Evolution 500 Sportsfisher

In conjunction with its 500 Santa Fe model, Melbourne-based Evolution Boats has recently launched its 500 Sportsfisher model, designed for anglers and families alike.

Built on Evolution’s signature deep-V wide reverse chine, hand-laid fibreglass hull, the Evolution 500 Sportsfisher measures 5.00m (excluding pod and bowsprit) and has a beam of 2.25m, which creates a cockpit that boasts an internal measurement of 1.83m at the transom.

Evolution Boats says that its 500 Sportsfisher was designed with first-time boaties in mind. An easy-access anchor, walk-through windscreen, full-length side pockets and extra storage compartments add up to a clean deck with no equipment to trip over when the fish are on.

Even though the boat will appeal to first-timers, Evolution says that, like all its boats, the 500 Sportsfisher is designed and manufactured by serious anglers with a commitment to quality, safety and rock-solid stability at rest.

Easy to tow behind an average family car, the 500 Sportsfisher is equally easy to launch and retrieve on the custom-built, drive-on, drive-off trailer.

Enquiries: Evolution Boats, tel: (03) 9738 0085. Web:


Regal 2520

Geelong, Victoria-based Regal dealer Going Boating, has recently announced the launch of the new Regal FasDeck 2520.

The 2520 employs the speed and ride of Regal’s proven FasTrac hull, but diverges from a traditional deck boat mould with its topside lines drawn by an Italian designer.

The distinctive style of the 2520 FasDeck increases passenger and cargo room. In addition to its increased storage capacity, the 2520 provides three distinct living areas. The extra width carried into the bow allows for a spacious conversation area, which can be fitted with a cantilevered teak table.

The extended platform, sun pad and reversible rear bench seat create a dedicated swimming and lounging area and the sheltered centre cockpit can be fitted with a plumbed convenience centre, enhanced by a spacious bathroom compartment in the passenger console.

To complement all this room, Regal’s FasTrac hull provides uncanny performance for a boat in this class, says Regal. In addition to the hull’s vented steps, which deliver a cushion of speed-increasing airflow to the underside, there is a pair of inverted chines to further increase lift and add stability.

Regal says that these features, combined with the deep V, provide an exemplary combination of running efficiency and rough water performance.

For more information, call Going Boating, tel (03) 5224 2085.


One of Streaker Boats’ most popular models, the 4.85 Cuddy has recently received the “Walk-thru” treatment to make it an even more versatile fishing or family boat.

This 4.85-metre boat offers all the benefits appreciated by first-time boaties or experienced anglers, says Streaker Boats.

The compact nature of the 4.85 Walk-thru means it’s easy to tow and can access tight waterways that bigger craft can’t navigate.

Another bonus of the boat’s size is that it is over the legal length requiring all persons on board to wear a PFD.

However, the standout feature of the new boat is the walk-through windscreen and forward hatch that allows immediate access to the anchor locker through the helm bulkhead.

This offers greater safety when anchoring and also allows more room to move if you’re battling a fish around the boat.

The 4.85 Cuddy Walk-thru offers a roomy and uncluttered fishing cockpit and practical helm layout. The designers have used all available space with all the fishing essentials, including a Lowrance sounder, bimini top, removable bait board, stainless steel rod holders and bait bins.

The Streaker 4.85 Walk-thru is powered by Yamaha’s F60 four-stroke engine which, combined with the upgraded 75-litre underfloor fuel tank, gives outstanding performance and cruising range.

Enquiries: Streaker Boats, tel: (03) 9729 8288. Web:



Sealegs 7.1

Building on its already successful 6.1m RIB amphibious boat range, Sealegs has recently announced the introduction of the new 7.1m RIB. Capable of reaching top speeds of 78km/h on water and 10km/h on land, the 7.1 is paired with a 150hp Evinrude E-Tec outboard.

Sealegs boats are a revolutionary solution, which overcomes all the traditional hassles of launching and retrieving trailer boats. They can be driven on land and, at the push of a button, transform themselves into high-speed powerboats.

With seating for eight adults and a centre driving console, the new 7.1m RIB opens up huge possibilities for not only people with waterfront properties, but families with young children, the elderly or those with disabilities, says Sealegs.

Originally designed and built in New Zealand by Maurice Bryham and David McKee Wright, Sealegs came to Australia through English ex-pat and Sealegs Australian director, Will Burrell.

