Boating | Bar Crusher targets fishing mavericks | Mark Rothfield

BEST OF THE BEST: If you feel the need for speed, consider Bar Crusher's Exocet 615C.
BEST OF THE BEST: If you feel the need for speed, consider Bar Crusher's Exocet 615C.

LEADING plate aluminium boatbuilder Bar Crusher has launched its latest special edition series for the Top Guns of fishing.

It’s called the Exocet, after the French missile, and you could certainly (Tom) cruise to any fishing ground in any weather.

The Exocet follows the success of Bar Crusher’s special edition Apache series released in 2010. There are two versions – the 615C Exocet and 670HT Exocet – which both incorporate a host of standard Bar Crusher features along with extra inclusions.

For starters, the distinctive paint scheme comprises an aircraft grey deck with gloss black hull and roof. The helm is matte black so as not to dazzle the aviator sunnies. You also get special Exocet graphics and 15-inch black mag wheels and black mudguards on the custom trailer. Looks damn good, I must say, mated to a black Suzuki.

Premium carpet lines much of the cabin, including the roof, and the cockpit side pockets. The latter have welded uprights for screw-in rod, gaff and tag-pole storage, while the 615C runs a new deluxe bait board.

When you feel the need for speed, the 615 is rated to carry up to a 150hp outboard, and the 670 is good for 200hp. The 6.1-metre Gen2 hull combines a down-turned chine running forward, wider chine aft, and vee-shaped planing plank that narrows as it runs forward. The larger 670 is built on Bar Crusher’s high-performance and rugged deep-vee hull.

Respective fuel capacities are 140 litres and 190 litres, with long-range tanks also available, so these ultra-tough runabouts can run miles offshore chasing tuna and marlin.

Just as happily, however, they’re fine for sitting at anchor on the bay, snapper fishing with the family. The 670HT Exocet’s all-weather hard top and toughened safety glass windscreen allows full standing room and an unobstructed 360-degree view from the helm.

As with all models in Bar Crusher’s cuddy cabin range, the 615C Exocet’s folding gas-strut roof (with side clears) provides similar protection from the elements, yet when folded it reduces on-trailer height by around a metre for storage under carports and in low garages.

Built in Victoria, the range is renowned for quality construction and so-called fishability. 

Meanwhile, US builder Boston Whaler has marked its 60th anniversary with the release of two fibreglass centre-console fishing skiffs that stay true to the brand’s heritage while featuring the latest design trends.

The Montauk 150 and 170 are said to offer simplicity, reliability and versatility, along with “hose-and-go” utility.

New features on the 170 Montauk include an underfloor fuel tank (85-litre) and a fish box, mounted forward, that drains overboard. The anniversary models come with optional teak boarding steps and swim ladder flooring, for a touch of vintage flair.

Standard power is a four-stroke 90hp Mercury that gets the 850kg (fully loaded) hull planing in seconds and tops out at 35 knots. Cruising range is around 75 nautical miles with up to seven people aboard.

The nearest dealer is Sirocco Marine at Caringbah.