by Gary Brown •
The 589 Stacer Ocean Ranger Centre Cab Hard Top is not only impressive on the trailer or sitting in the water, it’s also a weapon when underway. The F115LB 4-stroke Yamaha outboard pulls the 589 Ocean Ranger out of the hole with so much ease it’s ridiculous. If you were to decide to go the extra mile and put on the maximum of a 135hp outboard, you would have plenty of extra power if you needed it. However, in my opinion the F115LB 4-stroke Yamaha outboard is enough.
While testing the boat there were a couple of times when I forgot that the motor was still revving at 700rpm as it was so quiet. Traveling at 8 knots it was approximately 2900rpm, and at near top speed it was traveling at 45 knots while pulling 5500rpm.
The 589 Ocean Ranger Centre Cab Hardtop was released at the 2018 Boat Show in Melbourne, and the EVO Advanced hull elicited an enthusiastic response from show-goers. Many of them told the exhibitor staff that they couldn’t wait to take one for a test drive.
On the test day there was a stiff southeast wind blowing across Woolooware and Botany Bay, and as I put the Ocean Ranger through its paces, I found the sharp entry point and the 20° deadrise gave a smooth ride. The reverse chine deflected the spray, giving us a ride that was both comfortable and dry as we crossed over the chop.
The 589 Ocean Ranger Centre Cab Hardtop has a milk crate rib structure of 8 x 6mm vertical stringers, 5mm horizontal ribs, a double wielded solid T chine and keel, a box section floor frame for added strength, super wide gunnels, roto-moulded anchor well for reduced vibration up front, a self-draining checker plate floor (the one tested had a carpeted floor) and a super sump drainage system.
This drive-away package included the F115LB 4-Stroke Yamaha outboard, Yamaha Rigging kit of a 704 top mount binnacle control, 6YC digital Screen LAN gauge, a Yamaha Alloy SDS K-Series 131/2” x 15k 7U18 prop, Yamaha fuel/water separator, control cables, trim limit switch, a Stacer TP alloy tandem axle trailer with rollers and mechanical brakes, a GARMIN GPSmap 1222xsv chartplotter/sonar combo, a AIRMAR B175M 1kW bronze thru-hull transducer, 2 x Century NS70M marine batteries, 12-month NSW trailer and vessel registration, safety kit, sand anchor with rope and chain, factory electric toilet, seat cabin cushions, bait and fishing station, and trailer tie-down straps.
All for a cool price of $76,055.
If you would like to see more of the 589 Ocean Ranger Centre Cab Hardtop, drop into Marina Bayside at 1-13 Mangrove Lane, Taren Point or call them on (02) 9524 0044.
You can also find more information at www.marinabayside.com.au
Bottom sides: 5.00mm
Height on trailer: 3.10m
Max length: 5.98m
Length on trailer: 7.23m
Main motor weight: 206kg
Max. hp: 135hp
Number of people (basic): 5
Transom material: 5mm
Transom shaft length: L/S
Weight (boat only): 990kg