Stacer Barra Pro 519
Reviewed: August 2009
Author: Modern Boating Magazine
One of the most exciting new sportfishers is practical and lots of fun.
A 70-litre plumbed live well is situated under the aft deck and located right in the bows is a locker big enough to use as a fish pit once you start landing the fish.
From the stretch-formed bottom of the Stacer Barra Pro 519’s hull to its new pressed sides, its soft ride and fine handling along with ample rod storage area constitute one of the most exciting new sportfishers seen in a long time.
Don’t mistake this boat for being just a ‘tinnie’; even if pushed well past where fishing boats should go—the 43-knot top speed provided by the 115hp EFI four-stroke Mercury probably is excessive—it remains predictable and simply heaps of fun!
There is a choice of two rod storage methods on the options list: the ‘lockable locker’ and a simpler open ‘rack’. Though short for fly and other longer rods, ample room beneath the bow casting deck can fix this. There’s more rod storage in a vertical rack across the front of the all-new console. Thus, with two people fishing, there’s an immediate choice between two ready-to-go outfits each—exactly what you need! Additional rods in the horizontal rack/locker are mere seconds away. The rigged rod storage in the new Stacer Barra Pros is a significant and even historic step in the right direction.
While that important aspect is a significant step forward in Australian sportfisher design, the Barra Pro’s substantial grab bar, set at a good height, similarly makes good sense. Standing at the helm is no longer uncomfortable.
Seating is arranged to balance best with two aboard, with the passenger seat able to be shifted into a forward spigot and faced aft for trolling.
A tidy transom arrangement leaves the aft casting deck almost totally clear with the bow casting deck similarly well proportioned. A 70-litre plumbed live well is situated under the aft deck and located right in the bows is a locker big enough to use as a fish pit once you start landing the fish.
A 115hp Mercury four-stroke
Even if pushed well past where fishing boats should go, it remained predictable and was simply heaps of fun
Length : 5.2m
Beam : 1.96m
Hull weight : 480kg
Fuel : 75 litres
Rec HP : 70hp
Max HP : 100hp
Pricing : $37,710