Procraft, while still a relative new company, currently manufactures aluminium and fibreglass boats with models to suit most family’s fishing needs and even more importantly their budget.
With the company’s philosophy of ‘performance and quality at an affordable price’ you will find a variety of boats well suited to a wide range of people.
I recently took a couple of the larger fibreglass models for a run on the Broadwater and this review will focus on the Procraft 5.8 Coastal. While the word affordable forms part of the Procraft tag line, that does not mean you get the bottom end of the range for your boating package. In fact, the test boat was fitted with an 115hp 4-stroke Suzuki which is included in the standard base package and comes in just under $50,000.
This is pretty good value for money, especially when the package includes a Dunbier trailer and a quality fibreglass boat measuring 6.2m overall. Also included in this base price is a whole list of extras, too many to itemise in this article, so the best bet would be to contact one of the crew at Coastal Powerboats for the full details.
However, I will touch on a few of the inclusions such as foam-filled under-floor floatation, hydraulic steering, bimini, upholstered seats, bunk cushions, marine radio, marine battery, LED navigation lights, bait tank, boarding ladder and the list goes on. It is evident from the inclusions that Procraft has decided to have these boats totally ready to hit the water.
All you need to do is select the type of sounder or GPS you want (which are not included in the price) and you’re ready to head offshore fishing or cruising around the coastal waterways.
The test boat was fitted with a Lowrance Elite 7HDI sounder, clears, rocket launcher and some colour on the sides which did bump up the price to $52,850, but is still good value for money in anyone’s language.
If you intend to use as a fishing vessel, I’d also option the boat up with a bait board and deck wash.
So how did the Procraft 5.8 Coastal perform?
As expected the 115hp Suzuki had plenty of power to easily get the 5.8 up and moving. But I was reasonably surprised at how level the boat remained during this process.
Throughout pretty much the entire rev range the boat remained very level, giving good vision and control at all times. Even at 3500 revs the boat was already doing 35km/h and was well and truly up and planing. Settling in at 4000rpm and half trim saw the 5.8 Coastal hit 45km/h. Top speed was around 66km/h at 6000rpm.
Not that you are going to drive everywhere at full noise, but you do need to test the boat throughout the whole rev range to ensure it is propped correctly, which this vessel was.
Unfortunately (for a boat test and not a day’s fishing) the weather was perfect and the water was like glass but there were no rods on board – again. But on Gold Coast waterways there is usually the odd larger vessel driving around making waves and this day was no exception, so I did get to play in the wash of some bigger boats.
By play I mean running straight into the waves and doing a series of turns over them.
For a 5.8 model there is plenty of fishing room as well as a good amount of storage, with large pockets running most of the length of the boat on either side.
A large bait tank had also been fitted and along with the rear folding lounge positioned down, and access door, the stern of the boat was finished off nicely. The helm area consisted of a range of gauges across the top panel and then a larger area that would comfortably house today’s electronic units.
The third tier contained the switches and marine radio which were easily accessible. As for standing room, there was ample for me and I’m relatively tall. There was good vision from the driving position and easy access to the back area through a good sized opening. A very large hatch allows effortless entry to the anchor well, which in my opinion makes it easy to use.
Overall the finish of the Procraft 5.8 Coastal is very good, and while relative simple in design, all the components come together to produce a very functional boat.
A few little refinements are still to be made, in particular the rear lounge, but this is only a very minor thing and easily adjusted.
Value for money is where this boat has been targeted and it ticks that box with flying colours.
As part of Procraft’s commitment to quality, its hulls have a five-year fibreglass warranty backed by The Haines Group.
This warranty statement gives a clue to where the hulls are made, which also instills confidence in the product.
For more information on the Procraft 5.8 Coastal, give the team at Coastal Powerboats a call on 07 5568 0904 or drop into 2 Junction Rd, Burleigh and see them for yourself.
I look forward to bringing more Boat reviews very soon.
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