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Stacer 389 Territory Striker Review

The new Stacer 389 Territory Striker is a terrific sheltered-waters fishing boat, with lots of deck space, nippy performance and a true budget ticket.

Stacer has added three new models to its Proline range of V-nose bass and barra boats including a Stacer 389 Territory Striker. Armed with a sharper vee-hull shape and higher topsides for more interior freeboard, the new Territory Strikers are sure to appeal to anglers and budget boaters. It is the biggest model in its range.

OVERVIEW

There are three new Territory Strikers to choose from – available in 349, 369 and 389 model sizes.

Compared with the existing Stacer Proline boats, the new Territory Strikers have slightly wider beams, a sharper vee hull, and taller topsides for more interior space and freeboard. The new boats are each made from 1.6mm pressed aluminium and weigh 81kg, 92kg, and 116kg respectively.

The Territory Strikers are stronger, more heavy-duty than the existing Prolines, with higher sides for safety and increased fishing space, along with beefed up transoms and welded seat thwarts for added strength and rigidity.

EQUIPMENT

You may want to think about Power Trim for this model, it is more useful than you might think in a sub-4.0m boat package. Small boats are very sensitive to weight distribution. With power trim on the tiller handle, your crew mate can sit up in the bow, or back down alongside you in the stern, you can quickly compensate for the weight change by trimming the boat up or down as required.

Of course, power trim is most useful in setting up the boat for differing sea conditions. For example, you would generally trim the bow down when running into a stiff chop, but trim it up – or out of the water – when running before the sea.

For more information on weight distribution and trimming your boat feel free to give us a call or drop in.

The standard Territory Striker 389 comes unpainted, and with two heavy duty, foam-filled welded seat thwarts, a glove box with cup holders, along with low set bow and stern rails, dual carry handles at the bow, rowlock blocks, stern carry handles, transom corner reinforcing gussets, and a heavy-duty transom with V-shaped internal bracing.

Two supporting struts welded from the transom to the internal keel, just beneath the rear seat thwart add extra strength to cope with the thrust of an outboard.

Internally, the 389 Territory Striker has nine internal cross ribs (plus the anchor shelf) to support the 1.6mm pressed alloy used in the hull bottom, transom and topsides. Five of these ribs extend up from the internal chine to the gunwale.

Other standard features include an over-sized plastic drain bung at the transom, and a dual towing eye so that you can attach a winch wire and a separate safety chain.

OPTIONS AND ACCESSORIES

The Stacer 389 Territory Striker is available with lots of optional gear, including extruded, welded side decks, a bow trolling motor plate, bow and stern casting decks, bimini cover, flat floors, extended side rails, various hull colours, vinyl hull wraps, and even an upgrade to a heavier duty 2.0mm alloy hull bottom.

DESIGN AND LAYOUT

The interior layout in the Stacer 389 Territory Striker is little different to the other Stacer Proline models (or indeed many craft from rival brands), but the slight increase in width and depth creates more interior volume and provides for more storage space beneath the optional casting platform.

At the bow, the Territory Striker has a short foredeck above a full width anchor shelf. The latter can easily accommodate an appropriate-sized anchor and rode, but the well is not carpeted so the anchor will clatter about on the bare alloy. A loose strip of carpet under the anchor to stop it from damaging the paintwork would be advised.

The casting deck aft of the anchor well combines with the forward seat thwart to create quite a large bow platform. Beneath it there is a spacious storage locker for safety gear and for mounting a trolling motor battery.

Between the wide, foam-filled bow and stern seat thwarts is the carpeted plywood floor. The test rig had the low-set or half-floor fitted as opposed to the more costly full-width floor which is higher and wider.

The full floor will give you more foot space between the two seat thwarts, but for most situations the cheaper low-set floor should be sufficient. It is also mounted lower (directly over the ribs) and this keeps the centre of gravity down lower which in turn helps with stability at rest.

Behind the rear seat thwart the test rig had the optional full-width fuel tank rack with carpeted plywood pads on each side. The battery was housed in a regular plastic battery box and situated on the starboard side pad. The 25lt fuel tank is situated opposite, over to port.

ON THE WATER

The Stacer 389 Territory Striker will perform well with Mercury outboards in the 20hp-30hp range.

As noted earlier, you could easily get by with the smaller power 25hp, but the extra power will give the little Stacer plenty of oomph from displacement speeds and lots of mid-range grunt. A twist of the throttle handle and the little Stacer shoots forward from a standing-start, before accelerating strongly.

In choppy bay conditions, whipped up by gusting winds and rain squalls, the Stacer proves to be well mannered, surprisingly dry and, for its diminutive size, quite comfortable. The smooth ride stems from the fact that the Territory Striker hull has been given a finer entry than comparable-sized Proline hulls, yet the softer ride comes without any loss to stability due to the boat’s wide beam.

VERDICT

The Stacer 389 Territory Striker is a feisty little fishing boat for smooth and sheltered waters. It’s a great platform for chasing lizards in the bays and estuaries, bass and trout in the impoundments, as well as barra in the northern parts of Australia.

At 116kg, the Stacer is still light enough to be roof-topped using most of the boat-loader-type racks currently available, although we expect most people will keep this versatile boat on a trailer.

Either way, for low cost, entry-level boating and fishing the Stacer 389 Territory Striker is an excellent choice and a first class product. Stacer has taken the timeless Aussie tinny, stretched and tweaked it in all the right places, and improved upon a classic with a smoother ride and great stability.

SPECIFICATIONS

Length overall: 3.95m
Beam: 1.82m
Hull weight: 116kg
Depth: 870mm
Weight on trailer: Approx 550kg
Length on trailer: 5.2m
Bottom & transom alloy: 1.6mm
Topsides alloy: 1.6mm
Maximum power: 30hp
Maximum engine weight: 105kg
Fuel capacity: Portables
Flotation standard: Basic
Maximum persons: Five

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