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2019 Savage 485 Beach Comber review

Bowriders make for excellent family boats and one of the best value models on the market right now is the Savage 485 Beach Comber. This attractive, smooth-sided alloy boat has ample seating and storage space, and performs well with mid-sized, outboard engines. We tested this sub $40k family fun boat packaged with a Mercury 90hp EFI four-stroke outboard and a single axle alloy braked trailer.

The Savage 485 Beach Comber is the smallest of three bowrider boats in the Savage aluminium boat range, sitting beneath the 515 and 5.5m models. The entry-size boat is arguably the most versatile and user-friendly of the trio as it is big and safe enough for most bay and harbour boating applications, yet it is cheaper to buy and to maintain.

The 485's more modest dimensions and lighter weight will also make it easier to tow and to stow, and to launch and retrieve at the boat ramp.

Whilst the Savage 485 Beach Comber is smaller than its siblings, it is still a decent-size boat with high topsides, a spacious cockpit and 600mm of freeboard inside, more than enough to keep young children safely contained within the cockpit.

The Savage 485 Beach Comber is also a sturdily built pressed alloy boat. It has a 3.0mm aluminium hull bottom, topsides and transom, with a fulllength keel and a series of cross bracing struts to stien and strengthen the hull.

The 225mm wide side coaming extrusions are welded to the side sheets on the outside and neatly rolled on the inside. The latter has been a distinguishing feature of Savage aluminium boats for many years.

The Savage 485 Beach Comber accepts longshaft outboards between 70hp and 90hp. We tested this top value family-fun boat with a Mercury EFI 90hp four-stroke on the transom.