“I purchased a Formosa 580 hardtop walk around in 2018. I reviewed about 22 different species of boat before making my final decision. It was a really tough month of boat trialling mostly out of Brisbane and Sydney. I am 61 years old so this was going to be my last boat as I am retired and looking to relocate to Cardwell Far North Queensland. I have owned about 17 vessels in my time of various makes and materials. I never thought a plate boat could give me the comfort of a glass boat but the Formosa has done all of that and more. The conditions here are interesting with wind and chop changing very quickly over the day with a coastal sea breeze often making things a bit more sloppy on the homeward trip. The Formosa hull has performed faultlessly on all our return trips including a number of days where the wind has reached 25 knots. My partner Shann is a relative novice on the ocean but has felt unbelievably safe on all our trips, this is so important. The boats internal and external Finnish is a standout and it turns heads where ever we go! Mr Walker, is now seen up and down the coast and is a recognised “Show stopper”. We couldn’t be happier!”
“This is my first boat of my own. I looked for a long time and over a range of boats. I chose to go with Formosa plate boats for a few reasons, they are Australian made, they are durable and cover a range of different fishing/boating styles. The pricing is reasonable and they offer a wide range of optional extras. There is plenty of room and storage. I bought a 5.2m Tomahawk offshore centre console for its range of uses nowhere is off-limits for it. It’s stable and handles beautifully. I love this boat as does my partner, there are not enough days to get out on the water with it. I highly recommend these boats to any avid fisherman/boater. “
“I bought a 5.5m centre console Offshore in July 2019. I’ve put a little over 50 hours on it by now so I’d like to write up a review of the rig now we have some time together. This is my third boat over the last 30 years and the biggest. I live in a small south coast fishing village so I get to fish at least twice a week, weather permitting.
I was originally going to buy the 5.2m version but the 5.5 is much more boat for very little more cost or weight difference. It will carry 6 but for fishing offshore 4 is a good maximum. 3 along one side tends to create a bit of a lean, perhaps this is why Formosa has gone to water ballast with the new design. Mostly I fish alone and I find the boat easy to manage at the ramp and in the water. The Suzuki 140 punts it along well and is a good match. I’m getting about 0.9- to1L to the nautical mile. That is about what I was getting with my 5m centre console with 60hp Mercury.
Overall the setup is great and I’m really happy I bought the boat. There are a few annoyances like the kill tank not draining completely because the plug is set up off the floor too much and unless I sponge it out it gets smelly. Picky I know. It would be so much better if it was set into the base. Getting rods out of the overhead holder is fine for someone 6 foot tall but at 5’8″ it’s a bit high. The Simrad sounder GPS is great and the Suzuki multi-gauge is so much better than the old-style gauges that it’s impossible to compare them. They give distance travelled, fuel flow, fuel used, speed and much more, all at the press of a button.
The trailer makes launching and retrieving the boat very easy on my own. The built-in catch makes things quick and easy but I wouldn’t trust to hold the boat on its own. The dual axle rig tracks straight and smoothly but the over rider brakes jerk a fair bit but I think that is the nature of the beast, I’ve not had brakes before.
The all-up mass of the boat, motor, 150 L of fuel, trailer and all is close to two tonnes. My Isuzu D-max pulls and stops it fairly well but it is very near its limit. It doesn’t need a RAM but you do need a balanced tow vehicle with towing capacity in reserve. I had no dramas hauling the outfit the 500 plus km home when I took delivery from Bay Boat Sales at Soldiers Point… they were very good people to deal with too.”
“We hope all is well in the Formosa world…(video) from Game On holiday trip in our 660 offshore hard top it is a weapon of a boat. We fished … when most couldn’t. We couldn’t be happier with our rig. We hope you like our photos of our est 150kg blue marlin, est 60kg black marlin and a little 8kg spanish mackerel.”
“I’m looking forward to seeing the (new) range of Formosa Boats. I own a 11yr old 5.5 Centre cab and still love it.”
“Hi guys, finally got some time to let you know how my 5.8 Searod centre cab is going. Well it’s great. We launch from the beach here in northern nsw and this boat handles it with ease. I find the ride from the V2 hull is excellent in most sea conditions. My problem is, that it’s such a pleasure to drive and fish from, I’m having trouble finding time to go to work. Anyway, thanks again for a great boat. I’m looking forward to many more years of fun in this thing.”
“Hi! Glen from kingaroy. Proud owner of a 5.2 side console searod… the room the stability the build quality is amazing. Having owned a 4.75 runabout you cannot compare them at all. This is my first Formosa and I am over the moon with the whole package.”
“Hi there at Formosa, my beautiful wife allowed me to buy my 520 tomahawk offshore center console with a Suzuki 140 on it from bay boat sales at salamander bay just before Christmas. WHAT a Christmas present! This boat impresses me more and more ever time we take it out. What a boat, we haven’t had her long we are getting a lot of fish and having great family days out on the water. Thanks for making a great boat, I can’t thank you enough. With a bit of luck there will be a photo with a inshore black marlin in it soon, just waiting for the warm water to push in off Port Stevens.”