Anglapro Sniper Elite 554 with Mercury 135hp

The Anglapro Sniper Elite 554 definitely fits into the crossover boat category. Big enough and safe enough to head out to your favourite inshore or bay location and small enough to poke around your favourite river, estuary or lake.

by Peter Jung •
The Anglapro Sniper range consists of seven models, of which the 554 Elite is the largest. They are a deep vee side console design that covers not only the waterways already mentioned, but with the deep vee design provides the option to venture slightly further afield.

First impressions

The 554 Elite is certainly a step up in both size and space from anything else I have tested in the Anglapro ranges. As I said in the YouTube video (you will find the link somewhere on these pages) you instantly have a feeling of space as you jump into this boat. There is a spacious front casting platform, a generous lower deck with multiple seating options and a side console with room for a multitude of electronics options. There is also plenty of legroom for the driver to be comfortable. The high gunnels add to the feeling of space but also provide the additional safety aspect should you venture further afield.

This feeling of space is complemented by significant storage under the front casting deck, as well as handy storage pockets along the sidewalls and at the base of the console for all your gear. There are purpose built hatches (for access) and space to house batteries and such like. All of this means the space above the decks can be kept clear of clutter and trip hazards, or that you can take more gear with you!

Overall, the first impression was that it ticked a lot of boxes an angler would want.

The Anglapro Sniper Elite 554 definitely fits into the crossover boat category. Big enough and safe enough to head out to your favourite inshore or bay location and small enough to poke around your favourite river, estuary or lake.
Although a medium sized boat, the 554 Elite was easy to launch and retrieve.
Even though the Mercury 135hp 4-stroke was over propped on the boat tested it still showed more than enough indicators that it was an excellent choice to put with this package.
The 554 Elite comes standard with extended spray chines. Here you can see them doing their job.
The lower deck feels spacious. It has a number of seating positions, basic storage and comes standard with Elite seats.
The side console offers plenty of space to flush mount electronics, with some simple storage and plenty of room for the skipper.
The walk through transom with ladder offers easy access to and from when on or off the water.
A simple bait board is provided with the Sniper 554 Elite. It is removable for those trips when it is not required.
Great access and storage for batteries and pumps is provided in the transom.
There is plenty of storage in the 554 Elite, ensuring you can keep the working areas clear of trip hazards.
There is plenty of storage in the 554 Elite, ensuring you can keep the working areas clear of trip hazards.
There is plenty of room to have two anglers casting lures from the front deck of the Sniper 554 Elite.
The anchor well has additional supports to allow you to have an anchor winch installed.
Boats and More matched the package with a Dunbier dual axle trailer. Dual axle trailers provide excellent extended towing and make reversing that little bit easier too.
The Mercury 135hp 8-valve single overhead cam fuel injected motor is a great power plant for this package.
The Anglapro Sabre Hull is designed to provide excellent handling underway as well as maximum stability at rest.

Many things are standard features

A key component when doing any boat test is to decipher what are ‘extras’ and what are standard features on the test boat. When I asked Simon from Boats and More that question, a little cheeky grin spread across his face as many of the desired options come standard. The list of items is quite impressive. 

Standard features include a drained anchor well with anchor winch supports, a removable bait board, a premium side console, electric motor bracket, underfloor keeper tank drained to the transom, painted hull, elite seats, extended spray chines and much more. This means the purchaser can focus on the electronics they want fitted, knowing that this is the only other significant cost when purchasing the package. Therefore, you can spend as little or as much as you like. 

Ride, Handling and Performance

The Anglapro Sniper 554 Elite has a maximum horsepower rating of 135hp and the team at Boats and More had the test boat powered by a 135hp Mercury 4-stroke outboard. As we try to do with all boat tests, we collect performance statistic information. 

It was during the collecting of this information that we realised that the motor was over propped. This means the prop grabs too much water and therefore the engine is unable to get to the upper end of the rev range. This can affect the ride, handling and the performance of the package. Nevertheless, other than not being able to go beyond 4970rpm (two people on board), you couldn’t notice a big difference to what would feel normal. The ride was excellent and handling at any speed was also very good. You could easily see the potential of the 135hp Mercury on this package, as even with the over propping it still got to a very respectable 71km/h at WOT with the best performance range sitting in the 3500-4000rpm range.

Fishability

I have mentioned versatility on a number of occasions and I am not sure whether this is a good thing or not. People love using the terminology of something being fit for purpose. The Anglapro Sniper 554 Elite is certainly fit to fish from. Add an electric motor to the package makes it an ideal platform to cast lures from, put in an anchor winch and you are set to anchor up on spot X and clean up on whiting. 

Even more importantly, you can get your family out on the water knowing that the boat is very stable at rest, with the added safety of the higher gunnels to keep the young ones in the boat. The Sniper 554 is definitely fit to fish from.

Try it for yourself

I tested this package with Simon Ryan from Boats and More in Shepparton and Echuca. Between the two dealerships they offer you the opportunity to check out a number of boats in the Anglapro range and fit them out to your needs. 

The package as tested came in at just under $60,000, with base price starting at just under $54,000. You can go to their website www.boatsandmore.com.au for their contact details and to check out everything they have to offer.

Specifications:
Length 5.6m 
Beam 2.3m
Bottom sides 4mm
Top sides 3mm
Max hp 135hp
Max people 5
Hull weight 530kg

Performance:
RPM Speed (km/h) Economy (km/L)
Idle (670) 4 2.2
1000 8 3.5
2000 16 5.4
3000 35 15.0
4000 50 32.0
WOT (4970) 71 46.0