Game on

Freddy Foote | VOLUME 29, ISSUE 3
Just released at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show is Stabicraft's all-new 2050 Supercab trailerboat gamefisher.
Just released at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show is Stabicraft's all-new 2050 Supercab trailerboat gamefisher.

Stabicraft's newly released 2050 Supercab isn't just a bigger version of the company's popular 1850 Supercab. It not only boasts a longer hull, but a newly designed one, with a more ergonomic cabin design and Stabicraft's innovative Game Chaser Transom and Arrow Pontoons.

For Stabicraft, the Arrow Pontoons are a big step forward in removing the compromise between ride and stability. Looking at the shoulder sections, you see the pontoon welds are raked back. This has reduced the surface area where the shoulders connect with short seas. By doing this, Stabicraft says it has softened the ride dramatically, while maintaining the stability and safety inherent in its pontoon design.

The Game Chaser Transom is a profiled transom, designed to deflect water around the transom in order to reduce drag when reversing. It also increases the reversing speed and all-important manoeuvrability. And it increases buoyancy aft, giving better stability with heavy outboards, something that maybe isn't quite so necessary on this particular boat, given that a modern four-stroke 150hp outboard, like the Yamaha F150 in our test boat, is pretty light.

Stabicraft says the new 2050 Supercab has been designed to be more agile, with features serious fishers will appreciate.
"The 2050 has been one of New Zealand's most popular models for almost 10 years, so for us to do a complete redesign was an exciting challenge," says Stabicraft Marine Australasian sales manager, Sean McColl.

Serious fisher

Like all Stabicrafts, once aboard, you quickly gain a sense that the 2050 has been built with fishing in mind.
The cockpit feels large and spacious, with plenty of storage throughout. Large side pockets run each side and provide storage for extra rods and gaffs and there's a washdown hose system on the starboard side. Four rod-holders are fixed into the coamings, two each side, and further rod storage is available above in the rocket launcher.

Under the floor is a US Coast Guard-compliant 150lt fuel tank.

Aft, the large livebait tank, complete with viewing window, is positioned in the centre of the transom, along with the alloy rod holders and bait station. In the aft corners, the rear seats fold up for fantastic access to the rear of the boat when angling.
Twin boarding platforms are located either side of the outboard - a feature divers will appreciate.

At the helm, and flush-mounted into the powder-coated dash, is a Furuno GP1870F fishfinder/chartplotter. Depending on your preferences, the dash will accommodate up to 14in displays. Importantly, and standard from the factory, comes a Maxwell RC6 capstan anchor winch, operated from the helm. And, as always, visibility is great with the one-piece curved toughened glass windscreen.

A Uniden VHF radio and a Fusion stereo system are mounted over to the left, within easy reach of the skipper and the front passenger. The forward section of the dash is carpeted and provides a non-slip area for other items to sit. I'm a big fan of sliding side windows in hardtops - and though I was disappointed there weren't any on this boat, they are an option.

Cantilever swivel seats for the skipper and passenger not only provide dry storage underneath but, given it's up off the floor, allow for easy wash-down and clean-up after a day on the water.

I love the seating configuration. The lift-up bolster-style seats are big and comfy and really nice to sit in while underway, or lean against when the going gets rough.

A small step-over bulkhead divides the helm area from the forward cabin. This allows an array of gear to be stored without having it slide back into the cockpit when underway.

The cabin is configured in a traditional V-berth, with optional squab infills and extra storage space under all three squabs and side shelves.

Economic running

The hull is rated for outboards from 115hp through to 150hp. Our test boat was powered with a Yamaha F150 four-stroke outboard.

During our test we noted that at a trolling speed of 6.5mph (10.5km/h) at 1500rpm, the Yamaha was using just 4.9lt/h. A cruise speed of 22mph (35km/h) at 3500rpm produced fuel use of 18.1lt/h, or 2.2km per litre of fuel. With wide-open throttle, the 2050 Supercab and Yamaha 150hp package will hit 46.6mph (75km/h) at maximum revs of 6000rpm and use 62.8lt/h of fuel.

The Yamaha delivered a great mix of out-of-the-hole punch, mid-range torque and top-end speed. In addition, it was quiet and it had excellent fuel economy.

Underway, the ride was really good and, compared to previous models, you could feel the improvements made via the Arrow Pontoons. The hull is responsive and enjoyed a fair bit of trim out with the Yamaha F150.

We do have to give special mention to the paint scheme of our test craft because it really is quite stunning. The actual colour is called Ford Tangerine Scream, from PPG - as seen on 2013 Ford Focus ST models.

Stabicraft's designers have identified a range of colours that best suit their boats. They also have matching graphics and upholstery to go with the paint. In fact, there are 18 different colours to choose from, including metallics, gold, silver, blues, reds and greens.

The Stabicraft 2050 Supercab is a great package that will suit a large proportion of the serious fishing fraternity.

With so many superb fishing-related features as standard, such as the Game Chaser Transom and livebait tank, combined with the economy of the Yamaha F150 four-stroke outboard, you'll have one great trailerboat game fisher.