2006 mod Centre Console/Bowrider powered by 200 hp Etech (485 hours)
Set up for serious offshore fishing but with features to suit comfortable family use.
Very well maintained with thorough service history by current owner.
Features include dual batteries, Navigation electronics, full boat cover.
Can be trailered but No trailer available.
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This hull is made of a composite of polyurethane and fiberglass, blended to offer a sturdy and robust finish.
A hollow grid of stringers and cross sections is secured to the outer hull of the Fibrafort 238.
This base system is pumped with closed cell foam, resulting in a positively buoyant hull that has increased rigidity and soundproofing, reducing a lot of the water-on-hull noise that normally emanates from a hollow shell hull.
At a distance, the 238 looks like a full-blown sport fishing boat.
A browse of the internals, though, reveals this rig is set up as one of the biggest bowriders available on the market.
The bowrider section has comfortable cushioning in an arch format in the very forward part of the deck area, under which are three compartments.
The two to the sides are for dry stowage and the one in the middle is the ground tackle locker. It is utilised over the bow through the split bowrail.
The deck here has a large hatch that opens to a removable icebox and, once out, the intricate, reinforced hull system is visible.
The centre console is a substantial unit which features a spray-proof map box with a transparent lid and other pockets for storing mobile phones and the like.
The Furuno 7000 combination sounder and chart plotter, itself slightly larger than an average unit, looked lonely atop a dashboard that has a lot of room for other electronics. A portside walkthrough hatch in the console opens to expose an electric macerator toilet.
Double seating at the helm is on a large box arrangement, which has a tilting backrest for viewing astern.
The internals of this seat/box had been insulated and converted to a twin compartment icebox.
Further wet stowage is available under deck behind the helm seat and it too can be lifted out for the easy cleaning and transfer of the day's catch.
The aft corners and transom bulkhead are in the form of stowage compartments that have heavy-duty transparent hinged hatches.
Across the full inner beam, a drop-down hinged door eliminated engine noise when in place and, when lowered, provided easy access to the full beam swim out.
SMOOTH AS SILK
Handling on smooth waters was absolutely effortless, its easy maneuverability belying its true size.
We took this rig out of Pumestone Passage, the strong northerly pushing into the top of Moreton Bay generating a large swell that the Fibrefort gobbled up at speed.
By this time we had another body aboard and, out in the shipping channel toward Moreton Island, we drifted the channel markers and produced a couple of fish.
This showed how stable the boat is, displaying very little list despite the 360kg human payload standing on one side.
This boat did not have side pockets. Instead, it had large rebates in the liner with holes each end in which to hang boat hooks and the like.
A stainless steel rail across the bottom of this rebate was just the right height to tuck toes under for extra stability while standing at the gunwales fishing.
Turning and heading for home, wind on the forequarters, the ride was dry. This can be attributed to the overly flared forequarters of the external hull coming up of the keel line.
I haven't seen such a configuration since the days of the now vintage Swiftcraft Dominator and it's good to see it back.
A lot of us like centre consoles, but none of us like getting wet.
The helm felt as comfortable offshore in the swell and chop as it did on the glassy Pumestone Passage.
This boat has had a heavy-duty makeover in the stainless steel department.
The Fibrafort website shows the standard configuration, which has been altered to give full shade in the rear cockpit, and the front section has a collapsible bimini that stows out of the way under the front of the hard top.
I can imagine this rig at home in a canal estate front yard or far offshore.
WHAT WE LIKED
Wide open spaces and plenty of walk-around room
Very soft riding over big swell at speed
Potential to be a big family day boat and equally at home on the high seas