Review: Fyran 550

By: Matt Jones, Photography by: Matt Jones


Fyran 550 Boat The Fyran 550 matches many of its more expensive contempories for style and fishability. Its 100hp Honda outboard motor is the strong, silent type ... Fyran 550 Boat
Dive door on Fyran Boat Our man Jimmy surfaces, with lunch in hand. Dive door on Fyran Boat
Fyran Boats 550 helm Seated or standing, the helm offers a good view. Fyran Boats 550 helm
Fyran 550 cuddy cabin interior The cuddy cabin is great for the kids or for storage. It has plenty of natural light. Fyran 550 cuddy cabin interior
Fyran Boats 550 bait board Jimmy did a great job providing lunch. Fyran Boats 550 bait board
Fyran 550 boat ride The day didn't remain sunny and 10kts for long but the Fyran 550 took it all in its stride. Fyran 550 boat ride

Built tough, the Fyran 550 is Kiwi-made value for money aluminium fishing and family boat.

I still fondly remember the first time my old man let me and a couple of teenage mates head out for a day’s fishing in a Fyran 12ft dinghy. That first taste of the ultimate feeling of freedom that a boat, a full tank of gas, a few rods and a good view affords is hard to forget.

Fyran is a name that needs no introduction in New Zealand waters, with the brand being afloat since 1969, and it’s about to surface in Australia.

The company is still producing its beloved 12ft tinny, but the introduction of new 3D modelling software and beefed up construction means the new Fyran 550 is more than capable of offering plenty of adventure opportunities for the big kids amongst us, while allowing the family to enjoy quality time on the water as well.

Fyran’s growth into an expanded range coincides with that export push into Australia.

 

Fyran 550 video

 Watch the Fyran Boats 550 video.

 

NEW FYRAN BOATS

Fyran Boats 550 layout

Instead of forfeiting a fishable cockpit to longer bunks that you’ll probably never overnight in, the Fyran 550 cuddy cabin is still a great place to store the gear while allowing the kids to have a sleep on the way home. For increased peace of mind, the area under the berths is foam-filled, forgoing under-berth storage, but safety-first is far more beneficial.

The generous 2.2m beam and soft-rider pedestal seats leave plenty of cockpit scope for a fishing trip with the boys or teaching the offspring to catch their own dinner.  There’s also ample real estate for king/queen helm seats to increase the seating capacity and family usability. 

Strategically placed Tallon receivers (with rodholder attachments fitted) allow for the lure spread to be fine-tuned for trolling or a multitude of attachments to be plugged in to suit the occasion. The integrated baitstation comes complete with measuring notches, a removable baitboard and an optional tackle drawer to keep the terminal tackle on hand.

A 55lt Icey-Tek cool-box is neatly stowed below to chill the catch.  Speaking of chilling, the soft-rider pedestal seats do a 180-degree turn, affording a comfortable seat to drop a line, with rodholders and drink/sinker holders close to hand.

 

SCALLOP BOAT

Fyran 550 dive boat

When the boat review date for the Fyran 550 was booked the forecast read 10kts, variable and sunny – perfect for a fish and dive adventure. However, it quickly became apparent at the ramp that this wasn’t going to be the case.

Despite the building sou’easter and ominous grey clouds rolling in, the prospect of succulent scallops far outweighed the likelihood of wind chill, rain and a few waves ruining our fun.

With the Fyran 550 loaded to real world standards we plotted a 25nm round course for Auckland’s most well-known scallop bed in the hope that the spring winds and less than balmy water temps would mean we’d still be able to grab a feed. A full load, building front quarter sea, and a soon to be opposing tide would mean the Fyran 550 would have its work cut out on this occasion.

 

HANDLING AND RIDE

Fyran 550 ride on the water

Once at our dive spot the anchor was deployed via the large front hatch while our brave diver Jimmy geared up to test the stability, Portofino transom and dive ladder functionality.

