MY TOP 10 TINNIES

Everyone starts off in a tinnie. It’s usually around three metres long, has a couple of half broken rod holders and is powered by a salty old two-stroke that takes a minimum of five pull-starts to get it going. Back in the day, you’d usually then upgrade to a bigger fiberglass rig. But these days, times have changed, and the aluminum army of boaties is growing rapidly.

 

I’ve often been asked what the best aluminum boat on the market is, so without further adieu, I've compiled my top ten tinnies – enjoy.

 

 

10. Noble 5m

Loving: the dry ride and big casting platform – a super versatile sport fisher.

More info: http://www.nobleboatsinternational.com

Image: http://www.nobleboatsinternational.com

 

 

9. Quintrex 460 Renegade

Loving: the side console configuration and extra wide 2.22m beam. A super stable, bare bones fishing weapon.

More info: http://www.quintrex.com.au

 

 

8. Clearwater 389 Kingfisher LX

Loving: the simplicity. I trailered one of these boats along the Murray River solo and never had an issue.

More info: http://www.whittleymarinegroup.com.au

 

 

7. Surtees 4.85 Workmate

Loving: the big boat features in a small boat package - the perfect rig for inshore touring adventures.

More info: http://www.surtees.co.nz

Image: John Willis

 

 

6. Crestliner 1850 Fish Hawk

Loving: the storage innovations and soft riding hull. It’s a fishing boat that feels, and looks like a sports car.

More info: http://www.crestliner.com.au

 

 

5. Anglapro Bandit 454

Loving: the handling at speed, stability at rest, high freeboard and fishing setup – I could easily own this boat.

More info: http://www.goodtimesmarine.com.au

 

 

4. Dickey Boats Custom 750

Loving: the fully enclosed hardtop and deck configuration. This is the only boat on this list I haven’t been aboard, but it comes highly recommended.

More info: http://www.dickeyboats.com

Image: http://www.dickeyboats.com

 

 

3. Sailfish S7

Loving: the endless fishing space and overnighter capabilities. This is the boat you’d want for any extended fishing trips.

More info: http://www.webbemarine.com.au

 

 

2. Barcrusher 670HT

Loving: the tough look and hull performance. I drove this boat a couple of years ago and couldn’t fault it.

More info: http://www.barcrusher.com.au

Image: http://www.barcrusher.com.au

 

 

1. Stabicraft 1850 Supercab

Loving: the versatility and the endless fishing opportunities presented. It’s big enough to take to the shelf, yet small enough to run solo.

More info: http://www.stabicraft.com

 

 

Is there a fish you want me to attempt to catch? A location I should fish? A photographic challenge? You tell me. Either email fishfingers18@yahoo.com or leave a comment below.

 

Until next week.

 

Jack Murphy

 

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