Stessl 560 Sea Hawk

Stessl 560 Sea Hawk

There’s always a story attached to the purchase of any boat, and it usually revolves around the age-old conundrum of matching all of your needs and at least some of your wants with your budget. Human nature being what it is, we’re all after a top-shelf boat for a bottom-end price, so the search and eventual decision are generally anything but easy. Gold Coast boater Elliot Griffen recently made the decision to upgrade from his 4.5m side-console tinnie to something ...

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Stessl Edgetracker 4.35m

Stessl Edgetracker 4.35m

If the Modern Boating team wasn’t overly impressed with the latest generation of Stessl Edgetracker hulls before this test, we certainly were after it was finished. And here’s why. During the return run to the Runaway Bay Marina, following the photo shoot of the Edgetracker 4.35, we hit a gusty northeasterly wind and a messy 1m chop that came at us from an awkward angle off the bow quarter.

This particular section of the Gold Coast Broadwater is well known for ...

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Stessl Trophy 5.30 Centre Console

Stessl Trophy 5.30 Centre Console

Stessl boats has undergone something of a revolution in recent times. Changes in overall design have introduced new models emphasising contemporary styling and increased fishability, while enhanced manufacturing techniques have ensured a strengthening of components within the under floor framework and bearers.

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Stessl Trophy 5.60 Centre Console

Stessl Trophy 5.60 Centre Console

WHEN a boat is designed for Australian conditions and built in Australia, the end result is generally a very wellfinished product.

And this is the case with the Stessl Boat Company which has been building boats for tough Australian conditions for decades, and now possesses a stable of 48 boats ranging in size from 3m to 6m.

I recently tested a welloptioned up 5.6m Trophy Centre Console on the Broadwater and Seaway bar.

One of the first things I noticed when pulling up ...

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Stessl Edge V wins over Top End ranger

Stessl Edge V wins over Top End ranger

Stessl Edge V wins over Top End ranger – by Andrew Dundas Boat tests on smaller boats in the three to lower four metre size ranges are fairly hard to find in much of the printed media – as I have recently found out. Perhaps that is because many anglers now use larger vessels, especially for barra and bass fishing. Or is it just because the larger models are more appealing to test than the basic dinghy.

It is a fact ...

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Stessl 6100 Coastrunner

Stessl 6100 Coastrunner

Not inclined to stand still for long, Stessl have now extended their Platetrix Series line up 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 powered by 140hp Suzuki within the Broadwater and Seaway area.

I found the craft to have all the necessary fishing features, freeboard, sea keeping ability and performance the keen angler might require. Best of all it won’t require three mortgages ...

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