The two-person centre console configuration allows for 360 degrees of fishing capability with no obstruction. Don’t be fooled by the smaller model, the 659 is rated to 200Hp and comes standard with a 168L fuel tank with an option for a secondary 80L fuel tank.
The Stacer 659 Sea Ranger, is one of the best-appointed centre consoles around it’s a very capable fishing option with a host of additions, from the six-rod holders to live bait tanks and hide-a-way icebox that fits perfectly into a recess at the front of the console, built into the platform. The visibility is excellent and with a no-fuss finish, it certainly looks the part of a serious fishing boat.
Stacer’s 659 Sea Ranger is solid too, just like its big sister the 679. Built on the EVO advance hull using 5mm plate construction like the Ocean Ranger cabin fishing boats. It’s a sleek unit that looks more like a cigarette boat than fishing vessel once you’re aboard.
The layout of this boat is all fishing from the open space available to the no-mess self-draining checker plate aluminium flooring that is perfect for hosing out at the end of the day.
Up front, there is an anchor well with rails running either side from the bow to the end of the front platform. This platform like the rest of the floor is checker plate and is raised giving anglers at the bow a great view. The rails provide a good hand hold should you need to brace yourself and are at a height that makes this comfortable. A large underfloor hatch at the bow provides good storage that is essential given the console set up, but more on that later. There is also a kill tank under the front platform with a hatch lid that is large enough to get most large fish through easily. You could and may need to use this as additional storage.
The Stacer 679 Sea Ranger sides in the front third of the boat run to the floor which means if you want to fish here leaning against the gunwale creates an uncomfortable angle.
The console is aluminium and includes a good sized ice box that slides out on a drawer system. This is an option on this model and with the icebox slid out, it doubles as a forward seat.
The large square console on this setup houses all your required electronics and displays. To the far left is an open glove box. The sports steering wheel and throttle control are at a great height standing or seated and are pushed to the right-hand side allowing the switch panel and radio to be placed on the left well out of reach of being obstructed by the wheel.
Mounted over the console of the test boat was a large optional T-top that provides sun protection and some rod storage along the rear edge. The stainless bars used on the tower also make for excellent handholds while underway. The bench style seat comes without a footrest but you can comfortably rest your feet on the lip on the shelf. Storage is located under the flip up seat cushion.
The back end of the boat is all business with a live bait tank, with a viewing window, tucked into the starboard corner underneath the step into the boat through the rear transom door. The centrally located bait prep station is perfect for cutting and dispensing a berley trail or preparing lures. It comes with five rod-holders along the back and two cup holders either side. There is nothing but empty space on the gunwale to the right. Underneath, the batteries and filters are hidden behind a clip on cover.
There is a sturdy boarding ladder making entry and exit simply for divers or after a cooling dip while a small platform sits either side of the engine.
ON THE WATER
The EVO Advance hull is built to withstand the rigours of offshore fishing. It sits on an internal frame that is comprised of some serious aluminium. Eight 6mm aluminium stringers with support from 5mm ribs are laid out in a pattern that delivers strength and helps create the hull’s shape. The rear two-thirds of the hull is built on a box frame adding more structural integrity while the fully welded checker plate floor sits atop this framework. It creates a very strong, rigid hull that also includes a solid keel.
In choppy conditions on Queensland’s Broadwater the hull solid and safe. Running over chop it rides smoothly slicing through waves with a minimum of fuss. It could tackle any conditions and you will be less wet get wet due to the hull’s ability to throw the spray down and out well. The hull almost doesn’t quite feel like aluminium which is due in no small part to the rigidity of the hull and thickness of the aluminium.
Once you get behind the wheel and start initiating some turns, you can feel the hull respond and go exactly where you intended. The hydraulic steering combined with the power steering unit when you choose your Mercury outboard is responsive and easy to turn to provide instant input to the engine.
Serious anglers will really appreciate the Stacer 659 Sea Ranger. Space onboard is second to none and its basic yet effective layout will be perfect for offshore lure or bait fishing. Being aluminium, it’s easier to tow and the hull is well built and superbly safe in all conditions.