The stability, walkthrough transom and solid T-style dive ladder proved their worth, as did Jimmy’s dive skills. With him back onboard, just enough scallops for a tasty entrée and sun setting we pulled the pick and fired up the Honda for the run home.  

The wind-against-tide effect was in full force through the channels, but a full load of blokes and heavy dive gear proved no issue for the robust hull and the quiet achiever, pushing us along at up to 32kts.

When it comes to getting out of the hole, the maximum rated 100hp outboard motor, Honda’s BLAST technology and the Fyran 550’s variable deadrise hull (24-degrees amidships to 16-degrees at the transom) was a match made in heaven.

The slippery hull stays on the plane to just under 10kts which, when combined with the hydraulic steering, provides a reassuring drive in challenging conditions. Don’t be fooled by its easy-going attitude however, as when given plenty of throttle it also turns hard and fast without any hint of cavitation.

The good windscreen height (with complementary grabrail) allows either an unobstructed stand-up view with the wind in your hair or a sit-down, sheltered outlook. Without a bimini top or clears fitted we copped a few salt-laden showers through the snottiest parts, but overall the boat was pleasantly dry given the rubbish conditions. With the 100hp Honda four-stroke, 4mm aluminium hull, 3mm topsides and Fyran’s solid new construction techniques it also proved to be the strong, quiet type out on the water.

 

THE VERDICT

Beached Fyran 550 boat

Spring winds and sloppy conditions couldn’t put a dampener on an enjoyable afternoon on the water, which is what this boat is all about – getting away from it all and having an adventure in relative safety and comfort without breaking the bank. 

CPC-rated and built tough, it’s a kiwi-made value for money fishing boat and family fun boat with quality that defies its price tag.

With the Fyran boat brand’s recent focus on finish and enhancement in build quality it’s certainly a leap in the right direction for one of New Zealand’s most recognisable and longstanding boat manufacturers.

With the company now actively seeking Australian representation, it won’t be too long before the Fyran name becomes a regular sight on Australian waters.

 

HIGHS

• Quiet and comfortable

• Value-for-money fishing and family fun

• Roomy cockpit

• Stable with a good ride

• Great finish and build quality

• A pleasure to drive with the Honda BF100 outboard motor on the back

 

LOWS

• No non-skid on gunnels (optional)

• Second transom grabrail proved a stretch to reach for our geared-up  diver

 

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FYRAN 550 SEA TRIALS

Single Honda 100hp four-stroke outboard motor with 17p propeller.

RPM

SPEED (KTS)

FUEL BURN (LT/HR)

1000

3.0

1.2

1500

4.5

3

2000

6

4.5

2500

7

7.8

3000

10

8.7

3500

17.5

9.9

4000

19

16.8

4500

22

20.4

5000

26.5

24.6

5500

29

31.2

6000

32

36

6200

34.7

40

* Sea-trial data supplied by Honda Marine.

 

FYRAN 550 SPECIFICATIONS

PRICE AS TESTED

Fyran 550 price: POA

 

OPTIONS FITTED

Grabrail, Fusion stereo, VHF, hydraulic steering, soft-rider pedestals, full paint, 55l Icey Tek cool box, integrated tackle box on baitstation and lower side pocket liner.

 

PRICED FROM

POA

 

GENERAL

MATERIAL Aluminium

TYPE Planing monohull

LENGTH 5.7m

BEAM 2.2m

WEIGHT 1040kg approx. towing weight

DEADRISE 16° variable to 24 amidships

 

CAPACITIES

PEOPLE 4

REC HP 70-100

FUEL 65lt

 

ENGINE

MAKE/MODEL Honda BF100 outboard motor

TYPE Four-cylinder SOHC four-stroke outboard motor

WEIGHT 172kg

DISPLACEMENT 1496cc

RATED HP 100

GEAR RATIO 2.33:1

PROPELLER 17p alloy

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Fyran Boats

11 Reg Savory Place

East Tamaki, Auckland

PHONE +64 9 273 1700

EMAIL sales@fyran.co.nz

WEB fyran.co.nz

 


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