Finding the perfect boat to suit your fishing style can be a real challenge, especially if you have budget constraints. If you are satisfied with the performance of the hull, yet your vessel is missing the fish-ability factor, then maybe it’s time to pimp your tinny.
How many people do you know who have purchased a boat and been totally happy with it, not having to make a single alteration? I have owned various inshore fishing boats, from American bass boats to aluminium hulls and made changes to all of them to fit my style of fishing. I am now back in an aluminium boat, because it suits the areas I fish in CQ and it’s a little safer for my young family than a bass boat travelling at 90km/h.
One thing I found with coming back to a tinny was that it was missing all the finer points that the American bass boat builders do so well. The Australian aluminium boat builders are making inroads here and I strongly recommend taking a look at the Stacer Assault Pro range. Storage and casting deck space are the two main areas that really need attention in this market. Casting lures is more popular than ever and a sturdy casting platform is paramount, and there is no such thing as enough storage space. Let me walk you through some changes made to my now 2-year old tinny to make it more fishable.
As anglers purchasing a boats, we usually start with researching a hull based on our style of fishing. The size of the boat and versatility, max horsepower and then the pros and cons of various Australian made hulls. The storage and casting deck was not a big focus for me, as I was prepared to make changes to suit my requirements; however a basic platform was good place to start.