The combination of a rugged, powerful power plant fitted to a strong, rigid plate aluminium hull produced a very satisfying, “big boat” ride off Wallaroo recently.
We tested this substantial rig, one of the few remaining Australian-built Trailcraft still available, with the crew from Gunnings Marine of Kadina. The 570 Sportscab was fitted with a brand new, very robust Micks Winch which we tried out once well clear of Copper Cove Marina. Its operation was smooth, quiet and powerful.
As with all Trailcraft models, this beamy 570 Sportscab provided plenty of interior space, protected by significant freeboard (0.85m external, 0.64m internal). In terms of fishing room, the big 1.87m x 1.65m self-draining, carpeted cockpit offered just over 3m2 of carpeted, uncluttered fishing space.
Under the factory bimini, with its clears and six rod holders, the helm provided 2.3m of headroom, excellent visibility and true protection from the elements. Both large, comfortable 360° swivelling helm seats were mounted on aluminium pedestals with a locker in each, while tubular footrests were also provided.
Spinning a 13 7/8 x 15 Viper stainless steel propeller, the E-TEC had no trouble in pushing the 570 Sportscab to over 30 knots (60kph) at 5000rpm while using 30lph. We found this to be an ideal test speed over seas of less than 0.5m on only residual swell.
With its 4mm bottom and 3mm sides, the fully seam welded hull stayed stable and ran smoothly as we tackled the seas from all quarters, noting no trace of excessive noise nor any spray on the wrap around, tinted ‘screen.
Designed and built to handle far worse conditions, the 570 Sportscab provided a full-width grab rail along the top of the ‘screen and another for the passenger, set just above the lockable glove box.
Driving the 570 Sportscab was a real pleasure, as the manual steering gave the helm a precise feel and great ease of handling. We found that the hull could turn in just over its own length on either lock and was very responsive to the helm in reverse. Manoeuvring to and from the ramp pontoons was simplicity itself.
For further information on this very capable Trailcraft 570 Sportscab, contact Gunnings Marine in Kadina on 8821 1022.