Buc­ca­neer 630 En­forcer RIB

New line for the swash­buck­lers –Kiwi builder of fi­bre­glass trailer boats branches into RIBS.

Boating NZ - - Contents - BY JOHN EICHELSHEIM

Wade Ger­rand trail­ered the En­forcer up the W Waikato Ex­press­way to Auck­land for our re­view. With the boat’s South­ern Pa­cific PVC tubes fully in­flated, the trailer re­quires flags, but at 2.688m wide, it’s not too trou­ble­some to tow. With the tubes de­flated, the 630 comes in at un­der 2.5m, so there’s no need for the flags.

She rides on a dual-axle En­duro gal­vanised steel trailer, over­ride braked on one axle. Mul­ti­ple rollers sup­port the boat and the rig, with a belly-full of fuel, weighs-in at 1,660kg on the road.

This boat is the first of the new model to leave the fac­tory floor. Buc­ca­neer spent quite a bit of time and ef­fort de­vel­op­ing a pro­to­type and in­cor­po­rated sev­eral im­prove­ments in the pro­duc­tion model, in­clud­ing the way the tubes at­tach to the fi­bre­glass hull. Buc­ca­neer worked with South­ern Pa­cific when de­sign­ing the wide fi­bre­glass flanges that lo­cate the tubes and the tubes’ at­tach­ment to the hull. This is par­tic­u­larly ro­bust, says Wade.

“The flanges act a bit like trim tabs in the rough,” he says, and since the coved flanges sup­port so much of the tubes, Buc­ca­neer has been able to push the tubes out­board to pro­vide the boat with a gen­er­ous in­ter­nal beam.

The model’s high-qual­ity PVC tubes are large di­am­e­ter, too (500mm ta­per­ing to 450mm), so there’s plenty of free­board, giv­ing a feel­ing of se­cu­rity in­side the boat. At rest, the tubes just con­tact the wa­ter, so sta­bil­ity is as good as you would ex­pect from a RIB – ex­cel­lent in other words – but they mostly lift clear of the wa­ter when the boat is on the plane.

The 630 En­forcer was de­vel­oped from Buc­ca­neer’s pop­u­lar

605 hull, by cre­at­ing a new hull mould which could ac­com­mo­date PVC tubes. The 605 is a great per­former, so it was no sur­prise to dis­cover the new 630 also boasts im­pres­sive han­dling at­tributes.

Although this is a com­pletely new model, some of its com­po­nents have a fa­mil­iar look to them. The new helm con­sole draws in­spi­ra­tion from Buc­ca­neer’s El Do­rado (it prob­a­bly shares some of the same mould­ings). Like all Buc­ca­neer mod­els, the boat has a fully-moulded hull liner with closed cell foam be­tween the lin­ing and the hull.

The con­sole works well. It’s large enough to pro­vide de­cent shel­ter for two be­hind the acrylic wind­screen, but it’s not so wide as to im­pede walka­round ac­cess, which is good. It looks nice, too, and of­fers use­ful stor­age in­side, in­clud­ing a shelf, as well as ac­cess to the elec­tron­ics and wiring loom via a hatch be­hind the dash­board. It’s big enough to store an ice box or fish bin but prob­a­bly a bit tight for a por­ta­ble toi­let.

At the front of the con­sole a large locker pro­vides dry stowage and there’s a seat with pro­vi­sion for a cush­ion. Grab han­dles ei­ther side are also use­ful when sidling past the con­sole.

Two, wide, padded Burn­sco seats with in­di­vid­ual re­versible back­rests of­fer stor­age in the moulded seat base and lean­ing sup­port when stand­ing to drive. The helm is off­set to star­board and there’s room on the dash for a full com­ple­ment of in­stru­ments and a large screen MFD. The re­view boat was fit­ted with a 9-inch Lowrance Elite.

The ti­ta­nium grey, moulded dash con­sole is di­vided into three zones: the curved up­per sec­tion at eye-level which held a pair of Mer­cury multi-func­tion gauges and was topped with a com­pass, a large flat area for the MFD, Lenco trim tab con­trols, bilge and wash­down pump switches, and a lower sec­tion with a switch panel, twin USB/12V out­lets, volt­meter and a pair of match­ing GME ra­dio sets. One is a VHF and the other a stereo en­ter­tain­ment head unit.

Un­der­neath, but part of the same mould­ing, there’s a de­cent shelf for odd items and a textured footrest. Talon re­cep­ta­cles were used for cuphold­ers. The whole cen­tre con­sole is topped with a sturdy stain­less steel and black can­vas bi­mini top, com­plete with a five-po­si­tion rocket launcher that also sup­ports the ves­sel’s twin aeri­als. The bi­mini folds down if re­quired.

As al­ready noted, the 630 En­forcer has a good-sized cock­pit, en­hanced by the RIB’S rel­a­tively high sides. The moulded tran­som is tidy and of­fers good pro­tec­tion for the fuel fil­ter, bat­tery and iso­la­tion switch in the cen­tral locker. Smaller tran­som lock­ers to ei­ther side of­fer mod­est stowage. The wash­down hose fills the locker on the star­board side and the fuel filler is out­side the boat on the tran­som. Dis­creet LED cour­tesy light­ing, plus a flood­light on the bi­mini, il­lu­mi­nate the cock­pit at night.

The 630 has a 165-litre un­der­floor fuel tank (200 litres op­tional), and there’s still room left over for a large-ish un­der­floor locker in the cock­pit.

As a gen­eral-pur­pose ves­sel, the En­forcer 630 has a

As a gen­eral-pur­pose ves­sel, the En­forcer 630 has a re­mov­able bait ta­ble mounted on the tran­som. Ob­vi­ously, a RIB has lim­ited op­tions for fish­ing rod stor­age be­cause of its tubes, but four rod hold­ers flush-mounted across the tran­som, five in the rocket launcher, plus two on the bait board demon­strate that Buc­ca­neer is se­ri­ous about fish­ing. The RIB’S walka­round de­sign and bow area are cer­tainly ideal for cast­ing and lure fish­ing.

The stain­less-steel frame sup­port­ing the bait board also serves as a tow point for sea bis­cuits, wa­ter-skiers, wake­board­ers and the like, which should keep the kids happy.

Moulded swim-steps ei­ther side of the en­gine well make board­ing easy. They are cov­ered with non-slip U-deck floor­ing, which is also used in­side the boat from bow to stern, and there’s a good qual­ity fold­ing board­ing lad­der on the port side.

One of the most no­table fea­tures of this 630 En­forcer is the large stain­less-steel ty­ing post in the bow. This post is larger in di­am­e­ter than stan­dard and will be fit­ted with an elec­tric winch at the owner’s re­quest. The warp can be fed ei­ther into the large un­der­floor wet locker in the fore­deck or into the smaller bow locker that stores the ground tackle. A cleat is bolted to the hull liner to cleat off the an­chor warp.

HOW’S SHE GO?

Very nicely in­deed! The 150hp Mer­cury is a strong, torquey mo­tor. Although it has a larger dis­place­ment than most of its

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