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Fisho’s new Crusher!

EARLIER in the week I made the long trek down the Hume Highway to Dandenong South where I picked up the new Fishing World project boat, a Bar Crusher 670HT powered by a 175hp Mercury Verado.

As well as being used as a testing and fishing platform for the next several years, this new rig will play a star role in a new online project we’re currently working on … Stay tuned for details on this exciting initiative.

At present, the hard top Crusher is sitting in my driveway as I’m yet to sort the boat and trailer rego out. Hopefully I’ll be on the water this weekend!

I’ll be doing full performance tests and reviews in upcoming editions of Fishing World magazine so keep an eye out for the articles. Plus there’ll be online video reviews to check out as well.

Briefly, the boat has been tricked up beautifully by the guys at the Bar Crusher factory. I’ve got to make mention of the fantastic service offered by Bar Crusher sales manager Matt Urzia. Matt really knows his stuff and helped me with a lot of useful advice and tips. Thanks, Matt – you’re a champ!

The boat sits on a custom alloy trailer made for Bar Crusher by Easy Tow. After towing the boat back to my home base on the NSW South Coast from Melbourne, I can report that the rig tows like a dream. The four-wheel electric-hydraulic disc brakes are fantastic and the alloy trailer with its rollers and skids cradle the deep vee hull nice and low.

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The helm features a thru-mounted 12.1-inch Raymarine eSeries Hybrid Touch sounder/plotter fitted with with a powerful CHIRP sounder module for deep water use plus a CHIRP DownVison sonar for sounding out inshore reefs. I’m really looking forward to getting to grips with these state-of-the-art electronics.

And the supercharged Verado should be an equally interesting powerplant. Fitted up with Mercury’s electric power steering, the new donk looks amazing on the Crusher’s transom and I’m keen to see what performance figures I can get from it.

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The boat came fully rigged with outrigger bases for my Reelax poles, a base for my Cannon downrigger, deck wash, livie tank, windscreen wiper (with fresh water wash down), roof mounted GME VHF and 27 meg radios, a Fusion sound system plus all the standard Bar Crusher features.

It really is a smick looking boat and I can’t wait to hit the water and chase a few reds or kingies. And when the water warms up a bit, I reckon this rig will be an ideal platform for chasing striped marlin on the shelfline out from Jervis Bay …

If you see us at a ramp over summer, come and say g’day. If you’re interested, I’ll be happy to show you through the boat and swap a few fishing stories with you.

See you on the water!

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See HERE for details on the Bar Crusher line-up, HERE for info on Mercury’s Verado range and HERE for details on the Raymarine eSeries.

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