“The key feature,” said Burrell, “is that from start to finish, launching and retrieving with Sealegs is a single-handed manoeuvre.”

Having just shipped its 250th boat, the award-winning ingenuity of Sealegs has been recognised world-wide – from tenders for mega-yacht owners through to an entire fleet recently purchased by the Italian Fire Brigade.




Savage 520 Angler Pro

According to Savage Product Manager, Ian Stanley, the Savage 520 Angler Pro is the best-equipped and best value boat in its category: “I think it’ll make a lot of people sit up and take notice,” he said.

The Angler Pro has a layout designed for 360-degree fishing and with up to 115hp on the back, it’s designed to get to the fish at up to 80km/h.

The Angler Pro boasts two aerated live bait tanks and two lockable rod compartments.

The large, elevated casting platform gives a great view of the fishing ground and, with heaps of storage underneath, there’s a place for everything to be tucked out of the way.

The Angler Pro comes on a trailer and is factory-fitted for a trolling motor. Other standard features include nav lights, automatic bilge pump, positive flotation, fire extinguisher and a non-corrosive petrol tank, so it’s safe as well as functional.

The Angler Pro retails for $35,992, plus freight, and comes with a five-year hull warranty and a transferable bow-to-stern warranty on virtually everything else.

Enquiries: Savage Boats. Web:




350 Amanzi RIB

Built to carry up to four people, the 350 Amanzi has a distinctive centre console and forward steering. An easy-to-read speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge and voltage meter are built into the centre console, giving the driver complete control.


Features include leather seating and integrated cup holders, as well as navigation lights, courtesy lights, an integral fuel tank and three air chambers.

With safety in mind, the 350 comes standard with a bow rail and a non-slip floor. And despite its size, the 350 Amanzi allows for ample space for storage, with a bow/anchor locker, stern locker and console locker.

Made of a super-tough Hypalon XD material, the 350 Amanzi is resistant to abrasions, hydrocarbons, fire, ultra-violet light and fading.

The 350 Amanzi comes with a five-year limited warranty.

Enquiries: Quicksilver Boats. Web:



Perry MS-59

Leading Australian multihull manufacturer, Perry Catamarans has hit the market with a revolutionary new motor-sailer, the Perry MS-59.

Notable over the years for its sailing and power cats, Perry says it has now incorporated the best of both worlds in the MS-59. New owners will be able to enjoy the leisurely pace of cruising under sail, or if the mood should take them, have the ability to motor at up to 20 knots.

Added to this is the luxury that has been inherent in the Perry brand for decades. The massive internal volume of the vessel is comparable to the interior of an 80ft monohull boat, according to Perry.

This will come with the bonus of flat cruising that cats generally bring and a five-star fitout that will provide super luxury for owners and their guests.

Owner of Perry Catamarans, Allan Barnett said that he is now developing plans for the MS 45.5, which will be a hybrid of Perry’s highly successful sailing cat, the Perry 43 and the well-proven 45.5 Motor Yacht.

Enquiries: tel (07) 5561 7988.



Bayliner 175 Bowrider

Bayliner says it can deliver its new 175 Bowrider at a price many might think was reserved for second-hand sports boats. The new 175 is designed to give the family all it needs in a runabout in an easy-to-use and easy-to-maintain package.

The 175 Bowrider is designed to withstand anything that active families can dish out. Tough vinyl upholstery, treated with Bayliner’s exclusive KidClean protective coating, stainless steel hardware and hose-and-go cleaning mean owners can spend more time on the water, instead of maintaining their boat, says Bayliner.

New deep freeboard and a curved safety-glass windshield add extra security and safety.

Powered by a 3.0-litre/135hp MerCruiser with Alpha 1, the 175 has the power to accommodate all activities, whether it’s skiing, tubing or cruising. Regardless of the sport, there’s plenty of power, with a top speed of up to 85km/h, and with an 80-litre fuel tank you can do it all for longer.

One of the big features of the 175 is the spacious cockpit, thanks to Bayliner’s “beam-forward” design, which pushes the widest point forward to create more usable space.

The cockpit also has plenty of storage for skis and wakeboards, which can be stowed in the pit floor storage compartment.

Enquiries: tel 1800 802 444. Web: