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Fishing, diving and family fun machine: Trailcraft 610
  |  First Published: June 2008



The Trailcraft 610 Centre Cab is a serious piece of offshore machinery that has the layout and performance to put a smile on any offshore angler’s dial. The broad beam, high sides and full walk-around layout makes the Trailcraft perfect for the offshore sports fisher who also wants a boat that can double as the family fun machine.

The fold down ladder and transom gate make it a breeze for the young ones or the less agile to get in and out of the water, as well as allowing easy access when on the trailer. They are both very robust in construction and will certainly stand the test of time. A grab rail runs from the duckboard to the transom over the raked back stern for added security when boarding and alighting. The extra wide duckboard means a second person can stand on the back to help others in and out of the water, while the checker plate finish provides excellent grip.

The test boat was fitted with a 15hp Mercury two stroke auxiliary, as it had been set up for fishing the most remote parts of the coastline in the Gulf of Carpentaria. The fully self-draining deck means the Trailcraft can be left safely at anchor overnight and will still be afloat after a heavy downpour. The large rectangular scuppers can be closed when backing into heavy seas while fighting a big bill.

The small side pockets are long enough to hold a pair of paddles, a deck wash or a brace of handlines, and there is an access hatch under the transom, on the starboard side, to get at the battery and motor connections. Trolling position, through gunwale, and rod holders located on each side, are at the stern.

The removable bait board on top of the transom has a large tray around the front and sides to hold knives, cutters and pliers. The butcher board cutting surface lifts to reveal a storage box to keep bait handy out of the sun or to stow knives and the like. Twin drink holders are conveniently located on the back corners to keep anglers well hydrated and twin rod holders allow rod storage or a floater to be set out of the road when bottom fishing. A large live bait tank is located to port of the bait board in a very easy to access location.

The 610 will easily fish six people, with four at the back and two more, with a stack of room, at the nose. A lack of seating can be fixed by placing a removable esky in front of the centre cab and/or across the stern. A large underfloor kill pen/wet well is located in front of the centre cab.

The self-draining anchor well will easily hold a couple of hundred metres of rope. The test boat is fitted with an optional winch on the back of the bow roller, with a split pin to lock the anchor in place when on the move and a cross bollard on the rear of the anchor well for tying off. The low profile split bow rail makes working the anchor a breeze, while the generous internal height offers excellent security for the deckie when working the anchor.

The centrecab is realistically too small to stretch out in but would offer shelter from severe weather or a place for the rug rats to crash out in. Otherwise, it is an excellent large storage area to keep all the bulky gear out of the way. A canvas clip out door keeps the boat looking tidy and would improve shelter in extreme conditions. A horizontal grab rail above the cab entrance is ideal for passengers to hang onto in the rough stuff. The helm seat doubles as a large storage box that could be insulated to make an excellent on-board esky.

The wide flat dash has stacks of area for quick at hand nick-knacks, with heaps of room for all the electronics the pocket can afford. The test boat came fitted with Mercury SmartCraft instrumentation, Navman VHF 7000, CD player and a Lowrance LGC 2000 GPS receiver. Under the steering wheel there is a built in tackle storage system that holds three slide out tackle trays.

The fold down bimini makes it easier to get the Trailcraft into a standard garage and has a six shot rocket launcher on the trailing edge. A rear facing light on the back edge of the bimini provides good illumination into the main cockpit for night fishing.

The Trailcraft 610 is powered by a 150hp Mercury Verado supercharged four-stroke, which produced some impressive figures. At 3500 rpm it clocked 40km/h (25mph, 22 knots), at 4000 rpm it was doing 49km/h (30mph, 26 knots), at 4500 rpm it produced 54km/h (34mph, 29 knots), at 5000 rpm it reached 63km/h (39mph, 34 knots) and topped out at 5500 rpm doing a very respectable 68km/h (42mph, 37 knots).

The Trailcraft 610 was a pleasure to drive and got out of the hole in an instant. It turned beautifully and landed nicely on its tail when coming off the wakes of the large tourist boats. It was one of those picture perfect days to be out on the water but unfortunately not a good day to find out how well the 610 handles the rough stuff.

All up the Trailcraft 610 Centre Cab is a top-notch offshore fishing platform, which has an excellent layout, a heap of space and looks superb on the water. The offshore angler who wants a serious fishing boat that will also double as a family toy will find the Trailcraft 610 the perfect answer.

For further information contact Watersports Marine in Sydney on 02 9676 1400.

Facts

SPECIFICATIONS:

Hull Length:6.1m
Length Overall:6.35m
Length on Trailer inc. Motor:7.4m
Beam External:2.53m
Depth Internal:700mm
Height on Trailer:2.6m
Hull Bottom:5mm
Hull Sides:4mm
Transom:6mm
Sub Frame:4mm
Floor:3mm
Hull Weight: 880kg
Max hp:175
Max Transom Weight: 240kg
Transom Height:25inch
Maximum Persons:7
Maximum Load: 910kg

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