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The ultimate offshore fishing weapon

AUSTRALIA’S own Bar Crusher Boats has launched its new Hard Top Pilothouse (HTP) series of offshore fishing boats.

These boats look like (and are) serious fishing weapons. Available in 670HTP, 730HTP and 780HTP models, they’re fitted with all of the functional fishing features for which Bar Crusher is renown, along with offering the ultimate in protection from the weather and a range of creature comforts for long sessions on the water.

The flagship 780HTP is a real bluewater weapon. The cockpit offers everything offshore anglers demand – plenty of space to fight and handle big fish; a fully-welded and sealed, self-draining checkerplate deck with scuppers; alloy rod holders; good-sized baitboard; transom livebait tank; deck wash; sizeable kill tank; tackle storage; leader dispenser; and more.

The flexible layout can be changed in minutes – from a functional fishing machine to a dining layout. Either side of the entrance to the lockable pilothouse are a couple of seats that when the cushions are removed reveal a plumbed freshwater sink and a single-burner gas stove for cooking.

Stepping through the glass doors into the helm and cabin area, the helm is well set-up with a fabric-covered bolster seat that’s positioned to provide a 360-degree view through the toughened glass screen.

On the port side is a seating arrangement that has two fabric-covered seats with a table in between (which is perfect for sitting at with your iPad to check out all the latest fishing gear and destination reviews on!), then, in seconds, the table stows behind the helm seat and the seats slide together to create a bench seat – perfect for the run out to the shelf or back to port.

The fully-lined cabin is roomy and functional, with a comfortable V-berth, LED lighting and storage shelves running the full length of the cabin. Under the centre cushion is a plumbed toilet.

Bar Crusher’s HTP series is factory-packaged on a custom-designed galvanised or alloy trailer – complete with the innovative Bar Catch launch/retrieve system – for hassle-free towing, launching and retrieving.

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