Award Winning Honda Powered Surtees
It took brothers Jeremy Coombes and Al Brown 12 months to find a boat that suited their needs, before settling on a Honda Powered Surtees 575 Pro Fisher. Jeremy and Al are keen lure fishers, including soft-baits, jigs and top water, but salt-fly fishing in particular. Consequently, their boating needs were quite specific, with their vessel having to: provide a stable casting platform; have topsides that were as low-profile and fly-fishing friendly as possible (with nothing to catch fly-lines on); and incorporate a layout allowing them to follow hooked fish around. They also needed a boat that would get them to the grounds quickly and in relative comfort, possess a good fuel range for multi-day trips away, and be easy to tow.
Jeremy was the ‘project manager,’ and as the guys knew Surtees Boat’s head honcho Adam Dyck well, the die was cast. “We didn’t start out with any specific brand in mind, just a list of features we wanted incorporated in the boat. The team at Surtees took on board the project with enthusiasm and we developed a great rapport with them,” says Jeremy.
The result was Chum Bucket, a 5.75m centre-console powered by a Honda 100hp four-stroke outboard. Both men are in the restaurant business, and the boat’s name is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the name of the eatery in the popular kid’s television programme Spongebob Squarepants. In a bid to keep the boat as ‘clean’ as possible, they elected not to include a bimini top. “We will fish a summer without one and see how we go. There is no substitute for a decent hat to provide shade,” Al reckons.
The forward casting deck is slightly raised, with two large ‘90 percent dry’ storage areas beneath it. SeaDek is prominent throughout the boat, providing not only good grip, but excellent comfort for any angler standing and casting for long periods.
Jeremy says they chose Honda as several of the charter boats he has fished aboard have them, with their skippers singing the brand’s praises. “The motor is proving very economical and quiet, and having adecent amount of fuel on board gives us plenty of range.”
Jeremy says they wanted to create a Kiwi version of an American sport-fishing ‘flats’ boat, sans a rear poling platform, and believe.
It is not only the new owners who have been impressed by the Honda Powered Surtees. The Pro Fisher also caught the eye of the judges at the recent Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show, winning the Fishing Boat Under Six Metres division, something Al and Jeremy are justifiably proud of, given how closely they have worked with Surtees on the project.