A part of the Coaster range, the Joker Boat Barracuda 650 is a recent example of how the sporty fishing world is increasingly drawing boat manufacturers’ attention. The first reason of this lies in the fact that anglers are very passionate boat owners, usually attentive to both the conditions and functionality of their means. They have a purpose – fishing – and therefore need a work tool that can support them in the best possible way.
The team of Joker Boat has therefore decided to satisfy the wishes of this category of boat owners with a special RIB. The result is the Barracuda 650, designed as a fishing-inspired evolution of the Coaster 650. Her excellent hull is combined with a new deck that is specially designed to fully meet anglers’ needs. The Italian designer and experienced angler Gabriele Giannella has significantly contributed to the development of the Barracuda 650, focusing on what boat owners would expect from a technical boat like this. This justifies the presence of lateral fiberglass topsides in the cockpit that, covered with detachable and washable cushions, facilitare combats at sea.
A sink is placed on the side of the boat for easy access to fresh water or for storing weights or fishing hooks. A 110-liter live bait tank, an additional seat ahead of the console and many storage compartments everywhere, including the one for wet and moist materials under the floor of the bow section, complete the standard equipment. With an interior length og 5.45 meters, an overall length of 6.70 meters and a width of 2.55 meters, the boat is even trailerable.
The stern of the Barracuda accommodates a standard platform with retractable boarding ladder and a lamp for night fishing excursions. An optional platform is available if you don’t want to install an auxiliary outboard for trolling. Power comes from a Yamaha inboard engine while all the electronic devices on board are supplied by Raymarine.
The model we tested was fitted with a F200G engine with electro- nic throttles and a 17-inch propeller. During our sea trial, the boat proved to be perfectly stable and performing. We reached a top speed of 38 knots at 5,500 rpm with a fuel consumption of 90 l/h. Sailing at a cruising speed of 23 knots at 4,000 rpm, instead, we used just 44 l/h. Alternatively, the boat can be powered by a F225F V6 24-valve engine for better performance and more important load (the Barracuda can embark up to 12 passengers) or by a less poweeful yet extraordinarily fuel-efficient F175A engine.
The electronic devices included a Raymarine AXIOM 12-inch di- splay with RealVision 3D technology, CHIRP fish finder, Quad Core processor and WiFi and Bluetooth connection to leasten to music both from the smartphone or in cloud mode.