This Savage 485 Piranha CC (centre console) really impressed us with its clever layout, high feature levels and truly “fun” handling when we tested it in early April.
The 485 Piranha CC stood out with bright red livery above the wide chines of its “Ultra Lift Hull” and gleaming white rolled side decks, centre console and matching white 60hp E-TEC. Dark grey marine carpet rounded out this bright decor.
There were two seats aboard, but each could be moved to any of five locations, one at the centre console, two at the transom and another two forward of the helm. The fully carpeted interior featured a casting platform fore and aft, with dry storage under, while the slender centre console had a grab rail on top, then a matte black strip housing the E-TEC’s tachometer, trim and fuel gauges. Below this was a small switch panel and fixed to the right, the engine’s remote. Two large open lockers were located under the wheel.
A rod holder was set into each side deck, grab rails trailed over the transom to the boarding platform and set into the foredeck were the navigation lights plus an anchor well large enough to accept an electric winch. Also, located under the cockpit sole was a 70 litre fuel tank, while a live bait tank was installed at the transom to port.
At sea, feeling right at home and very comfortable in this delightful interior, even more so when the substantial freeboard (0.7m external, 0.58m internal) was taken into account, we let the E-TEC loose, its stainless steel 137/8” x 17” propeller pushing us onto the plane over gentle seas in seconds. This was when the true personality of the Savage 485 Piranha CC really shone through.
With its deep-V, wide-chined, 8-straked “Ultra Lift Hull” the 485 Piranha CC turned on a display of nimble, sure-footed handling during tight turns, when running along crests and remained very level when we threw the helm from port to starboard and back at speed. Even the mechanical steering was perfectly weighted to account for handling choppy conditions.
When pushed hard into and along the wake of another boat, the 485 Piranha CC hull cut through the waves cleanly, stayed doggedly on track with minimal heel and produced remarkably little noise. Overall the 485 Piranha CC rode very smoothly and was a delight to drive. We noted also that it rode on a tailored, single axle Savage trailer.
For further information on this very engaging, thoroughly enjoyable and highly pedigreed Savage 485 Piranha CC, or to arrange for an inspection, contact Don Morton Marine, of 70 Humphries Terrace Kilkenny, on 8347 0011.