Barry 2019-04-05

After several years of planning, designing and building, Lucas Allen is now driving his dream boat.  

It’s an FC535 centre console that he’s had 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 electric trolling motor, a Talon electric spike anchor, and tidy transom, to the fly-line friendly fold down cleats and a range of Humminbird fish-finding technology. 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 5.35m tinny - so it’s very handy to have all that back-end power for when you need it,” Lucas said.

Lucas adds that he has  put over 100 hours on the motor and loves the lack of noise and the fact he can have a conversation with his clients even while  powering to the fishing grounds.

“The fuel economy is great and at 4,200rpm 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”.

It all means Lucas can provide fans of fly fishing with a range of first-rate angling experiences.

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