Boating NZ : FREE TO READ February 2014
petrol boats, but it’s still six months off completion. V8 GRUNT With a shallow harbour bar to traverse, getting in and out of Tairua Harbour can be challenging at times, but the big Southern is as safe a boat as you could wish for. Plenty of power, predictable handling and an amazingly soft and level re-entry should you become airborne take a lot of the anxiety out of heading through the bar. We headed back and forth through the harbour entrance several times for the camera, Charlie squealing with delight whenever the boat leapt over the waves. Conditions were quite safe, but even on a nice day the bar can break, especially at low tide. What was immediately evident is the amount of available torque from the big Yamaha four-stroke. The XP856 slides onto the plane with minimal throttle, the 350hp V8 holding it there right down to 11 or 12 knots. Put the hammer down and the 2.5-tonne boat, full of gear and fuel, leaps forward, the engine growling authoritatively, if remarkably quietly. The engine note is quite distinctive but never intrusive. There’s plenty of power on tap: top speed is around 41 knots at 5000rpm and a cruise speed in excess of 30 knots is easily Cleats Easy tie-off points Hull Track Recessed area guides and straightens your craft on the dock Buoyancy Beam Provides lateral support and extra lift when needed Aluminum Structural Beam For strength and rigidity across the dock, reducing friction and stress points on your craft Fasteners Create a strong, stable platform Pivoting pedestal winch Makes pulling and launching your craft easy KDS System Lifts the keel during drive on Bunk System Cradles your craft like a boat trailer Winch-assisted launch system. Z - Pulley design pulls craft backward for launching 249 Ti Rakau Drive, Pakuranga, Auckland, N Z. PO Box 51340 Pakuranga. Ph: 09 274 0511 Fx: 09 274 0108 email@example.com .nz www.familyboats.co.nz 021486021472 22 Boating New Zealand February 2014 Tested_Southern XP_Feb14.indd 22 20/01/2014 2:36:40 p.m.
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