Extreme 570 Game King
The Extreme 570 Game King was voted Best Aluminium Fishing Boat under 6m at the 2009 and 2010 Hutchwilco Boat Shows. We headed to Tauranga to experience one first-hand…
- Good performance and handling
- Stable and soft riding
- Plenty of storage and hand-holds
- Custom baitboard and 12 rod holders
- Solid construction
The 570 Game King is sold as a standard base package, allowing you to add on extras to suit. Our test boat was lacking in electronics as the company leaves the all-important choices up to the customer.
The bow features a decent sized fairlead with twin rollers and a locking pin. This leads to a small but sturdy bollard followed by a very spacious anchor locker with room for a capstan.
Access to the self-draining anchor locker is from around the deck or through the front hatch. The gunnels are wide and walking around the side feels safe with plenty of hand-olds. Our test boat had an optional non-skid deck tread that provided excellent grip.
Navigation lights grace either side of the hard top with an anchor light on top.
The cabin is fully lined and is fairly small, saving precious fishing space in the cockpit. On the starboard side there is a small squab and to port are two carpeted shelves.
Recessed into the cabin floor is a handy storage compartment.
The swivel base plastic seats with cushions are comfortable, although not adjustable, and both the driver and passenger side feature a tread plate foot rest.
There is an abundance of storage options, with lined compartments on both the driver and passenger sides. Dry storage is available behind the plastic hatches. A glove box is located on the passenger’s side of the dash, and large parcel shelves run along the sides down to the walk-through transom, which includes a live-bait tank.
Two hatches on the inside of the transom open up to reveal the oil reservoir, primer bulbs, battery switch and the battery secured inside a battery box. Below the hatches is a fold-out padded seat running along the transom.
The CPC Certification is rated to a total combined carrying weight of 450kg. The Extreme 570 Game King is also built to survey standards.
Hunting and gathering
Designed specifically for fishermen, there are four rod-holders mounted into the gunnels, two on the bait board and a further six on the rocket launcher. There is also a self-draining bait board that tilts up and back to drain, and flips over to double as a filleting board.
The Extreme 570 Game King is also diver-friendly, with a large tee-style boarding ladder. It can be used with flippers on, and is complemented by full-length grab rails running vertically up the transom.
There are also two factory fitted towing eyes for skiing, wakeboarding or towing a biscuit.
The twin 110-litre under-floor storage compartments provide wet storage and can also be used as ice bins.
Cleaning the floor after a fishing trip should be easy thanks to the tread plate alloy floor and counter-lever seat frames. Water drains directly into the rear bilge where it can be either pumped out or drained through the bungs once on the trailer.
At the helm
Standing at the helm, the hard top had ample headroom for my 185cm height and the curved glass windows provided good visibility. The sliding windows provide fresh air but are jerky and stiff to close.
The Evinrude I-Command gauges provide a wealth of information for the skipper. By scrolling through the screens you can view ground speed, fuel level, engine trim, battery voltage, fuel flow and fuel economy. Trimming the engine automatically displays the trim readout.
A Uniden VHF is flush-mounted beside the steering wheel with a 12-volt socket below, and there is space to also flush-mount a depth sounder and GPS on the dash.
Towing and launching
While riding in the passenger’s seat I couldn’t detect any bad behaviour from the boat on the back.
The single-axle trailer is fitted with submersible lights and two double rollers on each side. Launching and retrieving is quick and hassle-free, leaving us only a metre or so of manual winching to do to fully retrieve the vessel. The tow vehicle’s wheels didn’t get wet either.
Handling and performance
The turning capability is impressive. I turned the wheel to hard lock doing 35km and it gripped hard and turned on a dime – and it just kept going around with no slip whatsoever.
The deep-V hull easily slices through the wake we churned up, and the large down-turned chine does an excellent job of deflecting spray away from the sides. I found the cable steering heavy in the turns and the upgrade to hydraulic steering would be money well spent, especially if you are into water sports.
Throttle operation is smooth and responsive and the 115hp Evinrude E-TEC quietly does the business on the back while being powerful and economical. The fuel frugal E-TEC uses 2.5 litres per hour (4km per litre) at 10km, 17 litres per hour (2km per litre) at 34km, and 40 litres per hour (1.6km per litre) at 64km WOT. Eighty litres in the tank gives a range of 160km at 34km.
The flooding keel provides good stability at rest.
The Extreme 570 Game King is solid and predictable on the helm, with sports-car like performance when pushed. Chuck in its great looks and you have a quality boat deserving of its reputation. The hard top provides good protection for year-round use and the ride is smooth, safe and predictable.
Deadrise 20 degrees
Construction Marine grade aluminium – hull and transom 5mm, sides and deck 4mm
Weight 1200kg on trailer
Fuel 80L under-floor tank
Engine 2010 Evinrude E-TEC 115hp producing 84.6kW (recommended hp 90-150)
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