SOUTHEAST Queensland is the birthplace of an extended family of quality plate boat manufacturers. Nearly universally, these operators have started small and demand for their product has seen them grow into today’s AMMs, Rebels, Fishers and Profishes.
The van Rooy brothers, Barry and Tony, are the newest of the breed. These guys have all of the necessary background (a sheet metal worker and a boilermaker) to put together a quality craft, and back up this experience with the passion to do just that.
“We both enjoy boat building and it’s something we definitely give 100% towards,” Barry said. And you can see the result in one of their first production-ready models, the Hyper Hull 4.75m side console we tested on the Brisbane River.
It’s fair to say that I’ve been in quite a few 4.75m boats over the years. Each seems suited to a particular application – some are fast, others are bulletproof, some glass, some aluminium, and the niche of this boat is definitely for two or more anglers who want to load up with gear (camping or otherwise) for anything from a day in the bay to a week at Fraser.
Built with a 4mm plate aluminium bottom sheet and 3mm plate sides, the 4.75m Hyper Hull is a beamy vee-hull with substantial gunwale height allowing easy fishing in a little rough water. Its broad beam gives it efficient planing ability and on the test day it easily skipped along at just over 3000rpm. I suspect that with a couple of extra bodies or a weekend’s worth of camping gear on board it would make little difference to this ability.
A sharper entry takes the bang out of small chop and the hull flattens out to near no deadrise at the stern – hence the low-speed planing characteristics.
The test craft was fitted with a Mercury 90hp Saltwater Mercury two-stroke outboard, which was spinning an 18” Lazer stainless steel propeller. This is at the upper end of the recommended range for the hull. The van Rooys reckon that a 60hp would push the hull along quite nicely and I’d have to agree. The hull doesn’t seem to need a lot of horses to perform.
From the bow, the boat has quite a large bowsprit and anchor well that are easily accessible due to the open nature of the craft. Handrails either side of the bow give alternative tie-up points and are valuable launching aids.
The front deck is only slightly raised and has hatches that give access to ‘wet’ underfloor storage. It’s only a small step back into the main cockpit area, and the boat’s beam ensures this is a huge work area. It’s low enough to make relatively easy work of fishing over the side in rough weather, but high enough to be totally flat from gunwale to gunwale. The console is compact and comfortable for the driver. There’s a handrail on the side if the driver and passenger want to stand while underway in rougher weather.
A long underfloor pocket in the cockpit can be modified to a kill tank or for fishing rod storage. Currently this is also ‘wet’ storage, but I’m sure that a drier compartment can be added at the customer’s request.
The transom holds a small livebait tank on one side and a boarding step on the other. The set-up is simple and foolproof.
Deadening aluminium’s inherent noisiness in the water is a fully-carpeted interior. It also helps reduce glare and all readers who’ve been cooked in a bare tinny on a hot, sunny day will know what I mean.
Supplied on a custom Oceanic trailer, launch and retrieve was easy, although you’d really need a six-cylinder vehicle to tow it effectively.
The best thing about Hyper Hulls is that you’re dealing with the guy who makes the boat when you order. Customisation isn’t a problem and the waiting list is shorter than for some of the more popular brands. For that reason alone it’s worth giving Hyper a call.
As tested, the 4.75m will set you back $29,990 with the trailer, sounder etc, registered and on the road. Call Hyper on 0409 913 003 or fax (07) 3200 6165.
1. Barry and Tony van Rooy with one of the first Hyper Hull boats.
2. From above, you can see the ample room inside these craft.
3. Low speed planing ability was a definite plus.
4. The deadrise at the transom was negligible – hence the easy low-revs planing.
5. A small deadrise at the front cut through small chop easily.Reads: 1532