by Dom Wiseman

Cruise Craft have been crafting and manufacturing beautiful, high quality fibreglass boats from their Brisbane factory since 1946.  A proud family owned, third generation Australian boat manufacturing business, the family have unveiled their latest Hard Top model to the market, the Cruise Craft Outsider 595 HT.

As winter approaches, the latest in their string of Hard Top models, the Outsider 595 HT, was designed to extend the comfortable fishing season for serious fishermen. The construction is top quality fibreglass, using a split mould technique to achieve the perfect form and solidity, specifically designed and manufactured for this particular model. The distinctive Cruise Craft Hard Top has been created with perfection in mind, with its smooth lines and robust stainless steel supports, which double as secure hand holds for top safety. The Cruise Craft Outsider 595 HT is unique to the family and allows you to keep fishing regardless of the extreme Australian weather conditions, be it the searing summer sun or a wintery biblical deluge.The Cruise Craft Outsider 595 was previously available exclusively as a conventional ‘soft top’ but with the release of the new Hard Top model, customers now have the possibility to choose between the two configurations, depending on their personal boating requirements.

“By introducing the Cruise Craft Hard Top design to our Outsider 595 model, boaters can now extend their boat season,” said Nathan Nichols of Cruise Craft.“Cruise Craft customers who have moved to the Hard Top configuration, consistently tell us that they are able to go boating in weather conditions when previously they would have stayed at home. This is solely due to the extra protection that is achieved with a Hard Top design.”

Fresh air generously flows through the cockpit, with the unique Hard Top design, moulded with a fully toughened glass widescreen and sliding, side glass panels, electric wiper on the starboard screen, along with Lenco auto retract trim tabs and ladder bar. For those of you familiar with earlier Cruise Craft models, you will notice straight away the differences between the Cruise Craft Outsider and Explorer designs, such as the deeper and safer side-deck walkaround from the cabin to the bow. The dash panel has also been redesigned to accommodate larger electronic displays, up to 15” or 380mm. An optional sliding and lockable cabin door provides both privacy and security. Other major features of the Cruise Craft Outsider 595 HT model include dual battery management system, hydraulic steering, VHF radio and aerial, full width folding rear lounge and plumbed under-floor rear storage. Thanks to the design team, the Cruise Craft is generously spacious for overnight family boating and the cockpit comfortably accommodates up to four people fishing.