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 its habit of getting rough when certain conditions prevail. And a 20-knot plus wind pushing against the outgoing tidal flow produced the perfect conditions. It wasn’t the best place to be in any boat, but in an average (note that I said average) 4.3m tinnie it was a real recipe for a thumping. But not so in the 4.35 Edgetracker, it handled the chop like it wasn’t there. Amazing the Modern Boating team to a point that we nearly forgot to slow when the big wake of a passing Riv came powering at us. Yes, we had to slow down for it, but as soon as it rolled through it was back to planing speeds for the rest of the trip home.