December 14, 2019

Seafarer Vantage 4.85 Boat Review

Overview

This is something unusual: a small fiberglass boat made in Australia. The Vantage 4.85 is a product of the Haines group, which gives it a pedigree of votes. The construction uses good techniques that were developed when fiberglass released the chopper gun mentality before: its main feature is injection of vacuum bag resins. This gives a lower resin content and hence greater strength.

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The choice of the side console layout is logical: putting it in the middle will effectively lose the usable length. So, in the interest of saving space, as small as possible. There is still room left in it for motorcycle monitors, electronic fishing equipment, and a little storage.

There are only two swivel chairs that can be removed very well (generally chairs are now much better than a few years ago). There are casual perches on the bow platform, but deck space always beats chairs on small general-purpose boats. This deck space has plenty, and also a place to keep things clear. There are three changing door locoms, one suitable for baiting, a wet and dry shop under the platform, and the other wet store under the main deck.

Quality touches include good hardware and lidded well anchors, something that is not uncommon on open ships. Finishing the mold off of almost every part of the construction is not only easy on the eyes – it also makes the interior easy to clean.

This is a multipurpose ship. Obviously, the bow to take the City Minn suggests fishing is expected, and the same ski hooks suggest something completely different. The Vantage will be the same as at home, taking a pot or just being a ferry to people like Carnac Island. A ship this big can expect a future that includes being dragged to shore; a prospective buyer might worry about chipped gelcoat. Stop worrying: Vantage has a protective shell that can be replaced.

Vantage has a rating of up to 100hp – serious power for a 320kg hull. The Honda 80hp gives us a blazing performance; I can live without an additional 20. In the ocean, ships can use an abundance of horses better than most in their size range. Haines’ legacy is evident in the underbody which displays 21 degrees deadrise in the transom. This ship is able to face strong sea winds. As always, the hydraulic steering makes my life easy and will facilitate crab fishermen. Despite the sharp hull, stability is very respectable.

A bad trailer can ruin a good day on water; This trailer, beauty in the style of a super roller, will not. Driving is as easy as it gets, the right roller down guides the boat almost as well as the catamaran special trailer guides the twin hull.

Lowdown
Length 4.85m
Beam 2.05m
Fuel capacity 120L
Motor fitted Honda 80hp