Arvor 755 Weekender
With its Australasian main dealer in Sydney, Brunswick Corporation’s Arvor Boats is a relatively minor player in our market. But New Zealand sub-agent Bailey Marine has nonetheless sold a fair few of these idiosyncratic boats over the years.
A trailerable family cruiser with impressive space, the Arvor 755 Weekender is ready for adventure.
The new Arvor 755 Weekender, along with T its larger 855 sibling, is something of a departure for this European builder, best known for sea-kindly, diesel-powered cruisers modelled on a style of a small fishing vessel popular in Brittany, France. Unlike most Arvor models, which retain a certain work-boat style, the Weekender range is a rather more conventional design with a family-boating focus.
Arvor’s Weekenders are built in a different factory, too. Unlike the Arvor 810 (see sidebar), which is built in Poland along with similar models in the Diesel Power range like 690D & 730D, the 755 Weekender is manufactured in Portugal with components sourced from all over the globe, in keeping with Brunswick’s supply chain philosophy. Arvor Boats’ head office is actually in Belgium.
COMFORTS OF HOME
The 755 Weekender is a large outboard-powered pleasure boat equipped for family boating. The name ‘ Weekender’ gives the game away: it’s fully-equipped for overnight stays, offering comfortable and amazingly spacious sleeping accommodation for up to four adults, a separate head, an optional galley and a cockpit shower.
The layout is clever, inside and out, and while the boat comes well-equipped from the factory, a number of optional ‘packs’ are available to further enhance the specifications. This boat features the Smart Pack, which includes bow windlass, trim tabs, hardtop sliding hatch, foredeck cushions, curtains, enclosed toilet and the Cockpit Comfort Pack – cockpit L-lounge, cockpit sun lounge and table. It also has the Galley Pack, comprising a refrigerator and portable stove.
Shore power is another option, which is handy when tying
up to a marina and for keeping the batteries topped up, either on the marina/dry stack or at home with the boat on a trailer. The Arvor 755 can be legally trailered in New Zealand, though it is over-width at 2.85m.
There’s no doubting Arvor’s intention when designing this boat: incorporate as much volume in the hull and superstructure as possible. They have certainly succeeded in terms of interior volume, which is vast for a sub-8m boat, but to provide all that inside space the 2.85m beam is carried well forward and the bow, above the waterline anyway, is extremely full, almost blunt. This affords a spacious, almost squared-off foredeck and the already noted generous double berth in the bows, but the resulting styling, while distinctive, is hardly sleek.
However, all is not as it seems. While I feared the hull might slam because of what appears to be a very full bow, it doesn’t because it isn’t: below the spray rail the hull is conventional with a fine entry and a couple of strakes, morphing to a moderate 17° vee at the transom.
This model will accommodate outboards from 200 to 300hp; Terry Bailey has opted for a 225hp Mercury Verado four-stroke, sourced and fitted here in New Zealand. Arvor ship the boats from the factory prerigged, including steering and pre-drilled holes for the outboard; dealers simply bolt on an engine. Performance with the 225hp is quite spritely with a top speed of 33 knots and snappy acceleration.
GREAT FOR FAMILIES
Family-friendly starts with the cockpit, which offers plenty of freeboard and good access to the water via the transom door on the starboard side. The cockpit sole and both swim steps have moulded non-slip and there’s a retractable boarding ladder.
With the table fitted and the awning extended, the cockpit is the logical place to enjoy a drink or a meal at anchor; it’s shaded with plenty of seating and outside speakers, too. The freshwater shower is also in the cockpit, as is the master battery switch panel inside a dedicated locker.
This boat’s engine start battery is tucked away inside the huge underfloor cockpit locker, with the house battery in the wheelhouse inside another capacious underfloor storage locker and the capstan/bow thruster battery is housed under the master berth in the bows.
The rear seat transom lounger is fixed on threeposition stainless steel sliders/rails. The cockpit is at maximum size with the transom slid all the way back; come in one stop to more easily step between swim platforms; move it all the way in and you can raise the motor leg clear of the water. The system works and does away with a space-eating outboard well.
Moving forward, a triple-slider aluminium and glass door separates the cockpit from the wheelhouse. There’s a
The Arvor 755 is a competent performer offering heaps of space, a good level of equipment and a clever layout...