Recently put to the test in the 'Raglan One Base Fishing Tournament' off Hauraki Gulf on New Zealand's North Island, the Billlfisher 735's suitability for its design was soon proven with marlin on the outriggers minutes after hitting the target area! Success for the Billfisher 735 in the Raglan One tournament has been reflected in many other events and competitions since its debut late last year. A thoroughly modern unit, the 735 boasts foam core transom and top-hat section, super-strong stringers, and composite material construction throughout. In the rough and sloppy conditions of the NZ event on Raglan's bar, the power delivered by the 735's 250hp Yamaha outboard was not only appreciated, but essential!
With big waves breaking across the length of the bar, Team Buccaneer welcomed the instant throttle response delivered from the Yamaha four stroke, which can top 50mph in smooth conditions, as well as the enclosed hardtop with deep glass area. In rough weather, the wheelhouse can be sealed off from the elements with removable clear covers, while a vent in the hardtop roof provides welcome ventilation for hot conditions. While the 735 may be a purpose built machine, that doesn't mean it's entirely utilitarian. The two tone cream and tan gel coat finish gives the 735 the feel and comfort of a pleasure craft, as do the comfortable helmsman & front passenger seats. Both these seats swivel atop moulded bases. Beneath and behind these are a pair of aft-facing fixed seats, which are ideal for watching the lures.
Thanks to extensive customer research undertaken during the 735's design, Buccaneer are intimately aware of the amount of gear the modern fisherman needs, so the 735 features a multitude of stowage compartments: under the seats; cubby holes in the wheelhouse area; under the squabs; wide, deep side shelves; a big live bait tank at the stern; and rod racks above the 1/4 berth. The underfloor locker is big enough to hold two fish bins, plus dive bottles, with space to spare. Broad gutters and an effective bilge pump gear stored in the locker should stay dry. There's plenty of space for over nighters, too.
The cabin is accessed by a lockable door, while the raised wheelhouse floor helps prevent water entering the cabin. Internal v-berths can create a double bed, and there's a separate 1/4 berth under the wheelhouse sole. A fridge and fresh water sink complete a small, but tidy galley, but a gas stove would be required for cooking. A saltwater/freshwater wash down shower will be appreciated by divers & over nighters, while the walk-around configuration of the deck makes lure casting and jigging easy.
In brief: Buccaneer Billfisher 735
Construction: GRP LOA/LWL/BOA: 7.71/7.34/2.488m
Engine options: Single outboard Horsepower: 250hp (with Yamaha 4 stroke V6 outboard)
Max speed: 50mph
Fuel capacity: 280lt
Length/Height: 8.8/3.1mt (on trailer)
Trailerable weight: 2630kg (dry)
Trailer: FMS - Sensabrake four-axle braking, dual axle spring suspension, multi-rollers, submersible lights
Price: packages from $120,00