Leg­end of the trop­ics

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By DAVE KRANTZ

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.

Pic­ture: DANIEL HART­LEY-ALLEN

The Quin­trex 610 Leg­end is a blue­wa­ter beauty

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