The acquisition of Melbourne based Streaker boats by iconic Brisbane boat builder Cruise Craft hasn’t attracted all that much attention. Maybe that’s a good thing and maybe it isn’t, but from a consumer’s point of view, having the brand under the Cruise Craft roof is nothing but positive.
Immediately, all wood has been removed from all Streaker models. They are now built with 100% composite materials. Also, you’ll find that the dealer base is expanding, which led us to Brisbane Marine, Streaker’s newest Queensland dealer.
Troy Wood and his Brisbane Marine team have been growing the Clontarf-based business in leaps and bounds in recent years, moving it from a service centre to a boat dealership with marine chandlery and multiple boat brands. On the test day, major building expansions were underway. It’s good to see dealers expanding after the contraction that the GFC caused since the late noughties.
Brisbane Marine and Streaker are a good fit. Surrounded by Moreton Bay, it makes sense for Brisbane Marine to take on a well-built, family-friendly bay boat.
Supplied on a quality, Australian made Easytow trailer, the 6100 Navigator is a good looking rig and a perfect match for the 3.0L, 135hp Mercury 4-stroke which is bolted to the transom. It spun a 17” Enertia propeller.
Out on the water, the 6100 jumped on the plane with ease and maxed out at 74km/h with the hammers right down. Of course, not every day is like the test day and the most economical cruising speed was around 3200-3400rpm, where around 2.5km per litre of fuel burned was achieved with judicious trimming.
Troy Wood has spent more time than most behind the wheel, and made it his personal challenge to find out the sweetest spot for economy of this rig. And when you think about it, that’s a good figure for a 6m+ cabin boat. I’ve seen much worse in my years in this role.
For us, this boat is a pretty good compromise between family and fishing. The cabin is quite spacious in all dimensions and, with the infill fitted, offers sanctuary for those not driven to fish 24/7.
The best part about Brisbane Marine is that they’re close to the boat ramp and happy to get you on the water to feel how these Streakers feel for yourself. Check out www.brismarine.com.au for their package prices and www.streakerboats.com.au for in-depth details on the hulls.
|Total Length on trailer||7.2m|
|Tow weight||1.6 to 1.8t|
|RPM||SPEED (km/h)||ECONOMY (km/L)|