A Great All Rounder: Revival 5.25 Cruiser
  |  First Published: March 2009

The Revival 5.25 Cruiser is a fantastic all rounder. This boat features full camper covers so it can be easily sealed up for overnight stays anytime of the year or the smart design also allows the owner the opportunity to choose between fishing, skiing or just cruising.

Sam Catanese, who was the man behind Stejcraft, came out of retirement to deliver this spectacular boat and just in the nick of time. The 5.25 Cruiser hull provides a very comfy ride both in the slop and the estuaries. It has a large hatch, which will fit the biggest bloke, and opens by hinging to the left and is easily reached by stepping up inside the cuddy cab.

There is no bulkhead between the cabin and cockpit area but a canvas cover can be made to lock it up for an overnight snooze. The Vee berth cabin has infill cushions for sleeping which can be easily moved for access to the hatch. The dash has good room to put all the instruments you will need to find your favourite spots and get home.

The cockpit is very spacious and features a 90L under floor kill or storage tank. A large rear transom seat lifts up to reveal plenty of dry storage space underneath. Along the back of the transom there are two insulated lockers that could be used for storage or a live bait tank.

For the serious side of fishing, there is a stack of room for a boat this size. You could fish a number of anglers comfortably around the transom or use the rod holders and do some trolling. Either a bait board or a ski pole can be placed at the rear to enjoy every aspect of this boat.

Two comfortable pedestal seats are well positioned and give you a full view forward. The Captain’s seat is mounted on a fibreglass box with a storage hatch on the side and a cabinet at the rear with six drawers, allowing for all types of terminal tackle or lures to be permanently stored.

Further comfort is added with a fibreglass table that fits into a slot in the floor on the port side allowing the top to swivel in any direction. The table folds away in seconds and can be stored up the front or in a side pocket.

A side console storage compartment enables you to put things away that you don’t want to get broken or need to reach in a hurry. Moulded side pockets allow you to store gaffs, ropes and even the odd rod or two and they have a good depth to them.

The mid ship chines are nice and wide, giving the boat plenty of lift and stability both at rest and throughout the ride. The moment you press forward the boat immediately rises keeping you dry and very stable. Most importantly, coming home in a following sea the natural lift eliminates the opportunity of the boat to bury its nose.

The test boat had a 115hp Yamaha Saltwater Series on it, which is at the top end of its capacity. It gave me a very quick 78km/h on flat water whilst not making too much of a dent in the 90L fuel tank. At 4500rpm we cruised at around 48km/h. Once we hit the chop the boat performed well beyond my expectations.

The boat was also fitted with a rear step ladder, panic rail for a passenger, nav lights, a large wrap around windscreen that enabled great viewing, rod holders, rego and trailer, carpet, safety gear, cushions, canopy covers, bimini top, bilge pump and a GME 27Mhz radio.

This boat is ready and pocket-friendly. If you like to fish or camp on anchor at night then you will have no trouble whatsoever with operations given the size and easy access to the anchor well.

Revival Boats are built in Kilsyth in Victoria by Sam under the banner of Revival Boats. The price of the boat as tested is from $35,900 with a fisher’s version from only $32,750 on the water, which makes this a very neat and well thought out package with a great finish and at the right price. For a test drive call Sam and get into a Revival boat today on 0429 423 131 or go to the website www.revivalboats.com.au


Hull Weight:600kg
Fuel Capacity:90L
Turn Key Package:$35,900
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