530 Firestar

By: Jeff Strang


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The Firestar is a good boat propelled by a great motor, and as a result the package punches well above its weight

530 Firestar
530 Firestar
  • Well laid-out helm position
  • Good storage options
  • Quiet, vibration-free and solid under helm
  • Customizable

I enjoyed the Dominator, but the Firestar, with its 115hp Yamaha two-stroke (probably the best outboard in its class ever made), was no longer an "apples with apples" comparison.

Internal considerations

The Firestar has the same clean, simple lines that are found consistently across the Fi-Glass range. Stepping on board, however, there are a few obvious upgrades from the Dominator.

All the fittings are slightly better, such as the stainless rod holders, but the underfloor storage is probably the most important internal upgrade. It is very easy to access from the aft-facing passenger bunk. While it could be used to store almost anything, is it really intended to be a wet locker.

Driver’s seat

Yamaha’s LCD digital gauges look great on the console and the Firestar has an upgraded wheel from the Dominator.

The removable aft seats are present, as is the back-to-back passenger seat. All of these features are finished in slightly upgraded fabrics. All of the materials used in the Firestar are durable and UV stabilised. The helm seat is also upgraded to an adjustable bucket seat, adding to the sporty look of the vessel.

The slightly longer hull of the Firestar has allowed for the addition of a boarding platform. A stainless boarding ladder is optional.

Faster and even more responsive

Always cautious on a new boat, I pushed the throttle down fairly tentatively and was delighted with the effortless response I experienced. There was almost no perceptible transition from sitting low in the water to planning speed. Pushing the throttle up to 4500 revs we were fizzing along at somewhere near 40mph. The Firestar was quiet, vibration-free and solid under helm.

Driving it hard into a turn felt great, almost as if the boat was on rails. The Dominator was good but the Firestar is superb. I pushed the boat harder and faster into tighter turns and she just kept delivering. I could not help but laugh, here I was on a boat you can drive away from the showroom for under $40,000 feeling like I was at the helm of one twice the price.

The verdict

The bottom line is that Fi-Glass Boats has refined its design and manufacturing processes to point that allows it to put a good boat in the water in a price bracket below its status.

There are very few extras on board, allowing owners to customise their boats in the way they see fit.

Like all the Fi-Glass boats, the Firestar comes with a CPC safety certification and a six-year warranty. Like the Dominator it comes on a fully galvanised Trojan trailer.

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Specifications

LOA 5.25m
Beam 2.1m
Construction Fibreglass
Engine 115hp Yamaha two-stroke
Weight (bare boat) 430kg


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