Boating NZ : FREE TO READ February 2014
bait residue, but the boat still looks great inside and out. Fit and finish has always been good on Southerns and this boat ups the ante still further with its careful attention to detail. Removable grey and black striped marine carpets offer bare feet some relief from the chequerplate decks while grey cockpit lining and grey and black upholstery ensure the boat’s interior isn’t too sombre. Grey neoprene is used to good effect on the swim steps and coamings, breaking up the black and adding warmth and comfort. With so much cockpit space, it’s easy to fill this boat with whatever you like. The owners have taken advantage of its generous storage to stow fishing tackle, including a longline and other gear that stays on the boat semi- permanently. We combined reviewing the Southern with photographing and reviewing a Brig RIB sport boat, which will appear in a subsequent The remotely controlled spotlight comes in handy when negotiating the channel to Pauanui waterways in the dark. A Rocna anchor and Maxwell capstan take care of anchoring duties. Yamaha V8 power delivers snappy performance, as well as an appealing soundtrack “The XP856 could be a serious offshore weapon if that's your thing... but it's also a big, comfortable family cruiser...” 20 Boating New Zealand February 2014 Tested_Southern XP_Feb14.indd 20 20/01/2014 2:35:41 p.m.
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