Legend of the tropics
Quintrex is a brand wellknown to Territorians and their original Top Ender design is pretty much the blueprint for a versatile open boat up here in the tropics.
One of the key features that sets Quintrex apart is their Millennium hull.
A proprietary aluminium pressing process allows for a sophisticated variable deadrise hull shape that offers brilliant handling and ride.
It’s the toughness of aluminium with a smooth ride more comparable to similar-sized glass hulls.
The Quintrex 610 Legend is the smallest in the range that has the new Millennium Blade hull design.
Introduced last year, the Blade features a reworking of the Millennium hull to further improve handling.
The most noticeable change is a steeper deadrise where the bows meet the waves and also a more acute stem angle.
The steeper deadrise carries through as the hull widens out to create a slimmer profile than the original Millennium.
The result is a dry and comfortable boat that goes where you point it like it’s on rails.
Belting across Darwin Harbour on a choppy day is as comfortable as sitting in your armchair.
I have spent a lot of time out wide in smaller Quintrex hulls without any problems and the new Blade hull is even more impressive.
The test boat was powered by a Yamaha 150hp four stroke, which is well-balanced on this rig.
The 610 Legend hull is rated to 175hp max — or as low as 115hp — but 150hp is spot on.
Sitting on an easy 3600rpm we were cruising at 40km/h, using fuel at a rate of 18l/h. There is a 120l underfloor fuel tank which should give you a range— under normal usage — of somewhere around 250km.
Pushing the throttle forward gives you around 60km/h at 4800rpm with a bit more to spare.
Hole shots are quick and easy and there is no cavitation when cranking into a tight turn at speed.
The interior layout of the centre console Legend is unashamedly geared towards fishing.
The floor is covered with marine carpet.
There is a big front casting deck with some storage space underneath accessed through two hatches.
Further storage is supplied by side pockets as well as a bit of space in the console.
There is also room underneath the rear transom where the twin battery set-up lives to stash a few bits and pieces, and for livebaiters a livewell also lives back there.
The console houses a trio of digital gauges and a marine radio. It is well positioned with plenty of room all around.
There is a seating position for the skipper but the console is also at a great height to drive standing up.
The 610 is not too big to slip into Corroboree or the Daly but this versatile vessel is really made for the bluewater.
Bluewater jiggers, trollers and bottom bouncers will love the walk around console design in a good value boat package that can handle NT offshore conditions.
The Quintrex 610 Legend is a bluewater beauty