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
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.
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
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 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)