by Dom Wiseman

Stacer have long been known for producing quality aluminium boats out of their Coomera factory and the 509 Easy Rider is no different. The boat itself is what we would call a multi-purpose vessel and are pitched as such by Stacer. It would be at home fishing, cruising or towing family and mates around the water on any given day and features smart looks and a quality fit out. This makes it a perfect boat for a small family looking to spend social time on the water in a small trailerable boat that won’t ever get them in too much trouble.

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The Boat

The Stacer 509 Easy Rider is a bowrider style boat and stepping aboard it for the first time; I was impressed with the interior fit out. Everything was in the right place and looked as though it had been added with care and attention to detail. The dash has a clean look about it making each gauge easy to see at a glance and it looked sporty too. The side pockets offer ample storage but also are finished off well with no bits and pieces sticking out where they shouldn’t.

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The 509 Easy Rider is rated to carry 6 people maximum and while all are able to grab a seat, fishing with this many onboard would be difficult and pretty annoying at best. Four people would be more comfortable for this pursuit. Anything else, by all means take aboard six people. Being a bowrider, there is room for two up front, two seats forward in the cockpit and a bench seat across the rear. There is an optional transom door which reduces the rear bench by about a third but would not be needed unless you were severely hindered with your mobility. Handles abound with cockpit passenger, bow riders and passengers on the rear bench seat all catered. The driver is the only bloke missing out but he has the steering wheel so he’s happy.

Side pockets are trimmed well and provide plenty of space

The gunwale height is 61cm and provides good support when leaning over the sides either retrieving an inflatable or winding in the catch of a lifetime. Stability at rest is also good and with two people on one side there were no tense moments or noticeable tipping to one side.

Glove box for all your bits and pieces

Construction is of 3mm bottom and 2.5mm topsides and she feels as tough as an Ox. There was no banging or that typical aluminium hull noise. We tested the boat on Lakes Entrance in a stiff wind and the hull chewed up the chop easily courtesy of a fine entry at the bow. The hull also features level floatation and this is standard across most of the range. It allows the boat to remain level and upright with passengers and gear in calm water once swamped, which you obviously don’t want to test yourselves, but trust us.

Performance

The brochure claims 100hp maximum on this boat with a 203kg maximum transom weight, but seriously after being on the test boat rigged with a 90hp Suzuki four-stroke outboard (a 13 ¼ diameter prop x 19 inch pitch), I’d be surprised if anyone needed a 100hp, but we do love to go fast here in Australia don’t we. The 90hp pushed this boat along at about 45 miles per hour flat out. That’s fast enough for a small family and I was impressed by the handling with this combination.

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Acceleration was quick and we were onto the plane in about 2 seconds. Top speed is achieved at about 6,200 revs per minute with cruising comfortable at about 3,500 rpm and 25 miles per hour. It was cornering that really grabbed my attention. As previously mentioned, we were testing in choppy conditions and the hull and motor combination sliced through the chop easily. Corners weren’t even a problem and we managed several turns across the chop at or close to full speed. The hull holds exceptionally well and doesn’t give a sign of skipping or jumping across changes in the water surface.

The Evo hull is well designed to provide a soft ride, tick that box, stability, tick and stay dry, tick also, due to the rolled side pressing running from the transom to the bow. This forms a distinctive curve in the bottom half of the hull side softening forward and is very effective at deflecting spray downward. Coupled with the Suzuki technology it is an attractive combination indeed.

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Value for Money

As tested the boat we looked at was priced at $35,990 which is well within the realms of affordability for such a neatly packaged boat of this size. Weight on a trailer would come in about one tonne all inclusive so a brand new 4wd is not needed just in case you were thinking of trying that one on the wife too.

Options abound for Stacer boats in general. They provide an opportunity to customise your setup to the pastimes you think will be most popular for you. Some to consider for this boat would be Transom mounted live bait tank and bait station if you like fishing or a ski pole if towing the kids or friends around is more your speed.

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Summary

The Stacer 509 Easy Rider is a neat package, ideal for a family looking to get into a comfortable boat without it being too much boat to handle or breaking the bank. The hull is sure and solid and combined with a 90hp Suzuki provides generous power for any situation.

Specifications

Length: 5.10m

Beam: 2.20m

Construction: Aluminium 3mm bottom, 2.5mm sides

Height on Trailer: 1.90m

Length on Trailer: 6.05m

Weight: 502kgs boat only

Max Power: 100hp (203kg weight)

Fuel Capacity: 75 litres

Price as Tested: $35,990 on trailer