King Tide Salt Fly Guide Boat

Barry 2019-03-29

After several years of planning, designing and building, Lucas Allen is now driving his dream guide boat for his Tauranga based company King Tide Salt Fly.

His FC535 centre console has been custom-made to be the perfect tool to take his clients salt water fly fishing off Tauranga in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty. Lucas’ business - King Tide Salt Fly - specialises in chasing kingfish, snapper, kahawai, trevally, tuna and more, with hand-tied salt flies.

A huge casting deck is the boat’s ‘showpiece’, but Lucas’ input is everywhere from the Minn Kota electric trolling motor, a Talon electric spike anchor, and tidy transom, to the fly-line friendly fold down cleats and a range of Hummingbird fish-finding technology. The boat it designed to be super user-friendly.

Power is a Mercury 115hp FourStroke Command Thrust.

“The boat has 170 kilos of batteries in it, so it’s not light - about 900 kgs for a 5.35 metre tinny - so it’s very handy to have all that back-end power for when you need it,” Lucas said.

“And I simply like going fast now and then!”

A highly experienced fisher, Lucas has had Mercury engines in the past and they have never let him down so he saw no reason to look any further when it came to his dream boat.

“The package is bloody awesome. I’m loving it,” he said.

“I’ve put about 100 hours on the motor now so I’m confident enough to say that it’s working re-ally well.

 “The fuel economy is also great. At 4,200 RPM I’m running at 23 knots and using 15.52 litres an hour. The boat has a 65-litre fuel tank so I have plenty of range for what I do.

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