While the Arvor is a little like a caravan on the inside, it performs and handles very well. It’s no sports boat, but it is surprisingly nimble when you throw it around and the hull does a competent job of taming the sea. We had a fairly steep, wind-against-tide sea to contend with, but the 755 took it all in stride. Despite my initial reservations, there was no slamming and we enjoyed a comfortable and very quiet ride.
Performance-wise, the six-cylinder Mercury Verado 225hp shifts the Arvor along very nicely. Transition onto the plane is effortless and very smooth with no discernible hump; the boat holds the plane well too, which allowed us to make our way up the inner Waitemata still planing at the 12-knot speed limit, for a drier, more comfortable ride. A pair of windscreen wipers (with washers) kept the screens free of wind-whipped spray.
With only minutes on the outboard at the start of our test, we didn’t push too hard, but Brunswick’s figures for this model with this engine indicate a top speed of around 33 knots. Fuel capacity is 300 litres, so the range should be decent.
We enjoyed comfortable cruising at 25 knots, but the boat also handles nicely at slower speeds, which were required to pick our way through the messy seas around North Head. Trim tabs are integrated into the hull, which responds readily to trim tab inputs. I found the tabs handy in the windy conditions on the day, as was the standard bow thruster come berthing time. BNZ