Fyran 595 Pursuit

By: Norman Holtzhausen


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A well turned-out, mid-sized vessel, Fyran’s new 595 Pursuit easily accommodates four or five anglers, and the frugal engine and low weight combine for an economical day out. At just less than $60k, it’s an attractive drive-away package.

Fyran 595 Pursuit
Fyran 595 Pursuit
  • A well turned-out, mid-sized vessel, Fyran’s new 595 Pursuit easily accommodates four or five anglers.
  • The boat’s fitted with the economic and efficient new-generation Honda 90hp VTec engine, that claim to use up to 20 percent less fuel at cruising speed.
  • The quality of the paintwork is impeccable. The overall result is of a striking boat that looks good in any setting.
  • The steering was light and positive, with well set up throttle control.
  • While it is equipped with the basic engine instruments, there is a lot of space for additional electronics on the large, flat dashboard.

Fyran’s new 595 Pursuit has a cabin built in 3mm aluminium, with fibreglass used for the stylish, hardtop cap.

The review boat’s quality of paintwork is impeccable, adorned by a customised black and grey logo.

It’s a spacious boat, with the hardtop configuration offering ample headroom and the helm position with sufficient shelter. An armour-plate, flat glass windscreen offers an all-round view.

Twin pedestals hold standard nylon seats with cushions for the skipper and passenger. The pedestals are hollow, providing storage, and the seats swivel 360 degrees.

Fyran offers several seating options to suit every shape and size.

Equipped with the basic engine instruments, there is good space for additional electronics on the large dashboard. The back of the helm is accessed through a panel inside the cabin.

Inside the cabin, twin, full-length bunks with vinyl-covered squabs serve as a daytime resting spot, adequate for summertime overnighting. Additional options include fabric covers, a bunk infill and a portable toilet.

There is a solid aluminium hatch, and light streams through two side windows. A clear polycarbonate hatch is available as an upgrade option, but the solid hatch is a good, low-cost solution. The cabin sides and roof are fully carpet-lined, with a parcel shelf running either side.

Opening the hatch provides access to the forward deck, which cannot be safely reached from the outside due to the width of the hardtop. The self-draining anchor well has a checkerplate cover to keep out any water. There’s no anchor winch but there’s sufficient place to fit one. A bollard and fairlead with nylon roller are welded to the hull.

In the review boat the VHF radio and a stereo system were mounted inside the cabin behind the dash rather than at the helm, but can be fully controlled from the helm thanks to a remote control fitted on the dash. The microphone clip is on the side of the cabin door.

Cockpit

The cockpit’s large fishing area flows directly from the hardtop area. Gunwales are at just the right height for comfortable seating while fishing. Several rod holders are fitted, and a rocket launcher along the edge of the hardtop holds six additional rods.

The transom features a walk-through with removable insert, and the battery sits in a well above the deck. There are open shelves in the transom, but optional hatches would turn these into storage lockers.

Fyran’s powder-coated aluminium bait board unit (with removable wooden cutting board) fits into two rod holders in the centre of the transom. The unit includes its own rod holders angled out over the stern.

Although set up as a fishing boat, the sizeable boarding platform and alloy boarding ladder would make a good diving vessel since the engine is mounted above the platform. There are no other seats in the cockpit area, leaving an open area for fishing.

The review boat did not have the optional under-floor fuel tank. Instead, two 25-litre tote tanks are stowed neatly under the transom. Three standard tote tanks fit easily in the space, and four could slip under if the narrow style tanks are used.

Using tote tanks opens up the space under the deck for a large wet locker. A bilge pump fitted under the transom area removes any stray water.

Performance

The boat’s fitted with the new-generation Honda 90hp VTec engine. Its "Lean Burn" feature claims to use up to 20 percent less fuel at cruising speed. It also has "Boosted Low Speed Torque" (BLAST) technology, which develops more horsepower at low revs to get the hull up on the plane more quickly.

The boat is easily launched single-handedly off its Hosking single axle, multi-roller trailer, and the towing weight of around 1350kg makes it manageable for most family saloons.

Despite its designation, the 595 Pursuit is actually 6.09m LOA, with a comfortable beam of 2.18m. The hull, constructed of 5mm aluminium plate, has no planing strakes and with its deep "vee" bow provides a very soft ride in rough conditions.

Once clear of the channel near Auckland’s West Park marina we accelerated to around 25 knots, pounding through the swell. The wide chine does a good job of turning the spray away from the boat under normal conditions.

In the conditions we were never going to get the boat to its top speed of over 40 knots, but the 90hp Honda proved capable. It gets the boat out the hole very quickly indeed, and despite the lack of strakes the boat turns very tightly when needed. The Honda was as quiet as expected from a modern four-stroke, and there was very little hull vibration.

The steering was light and positive. The throttle control is also well set up. The engine has plenty of power at low revs.

A rough estimate of fuel consumption averaged around one litre per nautical mile. Most of the running was at around 20 knots, so this gives the boat a working range in excess of 100 nautical miles if the optional 115-litre under-floor tank is fitted.

All Fyran boats are built to CPC standards and are consequently unsinkable. The under-floor cavities are filled with foam so that even in the unlikely event that the 5mm hull plate is pierced, the boat will still remain afloat.

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Specifications

LOA 6.08m
Beam 2.18m
Deadrise 16º at the transom
Hull thickness 5mm
Trailer Hosking multi-roller, single-axle
Towing weight Approx 1350kg dry
Engine Honda 90HP VTec with BLAST and Lean Burn technology

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