Warrior 150 Boat Report

Specification:
Length 15ft 2ins (4.67m)
Beam 6' 10ins (2.10m)
Draught 10" (0.25m)
Weight 500Kg
Engine 60hp
Country of manufacture: Lancashire, UK

More details on full specification can be found by requesting a brochure from Warrior. Their web site is Warrior Boats .

Report by Jim

We traded down from a 19 foot fastliner to the 15 foot warrior to remove the hassle of running a braked trailer and to get a newer package.

Overall the 150 has an excellent finish. The boat we have is finished in white and has excellent handling characteristics in moderate conditions up to say a force 3 wind where the boat literally skips across the waves with a very smooth ride.
On mirror flat conditions with a bit of tide assistance I've seen 32 knots with a 60 hp engine recorded as top speed. At these sorts of speeds the boat does not feel very stable and has a wobble along its length.
Generally though you can cruise comfortably sitting around 23 - 25 knots without issue in good conditions.
Once winds pick up to say a force 4 you can still punch through the sea but it becomes deeply unpleasant traveling at speeds in excess of 20 knots.
I've only been caught out once in really foul conditions and found the boat to be very stable and didn't ship any water over the gunnels though speed was down to about 8 - 10 knots.
I've two swivel seats which make it very comfortable for an extended days fishing. As a two man fishing platform its excellent with a good amount of deck space considering the size of the craft and its easy to fish 2 rods each. If you have a third person on board it suddenly becomes very cramped and you need to be really disciplined about storage and kit for this to be feasible,
It can cope with unexpected monsters as well. I've boated skate to 198 lb on this craft.

Launching and retrieving from a rollercoaster trailer is pretty easy and I've done this on beaches as well as slips.

If anyone is considering one I'd recommend the following options
1 Anchor locker - Pretty big we've got 220M of 10 mm poly prop rope, 30 odd foot of chain , 5 kilo bruce and a couple of grapnels in ours and there is still room for more.
2 At least one seat, if you fish with a regular partner then get 2
3 Keel band as you eventually scrap and dent the gel coat around the keel.
There after its down to personal preference about other accessories which from Warrior are not cheap.

Advantages:
Speed, sea keeping, ease of manhandling out of the water.

Disadvantages:
Lack of space, cost of accessories from manufacturer.

Jims Boat

 


WARRIOR 150 Test

 

WARRIOR 150 STATISTICS
LENGTH: 15ft 2in
BEAM: 6ft 10in
DRAUGHT: 10in
FREEBOARD: 32ins
DESIGN CATEGOR: C

By Mike Thrussell www.worldseafishing.com/

15ft boats have been the backbone of the sea angling market for some time. They are often the first boat you’ll buy while you literally “test” the water and suss out if you really are the next Captain Ahab or better suited to dry land.

But 15ft boats have taken massive strides forward in the past decade and the packages and designs available now offer far greater performance, safety and stability than in the past.

This advancement is well reflected in the Warrior 150, a smaller sister vessel to the very popular 165 and 175 Warrior’s. A chance to test the 150 also offered the opportunity to take a look at the new Mercury 4-Stroke 50hp EFI Bigfoot motor. Two birds with one stone!

OUT ON TEST
We launched at Nab Rock slipway, Mumbles. Though the sea was calmish inside, beyond the Lighthouse the sea retained a good swell after storms that had only just abated. Conditions were good for a test drive and would give the boat a proper airing.

I ran out at slow speed just to get the motor fully warmed up, then spent a few minutes enjoying myself throwing the boat about and basically getting used to how she performed and responded. I then jumped ship on to a RIB to take some photos of the 150 at speed passing by. She looks good in the water skimming over the surface and creates very little wake.

Back aboard it was time to really see what the 150 offered. Acceleration and lift on to the plane is quick, the boat instantly flattening out as she hits planing speed. Hull noise was quite low too, even in the bumpy seas, and increased only slightly as I deliberately powered the boat through the rising turbulent wake of the RIB that had shot off in front of me.

She proved to be very stable at speed with two of us aboard, but I think, like most 15ft boats, she will always benefit by careful trimming when two anglers are packing the usual large amounts of tackle aboard. This is not meant as a criticism, for all small boats need careful packing of gear to logically spread the weight and give maximum performance and stability when underway.

Taking corners at speed she digs in to the water and grips, and there was no sign of skid even under very tight turns. She does lift her nose a fraction when really throwing her in to a tight cornering manoeuvre, but the stern stays firmly in place and gives a reassuring feel to such dramatic and rarely necessary manoeuvres.

I intentionally connected hard, and still at reasonable speed, head on with two large waves that reared up in front of us causing us to drop deep in to the trough, the bow slamming in to the wall of water. She did not bury herself, but rose upwards and cut the wave with little spray being deflected upwards, and non reached us inside either.

Under minimal power in a following sea the boat remains predictable and needed only minor adjustment to keep her course. Backing in to a decent wave also proved she stays dry with next to no slop making it’s way in to the splash well, which is reassuringly deep across the transom.

