The Mercury Marine SeaPro 6.0m is a serious fishing boat aimed at the no-nonsense angler who wants trouble-free, low-maintenance boating. The SeaPro 6m comes in tiller steer (6T), centre console (6C) and centre console with underfloor kill tank (6XTC) configurations.
The SeaPro 6.0m XTC, suppled by Quay Marine in Cairns, has a centre console layout with a rear casting platform and console seat, with a heap of underfloor storage. It comes with a stack of options but the test boat had a basic fit-out allowing the buyer to option it up to suit their individual requirements. The SeaPro also comes in a wide range of colours.
Durability is always an issue with boats and the use of synthetic core and fibreglass cavity stringers in the construction of the SeaPro range means there are no problems with rot. There is not a scrap of timber or ply to be found in the SeaPro.
The rear seat doubles as a casting platform and has two access hatches on the front side, with the starboard hatch holding the battery and the port side available for storage. Between the rear seat and console seat is an underfloor kill pen, which drains out through the transom. There is another larger underfloor kill pen/wet well in front of the console.
The helm seat is a fully-insulated icebox with a drain plug to port. There is a huge storage area under the console, and the fuel filler for the 120-litre underfloor fuel tank is situated on the port side of the console. The dash has standard Mercury instrumentation – and hour meter, fuel gauge, tacho and speedo, along with a four-switch panel to operate electronics and lighting.
The high-profile clear perspex screen offers excellent protection for the helmsman, and the full wrap-around stainless steel frame makes it very strong while offering excellent security for passengers. The side grabrail on the screen is ideal for allowing passengers to take a grip at whatever height is comfortable. Too often grab rails are horizontal instead of vertical which means if they are too high or too low for the passenger they are uncomfortable to hold for long periods.
The SeaPro has a self-draining floor with side-draining, non-flowback scuppers. The scuppers are well above sea level at rest for good drainage and come out the side of the hull in the corner in front of the rear seat/platform.
The floor, inside walls, gunwale and foredeck are flowcoat so they’re easy to repair should they get dinged. Patching flowcoat is a breeze compared to repairing gelcoat, and anyone with basic fibreglassing skills can do a respectable job.
The layout and construction method creates a very easy to maintain and clean boat. When cast netting or fishing it is simply a matter of sloshing a couple of buckets of water around inside to get it spick and span again. The low sides also makes the SeaPro ideal for anglers who like to slip over the side and catch a cray or two when the opportunity arises.
The foredeck doubles as a casting platform and has a dry storage hatch with access on the rear side. The large self-draining anchor well will hold a lot of ground tackle and the positioning of the horn cleat on the rear side of the well makes for easy access to tie off when the pick has been set. The set-up is completed with a small bow roller, making a simple and functional anchoring system.
The SeaPro has a great ride created by a fine entry, along with a good flare in the bow for a dry ride and a large length-to-beam ratio. Many modern boat designs have gone for big internal volume for length, at the expense of ride in rough conditions. This is all very well in calm conditions, but boaters who want to cover long distances across rough water will be better off with a boat like the SeaPro.
The stability was good, in spite of the long, narrow profile. Three guys on board, with the biggest over 100kg, had no problems moving about at will, at rest and on the plane. The only downside of the SeaPro’s design was manoeuvrability. This boat has a poor turning circle, but let’s face it: this type of rig won’t double as the family ski boat so it shouldn’t be an issue.
The test boat came with standard cable steering, but fitting hydraulic steering would certainly improve manoeuvrability if that is a concern.
The test boat was fitted with a 90hp Mercury Saltwater Series two-stroke, which provided plenty of speed without being mind-blowing, and the performance was good.
The Mercury Marine SeaPro 6m will find a ready market with anglers looking for an easy to clean and maintain boat that will get them to their favourite fishing spot in comfort and provide a clutter-free fishing platform.
For further information contact Quay Marine in Cairns on (07) 4041 3166.
Make/model - Mercury SeaPro 6.0
LOA - 6m
Beam - 1.85m
Draft - 0.4m
Horsepower - 60hp to 125hp longshaft
Material - FRP and synthetic core (no wood or ply); fibreglass cavity stringer grid; durable flowcoat on deck, floor and internals
Weight - 450kg
Price (hull only) - $15,800
|3000||19km/h (12 mph, 10kts)|
|3500||27km/h (17mph, 15kts)|
|4000||35km/h (22mph, 19kts)|
|4500||48km/h (30mph, 26kts)|
|5000||56km/h (35mph, 30kts)|
|5500||64km/h (40mph, 35kts)|
1) The profile shot shows the no-nonsense layout of the SeaPro 6m (6C) Centre Console
2) The water exits from under the hull of the SeaPro well back, making for a dry ride.
3) The rear end showing casting platform, and rear storage compartment and under floor kill pen/wet well, with moulded plastic access hatches.
4) The helm seat/esky and side console. Note the great positioning of the stainless steel perspex screen support strut, which allows passengers to hang on at a comfortable height.
5) A view of the underfloor kill pen/wet well, forward dry storage compartment and self draining anchor well. Note the hull breathing tube inside the dry storage compartment.
6) The fuel filler and breather are situated on the port side of the centre console below the nav light.
7) The centre console dash has a stack of room for electronics.