Our Top 5 Fishing Boats of 2018/19
If casting a line from the deck of a fishing boat is your favourite way to spend an afternoon/ morning/ life, then you may be interested in our top fishing boat picks for 2018 and 2019. Most of these models are Australian made, because, well, Aussies really do know how to make a great fishing boat. If your favourite isn’t here, leave a comment for others to read.
Here’s what made the cut.
Stessco 620 Sunseeker
If you’re looking for a good value trailer boat, the Stessco 620 is one of the best on the market. Stessco is an alloy-manufacturer based in Brisbane, and their crew has put together a top-notch offshore boat for fishing and family time on the water.
The 620 will set you back around $55,000, which is very reasonable for what you get. This model is a wide-beam boat with a hefty 3 metres of deck space and a spacious fibreglass cabin. It also has two side berths, which convert into a large double bed.
Haines Signature 788SF
The 788SF was designed to contend with US centre consoles. As such, it is built with a range of features, like portside offset driving, which are seen in US models. The Australian boat maker embraces a high cockpit freeboard and roomy interiors that make it perfect for anglers.
This model is known for its stability, excellent handling and smooth ride. Features include a fantastic live bait tank, which includes a seat module, 13 rod holders, Thermo-Lite composite fibreglass, wet kill tanks with under floor pump-out, foam flotation and heaps more.
Sportsman Island Reef 19
The Sportsman Island Reef 19 features a clean design, with an excellent finish and an interior layout tailored to fishing life. The boat brand hails from South Carolina (America), and this model is known for being an entry level buy.
Although it doesn’t feature the cockpit freeboard and high topsides of bigger models in the Sportsman range, you’ll find the design does a good job if you’re casting a line in the harbour, bay or off the coast.
Cruise Craft Fish 360M
Renowned Aussie boat builder Cruise Craft is cleverly designed based on a deep vee hull. Buyers can choose a basic design or one with a whole bunch of inclusions. Both options allow anglers to fish off any spot on the perimeter, which is why it’s called a ‘360’.
On board, you’ll find an excellent amount of space, including plenty of deck room for casting a line. When fitted with a Yamaha 175hp 4-stroke outboard, you’ll hit top speeds of 40 knots. The Cruise Craft is a really good looking, functional fishing boat worth the dollar.
AMM 7000 Halo
This Aussie boat brand has been leading plate aluminium boat design for many years. In 2018, they brought things up a notch, with the 7000 Halo. This model is well-balanced and steady, offering a soft and fast ride of 44 knots (max).
Inside, Australian Master Marine has really outdone itself, with a dual-width centre console that features an internal head compartment and offset driving station. Overhead, you’ll find a self-supporting hard top with no rear struts for extra room.
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