Anyone looking for a big, strong fishing rig at a never-to-be-repeated price would have to inspect this 610 Trailblazer, the last brand new Aussie-built Trailcraft available in South Australia.
Gunnings Automotive Group in Kadina had optioned this rig up and priced it down for a quick sale and we found that it offered exceptional value for money.
Built in WA from fully seam welded plate aluminium (4mm sides, 5mm bottom) with 6mm full length stringers, 3mm sub frame and 3mm stiffened plate floor sections, the Trailcraft 610 Trailblazer was both immensely strong and very rugged, capable of handling most sea conditions.
Within the beamy (2.53m) hull the self-draining, 0.67m deep cockpit provided nearly 4m2 of carpeted fishing space and plenty of storage in shelves and lockers. Both large helm seats sat on big multi storage boxes plus there was more dry storage in the forepeak.
The transom featured a door to port, a live bait tank, two-battery locker with isolator switch to starboard and the 150hp E-TEC’s oil filler set centrally, above the reservoir. Externally it had a boarding platform with grab rail on each side with a three-step fold down ladder to port and two scuppers.
On the foredeck, Gunnings had recently installed an electric Micks Winch nestled into the anchor well, feeding over a roller to the bow sprit.
At the helm was a large grab rail plus a lockable glove box to port, while on the helm fascia were the two E-TEC I-Command gauges, Stress Free winch remote, compass, switch panel and the engine/trim remote. Mounted on its sturdy, fold down aluminium frame with six-rod ‘launcher, the tight bimini had front and side clears and provided excellent protection plus over 2m of headroom.
The 150hp E-TEC., spinning a s.s. Viper propeller, pushed the 610 Trailblazer very easily to over 30 knots in around 20 seconds, delivered its power in a smooth band, peaked at 35 knots @ 5,000 rpm and was able to turn the 6.10m hull in just over its own length.
A delight to drive, the 610 Trailblazer handled a light chop well, entering cleanly and tracking well with minimal helm input when run along the waves, for a comfortable, dry, stable and reasonably quiet ride.