In August 2018, this package was first registered new to the owner after many months of careful consideration and dealer meetings. The owner lived in North Qld demanded a package that was simple to use on his own, had to have the latest and best electronics he could justify for fishing up creeks for Jack and Barra, to fishing the coastal reefs and blue water for pelagics and give an exceptional ride in choppy waters.
Our Tingalpa Dealership is located just 15 minutes’ drive from Brisbane Airport.
The answer to all his “wants” was the Formosa 480 Sea-Rod centre console. An absolute weapon of a package for those that want durability, tough as nails construction, generous beam for stability at rest and a smooth deep flare in the bow for seaworthiness. As the pictures demonstrate that model tick s all these boxes and so many more.
Powered by the big torquey Command Thrust Mercury 90Hp EFI four stroke that has only recorded a low 92 hours of use. The outboard has balance of factory warranty until August 2024 (as long as you follow the Mercury servicing schedule). The outboard spins a 3-blade stainless steel “Enertia” prop, steering is light with the upgraded Sea Star hydraulic steering system fitted and range is assured with the 80l underfloor fuel tank.
The Mercury is linked to the digital engine LCD dash display and also via the Simard G07 XSR touch screen unit for vessel command and all the data you could ever want Skippering the vesel underway. The Mercury’s service is up to date and the motor has been both pretested mechanically and via our in-house computer system for verification of hours etc. What an outboard, light, yet the torque on offer with the CT Command Thrust sets this 90Hp apart from the Suzuki’s and Yamaha 90Hp outboards. Ideal for this robust and solid Formosa.
Starting with the transom, set up for the angler with a high freeboard, a large bait/filleting station, live bait tank and numerous rod holders fitted. With 360-degree fishability, you can chase those pelagics on light line and dance around the console without interference from an overhead bimini or T-Top.
The bow is fitted with a Motorguide Xi5 80lb 24-volt electric motor powered by dual batteries neatly stowed under the casting platform. This unit has a handheld operation unit and the Simrad can activate the spot lock with a few touches to the screen – those fish don’t stand a chance! The casting platform is huge providing ample space to flick lures from or set up the crab pots!
Standing at the console the steering position is comfortable and what a dash of electronics providing wet dreams for the angler with the latest Raymarine Axiom 9RV touch screen with “Realvision”, “Bluetooth” yep, hotspot and watch a movie if you had the need or put up Spotify and listen to your favourite tunes! What a piece of kit this unit is! Then there's the Simrad G07 integrated unit, the Fusion stereo system, Mercury Command LCD unit and GME MC750B VHF radio! Equates to AWESOME!
Trailering again, only the best from Redco with the hull being fitted to the Sportsman RS510-MO braked trailer. The trailer includes a spare wheel and mechanical override disc brakes for your on-road towing safety and like all trailers sold through JCM they are serviced prior to you towing home. The trailer has also been made to be a solo launch and retrieve with the adjustments made to the running gear and the winch post being fitted with the Formosa “boat catch latch” system as pictured.
This rig has cost a bomb to put together and now offers the next astute buyer an incredible opportunity to own an amazing estuary and coastal fishing boat that offers all the fruit you could ever want in a manageable sized alloy rig. Make an appointment to come to John Crawford Marine and inspect this package with one of our team as quality boats like this are very rare and sell quickly.