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Bar Crusher's fully-enclosed fishing weapons

by Sandman PR on 8 Jul 2014
Bar Crusher’s new Hard Top Pilothouse (HTP) series of fishing weapons Sandman PR
Australian plate aluminum boat manufacturer Bar Crusher has launched its new Hard Top Pilothouse (HTP) series of offshore Fishing Weapons.

Incorporating three models – 670HTP, 730HTP and 780HTP – and delivering all of the performance and functional fishing features for which Bar Crusher is renown, the HTP series offers the ultimate in protection from the weather, as well as the opportunity to stay overnight, with fully-enclosed cabins, toilets and other comforts.


Bar Crusher director Peter Cleland said the HTP series delivered the optimum balance of fishability and comfort.

'When we set our minds to building a new pilothouse model, we wanted it to tick all the boxes,' Mr Cleland said.

'Our customers told us they loved the performance and engineering in our boats but they wanted more.

'The pilothouse range is designed and built for those who take their fishing seriously, but also want a little extra comfort and protection… think ‘pocket cruiser’, with all the comforts your wife, girlfriend or kids have always wanted in your hardcore fishing machine.'


The flagship 780HTP is a real bluewater weapon. The cockpit offers everything required for offshore fishing – plenty of space to fight and handle big fish; a fully-welded and sealed, self-draining checkerplate deck with scuppers; alloy rod holders; good-sized baitboard; transom livebait tank; deck wash; sizeable kill tank; tackle storage; leader dispenser; and more.

The flexible layout can be changed in minutes – from a functional fishing machine to a dining layout for the evening. Either side of the entrance to the lockable pilothouse are a couple of seats that when the cushions are removed reveal a plumbed freshwater sink and a single-burner gas stove for cooking.


'Stepping through the glass doors into the helm and cabin area, the helm is well set-up with a fabric-covered bolster seat that’s positioned to provide a 360-degree view through the toughened glass screen, while everything falls nicely to hand,' Mr Cleland said.

'On the port side there’s a clever seating arrangement that has two fabric-covered seats with a table in between, which is perfect for a coffee or reading your favourite fishing magazine while waiting for the fish to come on.


'Then, in the blink of an eye, the table stows behind the helm seat and the seats slide together to provide a bench seat for the trip back to port.'

The fully-lined cabin is roomy and functional, with a comfortable V-berth, LED lighting and storage shelves running the full length of the cabin. Under the centre cushions is a plumbed toilet.

The HTP series is factory-packaged on a custom-designed galvanised or alloy trailer, which ensures towing, launching and retrieving is a breeze. Self-centering and aligning perfectly every time, Bar Crusher’s innovative Bar Catch™ system also allows for single-handed launch and retrieve… a real bonus for such big boats!

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