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Grab your trophy 2902 WA Review

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WARREN STEPTOE

If you re going to test a fishing boat — go fishing.

This test of the first Trophy 2902WA (read: fishing boat) to be imported into this country was conducted in the manner that a fishing boat test should be done: we spent the day fishing from her.

You see, Trophy Hunter belongs to Keith Graham, the owner of the famous Bransfords Tackle Shop at Clifton Beach, north of Cairns. And, as anyone who knows Keith will understand, fishing is always on the agenda.

Photo shoot

We needed pictures of the boat in action, but Far North Queensland s seemingly ever-present 25-knot trade winds made it hard going.

It was so rough off the Yorkey s Knob Boat Club, where Quay Marine were conducting the serious business of handing over Keith s new Trophy, we had to go and hide behind picturesque Double Island to get the shots. But even there, our photographer had difficulty keeping the horizon straight and the spray off his lens. This was how boat tests should be — rough as guts!

Keith had long been a Trophy owner — albeit of smaller models — so when given access to a boat capable of fishing the Great Barrier Reef, despite the prevailing weather, he jumped at it. And I am happy to report that after the handover, Modern Boating s test and our day fishing, he was one mighty happy chappy.

The day s fishing with five adults onboard was comfortable enough, although four would have been better.

The Trophy 2902WA s ride across the sloppy crap that, around Cairns, constitutes chop was nothing short of outstanding. And the 70km return journey to the reef for the day s fishing turned out to be one of the more enjoyable boat rides of the team s (considerable) experience in Far North Queensland.

Having been a deckie up here for a couple of heavy tackle seasons, I can make a pretty good comparison.

So, with the Trophy 2902 WA s top rough water ride on the record and the fish in the bag, what s she like to fish from?

Twin 225hp Verados

A pair of 225hp Mercury Verados power Trophy Hunter and in a test that seems more like a testimonial, one thing Keith will have to live with is that pair of whopping great outboards mounted right where you do most of your fishing.


Keith Graham chose the twin-engine installation because he ll spend most of his time fishing isolated reefs, but beyond that, both high and low speed performance from the pair of counter-rotating 225hp Verados was as outstanding as basically every other aspect of this boat.

But it s a bloody long reach out over those motors and this problem applies to all outboard powered boats of Trophy Hunter s size. Given the alternative — an even more intrusive sterndrive engine box — the reach over those outboards isn t so bad.

From here the news is all good. As the WA designation suggests, the 2902 is a centre cabin walk-around with a bridge deck configuration that sets the helm high enough for good vision and allows a second bunk to be sited beneath.

Layout

Below deck, that puts the second bunk behind the saloon stairs. There s the usual convertible dinette in the bow, a galley to port and bathroom to starboard. And to be honest, in a no apologies fishing boat, the cabin is as good as the rough water ride.

Which brings us to living onboard the Trophy 2902WA when you re not fishing.

For a couple, the Trophy 2902WA is a comfortable cruiser. Keith s specifications mean his boat needs to be connected to shore power for the microwave and cook-top to function, but some attention to the options list can easily change that.

The 800lt fuel capacity is commensurate with a couple of days away from port and, for a couple, you re talking genuine comfort. The shower and loo are sensibly proportioned with 135lt of freshwater available. This boat has the same size holding tank. The galley is well appointed and, more importantly, despite being only a 30ish-footer with a walk-around deck on each side of the cabin, there s actually room to live comfortably onboard. There s ample stowage everywhere you look.

At the forward end of the cockpit, behind the helm seats, there is a sink with pressurised water for washing your hands to starboard and another icebox (presumably for food) to port. A pair of flip down aft facing seats completes this all-round excellent layout of the Trophy 2902WA.

Rarely does a boat test involve such glowing comment, but that s only because it s rare to find a boat as praiseworthy as this one.

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