Not inclined to stand still for long, Stessl have now extended their Platetrix Series to include popular and functional centre-cab models.
I’ve always been impressed with the Stessl Platetrix concept and I really enjoyed driving the new 6100 Coastrunner centre cab powered by a 140hp Suzuki.
I found this craft to have all the necessary fishing features, freeboard, seakeeping ability and performance that a keen angler might require. Best of all, it won’t require three mortgages on the house to own.
The 6100 Coastrunner is rated for up to six people and has a beam of 2.4m to complement its 6.1m length.
The craft has a generous freeboard of around 1.5m, a hull weight of 690kg and requires an outboard between 115hp and 150hp. With the Suzuki 140hp the ride was entirely manageable, comfortable and dependable.
The layout is sensible yet practical. Up forward there are bow rails and a big anchor well close to the bowsprit and roller. There is also ample fishing space available on the elevated, carpeted forward deck, with access forward via a walkway.
The 6100’s centre cab is well set up with comfortable bunk-style seats that offer a good deal of head and legroom. The centre cab is a good place to enjoy lunch or take a rest from the weather.
Up top, a sleek targa hardtop with extendable rear sunshade and a half dozen rod holders provides a mounting point for zip-open clears. As a nice touch, the speakers for the sound system are mounted in the sides of the fold-down targa.
The dash arrangement overall is tidy and practical.
Aft of the windscreen is a full-width shelf that was set up with a Northstar sounder, GPS unit and engine gauges to starboard on a raised dash section.
The lower dash area is equipped with a drink holder to port and a radio/CD player and compass closer to the hydraulic helm.
There is another drink holder and a switches panel close to the skipper with the Navman marine radio a little lower but still within easy reach.
Skipper and mate sit on well-upholstered bucket seats mounted on open-sided storage boxes, with the skipper’s seat slide-adjustable. The storage boxes are useful for items that need to be kept handy and easily accessible.
The 6100 Coastrunner can carry three people fishing forward of the centre cab and another three working aft in the carpeted cockpit.
There is a fold-down three-person rear lounge to starboard. With the seat folded the backrest offers good thigh support when playing a fish.
As a dedicated fishing craft the Stessl 6100 Coastrunner offers a good degree of workroom aft. While the centre cab and forward area are both functional, the emphasis is certainly towards maximising the aft fishing area.
With its high sides and wide decks, the cockpit has been set up in excellent fashion for the angler. It features rear grab rails, a ladder to port adjoining a sealed, lockable boarding gate with internal step, four rod holders, side pockets more than 2m long, an optional deckwash in the starboard side pocket, a well set-up bait station with cutting board, and even more rod holders.
The catch can be accommodated in a large floor compartment. The filler for the craft’s 150L underfloor tank is mounted in the port gunwale for easy access.
The tandem Swiftco trailer made launching the 6100 Coastrunner very easy.
The sea entrance was somewhat nasty with an ebb tide pushing against incoming swells, but the Stessl’s Series 2 VDH Platetrix hull took it all in its stride without any fuss or bother.
Swells were breasted easily, the hull’s moderate vee with slightly reversed outer chines offering a gentle rather than harsh impact as we came down off waves at about 20kmh.
Running across swells presented no problems whatsoever and the hull tracked true with little helm input required.
A following sea was as easy as heading out, the hull showing no tendency to broach as we briefly rode the swells.
The Coastrunner is the sort of craft that would suit the offshore angler admirably, given the level of features plus its easy and predictable performance.
Test runs in calm water were easy. Planing was at 11 knots (20.2kmh) and 3000rpm and the big rig easily ran up to 36.8 knots (68.2kmh) at 5500rpm. It reached of 18 knots (33.6kmh) at 3500rpm and 28.4 knots (52.7kmh) at 4000rpm.
I enjoyed cruising at 4500rpm at 30.5 knots (56.5kmh), given the very low engine resonance from the Suzuki 140hp and minimal wave noise from the Stessl’s foam-filled hull.
I was impressed with the lack of impact of the Coastrunner’s hull at speed. Running at 5000rpm we crossed several large areas of wash from large craft nearby and felt only a series of minor bumps.
Tracking was spot on thanks to the well-formed keel, prominent strakes and reversed outer chine.
Stessl were at pains to get the design of the Gen 2 Platetrix hull just right. With a solid frame and full welds all round, there was a total lack of vibration and a comforting feeling of solidity and strength.
The Stessl 6100 Coastrunner and Suzuki 140hp four-stroke outboard are a combination that will serve the offshore or bay angler with ease.
The ride and handling are very pleasing, as are the general layout and list of standard features. The finish is excellent, with welds neatly smoothed, all joints are well executed and the paintwork is quality.
The 6100 Coastrunner is a value for money package at around $52,990, including the tandem trailer.
Construction:4mm plate bottom, 3mm sides
Towing:4WD or similar