Boat Review – Reflex Chianti 585 MKll / 115HP 4 STROKE MERCURY

When looking at boats for the first time or upgrading it is always great to read boat reviews. In this article Gary Brown looks at the Reflex Chianti 585 MKll with a 115HP 4 Stroke Mercury.

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For those of you that are looking for a boat that will allow you to go offshore and troll for kingfish, bonito and tailor, drift or anchor up in your favourite fishing designation in the estuary, or take the family (up to 6 passengers) out for a ski or a ride in a float tube, then the Reflex Chianti 585 MKII with the 115hp 4 stroke Mercury outboard would be ideal. The 5.85 metre x 2.28 metre Reflex Chianti comes complete with a hull that has zero timber construction, one-piece fibreglass stringer system and closed cell foam filled for added buoyancy. It has a draft of 30cm and a 20 degree Deadrise. The overall length while on the trailer with its motor down is approximately 8.5 metres.

As you sit at the helm you will notice that this package comes with cabin lights, Fusion RA50 – AM/FM stereo radio with USB compatible head & 6 speakers, Lowrance Elite-5 GPS Sounder with a CHIRP 83/200 Navionics AUS/NZ NAV+ card, automatic bilge pump, VHF & Antenna and LED navigation lights. All this is powered by a deep cycled battery. For protection from the elements you will be able to sit under the premium canopy SS Targa Bar & Rod Holders/ Sunbrella Top and if you would like to have a snooze while out on the water you could always bunk down in the cabin which can accommodate two.

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For your comfort the Reflex Chianti 585 MKII is fitted out with a self-draining deck, a 100 litre drainable under floor storage, split bow rail, lined cabin internals, premium cabin upholstery, walk around non slip side, soft gas ride fully adjustable helm seat pedestal, premium grade bolster style seats, removal rear seats, rear bait bin, full length lined port and starboard side storage and a premium steering wheel.

To make it easier for you to deploy and retrieve your anchor you will be able to gain access through the forward anchor well that comes with a concealed recess & hatch cover. The outfit tested on the day also comes with a water safety kit, boat and trailer registration, a fold down ladder and a non-slip pad.

On the day I tested the Reflex Chianti 585 MKII with the 115hp 4 stroke Mercury outboard the conditions weren’t too bad, with a north-east swell of around a metre and a half and a slight easterly wind of about 10 knots. Once out of the protected harbour at Shellharbour I was able to put the boat and motor through its paces.

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The 115hp 4 stroke Mercury outboard had no problems in pushing the boat out of the water and it was only in a short time that the boat was up on the plane. At the time there was only two of us. If you were to have 6 on board you would find that it would take a bit longer for the boat to get up on the plane. As the boat was put through its paces you could feel the cushioning effect the hull had as it cleared the swell and the chop. Making the ride extremely comfortable. It also settled quite comfortably back down into the water as the 585 came down off the peak of the swell and it didn’t lose any forward speed.

Plenty of support from the 20 roller mechanically braked 585 Boeing ATM 2000 Tandem Axle trailer.

Plenty of support from the 20 roller mechanically braked 585 Boeing ATM 2000 Tandem Axle trailer.

When driving a boat, most of the time I prefer to stand. When testing the Reflex Chianti 585 MKII out I found that not only could I easily see over the windscreen when standing, I could also see through the windscreen when sitting. Driving the 585 was an absolute pleasure, as the adjustable premium soft gas ride seats cushioned your spine as you came down off a swell and the wrap around side of the seats gave you that extra support when turning the boat.

One thing that I can’t get enough of in any boat is storage. The 585 has storage under the bunks in the cabin, a horizontal storage tray inside the cabin. Both the port and starboard side storage compartments are lined and ready to store long items like your stern light and paddle. There are also a number of drink holders.

unspecified-15 Launching and retrieving your boat can at times be a bit hard. On the day I was pleasantly surprized how easy it was to get the boat on and off the 585 Boeing ATM 2000 Tandem Axle 20 roller mechanically braked trailer. To make it a bit easier you could get Hi Tech Marine to install one of those Launch and Retrieve Boat Latches. But if the cost pushed you over your limit all you would need to do is open the forward hatch and climb out onto the front are while hanging onto the stainless steel bow rail and hook up the strap.

Not all boats are designed with the intension of fishing out of them. The Reflex Chianti 585 MKll comes with four built in stainless steel rod holders and a 100 litre underfloor tank which would give you plenty of room to store your catch. The rocket launcher comes with 6 rod holders, but I would make sure that I installed a clip on strap to each outfit. Maybe you could get a bait board installed at the rear of the boat for rigging up your lines and of course cutting up those baits for the snapper and other reef species.

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The Reflex Chianti 585 MKll comes with a Ten-Year Structural Hull Limited Warranty; One Year Limited Warranty on Components Manufactured or Installed by Atomix Boats and a One-Year Limited Warranty on Upholstered Items, Canvas, Teak, and Powder Coating.

Now if you are interested in looking at one of these rigs you should give either Amir or Pauline a call or drop into their shop and have a look at one.

Approximate RRP of $51,400.00
Contact: Amir or Pauline
Phone: (02) 4256 6135
Email: amir@hitechmarinensw.com.au
Email: pauline@hitecmarinensw.com.au
Address: 40 Princes Highway Yallah NSW.

Gary Brown

About Gary Brown

I have been fishing from a very early age (around # to 4) in the estuaries from Qld to Victoria for bream, whiting, mullet, flathead, leatherjackets, john dory and luderick. Having owned my first boat at 12, I was able to fish further afield in many different estuaries up and down the NSW coast with my dad. In my early teens I started to fish from the beach for bream, whiting, tailor and salmon and then progressed onto the rocks for bream, trevally, tailor, salmon, drummer, luderick and snapper. I also targeted snapper, morwong, other reef species off shore, plus a variety of tuna. In his teens Gary brought his first boat and started fish out to sea on the south coast of NSW where he could chase snapper, tuna, morwong, pinkies, leatherjackets, mulloway, bonito and many other fish species. Over the past 22 years I have been teaching many anglers how to improve their fishing ability in my “How, Where, When and Why to Fish” classes throughout tackle shops in Sydney. In 2002 I had my first book published (Fishing Sydney’s Waterways) by AFN and it has been revised 3 times. Since then I have now had 4 more books published: 2005 Beach and Rock Fishing Australia. 2010 Fishing guide to South of Sydney. 2011 How to catch Australia’s Favourite Saltwater Fish. 2013 Land based Fishing GUIDE FOR Sydney Harbour. I have also produced along with Scotty Lyons 2 dvd’s; A Day on the Bay and Port Hacking – The Jewel of the South. Over the past 11 years I have successfully competed in a number of bream tournaments. Ranging from ABT, BETS and the Southern Bream Series. I am currently sponsored by the following companies: Pure Fishing/Pflueger/Shakespeare now for 22 years as one of their Pro Anglers. Australian Fishing Network (AFN) Tackle Tactics. Strike pro.

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