Quintrex 440 Renegade S.C. with 50hp four-stroke Yamaha a first-rate fishing package

For decades, right around Australia, the name Quintrex has been synonymous with the “tinnie” class of small boats, but as evidenced by the remarkable little 440 Renegade S.C., this boat builder is clearly not one to rest on its laurels.

As an extra bonus to our visit to Port Lincoln Boat Supplies late last year, we got to test this beautifully presented 440 Renegade S.C. (side console) rig which, in accordance with the wishes of its owner, had been fitted with a sweet-running 50hp Yamaha 4-stroke outboard plus a generous bimini, which provided more than 2m of headroom as well as excellent UV-ray protection.

Standard equipment included two rod holders set into each broad, extruded side deck, along with two side rails.

The fuel filler for the 50 litre underfloor tank was located beside the helm. As well, the floor was fully carpeted, from the forward casting platform aft to the stern casting platform.

Two fold-flat seats were in place, the passenger’s able to be located beside the console for when underway, or further aft when fishing.

Four storage hatches were set into the forward fishing platform, while under the one at the stern was a live bait tank in the port stern quarter, battery tray with isolator switch, small rectangular hatch to port and a much larger one opposite. Two 1.8m cockpit shelves were also standard fit.

The 440 Renegade S.C. featured Quintrex’ tried and true “Millennium” hull with 3mm bottom and sides but no flared bow, hence the large storage areas available under the forward fishing platform. Along with its 3-year factory warranty, the (370kg) hull provided a transom step to port and two transducer brackets. At the bow was an alloy cleat, bow roller with yaw locking plate and a roto-moulded anchor well. (An optional bow-mounted thruster plate is also available).

Set into the side console above the smart steering wheel was a standard lidded glove box. We also noted the owner’s Garmin Echomap 70 chartplotter fishfinder combo with a 7” touchscreen display with pinch-to-zoom, along with his GME GX600 VHF transceiver, a switch panel plus fuel and combo. tacho/trim Yamaha gauges. Nicely located just aft was the engine remote.

The owner had opted to have the hull painted white, which really set off the factory decals nicely, giving the 440 Renegade S.C. a stylish on-water presence.Equally, the smart factory trailer, with its alloy wheels, made for a good road look too.

Typically, the launching process was simplicity itself, quick and easy. Before long we were pushing out into Port Lincoln’s Porter Bay, which offered both protected and choppy seas on a windy day.

Through the heavier stuff our 440 Renegade S.C. eagerly tackled the chop with surety, the ride very stable and quiet for such a small hull, credit no doubt to the years of research and effort put into these craft by Quintrex.

Over slightly smoother seas, running fast to all quarters, we found the steering to be well weighted and responsive, with easy recovery when going from lock to lock, even when moving slowly in reverse. The boat could be turned in its own hull length to starboard, although in a slightly wider arc to port due to a little prop. torque.

With regard to performance, the 440 Renegade S.C. produced 5 knots (9 kph) @ 2000rpm,10 knots (18 kph) @ 3,900rpm and running flat out into the wind at 5,500rpm, a very creditable 24 knots (44 kph).

In terms of price, practicality, amenity and performance, this Quintrex 440 Renegade S.C. delivered in spades and was a delight to experience as well.

For further information on the range of Quintrex craft, including the five Renegade models, contact the team at Port Lincoln Boat Supplies on 8682 3122.
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