by Steve Morgan •
You might think that boat companies just take a fishing boat hull, whack a bowrider deck on the top, and presto an instant bowrider! That’s exactly what Gold Coast boat builder, Stessl Boats have done with this 6.3m Funseeker.
“The 630 is a great hull and yes, it’s exactly the same as the fishing version of the boat,” said Stessl boss, Scott James, when we joined him and the kids for a morning on the water.
In fact, there’s no reason to change the Platerix2 hull. They’ve been built with an extraordinarily strong subfloor frame and have a reputation for taking all of the punishment that you can dish out. It’s just that the Funseeker’s not a hardened workhorse, it’s all dressed up to impress on a Saturday night.
And there’s no questioning the fact that this is a big boat. Apart from the 6.3m, 4mm/4mm hull, it sports a maximum-trailerable 2.5m beam that forces you to put it on a trailer and over the guards. This means that access is really important, both on the water and off it.
Stessl include a transom door and industrial strength ladder for exactly this reason. The kids need to be able to climb back in after bomb-diving from the gunwale and mum needs to be able to jump on while the boat is on the trailer.
From inside the rig, there’s plenty of space for all but the largest families. The padded seating up the bow is generous and there’s cavernous storage underneath it. I will mention that there’s an infill board available, which turns the front seating area of the Funseeker into a very effective casting platform.. Maybe don’t show mum the ticked options box for that … yet.
Moving back, there’s a classy, curved windscreen that opens in the middle for easy access up front. Both the driver and passenger have pedestal seating. The kids get the back foldable lounge, or the deck under mum’s feet. Depends on how old they are.
Under the rear deck there’s a couple of wet storage areas that help swallow up the salty mess that eventuates after the kids are sick of swimming. Covering it all is a small-ish bimini top.
There are a couple of really cool features before we get back to the 200 Yamaha. One’s the special extrusion that’s standard on all new Stessls that fits a sliding mount system for Railblaza accessories. From drink and phone mounts to rod holders, it allows you to customise your accessories per-trip and not permanently.
The billet ski pole is also removable and a bait board fits in its place. This is pretty cool for someone who may be trolling a lake one day, skiing another and then snapper fishing the next.
The other is Stessl’s new console. Standard throughout all of their new ranges, they’re good looking and practical. It’ll hold exactly the electronics you want in a boat like this. And if you want a cool, offset colour in there, just ask.
Turn the key, though, on this rig and that’s where the real fun starts. With a recommended motor of 150, this hull has a maximum rating of 200, and that’s exactly what the test rig had fitted. Revving to 6000rpm, the Funseeker delivered 78km/h at a thirsty 1.0km/L, plenty quick enough to have the kids holding on rather than complaining.
Drop the rpm to 3,500 and you’ll cruise at 39km/h and get 2.2km/L doing so. Combine that with a 250L underfloor fuel tank and you’ll find a suspiciously massive 500km+ of range, which is much further than a family day trip would require. Just think about that!
As tested, the 630 Funseeker was bound for NSW and cost its new owner around $85,000. Packages start from mid $70,000s, however.
Visit www.stessl.com.au to track down your local dealer or for more information. Or scan the QR code hereby to watch this boat in action in the video boat test.
Bottom sheet: 4mm
Side sheet: 4mm
Hull weight: 880kg
Max hp: 200hp
Max transom wt: 240kg
Capacity: 7 persons
RPM Speed (km/h) Economy (km/L)
600 4 3.6
1000 7 2.5
2000 14 2.0
3000 30 2.2
3500 39 2.2
4000 46 1.8
4500 53 1.4
5000 61 1.4
6000 78 1.0