by Dom Wiseman

Australian Master Marine, AMM, has launched its first Halo model centre console adding comfort, convenience and style to create ultimate fishing platform.

The boat is built on the proven seven metre (23 footer) hull. This hull also is used across the cruiser-oriented Tournament and Weekender half cabin models. AMM have reconfigured the internal deign to now include the option of a massive downstairs storage area incorporating an electric flushing toilet.

The hardtop has been completely re-designed with a rigid frame delivering strength and keeping the weight down by reducing the need for bracing at the rear of the design. It is now a cantilever design which reduces obstructions on the sides and reduces weight up high.

“Visually, the brilliant white hardtop seems to ‘float’ above the darkened windscreen which is made of toughened glass,” said AMM director, Barton Thomas who designed the new hull.

“The design is very sound and doesn’t require any rear bracing struts for support and therefore makes the hardtop look like a protective, floating halo.”

“The new design also provides for a more efficient deck area and with less mass and leverage up high, a more stable fishing platform,” Barton said.

“We’ve also considered at length how to best manage an efficient air flow to the toilet and storage area while also ensuring the watertight integrity of the space.”

“An off-the-shelf Vetus opening hatch window with an insect screen provided a simple, stylish but very practical solution,” Barton said.

A high quality fit out includes contoured seats with bolsters, a new work station that can include the optional ARB Elements fridge freezer, a full width slide-out lined tackle tray and an aft-facing drop down seat.

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“We’ve even set four rod holders into the top of the rear seat console to make them instantly accessible,” Barton said.

“One or more of these lower rod holders also can be used to keep fishing pliers, lip gripper devices or a fish donger very handy.”

AMM have gone to a 2 Pac satin black colour scheme on the hull which is visually stunning and makes the Halo stand out from the crowd.

“It’s a difficult treatment to apply, but gives a sensational, classy finish,” Barton said.

The first boat has been fitted with a dual prop, 350 hp V6 Suzuki outboard which delivered a reported 46 knots during water trials.

“The counter rotating dual props launch it straight on to the plane when the throttle is pushed forwards and the amount of thrust available in reverse is phenomenal – it makes putting the stern in an exact spot, an ultra-easy exercise,” Barton said.

Two 300 litre fuel tanks underfloor in a self-contained cell replacing the single 240 litre underfloor tank that traditionally has been packaged with AMM’s seven metre hulls. It offers more cruising distance to chase the big ones way out to sea.
To cater for demanding anglers looking for a vessel capable of extended offshore trips, the rig has been fitted with two kill boxes, both of which incorporate their own integrated electric water pumps and macerators to allow a sea water slurry to be refreshed when transiting fishing spots.

There’s also the option of 300 litre fully insulated underfloor icebox which also has its own integrated electric water pump and macerator.