5 best small fishing boats of 2018

Summer is well and truly here, which means it’s the perfect time to get a tinny on the water and cast a line. Today, we’re ranking (what we think) are the best small fishing boats on the market right now, for both budget, quality and of course, safety.

Here’s what made the cut.

  1. Horizon 438 Stryker XPF SC

Most big alloy boat brands have a handful of side-console boats in their repertoire, and Horizon is no different. These guys launched the Horizon Stryker in 2016, and the 438 is hands down the most popular model.

It features comfy bucket chairs, a live bait tank (fully-plumbed) a kill tank under the floor a nicer than average side console, rear boarding platforms and heaps more. The 438 also offers a comfortable ride, which feels super stable.

Head here to read more about the 438 Stryker.

  1. Formosa 480 Tomahawk Classic SC

The Tomahawk is a plate-alloy vessel with the kind of interior layout you’d expect of an inshore, coastal fishing boat. It has an acrylic windscreen, 2 pedestal helm chairs, which lift out, storage platforms, a ladder and transom boarding platforms.

It hits 34.6 knots on the water and carries a 100hp Suzuki 4-stroke. Most importantly, it’s a stable ride, easy to navigate, and you’ll keep dry and relatively comfy, even in chop. You’ll also like it’s cockpit, which is set back and deep for extra safety.

See the 480 Tomahawk here.

  1. Morningstar Angler 498A

The Angler 498A is made in Taiwan using robotic engineering and new stretch form pressing tech. What does that actually mean? Well, you’ll find the shape of the hull includes angles and curves that are more complex than your average alloy fishing boat.

Inside, the Angler 489A is more like most boats made in Australia, with a rear cockpit, a drainage system for cleaning up after a fish, a neat side console helm station and other features you’d expect from a boat of its class.

Find out more about the Angler 498A here.

  1. Quintrex 530 Frontier

Quintrex is getting a name for its innovative small fishing boats, and the 530 Frontier is one of five to make waves. It’s a smooth ride, which will keep you dry in choppy conditions, and it’s versatile enough for fishing in streams, rivers and also offshore.

Although the 530 is considered to be a more premium fishing boat, it still includes all your typical standard features – like a casting deck laid with marine carpet, storage lockers for safety equipment below the foredeck, a live bait tank and 3 comfortable pedestal chairs.

Get more info on the Quintrex 530 Frontier here.

  1. Horizon 515 Northerner

The 515 Northerner is stable at rest and smooth to ride, even at top speeds of around 35 knots (always check your speed limits of course!). It has a 4mm hull and 3mm topsides, with a casting deck, welded side decks, which extrude, and side pockets in the cockpit.

Overall, this pressed-alloy fishing vessel is a great pick, and Horizon offers two other options – the 485 and 540. This model looks cool, and offers quality performance, even offshore. It’s also nicely finished with tread plating, for greater safety.

See it here.

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