Boating | Sportsfishing boat a prize catch | Mark Rothfield

SPORTSFISHING BOAT: Whittley’s new 1950 delivers plenty of comfort and is built to tackle rough conditions.
SPORTSFISHING BOAT: Whittley’s new 1950 delivers plenty of comfort and is built to tackle rough conditions.

IF you’re looking for a sportsfishing boat that doesn’t skimp on comforts or break the budget, and is light enough to be towed by a family sedan, then your ship has come in.

Actually, it’s a runabout – the Clearwater CW1950 built by Whittley Marine in Victoria.

SEA LEGEND BABY: Fishos will appreciate that the SL20 includes plenty of big-boat attributes.

SEA LEGEND BABY: Fishos will appreciate that the SL20 includes plenty of big-boat attributes.

The hull is unashamedly based on the evergreen Savage Mako hull, which won Boat of the Year honours in its day. Sometimes you can’t improve on tradition in the boating world, and it’s a smart way to keep development costs down.

Atop this goes a new deck and modern layout, including walk-through access for both the transom door and bowsprit with lazy anchor system.

“Our R&D team have enhanced the styling with a slick new dash that can accommodate a massive 16-inch screen, a flat transom, folding engine well and folding door,” Whittley Marine director of sales and marketing Alan Whittley says.

“They’ve also given the hull more aggressive chines and moulded boarding platforms, adding to the hull’s already impressive bluewater credentials.”

The roomy cabin has a vee-berth large enough for a snooze.

Aft is one of the largest fishing cockpits in the 1950’s class, boasting ample storage and fishing-friendly features such as an underfloor fish box and full-length shelves.

Deadrise is a moderate 19 degrees with a fine entry, allowing the hull to slice reasonably well through chop while delivering good stability and planing performance from outboards ranging upwards from 115 horsepower.

The 1950 slots in neatly between its Clearwater sisterships, a 1650 and 2150, and old-fashioned family value is a big part of the equation.

Pricing starts at $56,990 (excluding delivery charges) when packaged with a four-stroke Yamaha 115, Mackay dual-axle trailer, and the standard bimini top, bow rails, side windows, two-tone hull and bunk cushions.

Whittley has also extended its Sea Legend family with a SL 20 and SL 25 HT.

At 6.37 metres in overall length, the 20 is the baby of the SL fleet but has all the big-boat attributes that fishos look for. For starters, its hull has a relatively deep-vee of 23 degrees to improve the offshore ride.

Alan Whittley adds: “The deep-vee SL hull is a proven performer on the water but the market was crying out for a 6-metre version at an affordable price.”

It looks as good as it performs with a new-look cabin entry sitting in front of the most comfortable seats in the class. The full-length double vee-berth has identical dimensions to the SL 22.

Whittley has packaged the SL20 with a Mackay dual axle trailer and Volvo Penta’s V6 200 G SX engine, priced from just under $80,000.

The SL 25 HT sports a hardtop, if you hadn’t guessed from its title. Having evolved from the SL 24, it’s a high-performance tourer with inbuilt creature comforts such as a slide-out fridge. 

Buyers can choose from a range of Volvo sterndrive engines in petrol or diesel, with optional Duoprop drive. Packages start from $129,990. Contact dealer Terrace Boating on 4983 5600.