Trailer trips – Surtees 540 Workmate Hardtop

John Willis: It’s a beautiful place and it’s
a beautiful boat. Have a look at this. This is the brand new Surtees 540 Workmate
Hardtop. And you know what? I really like it. It’s a great little unit. John Willis: It’s got all of those traditional
Surtees functions about them. It’s got the flooding keel, which increases
stability and gives you some weight on the water if you want to lock it in, with the
gate at the back to trap the water. It’s got the under floor cool tank. This one has actually got the new transom
design as well, which has got the little gate that comes up and down, and increases your
gunnel height if you’re fighting a fish in a big sea. That you’ve still got a fully plumbed live
bait tank back there as well. The layout is all Surtees. There’s no doubt about it. John Willis: From the bow, good bow rail,
great little anchoring set up. The hardtop I’ve spoken about, I just love
it. Everybody loves the function of a hardtop,
particularly when you’re in a sea, but it doesn’t matter whether you’re in the heat
or whether you’re in the cold, gives you all that protection, they’re just great. John Willis: Great simple little dashboard,
but plenty of room for all your instruments. Dashboard mounted Garmin, sounder and GPS
combination does the job fine. Plenty of room in the cabin, we have actually
got the Icey Tech ice box in there at the moment and we’ve still got plenty of room
for a lot of gear. Bolster seat on the driver’s side and a fold
up seat on the passenger side makes so much sense because it gives you all this deck room. And speaking of deck room, look at all this
lovely surfacing here. It’s a non-skid surface all the way through,
obviously optional, but it really just makes a house a home. You got that great Surtees chopping board,
all your batteries, all your electrical and plumbing equipment are all undercover and
enclosed in the compartment at the back. Plenty of storage, plenty of side pockets. You’ve got those great little platforms at
the back, the dive platforms. The ripper little 80 horsepower Honda outboard,
and all of that with what a beautiful looking hull, I love that color. John Willis: How goods this, what a beautiful
afternoon, in a beautiful little boat. John Willis: It scoots along really well with
the 80 horsepower but I’ve gotta say, if you were going to carry a lot of weight, or three
people on board, I’d be stepping up a little bit. John Willis: Until recently, Surtees boats
amongst others used to have a deck fill for the fuel tank. Worked very, very well, I was quite happy
with it, but unfortunately, I don’t believe it’s legal anymore in a lot of places, so
what we’ve done now is taken the fuel filler all the way out to the side here, so when
you pull up at the bowser, it’s just straight into the boat. This has been John Willis for Club Marine
TV, having a ball.

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