If you prefer to leave your worries for work and keep your fuel bill small then Fyran’s new 510CC may be just the ticket to angling freedom
Dare I say it in the vaunted pages of NZ Fishing World but it has been far too long since I’d been fishing.
Being mid-winter, suitable weather-windows and domestic-duty free days have failed to align for weeks, so when Nick Herd from Fyran Boats mentioned he was in the same predicament, neither of us needed much convincing to slip the new Fyran 510 Centre Console into the green waters of Maraetai at dawn.
It's hard to beat a centre console for working space
More than CCs
Built specifically for these sorts of occasions the Fyran 510CC’s open-plan design offers the maximum angling avenues for its 5.1 metre hull.
Easily handled by one, but with room for up to four fishos, it’s simplistic yet functional, while providing value for money without scrimping on build quality.
Honda's BF60 engine is a fine example of the sort of technology currently transforming the trailerboat market.
Another edition to Fyran’s new revamped and re-engineered range the 510CC shares the same hull design as the Fyran 550; albeit with a dialled-down Portofino transom providing cost and weight savings.
Loaded and launched
As usual, way too many rods came out of the boot of my 4WD so the 510CC, which features six gunwale mounted rod holders plus dual side rod racks allowing a further six rods to be safely stashed, had its arsenal handling capacity fairly tested. The side racks handled a couple of six foot rods comfortably so would be the ideal place for keeping sensitive soft-bait rods out of harm’s way. Now four rods per angler may seem overkill, but we weren’t leaving anything to chance.
The launch was an easy one with our loaded weapon gliding effortlessly off its Hosking trailer; Nick Herd barely got his jandals wet. As the first rays of sunlight broke through the incoming clouds we escaped the rat race with the red-tinged sky hinting at what was to come. Sure enough it rained shortly after but with ample dry storage areas on board and suitable attire for winter fishing a bit of the wet stuff couldn’t put a damper on our slice of freedom.
The building Sou’wester seemed much fresher than forecast but a chilly-bin full of bait and berley kept the spirits high as we put the throttle down for the choppy run to the bottom-end of Waiheke Island. Once in more sheltered waters we paused briefly for the photoshoot before continuing the quest for fresh fillets.
Encouraging sign on the Garmin GPSmap 557xs prompted us to begin our hunt at the mussel farms and with the mussel barge in operation the hopes were high, but alas the results were not. The persistent wind gusts and inability to anchor in the area was an exercise in frustration and snags.
Wherever we went the now strong south-westerly followed and without anything to show yet for our efforts, we ventured further out into the Hauraki Gulf to seek shelter around some structure.
Tarahiki Island fitted the bill nicely. It seemed everyone else had the same idea, or perhaps they were attracted by our metallic silver paintjob, as we were soon joined by half a dozen other shelter seekers hoping to pull a few moochers (or at least a kahawai or two for the smoker) from the foul-ground.
These small, manoeuvrable centre console boats are ideal for working a tight coastline.
A berley bomb, a smorgasbord of baits, a few yarns and a lot of patience later and we … unfortunately ran out of time. But not before one last ditch effort prospecting soft-baits amongst the gutters and foul ground, utilising the stealth approach provided by the Honda BF60.
With no fish to fillet there was plenty of time to evaluate the boat.
Fyran have put a lot of effort into the design, which is evident in all the little touches that make quite a big difference. Firstly, a well-thought out foot-hold underneath the anchor locker ensures you don’t follow the anchor over the side in less-than ideal conditions.
All-round wide, thigh-height gunnels feature enough foot space below to provide security wherever you’re fishing from. With plenty of non-skid on top they also double as seats.
Full length side storage pockets below keep the tackle stash in easy reach wherever you choose to stop and drop.
The 510CC is equipped with twin 23-litre tote tanks for easy maintenance and re-fuelling, both of which stow well away within the transom away from the sun.
While it might not seem like much, 46 litres of fuel goes a long way with Honda’s frugal and remarkably quiet 60hp four-stroke on the back. Fumes aren’t noticeable either so all that’s left is to enjoy the journey and the view.
Cruising comfortably about between 17-20 knots uses 0.42-0.44 litres per nautical mile, while trolling lures at 7 knots will only lighten the tote-tanks by 0.64 litres per nautical mile.
With the 510CC being CPC rated as unsinkable and exhibiting good stability, safety is well covered. The battery is also kept well up off the floor in the rear lockers with ample space for the lifejackets, flares and other safety equipment.
By now reality was calling and the troublesome sou’wester was a solid 20 knots with an opposing tide. As is the natural way of things in the Hauraki Gulf, we had an 11-nautical mile trip home in the opposite direction. Despite the challenging conditions the robust hull and dependable Honda BF60 combination was up to the task.
The author was more than impressed with the handling of this relatively petite sportfisher.
The laws of physics and up to a metre of chop didn’t allow us to stay completely dry but given the conditions the boat performed well above expectations.
With a low planing speed inherent in Fyran hulls, 14 knots was easily maintained through the rougher channels while Honda’s BLAST (Boosted Low Assisted Torque) technology and smooth hydraulic steering allowed for plenty of control.
Speaking of control, the clever dash hand rail positioning allowed for a solid grip on the wheel with the other hand locked onto the handrail allowing safe throttle adjustments amongst the rough stuff.
If you like fishing to be carefree, good value and open to every opportunity then the Fyran 510CC should tick a lot of boxes. Its size and design features mean it’s easily stowed, prepped and towed - making it ready to seize even the smallest window whilst requiring minimal clean-up afterwards.
It’s also dependable enough to stand tall when the weather gods change their mind, as they did on our adventure.
Fyran continues to evolve the look and performance of its range.
Truth be told, had the forecast mentioned 20-plus knots from the sou’west we’d have postponed but would’ve missed out on all the fun.
A full day’s fishing adventure on one tote tank is damn good too – even if the fish aren’t biting.