Killing the power and drifting, we both went to one side of the boat to check static stability. She’s a beamy boat and leans only slightly before finding her level. No problem for one guy to lean right over, grab a big fish like a tope, and lift it in on to the deck for tagging, photos and release. I also liked the deep gunnels on the 150. These give you a feeling of total security at all times.

The boat tested had two swivel chairs fitted. Sat in these and underway visibility through the cabin windows was good enough for calmish seas, but I prefer to always stand up and look over the top of the cabin to get better visibility for better identification of floating debris like logs and planks. If you do stand to steer, then this does make the steering wheel a little low for comfort.

DESIGN FEATURES
The 150 incorporates a hard wood keel, with a foam filled bow and an under deck buoyancy chamber. The deck is totally solid with no give under the feet at all. The deck is finished in an excellent matt, non-slip dark grey/blue finish.

The open entry cabin style cuddy has an anchor stowage locker positioned in the middle of the front bulkhead with access to the bow via a Houdini hatch. The bow locker was sealed on the test boat, and with many anglers preferring to use a lazy line to the anchor rope this will suit many of you.

The cabin offers good access being fully open on the port side, and the steering console positioned on the starboard side. There is a lift hatch locker for stowage on the port side seat, and the seating goes all the way round the cabin from the port side to behind the steering console. There is also another stowage locker built in to the steering console.

The console itself has the accessory switches and fuse board block housed just to the right, with room for gauges to the side and above. The console is also wide enough to take sounders etc, but I can see some anglers preferring to fit them on brackets just inside the cabin roof. The helmsman wheel is covered with a quality grippy type plastic and is excellent.

I think quite a few anglers will choose to leave out the two seats to create more room and space for fishing and working, but even with these fitted two anglers have ample room at the back for very comfy fishing.

The fuel tank stows in the drain well under the splash well and is well out of the way. The boat also has excellent compartments under each stern corner large enough to take the battery for the motor, and another battery at the other side to run your electrics off giving independence and the security of carrying two batteries.

There is a transom mounted stainless steel rail that holds a bolted on bait board in the middle. This rail is also ideal for attaching Breakaway type rod holders too as well. The boat tested was also fitted with slide in rod holders and cleats each side of the splash well.

On top of the cabin the test boat had a stainless gantry for aerials, plus drilled plates ideal for taking the GPS etc, and navigation lights. The cabin windows are tinted and bolted in with plastic screws.

I also noticed the heavy-duty fendering strip running round the boat. Some boats do not offer up as much protection using a cheaper type of fendering, but that fitted on the 150 was tough and top quality.

LAUNCH AND RETRIEVE
The boat comes with a Rollercoaster trailer and proved easy to launch and retrieve with minimal effort. You can handle it single-handed easy enough.
There are steps built in to the trailer either side of the wheel arches for easy access to get inside the boat when on the trailer.

THE MIGHTY MERCURY
The Mercury 50hp EFI Bigfoot 4-Stroke motor is an overhead cam design with a 995cc displacement, fuel injection, and an ECM 555 digital inductive ignition. It also sports through the prop exhaust and is water-cooled through a thermostat. The alternator churns out a steady 20 amps of electric through a voltage regulator. It obviously runs on unleaded petrol and weighs in at 120kg. It is one of the new breed of ultra low emission motors designed to keep pollutants to a minimum.

When idling you can barely hear it running. Push the throttle forwards and the power is instant all the way through the range. At steady planing speeds estimated at 20-knots the engine is a faint murmur at the rear. Even pretty much flat out noise levels are minimal and it’s a lot less drain on your energy not having a big brute of an engine rasping in your ear when on the move.

Even more impressive is the miserly amounts of juice this beast burns. There was a fuel consumption monitor fitted to the boat, and after a good 45 minutes of tearing about the ocean off Swansea it read a consumption figure of just 0.8 gallons. Amazing! In fact so amazing I didn’t believe it, so Paul, the engineer from Shadow Marine who’d filled the fuel tank prior to the test, went back to fill it up so we could check. It took less than four litres of fuel!

OVERALL CONCLUSION
The Warrior 150 is rated to take motors up to 60hp, but matched to the Mercury 50hp EFI you’ve got a superb combination that’s capable of speeds in excess of 30mph with excellent fuel economy for long range fishing.

For me to get good fishing in my home waters I’m used to working 15 miles or more out in my 18-fter, given the right conditions, and I’d have no worries working a well equipped 150 out to that range. The boat has the ability to handle difficult seas, should they arise, and is predictable in handling. She’s stable to work from, roomy and comfortable. It’s an excellent choice for both a first time package and for the more experienced angler wanting an easy to tow and manoeuvre vessel.

 


Disclaimer: Everything written in these reports are based on personal experience and the individual's opinion only. I have tried my best to present the facts correctly, but I/we take no responsibility for any mistakes or omissions.

 

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