Boating NZ - - Review -

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

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