DNA 450 CC

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DNA’s 450 series is fast becoming a favourite throughout the country. Barry Thompson checks out the centre console version to see why these entry level pontoon boats are so popular.

A few years ago, I reviewed a DNA 450C, one of the builders most popular boats and a great entry level pontoon cuddy. Released in 2014 the DNA 450 series is now available in three versions and all utilise the same hull structure, with DNA’s signature tapered pontoons. The 450 HSD is the tiller steer model with twin bench seats and a full flat floor that keeps the internal spaces clutter free. The 450 CC is the centre console version and the 450 C their cuddy design.

The 450 series is the perfect step up from a big open dinghy to a small trailer boat, be it open or a cuddy. Depending on what you intend to use the boat for will determine what style you choose. I loved the little cuddy, it has to be one of the better ones on the market. This is a genuine fishing boat, and while you can tow the kids on water toys, it’s unashamedly targeted towards fisherman. 


The 450 CC is rated for a single outboard 40-60hp. We ran a 60hp Yamaha, which gave a top speed of 22 knots (25.3 mph) @ 5900 rpm. The boat was lightly set up with a single tote tank, two people and hardly any extra gear. Personally, I think the 60hp is the right power option, especially if you see yourself loading the boat with plenty of diving and fishing gear and maybe a couple of mates. The 40hp would be fine, but it’s worth investing in the extra 20hp for peace of mind.


The 4.60m, DNA 450 Series is based on a 16 deg hull, with a 1.84m beam, 4mm hull and 2.5mm tube thickness. Beneath the floor is an integral hull framing system using CNC cut interlocking full depth full length frames creating a rigid system adopted throughout DNA’s alloy boat range. The underwater sections are based on tapering down-turned chines to the hull, which means the pontoons could be stepped out further to increase the internal beam. This also meant the pontoons were slightly lifted so not to cause any drag in the water once planning.

I said previously in the review of the 450 C that the pontoon design had an added benefit in the ride, as the chines acts as a shock absorber, trapping a cushion of air under them as they land, and reducing the impact to the buoyant nature of the pontoon chambers. The 450 CC is no different.


Where the 450C provided a nice cuddy with plenty of undercover storage, the 450 CC is all open. The open bow area on our boat was fitted with the optional raised casting platform, which gives you extra storage spaces. There is a deep anchor locker in the forepeak that is big enough to handle a small drum winch. I liked the extra wide fairlead, which allows you to run a heavier anchor and chain. Twin hatches give easy access to the cavernous space which is ideal for lifejackets and dry storage. It is also where the battery for the Minn Kota Riptide is stowed. All floor and coamings areas are covered in U-Dek.

With a coaming height of 650mm, the cockpit is at a safe height for young children but also perfect for bracing against when fishing. The fishing area is ideal for two or three with 1.37m internal beam with a flat floor chine to chine.

Storage trays under the coamings are wide and long so you can stow long 2m plus rods easily. However, with the coaming rod holders, two on the bait board and four more ahead of the console you have plenty of places for the rods already. There is no underfloor storage as it is all used for buoyancy.

The centre console comes complete with a screen, which provides protection for the Garmin 9” MFD. The facia offers plenty of space for switches and instruments. We had a Yamaha engine management display, a switch panel and USB port. A GME G-Phone was mounted below the console, where there are also a couple of deep storage trays.

A 72 litre Icy-Tek bin provides both seating for two and storage, plus comes with a fish measure set into the faux teak. There are a variety of seating options available, however, given the limited space available, the bin seat would seem the best option.

Under the rear deck is a raised storage shelf, with provision for twin 25 litre tote tanks below. A deep sump is fitted with a bilge pump to expel any excess water that comes aboard. Twin boarding platforms are designed with very stylish flat handrails and you have the option of a drop-down ladder on the port side. Options include a custom-made bait board and live bait tank.

Overall a well build, and appointed entry level pontoon boat that takes a lot of beating. While DNA may not be as well-known as some of their competitors, they are certainly making their name in the very competitive alloy boat market. You can’t fault the finish and build quality and the handling is exceptional. It’s a small boat making a big statement.


  • Model: DNA 450 CC
  • Priced from: $NZ33500 (40hp) / $NZ35000 (60hp)
  • Price as tested: $NZ53,000   
  • Type: Centre Console
  • Construction: Alloy 4mm/2.5mm
  • LOA: 4.60m
  • Beam: 1.84m
  • Internal Beam:1.37m
  • Deadrise: 16 deg
  • Hull Weight: 275kgs (dry)
  • Towing Weight: 495 kgs              
  • Built by: DNA Boats, Nelson

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