The Evolution 650 Apex Predator is the ideal trailer-able game fishing boat. Boasting features such as Taco Grand Slam outrigger bases, removable side door, live bait tank and large kill tanks, it is suited to trolling for pelagics. The walk-around cabin configuration gives great access to the bow for casting lures or for keeping your bottom fishing baits separated from each other. It also makes docking easy by allowing access on and off the bow.
It’s powered by a pair of fuel efficient Evinrude E-tec 150hp counter rotating outboard motors. These have the i-command gauges with electronic controls and the engines can be synchronised together, keeping them at the same revs while trolling. The package all sits on an aluminium Dunbier trailer with breakaway brakes. The trailer has recently been serviced and all 4 hubs have just been replaced. The trailer also has stone guards fitted to protect the hull, with zipper panels for access to wash the front of the boat.
The Evolution hulls are known for their stability at rest and the amount of cockpit space in this boat is huge. There is storage everywhere, with underfloor compartments front and back and 2 large kill tanks either side. The boat has large side pockets for gaff and tackle storage, a battery storage compartment under the transom and storage under both seats. 3 new batteries have just been fitted and the battery switches and cables were all replaced at the same time. A walk through transom opens to the boarding steps and ladder, allowing access for divers as well as easy access while on the trailer.
The carpet lined cabin boasts a fantastic amount of space for a walk-around, with enough room under the front for a portable toilet and plenty of room to sit in out of the weather. There is a fridge in front of the drivers side bulkhead, with a small sink and room for a small cooker above it. There is more storage under the side bunks and also in the large side pockets. A lockable sliding door provides you with a secure space for rods and reels etc. The cabin’s hard top gives the driver and passengers great protection from the weather, with stainless grab rails everywhere and a stainless rocket launcher to store your unused rods out of harms way.
The extensive list of electronics fitted to the boat include; a Garmin GPSMAP 5012 12″ sounder/chartplotter, Garmin radar, auto pilot, GME GD9600 radio/cd/mp3 player, GME GX600 VHF radio and GME GX300 27mhz radio. Lectrotab trim tabs with LED indicators are fitted and this allows the skipper to adjust the trim of the boat to suit any conditions. New batteries have recently been fitted and a new switch cluster and all battery wiring was replaced at the same time.
From chasing marlin and sharks out to the continental shelf, or battling big Southern Bluefin tuna in Bass Strait, the Evolution 650 Apex Predator is a large game boat wrapped up in an easily–handled trailer boat package that will remain uncontested at the top of the food chain for a long time to come.