Vic­tory still a win­ner

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By JON HUIE

THE Sea­farer Vic­tory was a reve­la­tion when it was re­leased in the 1990s.

It quickly at­tained the same sta­tus of elite fi­bre­glass off­shore fish­ing boat brands such as Cruisecraft, Haines Hunter and Haines Sig­na­ture.

It was a clas­sic case of get­ting the deep-V hull hy­dro­dy­nam­ics spot-on.

The 6m hull ex­celled in all con­di­tions and en­joyed strong sales.

In per­for­mance terms, noth­ing has changed and the boat is now man­u­fac­tured by the Haines Group.

For buy­ers in this price seg­ment, the 140-225hp rated Vic­tory is cer­tainly well worth a con­sid­er­a­tion.

The per­for­mance sta­tis­tics with a 225hp Ev­in­rude E-TEC out­board are out­stand­ing 45km/h on a su­per low 3000rpm, 77km/h at 4800rpm and a flat-chat 104km/h. Ac­cel­er­a­tion is scorch­ing and out-of-the­hole bow rise is min­i­mal.

Though re­freshed, the in­te­rior re­mains con­ser­va­tive but is deep, wide, un­com­pli­cated and ef­fi­cient.

The cabin is com­fort­able,

The cabin is com­fort­able, roomy and has qual­ity up­hol­stered V-bunks

roomy and has qual­ity up­hol­stered V-bunks with padded semi-en­closed stor­age shelf back­rests to hold gear in place.

An elec­tric winch fits in the an­chor well and all stain­less steel fit­tings are high grade. A func­tional dash takes a full off­shore marine elec­tron­ics suite.

Deluxe body-hug­ging bucket seats are stan­dard or, as an op­tion, can be fixed to stor­age mod­ules with rear cush­ion seats.

The boat has hor­i­zon­tal cock­pit side pock­ets with rod racks, rear re­cessed bait wells, a split full-width fold­away lounge and a 10-year hull war­ranty.

The boat, 175hp Suzuki four-stroke out­board and qual­ity trailer costs $79,000.

Sea­farer Vic­tory re­mains a class act on the wa­ter

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