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 on the house to own.
A big boat
The 6100 Coastrunner is rated for up to six people and sports a beam of 2.4m to complement her 6.1m length. The craft has a generous freeboard of around 1.5m plus a hull weight of 690kg and requires an outboard between 115-150hp. The Suzuki 140hp was nearly top power, and the ride was entirely manageable, comfortable, and dependable. The layout is sensible yet practical. Up front there are bow rails, a big anchor well in close proximity to the bow sprit 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 sport a good deal of head and leg room. The centre cab is a good place to enjoy lunch or take a rest from the weather. Up top of the cab a sleek targa hard top (with extendable rear sun shade and a half dozen rod holders) provides a mounting point for zip open clears above the craft’s wrap around style windscreen. As a nice touch, the speakers for the craft’s on-board sound system are side mounted in the targa, which is capable of folding down to assist with storage if required.
Aft of the windscreen is a full width shelf that is set up with a Northstar sounder, GPS unit and gauges to monitor the Suzuki 140hp to starboard on a dedicated, raised, dash section.
The lower dash area is equipped with a drink holder to port and a radio/CD player and compass towards the craft’s wheel, which is linked to hydraulic steering. There is another drink holder plus switches set up within close proximity to the skipper with a Navman marine radio a little lower but still within easy reach.