Setting up for sport-fishing boats
Managing editor for NZ Fishing News, Grant Dixon and daughter Miah Dixon hadn’t planned to buy a new boat, it just kind of happened that way…
We had been looking after Terry Williams-King’s FC500cc (Centre Console) while he was seconded to a new position across the ditch last winter. I had the chance to buy the boat earlier this year and was getting a valuation from Max and Ross Christensen at FC Boats when they suggested I consider ‘going new’.
“We can probably put together something for you that will be close to what you will pay for Terry’s boat,” they said. They hadn’t accounted for my addiction to boat bling.
Like Topsy, the boat grew from a billy-basic rig into an exceptionally well-appointed FC 535cc Centre Console.
The one thing Tackle Tester doesn’t lack is bling. I have reviewed many centre consoles and FC Boats in the past, so I had lots of features I wanted on board. I probably have Matt Watson to thank for the growing build cost – having reviewed several of his centre consoles, there were plenty of neat features and add-ons I gleaned from his experience in setting up boats for sport-fishing.
So what sort of boat did I really want? We are blessed at NZ Fishing Media with access to some great project boats, so the bigger trailer boat requirements were already taken care of.
What we had enjoyed about It’s Five O’clock Somewhere was its versatility, especially when it came to launching off the beach at Waipu Cove, our favourite fishing haunt, with either a tractor or Ford Ranger 4×4. Terry had caught at least five Marlin out of the boat, so it had proven blue water capabilities for its size.
Beach launching is easy with the Ford Ranger Extreme R and purpose-built Voyager trailer.