NEW SAVAGE FIBREGLASS BOATS By Alex Julius The famous Savage brand has launched into a new boating era thanks to an exciting range of value-plus fibreglass boats.
Established in 1898, Savage is Australia’s oldest name in boating. Originally in fibreglass only, from memory, it entered the small aluminium boat market in the 1970s. In recent times Savage has moved to the Gold Coast and has updated both its aluminium and fibreglass boat ranges in line with an Australian market demanding value for money and true practicality in fishing boats. The latest offering from Savage is a fleet of stylish New Zealand-designed fibreglass trailer boats – six in total – which are being built in China. Apparently, the decision to manufacture in China was because of the fluctuating Australian dollar which had been hurting dealers who were already buying overseas. Basically, it was to keep a consistency in price and in supply. Like other Australian industries, boat builders have suffered from the mining industry’s ravenous appetite for qualified tradespeople. These skilled workers can earn in excess of 150K a year in the mines and you won’t get anywhere near those dollars laying down fibreglass on a boat factory’s floor. The fact that these boats come with a 10 year hull structural warranty speaks volumes for the quality of workmanship coming out of China. Plus each boat in the range comes complete with its own multi-roller alloy trailer making loading and launching a breeze.
Savage Fibreglass Cabin 655
The largest in Savage’s new Fibreglass Cabin Range, the 655 measures 6.5m and is able to carry eight people. The cuddy cabin provides shelter from the weather and, with a 170L underfloor fuel tank, time on the water and distances needed to be travelled are well catered for. The 655 Cabin provides a smooth, clean ride and is perfectly moulded to glide through the water; with a maximum 250hp rating there is plenty of power to suit any boater’s needs, whether it be fishing or water sports. Packed full of features, the 655 Cabin does not skimp on luxuries providing bucket seats and rear lounge as standard. The boat features a walk-around cabin providing 360 degree access around the boat and easy access to the anchor-well. Director of Sales and Marketing Damien Duncan said the 655 Cabin has enough space and power behind it to be a very versatile boat. “The Savage Fibreglass Cabin range is built from a single deck mould and a full fibreglass stringer system meaning this boat is a tough one,” Damien said. The 655 comes with many features as standard, including a bow roller, bilge pump, rear ladder, underfloor storage, rod holders and a twin transom door. It can also be optioned up to include a bimini and front and side clears for extra protection, a rocket launcher for the keen fisherman, a ski pole and Fusion Sound System with speakers.
Savage Fibreglass Cabin 645
This boat is perfect for families, carrying up to eight passengers and, as with its big sister, comes with a 170L underfloor fuel tank. The 645 Cabin includes a rear ladder, transom grab rail and twin transom door making for easy access even for the kids, while the stern eye can be used for water sports. The 645 Cabin provides various storage options in the cabin and underfloor. The large cabin bunk space with cushion infill offers a comfortable lounge to relax in and provides protection from the harsh Australian sun. Built with a full fibreglass stringer system, the 645 Cabin is tough enough to handle rough sea conditions and provides a safe and stable ride every time. With more features than ever before, the 645 Cabin includes bucket seats, rear lounge, rod holders and a bilge pump. Director of Sales and Marketing Damien Duncan said the 645 Cabin was a boat for all ages. “The 22 degree deadrise of the hull sees the 645 Cabin cruise through rough water with ease and stability,” he said. The 645 Cabin can be optioned up to include a bimini with front and side clears, a rocket launcher, a ski pole and Fusion Sound System with speakers.
Savage Fibreglass Cabin 585
The new 585 Savage Fibreglass Cabin is sure to impress the whole family; perfect for fishing and cruising while offering both comfort and relaxation. Able to carry 6 people and with ample storage space, the 585 Cabin affords plenty of room for friends and family. The 585 Cabin comes with bucket seats, rear lounge, carpet lining, underfloor storage and side pockets, transom rail and rod holders.It is fitted with an 85L underfloor fuel tank and has a horsepower rating of 150. Director of Sales and Marketing Damien Duncan said: “The 585 Cabin is versatile and there is something to suit everyone in the family whether fishing, lounging in the sun or, with the rear ladder and stern eye, used for water sports such as water skiing, wake boarding and tubing.” Built to cruise around estuaries, rivers and the ocean, the 585 Cabin also provides protection from the elements with a roomy cabin bunk with cushion infill. It can be optioned up to the ultimate fun machine, including bimini, rocket launcher, VHF Radio, ski pole, front and side clears and a Fusion MSRA200 sound system with speakers. Savage Fibreglass Cabin 485
The comfortable and compact 485 Savage Fibreglass Cabin is family-and-budget friendly making it an ideal cuddy cabin for first-time boat owners. The construction process of the 485 Cabin uses a full fibreglass stringer system, ensuring the 485 is safe from corrosion and a durable boating option. Standard features include bucket seats, carpet lining, bow-roller, rear ladder, rod holders, cabin storage, transom grab rail, bilge pump, underfloor storage and a twin transom door for easy access. The 485 Cabin can be personalised by adding a bimini and envelope, front and side clears, a VHF radio and a fusion MSRA200 sound system with speakers. With a maximum horsepower rating of 90, the 485 Cabin drives with ease and plenty of power. Director of Sales and Marketing Damien Duncan said the new Savage Fibreglass Cabin Range, especially the 485, offers a new affordable option for first-time boaters on the hunt for their first cabin. “There is great value for money in the 485 Cabin; it’s packed with all the best features usually not included as standard,” Damien said. Savage Fibreglass Bowrider 195
The Savage Fibreglass 195 Bowrider features a unique, modern design packed with plenty of features for a day of fun on the water. Developed to accommodate friends and families alike, the re-released 195 Bowrider is one tough boat, equipped for relaxation, cruising and water sports. The new 195 Bowrider features a swim platform that is manufactured as part of the top deck mould for extra strength and durability. This is truly a family-fun machine packed with an incredible range of standard features including CD and MP3 player complete with speakers, drink holders, navigational lights, bow and sundeck cushions and wrap around seats. The luxurious sun lounge provides a relaxing space for enjoying the water and also doubles as extra storage space. Complete with a black bimini, travel and tonneau cover and a wraparound walk-through windscreen, the 195 Bowrider offers protection from the elements and ensures you can get out on the water no matter the conditions. Measuring 5.94m in length, 195 Bowrider is built to carry up to eight passengers. This practical vessel also features extensive storage compartments, including bow and side storage pockets, under-floor storage and a ski locker. The 195 Bowrider runs on a 135 or 220 MerCruiser stern drive engine and, with an 85L fuel tank, there is plenty of power to accommodate your water sport needs and keep you out on the water all day. Director of Sales and Marketing Damien Duncan said: “With the inclusion of so many great features, both the 195 Bowrider and its smaller cousin, 175B Bowrider, represent exceptional value for money.”