by Steve Lague

Fury boats have had a long and successful association in WA after being established by Alf Fury in the early 1950s. While the company started out designing and building a variety of models it was the Fury 32 cruiser, first built in 1977, which really established the name. Even today, nearly 40 years on many Fury 32s are still on the water and don’t look out of place moored alongside much newer, more modern boats. His only son, Scott, continued the family’s involvement in boat building when he started working with his dad in 1984. He then went to expand his knowledge and experience working for a variety of prominent WA boat builders. In 1999 Scott Fury started his own business, specialising in high-end custom-built boats. During that time he has designed and built a few different models and sizes but today he specialises in 28-footers and offers just three models – a centre console, which is the biggest seller, a sports cab and the model we tested, and the latest addition to the range, the Dual Console. Producing between four and six boats a year they are all hand-built and impeccably finished. His attention to detail has been recognised with three WA Boat of the Year awards (2009, 2011 and 2012).
The Fury 282 Dual Console, which in effect is a big bow rider, is a unique design aimed at people looking for a multi-purpose boat that can be used for fishing, entertaining and weekends away.

WHAT YOU GET
The Fury 282 Dual Console shares the same proven hull as the centre console and the sports cabin but the superstructure is unique. It has two distinct entertainment/fishing areas and a large, protected helm. It also has a separate, private toilet in front of the helm, and a single, lockable bunk in front of the passenger seat that can be converted into a change room. Though the cabin is quite narrow it is long enough for anyone up to 185cm to fully stretch out and surprisingly comfortable, if not a little snug.
The bow of the 282 DC has a comfortable lounge on each side and will accommodate up to six people. A table can also be fitted in this area. You will also find built-in cup holders a second Fusion audio control panel and speakers. The seats are covered in a high quality material and there is a built-in back rest along the sides making it a very comfortable place to spend a lazy afternoon, though it does not offer any protection from the sun or wind. For those days when you want to use the area for fishing, removing the cushions reveals a non-slip deck that makes a great platform for casting lures.
The 282 also comes standard with an infill for this area turning the lounge into a comfortable double bed for overnight stays. A cleverly- designed canvas cover, with two openings sown in to create a nice flow of air and easy access to the anchor should you need it, clips over the bow and the top of the hardtop to create privacy and protection from the elements. There is a second cover, more like a tonneau cover, that can be clipped on to protect the area when it is not being used.
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Fury 282 Dual Console 9The helm of the 282 DC, which is virtually fully enclosed with a hard top and front and side windows, is divided into two distinct sections by the passage to the bow. The drive station, which is on the starboard side, on the test boat was equipped with two Simrad NSS 12-inch multi-function display screens with 3D structure scan, GPS and radar. A row of switches sits immediately underneath the screens. The controls for the bow thruster, Zipwake trim tabs and electric anchor were all on the dash under the switches along with the Yamaha electronic engine gauges, Fusion audio system and marine radio. It made the dash a very busy area but the important switches and controls were well placed so you could get to them easily.
The helm seat sat on a large storage box but also was on runners so it could be adjusted to the right driving position. This was made even easier by the adjustable sports steering wheel that could be positioned to sit horizontally, vertically or anywhere in between. I found the horizontal position the most natural and comfortable. You could also flip up the seat bolster to create a nice backrest for those, like me, who prefer to stand.
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Fury 282 Dual Console 11The seat set up was the same on the passenger side, except there was no bolster. The other big difference was an Engel electric fridge/freezer was stored under the passenger seat while the driver’s side was a storage locker.
There also was a drop-down seat on the back of the helm and passenger seats. You could also opt to fit a small galley with a built-in fridge, sink and cook top behind the helm seat, reducing the number of seats in this part of the boat to three.
The 282 DC also has plenty of storage space. There are lockers under both couches in the bow, the helm seat, the single bed, the cockpit floor and the gunnels. The single bedroom can also be turned into a massive storage area if required.
The cockpit is 2.5m long, making it ideal for fishing or entertaining. The sides of the boat are double skinned, which gives the cockpit a neat, clean finish. The gunnels are also quite high making the sides of the boat comfortable to lean into when fishing, though there are no recesses for your feet. The high freeboard also makes it a little safer if you have small children on board. And the space under the gunnels has not been wasted either, with two hatch doors on either side providing access to dry storage areas. The cockpit also has two 100-litre under-floor kill tanks, one plumbed, and a 70-litre plumbed live bait tank in the transom. Fury has also included fittings for a bait board and BBQ in the middle of the transom. There also is a small sink, with hot and cold water, and a transom door on the starboard side that gives you access to a swim platform with a ladder in front of the door. While the test boat is fitted with twin outboards there is plenty of room to walk behind them and space on either side for easy access to the water. It also comes standard with an electric winch on the port side and a davit on the starboard side that can be used to pull cray pots or to lift a small tender on board. You can fit a tender up to 2.5m long on the back deck.
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Fury 282 Dual Console 22POWER
The test boat was powered by twin 225hp Yamaha four-stroke outboards that gave it a maximum speed of 45 knots (83 km/h). To save a bit of money, and weight, you could opt for twin 200hp engines or even a single 300hp motor. The 225s use a 4.2-litre V6 engine matched with Yamaha’s Variable Camshaft Timing system that is designed to dramatically increase power and throttle response at low and mid range. Yamaha says this enables the Yamaha to deliver unmatched “out of the hole” performance and mid-range acceleration.

