Boating NZ : FREE TO READ February 2014
issue of Boating NZ. We filled the XP856’s cockpit with props for the shoot: paddleboards, a kneeboard, fishing rods and tackle boxes, beach umbrellas and a picnic set, two full sets of scuba gear and our photographic and personal gear. The boat cockpit and cabin easily swallowed all of this with acres of space left over. Carlson’s 11-year-old daughter Charlie also joined us for the day. FISHING, DIVING AND FAMILY The XP856 could be a serious offshore weapon, if that’s your thing. It has all the credentials for serious fishing and diving, including gamefish trolling, but it’s also a big, comfortable family cruiser that should keep everyone safe and dry if things cut up offshore. From Tairua, day trips to Mayor Island or the Mercury Islands are easily achievable, and there are lovely secluded bays and beaches where you can go ashore or anchor off to spend time with the family. This boat is not specifically set up for game fishing, though the owners are keen on fishing, using the boat for shorter trips to the Aldermen Islands and other locations. Tairua-Pauanui is close to a multitude of exceptional fishing and diving venues. Equipped with a well angled rocket launcher with integrated grab rails, six through-gunwale aluminium rod holders and a removable bait board with additional rod holders, there’s no shortage of fishing rod storage. Full- length, triple-tier side pockets provide still more stowage for long items and they’re wide enough for dive bottles too. Pipe tie-downs below the side pockets are a useful feature. The transom features a couple of lockers for dry stowage, a good- sized live bait tank to port and a step-through transom with pull-out door to starboard. The T-bar dive ladder, also black, is mounted on the starboard side too, where it’s easily seen from the helm. Batteries, switches, pumps, filters and associated wiring and plumbing are tidily installed under the transom lockers behind an aluminium door for protection. Access is good. The cockpit drains to a sump, pumped out by a 1250gph bilge pump, there’s a saltwater washdown on the starboard side and room for fish bins, tackle boxes and other large items on the floor under the bait tank and transom step-through. Normally an underfloor wet locker is standard, but on this boat an extra-large 450-litre fuel tank, plus the water tank, leaves no room for a wet locker. The fuel tank reduces the frequency of refuelling, which has to be done using drums or a trailer-borne fuel tanker. A new marina under construction at Tairua will include refuelling facilities for New Zealand Sealegs International Ltd Ted Dixon Ph: +64 9 414 3086 International Sealegs International Ltd Damon Jolliffe Ph: +64 9 414 3084 www.sealegs.com Sealegs has been the answer to our dreams for our island beach-house. We need no trailer, no winch or moorings and don’t need to worry about coming into a wharf. We drive up and down the beach at any tide and park on the front lawn. -Brett Lornie, NZ “ I spent 25 years of my life looking for good financial investments and now after buying a Sealegs boat I am going to spend the next 25 years of my life enjoying one of the best lifestyle investments I’ve made so far. -Phil Briggs, NZ “ “ “ 021457 subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/boating-nz 21 Tested_Southern XP_Feb14.indd 21 20/01/2014 2:36:15 p.m.
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