We take a deep dive into the fishing boat brand that’s quickly becoming an Aussie icon.
When Melbourne-based (Vic) Bar Crusher Boats launched back in 2000, factory-built plate aluminium boats were pretty rare in Australia. The situation has now changed dramatically, with plate boats soaring in popularity due to being relatively light to tow, economical to power, easy to maintain and incredibly durable.
From an original two-model line-up, the range has expanded to nearly 30 models in several configurations – cuddy cabin (C), hard top (HT), hard top pilothouse (HTP), centre console (XS), rear centre console (XSR), open hard top (XT), walk around (WR), and bow rider (BR).
Designed and built for Australian conditions, the CE-certified boats have proven popular all around the world.
Bar Crusher is a premium Australian boat builder delivering high-performance fishing boats for hardcore Australian anglers. The range spans 5.35m to 7.80m with models suitable for everything from casting lures for barra in the Top End, right through to battling big marlin beyond the Continental Shelf… and, of course, everything in between.
From the 535C through to the 780HT, Bar Crusher’s DNA runs strong with the same exclusive technologies and construction techniques used throughout the range. All Bar Crusher boats incorporate the Waveslicer deep-V hull for a smooth ride and safe following-sea performance; expertly engineered Rigideck sub-floor system (think of the honeycomb structure of an aeroplane wing) for maximum hull strength; and Quickflow water ballast technology for excellent stability at rest.
Bar Crusher boats are loaded with fishing-related features. From the Game Lock coaming and secure toeholds (for a comfortable fishing position), through to rod holders, baitboard, live bait tank, rocket launcher, SARCA anchor and more, these boats are fully loaded Fishing Weapons. While other boat manufacturers often charge for these items as ‘extras’, Bar Crusher’s philosophy has always been that people are going to want them anyway, so the boats leave the factory with them fitted as standard.
There’s also the option to personalise your Fishing Weapon and the online boat builder on Bar Crusher’s website allows you to do exactly that.
Setting the pace
Driven by innovation, Bar Crusher’s research and development team is tireless in its efforts to set new standards in boat design and performance. This has seen countless design improvements and advancements in construction techniques over the past couple of decades.
The Bar Catch launch/retrieve system is one innovation that has revolutionised the boating experience. The simplicity and ease-of-use of the Bar Catch allows for single-handed launch and retrieve, no matter what size Bar Crusher you own.
As one of the few Australian boat builders fortunate enough to have people within its ranks who are passionate and experienced boaters/anglers, many of the design improvements have come from within the business. Bar Crusher also values customer feedback and regularly takes onboard owners’ suggestions, then determines the feasibility from production and performance perspectives. If it’s possible and if it passes Bar Crusher’s rigorous testing, it goes ahead!
Bar Crusher has boat building down to a fine art.
Professionally engineered and built from the highest quality materials in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, the experienced and devoted team’s attention to detail is evident in every Bar Crusher boat. Every feature has been carefully considered for its performance, practicality, versatility and, importantly, durability.
The marine environment is unforgiving on equipment, and this has always been front of mind. Bar Crusher uses high-tensile marine grade plate aluminium, precision laser-cutting robotics, and highly skilled welders using the best equipment available. There are no shortcuts in building quality boats and Bar Crusher has always gone the extra mile to ensure many years of hassle-free boating.
This unwavering focus on quality extends right through to one of the most important (yet regularly overlooked) aspects of any trailer boat – the trailer. Every Bar Crusher boat is factory-packaged on a custom-designed, Australian-made Easytow trailer. The result is a perfectly balanced package that makes towing safe and easy, and ensures the boat always self-centres and aligns at the ramp.
Value extends far beyond the price you might pay for something. It’s the pleasure a quality product brings, the longevity it delivers and the value it adds to your life. For anyone serious about fishing, this is the true value of a Bar Crusher boat.
To learn more about these Fishing Weapons, visit barcrusher.com.au.
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