Week­end get­away

Whit­t­ley’s new CR 2600 model – the sec­ond-largest in the com­pany’s Cruiser range, is an ideal ves­sel for a quick, spur-of-the-mo­ment week­end es­cape.

Boating NZ - - Contents - BY JOHN EICHELSHEIM

Whit­t­ley’s CR2600 is ideal for a spur-of-the-mo­ment es­cape for cou­ples or fam­i­lies.

Re­leased in Aus­tralia late last year, this boat is the first CR 2600 sold in New Zealand, sup­plied to a Blen­heim cou­ple by Whit­t­ley dealer Bense­mann Ma­rine in Auck­land. Bense­mann is await­ing the ar­rival of a sec­ond, pre-sold CR 2600, with more on order. A trail­er­a­ble fam­ily cruiser, the CR 2600 is gen­er­ous­lye­quipped and sur­pris­ingly spa­cious in­side, thanks to its tall, cur­va­ceous for­ward cabin. This is a hard­top model with tough­ened glass wind­screens, slid­ing side win­dows and drop-covers that com­pletely en­close the cock­pit for cosy overnight­ing. Only the black can­vas and clear-plas­tic side covers were fit­ted for our run in the boat.

With overnight­ing in mind, the dou­ble berth for­ward can be sup­ple­mented by a large berth in the cock­pit, which con­verts from the rear lounger with the ad­di­tion of in-fill pan­els and squabs. Whit­t­ley as­serts the rear berth will sleep up to four, which would be okay for the kids; it’s cer­tainly a gen­er­ously­sized dou­ble.

Dur­ing the day, the cock­pit is a com­fort­able, so­cia­ble space with a ver­sa­tile U-shaped seat­ing ar­range­ment that in­cludes an aft-fac­ing lounger and a fold-out seat on the star­board side. The en­gine ex­tends mostly un­der the tran­som, im­pact­ing min­i­mally on cock­pit space.

There’s good stor­age space through­out the boat, in­clud­ing the cock­pit: side-shelves with built-in drinkhold­ers; deep, car­peted locker/bins un­der the seats; space for a chilly bin un­der the pas­sen­ger seat and an un­der­floor locker that ex­tends be­low the helm seat po­si­tion for long items like wa­ter-skis or poles. A moulded drinks cab­i­net adds a touch of lux­ury.

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