Stylish cross­over

There’s noth­ing quite like the new Tino 570 HS cen­tre-con­sole on the New Zealand mar­ket and quite pos­si­bly noth­ing like it any­where in the world.

Boating NZ - - Contents - BY JOHN EICHELSHEIM

The Tino 5.7m is an ex­cit­ing new build.

The 570 HS is the first of a lim­ited range of Tino trailer boats from a Tau­ranga builder brave enough to be dif­fer­ent. A com­pletely new model, from its brass keel rub­bing strip to its sculpted com­pos­ite Bi­mini top, this beau­ti­fully-fin­ished new­comer com­bines at­tributes of a cen­tre-con­sole sports boat, fam­ily bow rider and RIB yacht ten­der.

The driv­ing force be­hind Tino Marine is Ni­cholas Fen­ton, whose 17year marine in­dus­try pedi­gree be­lies his ap­par­ent youth. Nick started out in the marine in­dus­try with Tris­tram Marine in Hamil­ton, build­ing trailer boats on the fac­tory floor.

He soon re­alised work­ing in a lam­i­na­tion shop on some­one else’s boats ul­ti­mately wasn’t for him: Nick wanted to build boats that re­flected his own take on style and per­for­mance. He de­cided to go back to school, earn­ing an Hon­ours de­gree in Marine De­sign.

Armed with his new qual­i­fi­ca­tions, he took work de­sign­ing ex­per­i­men­tal hy­dro­foils and al­loy boats, though his pas­sion for com­pos­ites re­mained strong. A stint over­seas fol­lowed, project man­ag­ing su­pery­acht re­fits in Italy and USA, a new-build project with Sun­seeker and var­i­ous crew­ing po­si­tions. Be­fore head­ing home, he also took the op­por­tu­nity to earn his skip­per’s ticket.

The Tino 570 HS is the cul­mi­na­tion of seven years of ef­fort, with Nick work­ing the last two years on the project full-time. The boat draws con­cep­tual in­spi­ra­tion from the lux­ury su­pery­acht ten­ders Nick be­came fa­mil­iar with over­seas.

“At its core, it’s a yacht ten­der with the hull and decks and high-spec fit-out con­fig­ured ac­cord­ingly,” says Nick, but the ver­sa­tile lay­out has far wider ap­pli­ca­tion and its strik­ing good looks and lux­ury fin­ish will ap­peal to all sorts of boaters.

SBM STA­BIL­ITY

A salient fea­ture of the Tino is its closed-cell foam pon­toons, or SBM (solid-core buoyancy mod­ule), which pro­vide ex­tra buoyancy and sta­bil­ity at rest when the boat is heav­ily loaded. They also pro­vide pro­tec­tion when com­ing along­side, and while it’s not a sub­sti­tute for fend­ers, the SBM is tough and will cope with a fair amount of abuse at dock­ing time.

Nick and the team spent con­sid­er­able ef­fort get­ting the three-layer foam sand­wich con­struc­tion right, es­pe­cially the pro­tec­tive ure­thane elas­tomer sheath­ing that’s tough enough to re­sist fish hooks or gaffs and eas­ily re­paired if torn. The SBM can be com­pletely resur­faced if re­quired and is avail­able in sev­eral colours.

The SBM only contacts the water when it’s buoyancy is needed: if the boat is heav­ily loaded or there are sev­eral pas­sen­gers on one side. When the 570 HS is un­der­way, the pon­toons are com­pletely clear of the water, with the hull pro­vid­ing all the lift. Nor do the con­toured D-pro­file pon­toons com­pro­mise the boat’s in­te­rior vol­ume, al­low­ing ex­tra-wide side pock­ets.

The Tino’s hull is solid GRP. It fea­tures a 19.3o dead­rise at the tran­som, a pro­nounced spray rail, mod­est strakes and plenty of flare in the bows for a dry ride. The bow area is un­usual: the boat’s ta­pered pon­toons don’t meet at the stem, which is squared-off for max­i­mum us­able space.

The bow in­cor­po­rates the fair­lead, bol­lard and a moulded an­chor locker – the op­tional car­bon-fi­bre hinge is very classy – as well as a gen­er­ous seat­ing area, bowrider-style. The hull’s medium en­try is fine enough to pro­vide a com­fort­able ride but offers suf­fi­cient vol­ume to cope with a cou­ple of bodies rid­ing up front and the boat demon­strates good man­ners in a fol­low­ing sea.

