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The Flying Fox

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Boat Test A deep vee forward and a progressively milder vee towards the stern provide a soft-riding nature, along with increased stability and load-carrying ability. For ‘as it happens’ news and events visit us at www.totalseamagazine.com Tech spec Fuel tank: 75 litres Recommended HP: 70hp Maximum HP: 90hp Maximum persons: 5 CE category: C Fancy a chat? Speak to the editor Barney Wright by visiting us at www.facebook.com/totalseafishing Simon Everett visited Salcombe to put a tried-and-tested boat, the design of which has also stood the test of time, through her paces. The console provides shelter for two, but still allows plenty of access down the sides. Price As tested, with the Yamaha F70 and electronics, she retails for £18,775 including VAT. For the boat only the cost is £8,850 including VAT. Racks in each side have tubes running up inside the foamfilled bulwarks to protect rod tips. The Flying Fox 17 shows her mettle at speed in the swells over Salcombe Bar. uthill mouldings is better known for its small mouldings rather than its large ones, and virtually every boat made in Britain uses consoles or seat units moulded by the company. Even those that are now made in-house can have their beginnings traced back to the Warwickshire factory, whose influence is pervasive throughout the industry, from small rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) through to mega-yachts. However, on top of the consoles, seats and utility units, Outhill also produces a few niche boats of its own. The Flying Fox is one of them. The dory-style boat has really taken off; you can see them virtually everywhere you go, and not all with cathedral hulls either, like this Flying Fox that started life in Spain as a 14-footer. In its original guise the boat was of limited use and didn’t work that well, so Bob Moulston set to work and increased her length by two feet eight inches, which transformed the boat into a really useful runabout or fishing dinghy. This style of boat is now termed a centre console, based on its interior layout, whereas they used to be described more by the hull shape. In the last 25 years hulls have become fairly standardised as regards the deep-vee format, with different aspects built into the boat around the soft-riding nature of the angular hull. The Flying Fox 17 incorporates a deep vee forward and a progressively milder vee towards the stern. These aspects provide the soft-riding nature of the vee hull, along with increased stability and loadcarrying when compared with a less angular hull shape – both desirable attributes when it comes to fishing. The stability is provided by the very exaggerated reverse chines running the length of the boat, by increasing the buoyancy aft, so that if you stand on one side of the boat she moves less to the shift of weight. The underwater aspect of the hull softens the ride by trapping a cushion of air between the water and the hull as it cannot escape past those reverse chines. It is an unconventional design but it works rather well and is what goes to make her so economical by reducing the drag. The internal layout is as you would expect, with the console mounted amidships, leaving a useful forward cockpit and deck space aft of the helm bench seat. Two people fishing can have an end each, but three would still be possible. You can fish from the forward cockpit sitting on the curved bench seat with its cut-out for the table and spacious gear lockers Total Sea Fishing 93

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Get your favourite magazine delivered to your door! See p106 for details. Boat Test For ‘as it happens’ news and events visit us at www.totalseamagazine.com A roomy forward cockpit is ideal for uptiding or working lures. Substantial stainlesssteel deck hardware is fitted throughout. The recommended Yamaha F70 provides enough power economically. below. The forward cockpit is brilliant for uptiding either side, standing in the table cut-out to cast and propping the rod on the pulpit rail, which extends as far back as the console. The suitability for casting makes the Flying Fox ideal for the...

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