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.

Boating NZ - - Contents - BY JOHN EICHELSHEIM

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...

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