The Buccaneer 550 Classic – Raw Boat Review

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Here we have the Buccaneer 550 Classic. A fine example of a well-renowned fiberglass boat in New Zealand that incorporates both modern styling and a functional layout to give you a vessel that is an all-round serious performer. For over 40 years, Kiwi families and fishermen have been enjoying Buccaneer boats, for their excellence of ‘right first-time’ philosophy and superior high manufacturing quality results in boats that look stylish, but also are built to withstand the test of time.

Let’s look at what the Buccaneer 550 has to offer, starting with its usability and layout.


At just under 5.8m in hull length, the 550 Classic is a small boat with a big boat feel. The high cockpit coamings, volumized cabin area, and wide-bodied deep v hull all contribute to the success of this boat. There’s plenty of headroom right forward, with enough seating inside the cabin for four people comfortably. If you’re looking to overnight, don’t fear as the spacious cabin with the placement of an infill squab allows you to do so. Safe and easy anchoring can be achieved through the forward hatch at the front. At the helm, there is excellent visibility all around on the pedestal seat, whether you’re seated or standing, along with the throttle/gearshift control lever being in good reach.

The seating arrangements are topped off with king/ queen passenger seats, along with rear quarter seats at the back which are removable to offer more space.


Just like a Haines Hunter, the 550 Classic also features a Deep V hull that allows for a smooth, dry ride that is predictable at snappy turns, maneuvers quickly off the plane and is very responsive at the helm – A credit to the Yamaha 130hp 2 stroke outboard on the back which is grunty, but more than capable to get you to your favourite fishing spots and back.

  • Garmin Striker 4 GPS
  • Anchor
  • Bilge Pump
  • Road Cover
  • Canopy

WHAT WE THINK – Final words from Brock, Gordon & Matt…

Buccaneer Boats have always strived to be the market leader in fibreglass boats, and without a question they are up there with the very best. The 550 Classic is just another success story for Buccaneer, being a mid sized boat with a big boat feel that utilizes every inch on-board for a purpose. Whether you’re in the market for your first boat or just simply looking to upgrade to something more suited for the family, the Buccaneer 550 Classic will do the job.


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