NT News - Motoring - - NEWS - By IAN GRANT

UNDABERG-based Sea Jay Boats knows how to put its boats through their paces.

It has clev­erly used the per­fect aquatic test bench of the Bur­nett River and the open wa­ters of Her­vey Bay to re­tain its rep­u­ta­tion among Aus­tralia’s leaders in alu­minium boat build­ing.

BThe de­sign and test cer­tifi­cates of its new de­signs are never ap­proved for pro­duc­tion be­fore a strin­gent set of sea tri­als.

This was again the case when the com­pany com- pleted the pro­to­type 6.8m half-cabin Pur­suit.

The Sea Jay Boats’ de­sign and de­vel­op­ment team, headed by Colin and Janelle Glass, has suc­cess­fully added an­other top per­former to their al­ready im­pres­sive cat­a­logue of shel­tered-wa­ter dinghies and open-wa­ter craft.

Qual­ity con­trol from the cut-out stage to the metic­u­lous fabri­ca­tion and weld­ing is an­other key to their suc­cess.

It has built its rep­u­ta­tion by com­bin­ing strength and sea safety in all boats from the small No­mad to the new flag­ship, the 6.8m Pur­suit.

It has per­fected the sure­track style hull shape which con­trib­utes to the larger boats in the range of be­ing known for the pos­i­tive grip with the wa­ter and safe han­dling in choppy sea con­di­tions.

The Pur­suit held an un­tried pedi­gree when she rolled off the pro­duc­tion line, how­ever her test crew in­clud­ing Troy Glass re­mained con­fi­dent that the ves­sel would breeze through her ini­tial sea tri­als.

‘‘There was a rea­son­able swell off Bur­nett Heads but for me the sea con­di­tions were soft, how­ever I was happy with the per­for­mance,’’ he said.

The Pur­suit again achieved high marks on the per­for­mance graph reach­ing 50km/ h in 5.89 sec­onds and a peak speed of 72.3 km/h (33.51 knots) at full throt­tle. Length: 6.8m Beam: 2.5m Fuel: 360 litres En­gine: 175-200hp Price: From $87,990

I’M A WAN­DERER: The Sea Jay 5.8m Wan­derer mea­sured up to all ex­pec­ta­tions dur­ing test­ing

BRING IT ON: The 6.8m Sea Jay Pur­suit han­dles the rough and smooth with aplomb

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