Tinnies have come a long way in the last decade. What used to be the term for a knockabout, unpainted, noisy old crab-pot deployer has morphed into a comfortable, good-looking, fast and stable fish-catching machine.
Yep, the humble tinnie has come of age, and the Anglapro Outlaw 434 Pro is a perfect example. It’s painted and carpeted, and comes with an electric motor, a fishfinder, comfortable seats and a drive-on trailer. There’s a livewell big enough to fish a tournament with and it’s eminently towable by the family car … let alone the Isuzu MU-X that easily toted it to some south-east Queensland lakes.
Supplied by Brisbane Marine in Clontarf, it’s not surprising that our boat came turn-key fitted for action. Troy Wood and his team pride themselves on a high level of technical expertise, based around their unsurpassed knowledge of the Mercury product.
Brisbane Marine was one of Australia’s biggest Mercury dealers in 2016 and is excited about the Anglapro brand.
At the ramp, launch and retrieve was simple, with a drive-on/off trailer. Moogerah Lake has a reasonably shallow ramp and it could drive on and off with just the rubber of the Isuzu’s back wheels in the water. I’m not a fan of getting the tail-end of my tow rigs too salty in the tidal water, so the set-up is good.
If we were to summarise the Anglapro in three words, they would be comfortable, beamy and stable.
Indeed, with a 2m beam and 4.3m length, there’s plenty of room in all directions. Walking around this boat, there’s no second-guessing where the other person is standing to try and keep the boat stable. In fact, I found it easy to fish up on the extended gunwales while trying to get a little extra height to see into the water.
Constructed of 3mm aluminium (both sides and hull), there’s no doubting that this is a bulletproof hull. It’s a standard, modern V-nose punt configuration and it’s backed by a five-year hull warranty. With fully carpeted floors and underfloor storage, it also boasts a practical and full-sized side console that’s as good as any we’ve seen in a boat of this size.
Plenty of modern boats forget that when we get onboard, we have keys, wallets and mobile phones that all need a place to live. The Anglapro console has a great weatherproof shelf under the helm, and above the helm there’s space to mount the biggest electronics that you’d want in an inshore craft.
As tested, the Outlaw was fitted with a Lowrance Hook 4 CHIRP model, which was surprisingly good at showing bait, bass and the bottom of the lake. It’s amazing what a few hundred bucks gets you nowadays in the sonar department.
At the bow, MotorGuide’s superlative Xi5 electric motor gives the angler full control of positioning. Powered by a single 12V deep-cycle battery that’s mounted under the casting deck, no discerning freshwater angler would be critical of the set-up.
The powerplant at the other end of the boat is more substantial. The 40hp Mercury FourStroke is ridiculously frugal and pushed the test rig up to 26 knots (48km/h) at 5800rpm. Like all four-strokes, the amenity of a non-smoking motor is appreciated – especially in the freshwater impoundments we fished.
Rated to 50hp, the Outlaw could have done with the extra 10hp (or at least an inch less propeller pitch) when getting up onto the plane, which it did in nine seconds. Optimally, the passenger seat mounted in the middle of the three seat bases gave the best results here.
Having the front livewell full of water didn’t hurt the planing performance either. This livewell is fully plumbed and drains to the outside with a standpipe, which also controls the resting water level. A mid-tank divider keeps your catch separate from your angling partner’s if you’re in a tournament situation.
Although the optional rod locker fitted into this boat is convenient, it only holds rods under 6.5ft in length. Considering the modern lure-casting rod is around 7ft long, maybe vertical rod storage options would work better in a hull of this size.
Overall, this rig is a great step up into the world of comfortable boating if you’re currently running around in a basic tinnie. It’s easy to launch and retrieve, safe to drive and stable enough for a couple of mates or a young family to join you for a day on the water.
With package prices starting in the low $20,000 range, visit Anglapro.com.au to find your nearest dealer.
– Steve Morgan