The History of Bonito Boats

Originating in New Zealand in the early 1970's, the Bonito hull was designed by Frank Pellan to cross the choppy bays and open waters to get from island to island. At 4.8 metres long, the MK3 soon proved to be an extremely capable little hull with hundreds of boats made.

The hull mould came to Australia in the 90's, and again proved its worth, mainly with the commercial fishermen in South East Queensland, whose demands of a small working boat soon put it to the test. After being purchased by Roger Barnes, the original mould was extended to 5 metres with the addition of a half pod. This improved what was already a great performing hull.

In 2013, Martin Slennett joined Roger and the Bonito 560 was created. New deck mouldings, cast platforms and a huge array of optional extras were developed.

The Bonito 500 was also re-tooled to bring it in line with the new standard. A constant development program has been in place ever since to keep Bonito Boats on the leading edge.

Bonito 560 / 500

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Boat Details
  • Make: Bonito
  • Name: 560 / 500
  • Model Number: N/A
  • Length: 5.6 metres
  • Width: 2.05 metres
  • Hull Material: N/A
  • Hull Type: N/A
  • Passenger Capacity: N/A
  • Boat Usage: N/A
  • Steering: N/A
  • Warranty: N/A
Engine Details
  • Brand: Yamaha
  • Horsepower: 150
  • Fuel Capacity:
  • Drive Type:
  • Steering:


Bonito 560 / 500

Length 5.6 metres / 5.0 metres
Beam 2.05 metres
Internal beam 1.6 metres
Height on trailer 2.2 metres (approx.)

Weight ...

Bonito 560

Bonito 500


620 kg (plus options)

550 kg (plus options)

Freeboard 610mm (minimum)
Draft 350 mm
Variable dead rise 13 degree's (at transom)

HP Rating

Bonito 560

Bonito 500



Max 150HP

Max 115HP

Standard Inclusions

All Bonito 560's and 500's include as standard...

  • No structural timber
  • Self draining decks
  • One-way ball scuppers
  • Bait tanks x 2 (Centre Consoles)
  • Bait tank x 1 (Tillers)
  • Large anchor well
  • All moulded hatches
  • Recessed flip-up cleats
  • Stainless steel keel strip
  • Heavy Duty Bonito bow roller
  • Heavy Duty tow hooks
  • Choice of 2 Consoles with 2 shelves, grab handle
  • Moulded non slip surfaces on deck
  • Moulded fibreglass stringer system
  • 120 litre 3mm Alloy fuel tank
  • All 316 grade stainless steel fittings

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