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forward cabin are a good size. They convert to a generous double berth when the infill squabs are inserted. An acrylic hatch in the cabin offers easy access to the capstan, while a So-Pac hatch in the collision bulkhead opens into the anchor locker. Anchoring is operated remotely from the helm station; a Maxwell rope-chain capstan raises and lowers a Rocna anchor which stows snugged up against the fairlead. Drop covers close the hardtop when required, which is likely when the owners leave their waterfront holiday home to return to Hamilton. This particular boat has no trailer because its owners don’t require one, but a superbly built factory aluminium trailer is an option. The boat sits permanently on a Jet Dock drive-on, drive-off floating dock in front of the house – see sidebar. BRILLIANT IN BLACK There’s no denying the XP856 looks stunning in black. It’s painted in high-gloss, midnight black above the chines with its black fibreglass hardtop incorporating a metallic fleck. It looks really good, accentuating the boat’s graceful but purposeful lines, and the paint’s mirror finish is highly reflective. On this boat the railings, rocket launcher and dive ladder are also black rather than polished aluminium – even the VHF aerial and spotlight are black. If there’s a downside, black paint shows dirt, sea spray and the inevitable dings and scratches but other colours are available. This boat had already clocked up 30 hours in just over a month, much of that time chasing fish out of Tairua Harbour, so there was the odd blemish, fish scale and some The well finished interior looks and feels spacious. Comforts include a plumbed toilet and a freshwater shower. The boat's vast cockpit is large enough for a game of tennis, but it's uncluttered layout and high gunwales are ideal for offshore fishing. The carpet is easily removed for cleaning Family Boats is the New Zealand agent for Jet Dock docking systems, a modular drive-on, drive-off boat storage system for boats and personal watercraft. Constructed from UV-stabilised PVC, the dock system uses interlocking blocks to build an infinitely expandable platform with cradles that will accept outboard and sterndrive boats up to 50ft long. For larger craft weighing more than 2.5 tonnes, Jet Dock adds adjustable air assist to supplement the platform’s natural buoyancy. A winch and pulley system secures boats and watercraft in their cradles. Driving on is easy – simply slot the bow into the plastic vee of the cradle, apply some throttle and the vessel will slide up onto the cradle until the engine leg comes up against the base of the platform, then secure the vessel with the winch cable. To drive off, lower the outboard/leg until the cavitation plate is in the water, start the engine, release the winch cable and back off. Jet Dock offers the convenience of stepping on and off your boat or PWC with dry feet. Once on the dock, boats can be washed inside and out and it’s an easy matter to supply electrical power. The ability to add sections makes it simple to expand the size of the dock to accommodate a second boat, a personal watercraft or floating lounging area. Unlike most other floating dock systems, Jet Dock can rest on the hard when the tide goes out without damaging either the dock or the boat. Jet Dock has minimal moving parts, is expandable and its rugged PVC construction is virtually indestructible. Family Boats, www.familyboats. co.nz, firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone 09 274 0511 Jet Dock docking systems 18 Boating New Zealand February 2014 Tested_Southern XP_Feb14.indd 18 20/01/2014 2:33:17 p.m.
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