Carplounge RT4 bait boat review. The RT4 is considered by many to be the best bait boat money can buy.
The Germans have a reputation for engineering, leading German car brands are considered some of the most desirable on the market. It would seem that reputation has now transferred to bait boats, with the German-built RT4 bait boat from Carplounge considered one of the best bait boats on the market. We take a closer look at this incredible piece of machinery in this detailed review.
The video below from Korda’s Ali Hamidi showcases some of the key features of the RT4 bait boat.
Carplounge have been producing bait boats for over 15 years, each RT4 is hand-made in Germany by a 20+ strong team of engineers. They produce 250-300 RT4 bait boats each month. Each one is put together by hand and meticulously tested by the quality control team on their own test lake.
The RT4 really is a special bait boat geared to the serious angler who demands a high-quality product to stand up to all fishing conditions and the rigours of regular use. There is a range of accessories available for RT4 to enhance the overall experience.
The video below gives an insight into the production process of the RT4 Carplounge bait boat.
It is estimated that over 6000 RT4′ bait boats have been sold to UK customers since the boat’s launch. In 2020 Carplounge are set to open their first UK store in Essex to keep up with demand. Servicing and repair of the RT4 will be available once the UK store is up and running. This is available to UK customers now but requires shipping of the boat back to Germany at present. Each boat comes with a staggering 36-month warranty!
Carplounge RT4 bait boat review
Carplounge have raised the bar with this bait boat, especially with the technology that powers it. The RT4 has no moving parts or servo motos, instead, the RT4 uses a double jet-power unit to drive the boat. The lack of moving mechanical parts ensures this bait boat has rock-solid reliability in all weather conditions. Jet power rather than propeller power ensures the RT4 rarely gets tangled in weed or mainline, you can be confident the boat won’t pick up any debris when travelling across the water.
Each boat is handmade and only the highest quality of internal and external components are used to build the RT4. The list of features are staggering.
RT4 bait boat features include:
- The 2.4 GHz 6-channel remote has no external aerial. The frequency ensures the RT4 won’t cause interference with other devices fishing in close proximity to you.
- Incredible lighting features on this boat including a 26 power LED spotlight, all controlled via the main handset remote.
- The twin-jet drives ensure great straight-line speed and bait boat manoeuvrability.
- Reinforced ABS main body to ensure durability.
- State of the art components and control systems.
- 2 separate release end-tackle couplings and unique magnetic pin system for bait release.
- Carplounge claim the RT4 has the longest battery life of any bait boat, with up to 16km of water covered when fully charged.
- Digital battery voltage display.
- GPS autopilot and fish finder upgrade options available.
What is included as part of your RT4 bait boat purchase?
- Carplounge RT4 bait boat with full 36 months warranty
- 2.4GHz remote control
- 2* Li-Ion battery (Main battery + Backup battery)
- Professional LiPo charger with 220V and 12V car adapter
- RT4 bait boat manual
The RT4 bait boat has been reviewed by thousands of anglers across the globe, it is the bait boat of choice for the professional angler, with Ali Hamidi, Danny Fairbrass, Darrell Peck and Alan Blair all fans of this engineering masterpiece.
Take a look at the video below from Ali Hamidi on how he uses his RT4 on the well-known Bury Hill Fisheries to quicky target carp on an overnight session. This video features the Raymarine Autopilot upgrade.
There are many upgrade options with this bait boat. In the video above, Ali demonstrates the Raymarine Wi-Fish colour echosounder along with 3D lake bed mapping to give an overview of the lakebed and features. You can also see the additional bait spiral in action which helps distribute the bait over a larger area. These extras can all be purchased directly as part of your main boat purchase via the Carplounge website.
What does the Carplounge RT4 cost and where can I buy it?
So how much does all this German engineering and technology cost, and is it really worth it?
The basic model starts at around £1,050.00. From there you can add the range of echo sounders and autopilot system and other accessories as you see fit.
Is it worth the money? You bet! The Carplounge RT4 is the new benchmark for bait boats. A flagship model that is reliable, durable and will last a lifetime if looked after correctly. The range of accessories and 3-year warranty make this the bait boat to buy for the serious angler.
You can buy this bait boat brand new direct from the Carplounge website. You can also buy a second-hand RT4 from eBay for a reasonable price. Click on the links below to purchase.
Carplounge RT4 Bait Boat Review
RT4 Bait Boat Review Summary
A must-have bait boat for the serious or professional angler. A purchase which will return your money ten-fold in reliability and longevity. A hand-made piece of engineering that won’t let you down.