Boat Test – Versatile Sharpcraft Scout 470 by SHANE SCHWARZ

Nick Sharp and I recently scored a lovely Autumn day down at Seacliff beach to test the latest Sharpcraft Scout 470.

Nick is well into double figures with sales of the Scout 470 and justifiably so. The boat we used was actually built for Nick’s brother so it was great to see a fitout aimed specifically for fishing, however fit ups are often tailored to specific needs which is pretty unique in today’s world.

Nick builds these boats with a serious attention to strength by running a longitudinal and transverse chassis, which gives the hull great inherent strength.

With a class leading 10 year hull warranty you can start to understand Nick’s passion for the 470 Scout. With a tow weight of around 1000kgs, it is a fairly easy boat to handle and can be towed by most sedans.

To show the versatility of the Scout, we beach launched (with the aid of a 4WD of course) from Seacliff without an issue. In fact it seemed too easy and even with a small swell it only took two people. Sure we got wet feet, but hey we didn’t have to pay a launch fee either but more importantly I started to understand the versatility of the Scout 470.

Jumping aboard, the deck is quite roomy with great freeboard and excellent stability. I have to keep remembering this is only a 4.7m boat, but the hull design is very effective whilst at rest.

A walk-through windscreen is a great addition and the boat is perfectly matched with a Stress Free winch. The flip flop seats were comfy and a great way to save space.

Being fitted out for fishing I loved the rod holders under the gunwales and the slimline transom which include drink holders and a bait tank, and the addition of boarding platforms were great for beach launching. Attention to the fit up is something that often goes astray but it was very obvious this was not the case in a Sharpcraft.

Attention to detail is evident throughout especially the super smooth glass work which looked fantastic in the morning light.

Fitted with a new generation Mercury 75hp 4-stroke, the boat effortlessly got on the plane and with good power through the rev range, I doubt you would need any more. Such is the versatility of the 470 Scout, you could ski, fish or just have a cruise with the family.

This engine set up with a top speed of just over 30 knots and a whopping 85 litre fuel tank means a full day up the river would not be a problem.

I was super impressed with the boat’s ability to deal with the lumps and bumps we had on the day, and with the right engine rev. range and trim, cruising was extremely pleasant and effortless.

Nick pushed the hull hard, getting some serious air at times – which is testament to the hull’s strength and ability to handle tricky weather.

At around $44K for this package (Including an anchor winch) it really is great value for a brand new boat with a modern four stroke and accessories including a Lowrance combo, radios and bimini top.

As mentioned the Scout 470 can be customised to your particular needs so contact Nick Sharp on 0411 383 014, or better still go and see him apply his craft at 23 Oaklands Road, Somerton Park – you won’t be disappointed.
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