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Custom Bar Crusher

Bar Crusher Boats recently teamed up with Navico Australia’s Dave Silva to develop the first 560XS Tournament model.

Designed around Dave’s passion for tournament barra fishing in the Top End, this custom model has taken Bar Crusher’s popular ‘crossover’ concept to another level.

Built on the heavy-duty plate aluminium 6.10m (LOA) 560 hull, Bar Crusher’s high-tech Waveslicer non-pounding, deep-V hull design is designed to handle messy conditions.

Modifying the layout of the standard 560XS Reef Sport, the console has been moved to the starboard side in the 560XS Tournament and the portside pocket has been converted into a sizable rod locker to safely store tackle when it’s not being used.

Among other notable features, the huge forward casting platform (with cavernous storage area below) has been covered with 10mm thick high-density foam and carpeted, providing a cushioned casting surface that will help reduce fatigue during long days on the water.

Further casting space has been incorporated aft, with a large, carpeted box providing a decent casting area. This rear casting platform also incorporates three seat spigots, which allows three anglers to sit in comfort during long runs along the coast or up remote river systems.

Along with an upgraded power rating to 150hp and 200L fuel tank, the standard in-floor fuel filler has been moved from the centre of the deck to near the side console.

The Lowrance HDS (High-Definition System) was the obvious choice for onboard electronics. Dave has a Lowrance HDS-10 mounted on the console, another HDS-10 unit is RAM-mounted in the portside rear corner, while a single HDS-7 is RAM-mounted at the bow near the 24V Minn Kota electric outboard.

As a production plate aluminium boat manufacturer, Bar Crusher may consider adding this ‘one-off’ 560XS Tournament into its range – depending on the level of consumer demand.

For a full review on this custom Bar Crusher look out for February’s Fishing World magazine.

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