Review: Anglapro Chaser 424 Spec
Dan Trotter | First Published: August 2012 | Fishing Monthly
The iconic Australian fishing boat has always been the tiller steer tinnie, built to withstand the often rough and tumble abuse the environments and we dish up. In fact there are very few fish in Australian waters that haven’t been caught from a tinnie of some sort.
Anglapro boats have been around for a few years and are quickly establishing themselves as quality options for anglers who like to customise their boats and have a price point in mind. There are a number of hull designs available in the range; the most straight forward of these is the Chaser 424 Spec; an open plan tinnie with 3mm bottom and side sheets, a carpeted floor and a forward casting deck with underfloor storage.
Designed for anglers who want to fish anywhere from the estuaries and near-shore environs to coastal and inland lakes, I can see this boat being popular with informal launching anglers around Australia and shallow water trout anglers who want a simple platform for throwing lures and flies.
The deep V pressed hull delivered a comfortable dry ride in the calm conditions as you would expect from an aluminium boat of this size. The gunwale mounted grab rails are positioned perfectly for the skipper to hang onto and the stability at rest allows comfortably for two anglers to get into the action.
The 3-year hull warranty aside, the great thing about the Chaser is its ability to be used for a huge variety of fishing options. Whether you want to troll for trout in the lakes, explore the bass and cod holding dams of the inland, down-rig live squid for estuary kings, soak baits for mulloway or even punt for snapper. The Chaser 424 will open the realms of possibility without blowing the wallet out of the water.
Basic in its design with aft compartments for the fuel tank and battery storage, the addition of corner brackets to house carpeted floor in fills provide an extra casting deck for the skipper. Side pockets running between the two seats are perfectly suited to keep handlines, chopping boards, tackle boxes and all the necessary fishing items at easy reach. A reasonably sized open anchor well will hold enough rope plus anchor and chain to suit most locations you would take this baby for a fish. An additional anchor and retrieval buoy would easily fit in the storage compartment under the casting deck.
Perhaps one of the most appealing facets is that each Anglapro boat comes awaiting your personal customisation. This way, depending on the style of fishing you’re into, you can have your brand new boat fitted out just they way you like. Starting with simply choices like the location, orientation and number of rod holders, which can have far reaching factors on the fishability, every aspect of the internal layout can be modified to suit your wish-list.
Now that’s called forward thinking and is one of the reasons this brand is enjoying such great success. Too see just how many features you can customise jump onto the website www.anglapro.com.au/chaser and check out the options.
The boat I tested was off the show room floor and awaiting a new buyer to decide on the fit out; a blank canvas if you will. Open and uncluttered with a massive amount of fishing space is really what you want from a boat like this and in that regard it surely delivered. The carpeted floor, while not covering the ribs, was at the right height for stability.
The simple forward casting deck is a great place to be at the ready rod in hand for any surface activity. Powered by a 30hp 2-stroke, the whole rig with two passengers and no fishing gear got up and going without skipping a beat; the 25L tote fuel tank tucked tidily away. The lads who run the workshop mentioned that many buyers who are at the larger end of the size spectrum opt for a 40hp or 50hp outboard for that little bit of extra torque and grunt.
OUT THE DOOR AND ON THE WATER
Delivered as standard on a Dunbier single axle trailer the whole package can be easily towed behind a medium sedan or family wagon with a towing capacity of 600kg or greater, due to its weight it has no brakes which keeps trailer maintenance to a minimum so you can spend more time on the water and fishing.
With a total length on trailer of 5.2m and manageable weight you can store this great all round set-up without too much hassle in relatively small spaces.
Priced at $10,490.00 inc GST drive away with galvanised trailer, Suzuki 30hp 2 Stroke Engine, NSW inshore safety gear and both boat and trailer registrations.
Launch and retrieve of the Chaser was a breeze. Its light weight, easy manoeuvrability on trailer and overall compact size make this an ideal boat for just about anyone.