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31-10-2006, 07:39 AM
guy's just bought a poly 530 cc and am planning to do alot of reef fishing. just wondering if while fishing with handlines will the line cut into the poly or will i need to run a strip or stainless over the corner of the gunwales to prevent it cutting in? thanks heaps

31-10-2006, 10:22 AM
Fishing only with Braid you might.

But plastic line, and plastic boat, should be no problem.

Run some 2 inch clear sticky tape over the edge if your concerned.

31-10-2006, 10:31 AM
another wheelie bin hits the water ;) ;) ::) ::) :o :P :P ;D


31-10-2006, 11:06 AM
another wheelie bin hits the water #;) ;) ::) ::) :o :P :P ;D


sounds like your jealous mike,i think you just wish you owned a poly ;D ;D ;D

cheers tim :)

31-10-2006, 11:57 AM
Tim!! ;D ;D ;D ;D
Those that don't have em' don't know what they are missing. ;)
Cheers Kim.

31-10-2006, 12:03 PM
HI Boy-Z,
Congrats on your new boat!! I'm sure u will love it!! :-* :-*
Check out the poly owner web site. www.polyboatowners.com
They are all most helpful.
Enjoy!! Kim.

31-10-2006, 12:28 PM
R the new ones microwave safe and did it come with a lid?

31-10-2006, 03:16 PM
I had a poly and loved it.

Accidentally left it parked on the road on a recycle night..... Goooone.


31-10-2006, 04:11 PM
don't own a poly, but I have fished with a heavy handline before and it does burn and cut with a big fish on the other end. IMHO, it will definitely cut into the poly under speed and tension.


31-10-2006, 05:09 PM
throw a lid on 'em and call 'em ESKYCRAFT. ;D ;D

31-10-2006, 05:35 PM
I have cuts in my gunwale rubber from fishing line. So I would just be carefull. I guess the plastic might be harder then rubber though so you might be right. I will go and run some line around the wheelie bin tonight and tie it to the car and take off....... See if it burns in ;D ;D

31-10-2006, 05:52 PM
IMO, if the monofilament line is running fast enough, and hot enough, and enough tension to cut into the gunnel of a poly boat, the line will probably break anyway.

If it's going out that fast, what's it going to do to your hands?, then if you attempt to stop it by laying it on the gunnel - snap.

not that I've ever had it happen on a poly (never been in one), but I have done a lot of handlining.
never heard of braid used on handlines, and anything is possible, I guess.


31-10-2006, 06:37 PM
another wheelie bin hits the water #;) ;) ::) ::) :o :P :P ;D


sounds like your jealous mike,i think you just wish you owned a poly #;D ;D ;D

cheers tim #:)

Mike on the other hand seems to like floating dogdishes ;D :D ;D

31-10-2006, 06:38 PM
throw a lid on 'em and call 'em ESKYCRAFT. #;D ;D

Thats right thats exatly what im using the front storage area ,just add ice and put a lid back on ;)

31-10-2006, 06:58 PM
the bloke wanted some advice, some people have no life with such responses.

31-10-2006, 07:09 PM
Like yours mate? You been most helpful,now go have a lie down .Well done ;)

31-10-2006, 07:23 PM
I wouldn't think you would continually have enough pressure on a fish for it to cut into the boat. Or am i fishing handlines wrongly. I don't wear gloves so it would damage my hand more than the boat if i was using either as a drag mechanism. I just tilt the handline and let another loop off if i am struggling to hold it.

Am i missing something?


31-10-2006, 07:29 PM
Mate i cannot give you advise as i know nothing about Polly Craft boats.
But it might sound silly but why not try what is used on fibreglass boats to solve your problem.

31-10-2006, 09:07 PM
the bloke wanted some advice, some people have no life with such responses.

good onya mate!!!

me like most people on this site site, like to throw a bit of banter around, to lighten' things up a little. poly/ally/glass/concrete. i really dont care what its made of as long as the bloke that ownes it likes it...........thats all that matters.

to keep this on topic. the line aint gunna make bugger all difference to the normae wear and tear you are gunna receive.

go forth and enjoy the "esky"

cheers in beers


01-11-2006, 01:32 AM
Drop the boys at Polycraft an email,Im sure they will answer any questions you need to know #;)

cheers tim #:)

01-11-2006, 04:16 AM
C'mon Rodbender, its all good fun. Not exactly a life threatening predicament he is in. :)

Besides, if you wanna get technical, your post is not exactly productive either. no malice implied or intended. You must be getting edgy waiting for your next fishing session. Me too ;)


p.s. for the record, i agree with Gelsec. any line rubbing hard enough to cut plastic will cut itself first. Besides, Boy-z, what is a few marks in the gunnels anyway. You didn't buy a poly to look pretty now did you. (duck, weave, dance)

01-11-2006, 05:37 AM
Braid handlines? That would be like having a tug-of -war with piano wire ;D

01-11-2006, 11:45 AM
Having owned a Poly I do not believe you will have any dramas. If it was pulling that hard either the line would seperate or you would lose some fingers before the boat was damaged. I am sure you will enjoy the boat. If the 530 was out when we bought the signature 542cc I am sure we would have given it a real good look.



