Tinnies are everywhere in Australia. They’re as Australian as Vegemite once was and certainly as Aussie as the uniform of Australian’s — stubbies shorts — but alas out there it’s a sea of sameness. Every manufacturer has a runabout, a fishing boat, a punt and tiller steer runabout and to be honest, they all look pretty much the same. It takes a visionary, someone willing to push the bar that little bit left of centre to create something exemplary, something that screams I’m the boat for you and in my eyes, The Anglapro Trixsta 48 is that boat. It’s the perfect mix between innovation, usability and uniqueness.
WHAT YOU GET
The Trixsta range was launched about three years ago as a stand-alone brand aimed at young water sports enthusiasts who were looking for a fantastic looking tow boat. Since then, the marque has been bought back into the fold of its parent company, Anglapro, hence the new moniker the Anglapro Trixsta 48. It’s certainly a mouthful but they’ve packed plenty into this versatile and ingenious vessel.
The tow pole that was standard on the original Trixsta remains to keep the new boat true to the ethos of the initial Trixsta models but that is where this similarities between the boat we are testing today and the superseded 4.0m tiller-steer models stop. The boat now sits on a 4.8m platform and includes a forward mounted side console with a nifty handrail and small perspex screen. It provides enough cover for the driver and protects the dashboard, which is large enough to fit a small 5 inch sounder/plotter and a Mercury Smartcraft gauge. The standard steering wheel is a basic plastic model and the throttle is within easy reach.
Two pedestal seats cater for the driver and first mate, or most important passenger while the back corners house jump seats with padded coamings making them extremely comfortable for all ages. The second removable seat is optional but this design leaves the rear of the boat floor relatively free and open with good space between the pedestal seats and the rear. The large carpeted floor is flat and stable and either side, two pockets can handle all the fishing or boating bits and pieces you could possibly need as well as the many items one seems to acquire in spaces like these.
The bow area is a beauty and really is the defining factor in this boats design. Built to accommodate a large platform, or in the case of the test boat set up on the day, a large flat cushioned lounge area that has been really well thought out. Padded coamings run all the way around while the flat cushions are super comfortable and run from the bow to the front of the console and down the port side opposite. It creates a very usable bow space at rest and is a magical place to laze about while being able to keep an ear on the conversation in the rest of the boat. Underneath is a kill tank and esky as well as generous storage.
Four rod-holders finish off the water sports fee with one either side at the transom and two on the aforementioned tow tower while two small boarding platforms provide water access into the boat. Finished off by a fashionable graphic it certainly looks the part on the water and stands out from all the other tinnies out there.
The test boat was powered by an electric start 75hp four-stroke Mercury. The boat is rated to handle an engine between 60 and 80hp. The 75 is perfectly suited and is built on an inline four cylinder platform with a displacement of 2.1-litres. At wide open throttle it will rev out to 5600rpm and delivers a top speed of 32 knots.
The engine weighs 359kg and is quoted by the manufacturer to be nearly 10kg lighter than its next lightest competitor. It is extremely quiet and has little to no vibration on the back of the hull. It is an impressive combination and will deliver the performance needed for water sports activities.
ON THE WATER
Given the water sports origin of the Trixsta 48, its not really surprising that the 75hp provides the spritied performance you are looking for in this type of boat. little wonder. It provides good hole shot and acceleration with the hull rising onto the plane smartly.
Wakeboarding, wakeskating and general freeboarding is well within the capabilities of this package. If you’re more serious about wakeboarding you may find the wake a little pedestrian due to the low wake height delivered by the aluminium hull.
Some aluminium hulls have a tendency to turn too straight as a result of manufacturers trying to make sure the boat is stable and doesn’t roll excessively but we’re happy to report the Trixsta beds into a corner predictably and doesn’t turn so flat that passengers are left hanging on for dear life.
ON THE TRAILER
The Anglapro Trixsta 48 can be fitted onto a Dunbier trailer and being aluminium, can be towed by most family vehicles.
Anglapro should be applauded for making an effort to add some level of spice to an otherwise dull market. The Trixsta 48 certainly fits the bill if you’re looking for a tinnie with a little more personality than the run of the mill boats many others are producing.
Second removable seat an option
Wake may be considered small by some
NUMBERS THAT MATTER
Price: (as tested) $35,000
Length Overall: 4.8m
Weight on trailer: 600kgs (approx.)
Engine: Mercury Four Stroke 75hp
Fuel Capacity: 80-litres