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The 795 is a fine ex­pres­sion of the Merry Fisher’s tra­di­tional strengths. De­spite its mod­est length, this broad-beamed nine-man plat­form of­fers a for­ward cabin with a dou­ble berth and a sep­a­rate heads com­part­ment. It also fea­tures a gal­ley be­hind the at­trac­tively in­clu­sive helm sta­tion, as well as a port seat­ing sec­tion that con­verts into a sec­ond dou­ble berth. With four-man din­ing ar­eas both in­side and out, as well as broad swim plat­forms, wide-open views, easy on-board move­ment and plenty of stor­age op­tions, it has be­come a ref­er­ence point for ver­sa­tile fam­ily boat­ing. To max­imise that ver­sa­til­ity and to cater for towed wa­ter­sports, heav­ier loads and a more re­laxed cruise, the top-rated 200hp out­board is well worth the in­vest­ment. Length 25ft 11in ( 7.90m) Beam 9ft 3in ( 2.81m) en­gine 150- 200hp out­board top speed 30 knots price from £ 54,178 inc Vat

the Brand

de­signed by Kim Ber­telsen and based in tau­ranga in new Zealand for al­most 20 years, Kingfisher boats are also built un­der li­cence in the uk and dis­trib­uted by rbs marine. alu­minium con­struc­tion puts the ‘util­ity’ into ‘sports util­ity’, cre­at­ing a tough heavy-duty ex­te­rior that is also light and highly cus­tomis­able.

Pop­u­lar with the com­mer­cial mar­ket and fish­er­men as well as leisure boaters, Kingfisher’s cata­ma­ran hull shape pro­vides ex­cep­tional sta­bil­ity and buoy­ancy – ‘swamp tests’ on the mini­cat se­ries prove that the sealed-un­der deck com­part­ments are able to sup­port both the crew and out­board, even af­ter to­tal im­mer­sion.

the range

Kingfisher mini­cats are a range of five trail­er­a­ble cata­ma­rans from 12ft to al­most 19ft that start at just £12,000 with an out­board en­gine.

the break­through de­sign al­lows for a sin­gle out­board to be cen­trally mounted in the hulls and ei­ther tiller­steered or con­trolled from a cen­tre or for­ward con­sole. the Pow­er­cat range is a lit­tle larger, start­ing at 20ft and ex­tend­ing up to al­most 33ft. fit­ted with op­tional wheel­houses of­fer­ing su­perb vis­i­bil­ity through huge win­dows, these are ver­sa­tile all-weather craft nor­mally pow­ered by twin out­boards, although in­board en­gines are an op­tion on larger mod­els. www.pdl­ma­rine.com

the Brand

set up in 2004, Oceanmaster was con­ceived as a clever mar­riage of scan­di­na­vian de­sign and east­ern euro­pean man­u­fac­tur­ing to cre­ate stylish, prac­ti­cal, all-pur­pose boats that of­fer ex­cel­lent value for money. hence, the com­pany’s of­fices are based in nor­way while build takes place in a long-es­tab­lished high-tech fa­cil­ity in Poland.

The up­shot of this ar­range­ment is boats that are brim full of prac­ti­cal fea­tures and the kind of at­ten­tion to de­tail nor­mally associated with scan­di­na­vian boats, such as sturdy stain­less-steel deck gear through to de­signer em­bossed brand lo­gos on lux­u­ri­ously up­hol­stered and well-shaped seats.

the range

The range starts with Oceanmaster’s lat­est model, the 605 sport. it’s the small­est of a range avail­able in seven sizes, many of which are then divided into dif­fer­ent lay­outs, cre­at­ing a to­tal of 12 dif­fer­ent ver­sions.

in the case of the 605, cus­tomers can opt for a cen­tre­con­sole walka­round lay­out ( the first ver­sion to be re­leased), choose a walk-through screen bow rider style, or even a cabin ver­sion that will of­fer overnight ac­com­mo­da­tion. larger boats fol­low the same for­mat of ca­pa­ble out­board-pow­ered hulls and choices of prac­ti­cal, spa­cious lay­outs that utilise the full length of the boat.

de­signed by Arthur Mursell of tt Boat de­signs, fa­mous for heavy-weather nel­son pi­lot boats, the pi­lot House 20 is the small­est of the Pi­lot House range that also in­cludes the 25 and 27 mod­els. Avail­able in both out­board and diesel stern­drive ver­sions (the for­mer up to 80hp, the lat­ter 130hp), it fea­tures an en­closed lock­able wheel­house and two-berth cabin as well as a spa­cious self-drain­ing cock­pit with tall, safe coam­ings. day An­gler Fish­ing and Valiant Cruiser ver­sions are avail­able, both small enough to tow and eco­nom­i­cal on the wa­ter, of­fer­ing plan­ing per­for­mance and a sta­ble plat­form at rest. length 19Ft 6in ( 5.95M) Beam 7Ft 10in ( 2.40M) en­gine sin­gle or twin 30- 130HP Petrol out­board/ diesel in­board top speed 23 knots price from £ 34,417 inc VAT

The Merry Fisher 795 makes for a fun and af­ford­able fam­ily craft

the Mini­cat range is tough, trail­er­a­ble and very sta­ble while the larger 670 Pow­er­cat (below) tops 40 knots and can be cus­tomised to suit your ex­act needs

The Oceanmaster range en­com­passes ev­ery­thing from this 605 sport to the 630 Walka­round (top right) and 660 Bowrider vari­ants (bot­tom right)

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