I purchased a 481 Fishabout with Evinrude 60hp and Minn Kota Terrova installed early in March from the team at Hunts Marine Wollongong. Blake and his team were most helpful during  the sales process and always quick to respond to questions. I have only had the boat on the water for three outings, but I must say that my first impressions are that I am very happy with the overall set up and performance of the boat. Towing was comfortable with the 3 litre Commodore, perhaps slightly more power would be good on the longer uphill stretches, but the 6 speed transmission helps. On the water the boat is very smooth and comfortable, a large step up from the Quintrex Explorer.  I am very impressed with the Evinrude motor (I have had experience with the Evinrude 60hp through a close friend's boat that I have been using often). It is reliable, quick off the mark and is quiet enough to talk to your passenger when cruising. The Minn Kota is doing its job, holding well on spot lock and getting us in the right position quietly to get that desired casts. I have only been in river systems to date and the ride is wonderful. I am still getting to know the boat better but returning to the ramp on a windy and choppy day the boat handled it fine and both driver and passenger stayed dry.   

 I am really looking forward to getting back out there on the water to get to know the rig better.
- Tom McGinness

April 09, 2019 by Jon Hunt