We tested the new fishing dinghy according to Joker: it is called Barracuda 580 and is one of the latest designs from the Cologno Monzese shipyard. After the success of the Barracuda 650, comes the small version of Joker Boat’s fishing machine-dinghy. Fast and suitable for sea fishing (even in challenging conditions), it is among the smallest fishing dinghies around.
Developed in collaboration with fisherman Mirko Serra, this rib is designed to be a small fisherman that can be trolleyed, but can also meet the needs of a couple who wants to enjoy a day at sea. How? Thanks to a stern dedicated entirely to fishing and a bow with sundeck. This Joker Barracuda 580, precisely 5.85 meters long, can be powered by 40 to 130 outboard horsepower (with a recommended choice of 80 horsepower). In the version we tested, with a 115-horsepower Yamaha SHO we reached a speed of 36 knots. Let’s see how it is set up and then how it sails.
Joker 580 Barracuda
A small fishing machine of not even 6 meters, in which the shipyard has managed to concentrate everything a fisherman might need. The maximum width is definitely significant, 2.54 meters, and this allowed for a spacious deck in which one can move easily from bow to stern. In addition to the shipyard staff and designer Luca Macchi, Mirko Serra, who brought his international experience in the fishing world, collaborated on the project.
The result is a dinghy with a sporty, proven hull, outfitted on deck with top electronics and accessories (all in the right place). On board we find a 130-liter live bait tank, 8 lockers distributed from the bow to the stern of the boat, rod holders, and a bow sundeck (levitable so as not to obstruct the passage), as well as two aft swim platforms for easy access to the water. Compared with the pictures you see, some details will change starting from the aft spiaggette to the tienti bene of the center console.
Joker 580 Barracuda – Navigation
We tested this new Joker 580 Barracuda on Lake Maggiore in flat water conditions with little wind. Despite this, waves from other passing speedboats provided an interesting test bed for this hull. Made with designer Luca Macchi this dinghy, as anticipated earlier, was powered by a Yamaha SHO 115-horsepower outboard.
Lots of acceleration and and low fuel consumption are the main elements that characterize this dinghy in navigation. At 4000 rpm, at about 20 knots, this boat consumes about 16 liters per hour, making this gait ideal for comfortable cruising speed. However, when it is necessary to push on the throttle to change spots, the hull makes its hold on the water and a good top speed feel at its best: 36.4 knots achieved with an hourly consumption of 45 liters.
Without engine and without T-Top, the Joker 580 Barracuda starts from 29,500.00 euros + vat.
Boat Data Sheet: Joker Barracuda 580
- LOA: 5.85 m
- B.max: 2.54 m
- Tubular: 55-40 cm
- Pressure: 0.30 atm
- Weight: 600 kg
- Fuel: 110 lt
- Inner tubes: 8
- Max power: 130 hp
- People: 8
- CE Category: C
- Design: Luca Macchi
- Price: 29,500.00 + vat (without T-top and engine)
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