Nick and his team de­vel­oped the moulds in-house us­ing CAD and CNC tech­nol­ogy. The fi­bre­glass lam­i­na­tion is done un­der licence by a GRP spe­cial­ist in Tau­ranga, as is the com­pos­ite hard­top bi­mini. Up­hol­stery is also out-sourced.

STYLISH HARD­TOP

The hard­top is not only stylish, it’s also very light, thanks to exotic con­struc­tion. A tall safety glass screen pro­vides good pro­tec­tion be­hind the con­sole and there are plans for side cur­tains and a bowrider-style ton­neau cover for the bow area to ex­tend the Tino’s util­ity in in­clement weather or keep gear dry.

Box-sec­tion alu­minium sup­ports an­chor the cen­tre con­sole and se­cure the hard­top. They’re al­most sculp­tural: gen­tly curved, smooth and painted with no vis­i­ble fas­ten­ings – an­other ex­am­ple of the builder’s su­perb at­ten­tion to de­tail. The ca­bling for the LED hard­top down­lights, nav­i­ga­tion lights, aerial and such like is run in­side the sup­ports.

There’s room for cus­tomi­sa­tion, says Nick, es­pe­cially around ar­eas such as the con­sole seat mod­ule and tran­som set-up. The demo boat has a sim­ple moulded seat base with a padded, up­hol­stered cushion (stor­age un­der) and an aft-fac­ing cut-out ac­com­mo­dat­ing a good-sized chilly bin, but Nick plans to offer sev­eral op­tions, de­pend­ing on the cus­tomer.

MULTI-PUR­POSE LAY­OUT

The tran­som was equipped with a ski-pole and a drop-in Manta bait ta­ble and a seat, but Tino Marine can offer dif­fer­ent con­fig­u­ra­tions. Nick was still await­ing delivery of the tran­som board­ing lad­der, which will bolt to the star­board side. The swim plat­forms are use­fully wide and deep.

In­side the tran­som locker, the bat­tery box is well-pro­tected though it is at cock­pit floor level. Two bilge pumps, one an au­to­matic 650gph and a back-up emergency 1100gph unit on a float switch keep the bilges dry. The cock­pit drains into the bilge via a pair of cus­tom Cnc-cut stain­less-steel scup­pers.

The cock­pit area is spa­cious for a sub-6m boat. Gun­wale height is closer to a RIB’S than a blue- water power­boat, but they still pro­vide sup­port at mid-thigh, foot­ing is ex­cel­lent with good toe-room and the hull is very sta­ble at rest, so the cock­pit feels se­cure enough. The boat lacks tran­som doors, step-throughs pro­vid­ing easy ac­cess to the swim plat­forms, but there’s plenty of buoyancy aft, so lit­tle danger of tak­ing seas over the stern.

There’s a full cock­pit liner with in­te­grated un­der­floor lock­ers

The Tino 570 HS is the cul­mi­na­tion of seven years of ef­fort, with Nick work­ing the last two years on the project full-time.

fore and aft. Brown Ul­tralon floor­ing (with fancy black sten­cilling, some of it curved) matches the boat’s high qual­ity stitched and mono­grammed marine vinyl up­hol­stery, in­clud­ing cock­pit side pan­els. The up­hol­stery and ceil­ing pan­els are hard­wood-backed, sealed against water ingress and se­cured with Fast Mount fas­ten­ings. Teak cov­er­ing boards on the coam­ings are a nice touch.

This is a cen­tre-con­sole boat with a flush deck, so there’s easy ac­cess to the bow area. As well as the aft-fac­ing two-per­son seat in the bow, there’s a for­ward-fac­ing seat in front of the con­sole; both have stor­age un­der the squabs. The un­der­floor wet locker is a de­cent size too.

There’s plenty of room to walk past the con­sole with­out sidling and the Tino is well pro­vided with hand­holds, whether stand­ing or sit­ting to drive. LED light­ing il­lu­mi­nates the cock­pit at floor level, there are down­lights in the hard­top, cour­tesy lights on the swim plat­forms and un­der­wa­ter lights as well.