01-11-2006, 02:30 PM
I don't think it would be a problem at all Boy-z

I had a poly 530 up until very recently and still have a tuff tender.

I have managed to put some marks in the gunnels of the tuff tender from having it cop a good bouncing around on the trailer after the mudguards bent up making the strap holding the boat down loose. (the tie-down hook was on the flimsy mudguards - easy fixed). This was on a horrid track and the boat was loaded with gear ::)

I noticed the marks are a lot less apparent than they were just after it happened, I won;t be at all surprised if they all but dissapear once the plastic fully regains it's "memory"

If you do manage to cut it with a handline you deserve a medal, and it would have to be a corker of a fish so you probably wouldn;t mind a battle scar to remember it by anyway! ;D

Enjoy the Warrior, I'm sure you'll love it.

01-11-2006, 03:09 PM
As they say "Chicks dig scars" and even if it does, can't you just iron out those little nicks on a poly?

02-11-2006, 01:01 PM
Yep, Just hit it with a heat gun and smooth it over with a knife i believe. ;)

02-11-2006, 04:13 PM
Good question and some! good answers... I have not owned bit fished out of a poly on numerous occasions, and gotto say was very suprised a tthe performance and stability...wow awesome boats, good point though but I doubt a line as said would have the force to cut into the gunwhale and still be able to be picked up n played to the boat...unless I only been catching tiddlers :D:D:D:D:D:D

02-11-2006, 04:18 PM
I fish reefs from a poly kayak. I often use handlines to target Snapper and the like - we find this highly sucessful and often score well, I have not found any marks that have been caused by fishing line though,

However poly will scratch very easily. Especially from sand and reef.

Minor scratches; sand down and carefully use a head gun until the surface becomes shiny. For serious scratches, dents and cuts you can get a poly welder from the yellow pages.

The hull should be around 20mm thick from memory on a polycraft - so do stress out over minor scratches.

02-11-2006, 05:19 PM
SIMPLE SOLUTION............USE A ROD! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

28-11-2007, 12:55 PM
as stated above nothing a heat gun wont fix.

28-11-2007, 02:34 PM
Boyzie, well done on the purchase mate, I fish pretty well exclusively with braid and have a 4.55 s/c and have never really had line contact with the hull but I would imagine if you tried hard enough the line could indeed cut into the hull, not to worry though if it did it would take all of 30 seconds to fix with a heat gun (not kidding) I actually put a post up on PBO regerding fixing gouges and just how easy it is.


03-01-2008, 07:35 PM
I wonder if you can buy a Polycraft at a Tupperware party?:P
Congrats on the new rig mate. I considered a Poly when I was looking around but they seem so expensive for what they are. Saw a big Poly in the Pin once that had the most clever name on it...."Microwave Safe." ::)


03-01-2008, 09:02 PM
I have a 5.3 CC and it is as tough as nails, its got scratches and its got marks yet it bravely goes where fibreglass dont dare due to the big rocks and where ally wont due to the swells ( hey pegusus). Dont sweat re you poly however heres some answers allready stated:
RingPolycraft ask for Brad or Steve they are Champs
Use a rod...... try a TCurve!
Ring a plastic welder when you need one!


04-01-2008, 08:39 AM
....I like the idea of Polycraft, particularly versus alloy and I have enjoyed this thread, but "bravely" going where "fibreglass dont dare due to the big rocks" is a bit far fetched isnt it...fibreglass is very tough. If I was worried by ROCKS in my glass boat I would also be worried by rocks in a poly boat.

My 25,000 litre poly tank has a 2.5cm base and lower side (ie thicker than the boats of the same composition) got major deep scores in the underside from dragging it accross some small rocks (ie size of a golf ball and slightly bigger) under its own weight - ie about 250kg.

Poly is soft compared to glass - that cannot be disputed.

The manufactures warn that even small stones can fully puncture the bottom if those stones are in the pad - with water in of course the weight is massive, however if I hit a rock in my 21 foot seafarer with its massively thick hull (70s vintage) with sufficient force to rent the hull, so too would the poly craft. If your talking small low speed grazes, there again, FG would scratch, but poly would so do also and it would look just as crappy. The poly would be treated with sandpaper sure, but each time you do that you take off meat...you cant do that too much. I dont know whether you would want to heatgun the underside of the hull too much! With FG you always add back with very hard material - FG filler, flowcoat or both - and end up with a nice shiny finish again.

So, whilst this is all good fun and allowing for owner's pride (particularly the pride that comes with owning something uncommon) could I suggest Mr Wong not to go making such brash comments.


04-01-2008, 09:55 AM
Speaking of experience i owned both .I pull my poly up on the concrete ramp at Carbrook .I never even considered doing it with my glass boat before.Having said that the poly was way cheaper .Thats what attracted me to polycraft.A rig that is cheap ,no maintanence,tough and practical.If you want a flashy boat go look somewhere else though.

04-01-2008, 10:55 AM
Havnt got any problem with that type of comment George....my problem was with the concept that the poly was so strong that it could take on rocks (!) which would thrust terror into the heart of a glass boat owner...

Cheers mate.

04-01-2008, 12:14 PM
150lb handlines connected to big sharks will mark it but wont cut thru it, i know that for a fact. cheers