ON THE WATER
The Fury 282 Dual Console hull has a medium V and 18.5 deg deadrise. It also weighs 3.1 tonne (you can reduce this weight by around 400kg by opting to have the boat built using infused technology instead of traditional hand-laid fibreglass but it will also add to the cost). The 282 DC did feel heavy in the water but in the near-perfect ocean conditions we experienced on Cockburn Sound it also felt quite nimble for a boat of this size. The lightness of the hydraulic power steering certainly contributed to the light feel. The response to any input on the accelerator was impressive and you only needed to be doing just over 10 knots to get the hull up on the plane.

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Fury 282 Dual Console 20The cruising sweet spot was around 25 knots, which had the engines ticking over at 3400rpm, with a combined fuel consumption of 56-litres per hour. Reducing the speed back to 20 knots the revs dropped to 2500 and fuel consumption to 39L/hr.
The virtually perfect conditions we experienced did not enable us to explore the offshore capabilities of the boat. But based on the hull design I would expect it to cut through chop and swell without too many issues. In the conditions we had the boat sat nice and flat and cut through what small swell we did encounter. We did occasionally cop a small amount of spray on the windscreen.
The test boat was fitted with Zipwave trim tabs that operate very differently to traditional trim tabs. Instead of having a permanent blade that can be adjusted horizontally, Zipwave trim tabs use a much shorter blade that adjusts vertically. Even in the calm waters you could significantly change the feel and performance of the boat by making slight adjustments to the setting. At rest it was nice and stable, even with three big blokes constantly moving around the cockpit and climbing up on the gunnels.

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Fury 282 Dual Console 1ON THE TRAILER
The test boat was on a Duralite dual-axle drive-on aluminium trailer rated to carry up to 4.2 tonne. It was fitted with electric hydraulic brakes to all four wheels.
Because the 282 Dual Console has a maximum beam of 2.69 it is over width and you will need to get a permit and carry over width signs. The regulations for over width loads vary from State to State so you need to check with your local authorities to ensure you are compliant with the local rules.
With a trailerable weight of 3.9 tonne you will need a big heavy-duty 4WD like a Ford F250 or small truck to tow it.

OVERVIEW
The Fury 282 DC is a beautifully finished, well-equipped boat and after spending nearly a full day driving it off the coast of Fremantle and anchored in the stunning bay at Carnac Island it is a comfortable, easy boat to live with. With a few options, like game poles, it could easily be set up for some serious fishing and still be used, with equal comfort, for entertaining. The only compromise is the sleeping arrangements, which are really like camping.

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POSITIVES
Build and Finish
Great entertaining space
Ride and Performance

NEGATIVES
Setting up sleeping canopy over bow
Sleeping arrangements

NUMBERS THAT MATTER
Price: (as tested) $299,000 incl trailer (starting from) $245,000
Length Overall: 9.10m
Beam: 2.69m
Deadrise: 18.5 degrees
Fuel capacity: 600-litres
Water capacity: 150-litres
Engines fitted: 2 x 225hp Yamaha Four-stroke outboards
Trailerable weight: 3.9 tonne