HIGH-TECH ELEC­TRON­ICS

An un­usual lux­ury for a boat of this size is Tino’s use of C-zone dig­i­tal switch­ing. The ves­sel’s sys­tems are con­trolled from the Garmin mul­ti­func­tion dis­play, or from a smart­phone or tablet. C-zone offers nu­mer­ous ad­van­tages, in­clud­ing the abil­ity to set up var­i­ous one-touch modes, stream­lined wiring, im­proved ef­fi­ciency and un­matched ver­sa­til­ity. It is more usu­ally found on much larger ves­sels.

The ves­sel is also equipped with Wi-fi and Blue­tooth, so you can mon­i­tor the sounder from an ipad in the bows, along with a killer Fu­sion four-speaker sound sys­tem. LED light­ing, in­clud­ing deck floods, is by Hella Marine, ex­cept the un­der­wa­ter lights on the tran­som. Nav lights are in­te­grated into the hard­top sup­ports and Tino have fit­ted a through-hull trans­ducer for the Garmin sounder mod­ule.

Al­though the boat would make an ex­cel­lent lux­ury yacht ten­der, it’s lay­out and equip­ment make equally suit­able for sport­fish­ing, scuba div­ing or tows­port du­ties. Wide side pock­ets will hold dive bot­tles, or they can be strapped to the back of the seat. The boat is stylish enough to stand out in any com­pany, but also em­i­nently prac­ti­cal – a real all-rounder with lots of classy touches.

NEW MER­CURY

Power for the 570 is cour­tesy of Mer­cury’s new 115hp Pro XS four-stroke – un­til re­cently Mer­cury XS out­boards have al­ways been high-per­for­mance two-strokes. This 2.1-litre four-cylin­der model’s horsepower is a nom­i­nal 115, but it per­forms like a con­sid­er­ably grun­tier pow­er­plant.

With a re-mapped ECU, it revs 300rpm higher than the stan­dard Mer­cury 115hp. More revs equal more horsepower. The large dis­place­ment engine offers plenty of low-down torque and eas­ily copes with the 570’s mod­est mass, even when the Tino is loaded with peo­ple, as bowrider-style boats of­ten tend to be.

This is a nim­ble, very re­spon­sive lit­tle boat. The cus­tom Ital­ian steer­ing wheel tilts to suit any driver and Tino can also ad­just the dis­tance be­tween the con­sole and the seat unit to suit in­di­vid­ual cus­tomers.

There’s some dry stowage in the con­sole locker, as well as a handy tray un­der the seat, and moulded drink-hold­ers with stain­less steel in­serts are a fea­ture of the con­sole, as well as the cock­pit and bow ar­eas.

The ride feels very as­sured and the boat is a dry-run­ner – im­por­tant for any cen­tre-con­sole – the spray curl­ing away nicely amid­ships. The 570 turns flat and is very re­spon­sive to engine trim in­puts, though the Mer­cury has a sin­glestage ram so things hap­pen fast when you thumb the trim but­ton.

The Tino gives the im­pres­sion it’s a big­ger boat than it this, largely be­cause the deck con­fig­u­ra­tion makes the most of the avail­able in­ter­nal space. Vi­sion from the helm is, of course, ex­cel­lent in any cen­tre-con­sole, and the Tino’s large wind­screen offers bet­ter than av­er­age pro­tec­tion.

With the Pro XS 115 and Mer­cury’s Com­mand Thrust lower unit, ac­cel­er­a­tion is quick, the boat pop­ping up onto the plane in sec­onds. She weighs-in at 870kg, plus engine – 1,400kg on the road with a Dmw-built, dual-axle, un­braked trailer with al­loy wheels and LED lights.

At wide open throt­tle (6,200rpm) we saw a best speed of 36.3 knots, run­ning with the tide (34.5 knots against the tide). The boat cruises along nicely be­tween 4,500 and 5,000rpm mak­ing 23-27 knots and us­ing be­tween 22 and 26 litres per hour. The un­der­floor fuel tank holds 100 litres; 150 litres is an op­tional up­grade. Fresh water tanks are also avail­able. BNZ

ABOVE The 570’s ver­sa­tile lay­out com­bines el­e­ments of a yacht ten­der RIB, cen­tre con­sole sport boat and fam­ily bowrider.

BE­LOW The fitout and fin­ish is su­perb, in­clud­ing the finely stitched marine vinyl up­hol­stery. The Ital­ian wheel is ad­justable for rake and mono­grammed with the Tino logo.

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