by Shane Mensforth

With the inshore/estuary sport fishing scene expanding at such an incredible rate, it comes as no surprise that our bigger boat manufacturers continue to come up with an ever-growing selection of purpose-built craft. The choice has never been so great in the 4-5m range, especially for those looking for a blend of versatility and affordability.
Plate aluminium boats, in particular, have never been so popular, as is evident with one of Stacer’s most functional smaller models – the 469 Outlaw. It’s designed primarily to suit the requirements of the serious inshore angler, but also makes a terrific platform for the young boating family that may not be able to splash out $40,000-plus on their first purchase.
The 469 is one of 12 Outlaw models built on hulls between 4.29m-5.29m long. It is a handy size for estuary, river and inshore work, providing plenty of interior space in an easy-to-tow package. The boat I tested was the side console version, which would definitely be my choice if I were in the market for a craft of this size. It’s also available as a centre console or tiller-steer dinghy.
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Stacer 469 Outlaw 12WHAT YOU GET
The 469 hull is extremely beamy at 2.22m, which helps out with improved stability and maximising interior room. It’s quite surprising, in fact, as you climb aboard and have a good look around; I doubt you’ll find another boat in this size bracket that offers as much floor space, which is invaluable for those who like to carry a heap of fishing gear or maybe diving equipment.
The model I tested featured a full aft outboard well, but it’s also available with a more angler-friendly elevated rear casting deck. I’m not that keen on the full outboard well option, particularly as it seems to run contrary to the theme of maximising fishing room. The live bait tank sits either flush on the casting deck or elevated in the transom, depending on which stern configuration you choose.
Up front there are several handy storage lockers, as well as a live tank for keeping the catch in good condition. This is a mandatory inclusion, of course, for tournament bream and bass anglers, who have to weigh their catch live prior to release. The forward casting platform is quite big and, like the rest of the floor, fully carpeted. There also is enough buoyancy in the bow to handle the weight of two people fishing from the platform.
The side console is very neat and unobtrusive. It comes with a handy glove compartment, Perspex windscreen with stainless steel grab rail, and a substantial amount of dry storage space beneath. Seat Pro seats are provided, as are four flush-mounted rod holders, full length side pockets and a 77 litre under-floor fuel tank. You’ll travel a fair distance on that much fuel, particularly with a new generation four-stroke and a judicious throttle hand.
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Stacer 469 Outlaw 7Although the Outlaw is pretty well equipped straight from the factory, dressing it up with a few items from the optional extras list will definitely make it more functional. A steering upgrade from mechanical to hydraulic would be my first choice, and the inclusion of a bimini top and clears would certainly make all weather usage more comfortable. Then there’s what I call the ‘more indulgent’ accessories, such as a vinyl hull wrap, Elite Pro seating and factory-fitted sounder to consider – all dependent, of course, on budget.

POWER
Sports Marine had fitted a 60hp Mercury four-stroke to the Stacer Outlaw, which sits roughly midway in the recommended range. It weighs in at 112kg, which is some 60kg lighter than the Outlaw can handle. This seems a reasonable choice for the 469 hull, although a few more horses might be better for those who carry heavier than average loads on a regular basis. I can see tournament anglers going for the maximum of 75hp, as they always seem in a hurry to get where they need to be when the tournament pressure is applied.
With two people on board the test boat got up on the plane quite easily though I wouldn’t describe the acceleration from rest as breathtaking but there’s definitely enough ‘grunt’ from the Merc’ 60 for the average user.
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Stacer 469 Outlaw 6ON THE WATER

It was pretty calm off Adelaide’s North Haven Marina for the morning of our test run, allowing me to push the Outlaw to the limit. As I’d anticipated from the minute I set foot in the boat for the first time, stability is way above average. The hull weighs in dry at 422kg, which is pretty substantial for a plate aluminium boat of this length. Moving around the boat, working the anchor and casting from all points indicated that you could fish two or three quite comfortably in a typical estuary situation.
Top speed was a tad over 30 knots (50km/h), which surprised me a bit. I had anticipated somewhere around 25 knots (46km/h). I would predict a spritely 35 knots with maximum power fitted. We cruised comfortably at 24knots and 4100rpm, which is where optimum fuel economy would be achieved.
I found the Outlaw 469 very responsive to trim, particularly with me at the helm and a passenger seated up front. With three optional seating positions, it would naturally be important to load the boat thoughtfully, especially if there was a lot of fishing or diving equipment involved.
I pushed the boat pretty hard on a lengthy run down the Gulf while experimenting with the motor trim. With someone seated up in front of the console I was able to run nicely with the leg trimmed about two thirds of the way out. With both of us seated further back, dropping the trim to around half provided the best ride angle. Like most boats in this category, playing around with the trim button will always optimise your ride.
The Stacer hull turns quite flat at speed, which is handy in a tournament fishing situation. I was able to pull quite radical turns at around 25 knots, experiencing little noticeable side slip and not a hint of cavitation. It’s a very predictable rig to drive, which is always good news for less experienced operators.
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Stacer 469 Outlaw 2ON THE TRAILER
Like most plate aluminium boats of this size, the Outlaw 469 is a snack to launch and tow. It is presented on a custom Stacer aluminium trailer, which helps keep towing weight to an absolute minimum and is dead easy to put in and out. You could pull this rig comfortably behind a standard family sedan or smaller SUV or, to facilitate beach or bank launching, a mid-sized 4WD would be the better option.
I drove the Stacer back onto its single-axle trailer, but manual winch retrieval would be a piece of cake, even single handed.

OVERVIEW
There’s no doubt Stacer has done its homework before coming up with the great little 469 Outlaw. As mentioned earlier, this boat competes in a very strong section of the aluminium market, and it stacks up nicely in just about every area. In fact, the entire Outlaw range continues to do well, and I can’t see this situation changing much in the near future at least. Whether you’re a tournament bream angler, a keen recreational who loves river, lake and estuary, or simply a newcomer to inshore boating, the 469 Outlaw comes highly recommended.
Test boat supplied by Sports Marine in Adelaide.

POSITIVES
Terrific volume of floor space.
Better than average stability.Stacer 469 Outlaw 10
Excellent value for money.

NEGATIVES
Not keen on the outboard well version.

NUMBERS THAT MATTER
Price: (as tested) $30,950
Construction: Plate aluminium
Engine fitted: Mercury 60hp four stroke
Length: 4.97m
Beam: 2.22m
Dry weight: 422kg
Aluminium gauge: 3mm throughout
HP range: 50-75
Engine Fitted: 60hp Mercury four-stroke
Fuel capacity: 77 litres
Maximum load: 5 adults