Bar Crusher is certainly developing a good following in North Queensland, and with good reason. The boat’s fisher-friendly layout is simple yet extremely functional, the ride fantastic, and being built from 5mm pre-stressed bottom side and 4mm topside marine grade plate alloy they are designed to last a lifetime.
The new 620C cuddy cab has the ideal blue water layout, with excellent protection from the elements, a bunk for a quick nap on overnighters and the renowned Bar Crusher sea handling performance. Add to this features like the flooding water ballast designed for better stability at rest, non-pounding, deep Vee hull, 200L fuel capacity, heavy duty tread plate deck, maximum cockpit fishing area and gas strut fold down hard top, and you have my attention.
The deep Vee for a smoother ride usually comes with a lack of stability at rest, but this problem has been eliminated in the Bar Crusher with the flooding tunnel in the keel. The Bar Crusher is also one of the very few plate boats that is constructed using full-depth and full length longitudinal frames in the sub floor with cross frames to tie them together creating a completely boxed and triangulated sub frame for outstanding strength and rigidity.
Entry over the stern, on the trailer or the water, is a breeze via the heavy-duty double T-bar fold down ladder and walk through transom with slide out transom gate. The heavy-duty tread plate finish on the wide duckboard feels very solid underfoot and there is no need to walk gingerly around for fear of slipping over on a wet surface. Grab rails on either side of the ladder offer excellent security when boarding and alighting. A standard berley bucket and muncher are fitted on the starboard side of the duckboard.
The extra wide transom top has a bolt-on bait board with a three pot rocket launcher on the back. The starboard side of the transom has a built in, fully plumbed live bait tank with multiple holes across the back, so fish and scales won’t block the overflow.
In front of the transom is a full width fold down/lift out lounge seat that when up maximises cockpit and fishing room. Attention to detail and a practical user-friendly approach is very evident throughout the Bar Crusher and it is typified by the support system for the rear lounge. Instead of the usual fold out support legs the lounge is held in position by two support brackets welded onto the edge of the side pockets, with padding on top to reduce noise and rubbing. With the lounge up, the bilge and live bait pump are easily accessed and with it down the oil storage and twin batteries, with isolator switch, are readily at hand.
Large side pockets run the full length of the cockpit and the fully adjustable twin bucket seats, with arm rests, are mounted on large front accessed open storage boxes, providing a stack of cockpit storage options. The bottom shelf of the box is raised off the self-draining floor to keep gear dry and allow wet or water tight gear to be stored underneath.
The cockpit floor is covered with FishMat floor matting, which is soft and cool under foot, and has excellent grip. There is also a large in floor kill pen/wet well in the middle of the cockpit, though it is a bit hard to access with the matting over the top. This could be easily rectified by cutting a three-sided lid in the mat over the in-floor hatch.
The helm is small but very functional with standard instrumentation and a stack of room across the full width dash for plenty more electronics. The often neglected deckie has plenty to hang onto in the rough stuff, with a dash and side grab rail to switch grips to reduce fatigue on a long run home from the reef.
The gas strut assisted fold down alloy hard top is perfect for the tropics where good ventilation is an absolute necessity, but where it can be hot and still one minute and pouring rain and blowing a gale the next. On the way back in from our test ride I had the perfect opportunity to experience its effectiveness when a howling cross wind and wild seas were throwing up spray. A quick pull down on the handle and clipping two rubber latches in place and we were completely protected from the elements.
As soon as we were back in the protection of the harbour it was up with the hard top to let the breeze pour through. The trailing edge of the hard top has a six-pot rocket launcher to store rods up out of the spray when travelling and a running light in the middle.
There is a stack of under bunk storage in the cuddy cab and a large front hatch gives easy access to the nose when anchoring. The Vee berth has fill-ins to create a full Vee bunk, though it is a bit on the short side for basketballers to stretch out on.
The anchoring system is excellent with the split bow rail feeding the anchor rope directly onto the bow roller. The anchor is held in place with a lock pin for quick release and there are two cross bollards to tie off on. The fast draining anchor well is large enough to hold a stack of rope for deepwater fishing.
We took the Bar Crusher out of Cairns Inlet into wild seas being whipped up by a heavy southeaster and it handled the conditions with ease. There was no sign of the usual aluminium hull slamming when coming off a wave and it was pretty dry considering the atrocious conditions. It gave me confidence that I would not be concerned about being caught out wide in bad weather and have to get home in really rough conditions.
The 150hp Evinrude E-Tec certainly produced some excellent performance figures with the 620C powering along at 38km/h (24mph, 21-knots) doing 3000rpm, at 42km/h (26 mph, 23-knots) doing 3500rpm, at 54km/h (34mph, 29-knots) doing 4000rpm, at 61km/h (38mph, 33-knots) doing 4500rpm, and at 67km/h (42mph, 36-knots) it was doing 5000rpm. The Bar Crusher really got up on top and flew in very rough conditions. I would rate the ride as one of the best in an alloy boat that I have tested in 18 years of doing boat reviews.
All up the Bar Crusher 620C is an excellent blue water fishing boat that is designed for the serious fisher who wants a no-nonsense rig that has everything in the right place and is ready to fish straight out of the show room. The design and construction of the Bar Crusher 620C is second to none on the Australian plate alloy market.
For further information and a boat test contact Boat Scene in Cairns on 07 40338800 and also ask about the new 620 centre console Reef Sport.
|Transom Shaft Length:||25 inch|
|Tow weight BMT (Dry Weight):||1750kg|
|Overall Trailer Length:||8100mm|
|Overall Trailer Width:||2350mm|
|Overall Height on Trailer (Roof Folded):||3200m|
With the lounge up the bilge and live bait pump are easily accessed and with it down the oil storage and twin batteries, with isolator switch, are readily at hand.Reads: 6403