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Versatile Tinny

Savage's Osprey is a work horse open tiny with potential to custimise.

It may come as a surprise to many but hte Savage name is synonymous with the beginning of boat building in Australia.

Building the first Savage way back before the turn of the 20th century and being one of the very first Australian companies to start wielding aluminium hulls, the company has an impressive history. The manufacturing now takes place in Queensland instead of Melbourne and many things have changed over the years, but one thing remains the same, Savage still produce good old fashioned affordable boats.

Brand new to the Savage range of boats is the Osprey. Initial release is a 4.25 and 4.45 open hull, tiller steer tinny. The Osprey can be optioned up into a killer inshore fishing machine or kept as a bare boned workhorse.

The hull is a standard V nose tinny that has been strengthened with additional ribbing but build as a no thrills, pressed aluminium hull. Transom, sides and bottom are all 3mm which brings the hull only in at under 200kgs. Ideal for even a small family car to tow as even loaded and fuelled, the entire weight of the boat will be under 500kg.

But of course, manufactures like Savage understand that some of us like to customise our toys and this is where the Osprey can transform from a bare tinny to a sexy fishing machine.

The front casting deck is standard but he option is there to have a full timber floor. Side console, full lenght rails, paint or even a full wrap with graphics is an option that will transform the Osprey from a standard tinny. I would have like to see a thruster plate as an option so that a bow mounted electric motor could be added but that is an easy fix.

The test boat was the basic setup with the standard front casting deck and a glove box as the only extra. When first stepping into the Osprey, the high gunwales and high casting deck make the hull look a lot bigger than it is. Walking onto the casting deck it felt very stable in the calmness of the harbour and when walking to the edges it maintained that stability. This is a very light hull with a beam of just under two metres so I was pleasantly surprised with the stability.