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 to the ramp was the large size of this boat. It has a very high swept bow designed to deflect the spray when cutting through chop or ocean swell.
The entry was also quite sharp giving the impression it would slice through waves with a minimum of effort. During the idle out of the 6-knot area from the Sundale Bridge, Kieran from Coastal Power Boats explained a few new features that are being incorporated into some of the Stessl boats. Stessl now has a new Platetrix Series II design in its 5.2m to 6m range of boats.
The Platetrix Series II incorporates a hull design comprising 4mm keel sheets, 3mm side sheets, full height 3mm stringer system, and a 12mm thick keel that is 100mm high.
Stessl boats are renowned for being strong and the Series II takes it to a new level.
The hull also incorporates a reverse chine for stability at rest and a flared bow, and with a few tweaks in the design, Stessl has produced a super strong under-floor structure. A grid system which forms the basis of the internals of the hull has a maximum unsupported distance of 390mm giving you the foundation for a solid boat that will stand the test of time and give you the ride you are after.
Now in saying all that, how did this boat actually perform?
As we pulled onto the plane with ease, this boat; which is fitted with a very economical and quiet 140hp Suzuki 4- stroke outboard, settled on a comfortable cruising speed as we pushed through some wind chop.
The 140hp Suzuki was a great match with power to burn and would have been even better with a full crew and gear. Some very large boat wakes were navigated, which we throttled down and comfortably punched through.
One thing I did notice in the initial stages was that the ride was very quiet.
There was very little slapping or banging, something that can be very common in tin boats.
I’m not sure whether it is the solidly constructed hull, the design, underdeck floatation, carpeted floors, or a mixture of all these features, but it was something that impressed me.
The layout of this centre console is pretty standard, but it does have a nice big helm with plenty of room to flush-mount all of your electronics. Addition room was also available on the top shelf if you want to mount your gear externally.