The Mini was previously the smallest boat in the Buster range, but the new Mini Sport reconfigures that platform with a remote steering console and a larger engine rating to make this popular short-distance dayboat more attractive as the go-to choice for youngsters in search of their first console boat.
While the regular Buster Mini is designed for outboards of between 2 and 8hp, and has also proven itself to be a fine match for electric outboard motors, the Mini Sport has been certified for the Yamaha F9.9 engine, which generates impressive torque. Despite the new Sport model weighing 11kg more than the basic Mini, the larger engine is able to power this new boat to speeds well in excess of 20 knots. And the use of the remote console also promises to shift the weight of the Skipper and the deck furniture slightly further forward and more to the centre, bringing easier planing characteristics than the tiller-steered Mini.
Like all Buster boats, the all-aluminium Buster Mini Sport is buoyant and safe. The patented ‘EasyBail’ drainage system increases user-friendliness and the steering console features plenty of mounting space for a retrofit chartplotter and fish finder. Happily, there’s also a windscreen available on the options list to help protect the helmsman from the worst of the elements.
Even fully rigged, with the Yamaha F9.9, the Mini Sport weighs little more than 160kg, making it every bit as easy to store, tow, launch and recover as the existing Buster Mini. And thanks to its tough aluminium construction, it’s also very durable and virtually maintenance-free, requiring nothing more than a hose down at the end of each season. The Yamaha F9.9 engine can simply be lifted off the transom single-handedly, enabling two men to lift the Mini Sport out of the water for the simplest possible ‘winterisation’.
The new Buster Mini Sport will be presented to the public at the autumn shows in Helsinki, Stockholm and Oslo, but in the mean time, you can find out more at www.buster.fi.
Specifications (Buster Mini Sport 2018)
Length overall: 3.88 m
Beam overall: 1.49 m
Weight: 115 kg
Max people: three
Max power: 9.9hp