Bonito Hydrolift MKIII

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    Posted: 17 Jul 2009 at 4:16pm
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Gidday guys,  have been mooching around these forums for a while but this is my first post.   I wonder if any of you have experience with the 16ft Bonito Hydrolift MKIII.  I am considering purchasing one as my next boat.  My main concern with it at this point is that there doesn't seem to be much cockpit space.
 
Anyone out there own one?  Can you fish 4 people out of it?  Would you recommend it?
 
My other option is one of the 5 - 6m tinnys (ramco fishmaster, fyran 540 etc), which would obviously have more cockpit space, but probably not the same ride.  I have owned a fyran 440 in the past, amongst yachts and dinghys etc.
 
Any comments would be appreciated.
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I have just traded my 16ft Bonito Hydrolift MKIII on a much larger boat, still at the dealer where I have traded it with a one year old merc, handles well in rough water, sit well in the water, in overall it is a very good boat, but it does not have much space, I have removed most of the stuff in the boat for space, but that is why I have traded up to a larger boat. I have fished four people but would not recommend it, three people is ideal.
 
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Cheers Vissie.  I think I may be looking at your old boat by the sounds of it actually.  From what I've seen it looks to be in nice condition.  Will have a look and decide if it has the space I need. 

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no worry. good luck.
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Great boats. Can't go wrong, especially with such a fresh outboard. Would eat any tinny similar size or bigger in a sea.
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Originally posted by Vissie Vissie wrote:

handles well in rough water,
 
 
Really,Confused I felt mine shortened my spinal cord every time it roughed up, not a lot of room either, try and get a bigger boat if the budget allows
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Ive got one presently, I would say that 4 would be a big push to fish out of, good for three. Other than that great boat, a little tender at rest I would say, but that is made up for by sea handling.
 
Vissie, is that your old boat on Gt Sth rd there at penrose? Forgot the name of the yard.
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yep, trade it in for a new marco 570 striker. I wanted more space for fishing.
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