by Steve Morgan •
Melbourne Marine Centre has really found its feet when it comes to being a marine dealer. We’ve done plenty of boat tests for one of Melbourne’s newest boating establishments, including Patrick Dangerfield’s Verado-powered Northbank, Brian Sanders’ 750 Hard Top and some great entry-level boats.
You know that they’re really getting into the swing of it when they turn up to a test with a boat that’s pimped to within an inch of its life. That’s exactly what happened when Dealer Principal, Andrew Stephen, rocked up to the Patto River ramp with a big smile on his face and this little pocket rocket swinging off the back of the work ute.
An Aussie-built (at Telwater on Queensland’s Gold Coast) plate boat that normally retails in the mid $30K range, the Melbourne Marine Centre team decided to put together the ultimate piece of kit that could fill any boat fishing role you liked in your home state.
From southern bluefin on a nice day through to Mallacoota bream or Murray River cod, there’s not many situations where this boat would look out of place. Here’s why; created with a full checkerplate, self-draining deck, the Nomad is supplied on an alloy I-beam trailer, also made by Stacer. The Catch and Release hitch on the winch post easily allows one-up launch and retrieval. Mechanical override brakes help you stop on the road.
From the bow, there’s a combination of Lone Star anchor winch and Mud Magnet anchor up front, right next to the MotorGuide Xi5 electric motor, for finesse control of the boat and ‘virtual’ anchoring. Rarely have we seen such a combination, yet it seems to work well on the water.
The deck is 100% self-draining, unpainted checkerplate, which could well do with a coat of paint to soften the glare in more tropical climates. As is, it’s a workhorse that’s easy to clean and as tough as nails. The centre console is the hub of operations, with a Garmin 7408XSV the heart of all sounding/GPS and Fusion functions (with a Fusion Link). A 4” Mercury VesselView displays all of the engine telemetry from the 2.1L 90hp workhorse on the back.
“The 2.1L Mercury has been an awesome motor for us,” said Andrew, “they’re trouble-free, look good and give great economy.”
Melbourne Marine has also added some of their own customisation in the form of a couple of internal, transom mounted live bait tanks. Fitted with clear front panels, they’re a practical and good looking addition. On the outside of the transom, they’ve added some neat LEDs for extra bling and squid attracting ability.
Overall, it’s a rugged, good looking rig that ate up the 5-10knots of breeze on the test day. Make sure that you watch the boat test video on your smartphone by scanning the QR code on this page, or check out the FishingMonthly YouTube channel for all of out digital video content.
As tested, the pimped Stacer came in at $56,060, but basic packages start from mid thirties. For more information about the boat, you can visit Melbourne Marine Centre or visit them online at www.melbournemarine.com.au.
• Quoted performance figures have been supplied by the writer in good faith. Performance of individual boat/motor/trailer packages may differ due to variations in engine installations, propellers, hull configurations, options, hull loading and trailer specifications.
RPM Speed (km/h) Economy (km/L)
750 3 2.0
1000 7 2.3
2000 11 1.5
3000 29 2.4
4000 43 2.5
5000 59 1.9
5500 65 1.9
• fitted with a 17” Spitfire 4-blade propeller.
Length on trailer 6.60m
Capacity 5 persons
Max hp 90
Hull weight 490kg
Bottom sheet 4mm
Side Sheet 2.5mm