifully and made short work of the bay conditions.
The price with all inclusions tested is $25,900, a great price for such a versatile water craft. For more information on Seajay boats log onto the Seajay website www.seajay.com.au.
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