Revival boats are relatively new to the Queensland boating scene, however if the 525 Deluxe Cuddy is anything to go by, I’m predicting it won’t be long till they have a very strong local following.
Boasting a well finished and well performing fibreglass hull, Revival boats are a Victorian manufacturing company involved in fibreglass boat production for many years; just a quick glance at the quality of overall finish will show their experience. What makes Revival boats even more desirable is the fact the hull is backed by an incredible seven year structural warranty.
The six person 525 Revival Deluxe Cuddy offers ample features and heaps of room for its modest size, and combines a match of easy handling and smooth performance, which makes it suitable for old hands or boating beginners.
The reviewed Deluxe Cuddy, shown in an eye-catching black gel coat, came equipped with complete storm covers but in order to allow a better look at the craft these were removed at the ramp prior to hitting the water. For the record, the covers were well finished, neatly fitted and just ideal for weather protection during overnight stays.
The Cuddy’s cab features stylish lining, a split bow rail up front to provide extra headroom, and ample storage room thanks to compartments below the large twin bunks. The large, full cab length side pockets also form very comfortable back rests for the bunks.
Revival have spared nothing with the cabin’s innovative design offering a forward bulkhead equipped with an anchor well on top, a sealed flotation compartment underneath and an adjacent cabin step. A large opening cabin hatch tops off this roomy yet compact design. A full width floor bulkhead is placed across the rear of the cabin to exclude water and provide a foot rest for skipper and first mate.
Both passenger and skipper slide adjustable bucket seats were very well proportioned and comfortable; the passenger’s on a pedestal, the skipper’s on a convenient storage box.
The skipper’s under- seat tubular storage compartment is set up with five handy tackle trays plus room within it for further gear. The craft’s cockpit side pockets run right up to the helm area for the convenience of both skipper and mate.
At the helm I noted that the craft’s two piece wind screen and over head bimini offered good shelter without restricting visibility; forward controls handy by my right arm.
With its full width dash area and a grab rail for the passenger, the Revival offered a lot of room for electronic nav aids. Note that there were none fitted to the test craft although the advertised package provides a Lowrance HDS5 to accompany the Suzuki engine gauges set up just above the central steering wheel. A bank of water resistant switches are all within reach of the skipper, which tops off the overall convenience of the helm layout.
The Deluxe Cuddy’s carpeted 450mm deep cockpit offers ample fishing area and some handy angling orientated features such as paired rod holders, two live wells within the transom and a big under floor storage locker for the catch. Carpet lined side pockets for spare rods or gaffs allows for ample room for four anglers. Other aspects of the cockpit such as LED lights make the craft suitable for anyone from serious anglers to leisure boaters.
Carpet lining extending from the floor to the gunwale tops and a removable table add both style and versatility. The padded lounge will certainly appeal to the family although it’s obvious that the back rest padding would also be a handy brace point when playing a fish in the stern area.
Note that the lounge - with a big storage box under it – can be folded down or totally removed depending upon the day’s activities, as can the ski pole on the test craft.
The Revival 525’s hull features a well raked bow with plenty of above water flare to keep water down and away, a 20 deep Vee aft, a pair of well formed longitudinal strakes each side of the keel plus reversed outer chines 15cm wide.
To be fair, it was somewhat similar to what we see in quite a lot of glass crafts these days but, as they say, the devil is in the detail. No matter how the package is put together, some boats will always be better than others and the Revival’s hull, with its 115hp Suzuki, exhibited a quality ride and easy performance that really impressed me.
I was astonished to find that the Revival wasn’t fitted with hydraulic steering given the very light and precise steering of the craft. The key to the handling is the exceptional balance of engine, hull shape and water displacement
The Deluxe Cuddy’s hull cut through wash from passing crafts without seeing any water coming over the craft’s 750mm high sides or any jarring being felt.
I gave the Revival some very high marks for both handling and ride yet I was also happy to find it quite steady thanks to the reversed outer chines. With a dry hull weight of around 600kg, it took a fair bit to unsettle it either under way or at rest.
With the Revival’s engine ratings from 75-115hp, the powerful Suzuki 115 planed the craft at an easy 15.8km/h at 2800rpm. Cruising at 3000rpm saw 25.3km/h and we hit a max of 62.1km/h sitting on 5000rpm. More hours on the engine would see extra speed but, considering the solid hull, two passengers and 90L of fuel under the floor, the Deluxe Cuddy had ample performance as a fishing boat.
Tow sports wouldn’t be an issue with plenty of low down grunt from the Suzuki 115 ensuring plenty of fun will be had.
There’s no question the Revival 525 Cuddy Deluxe is a very good fishing boat given the mix of angling orientated features, performance, handling and ride quality. The well designed hull assists in keeping occupants dry and at the same time contributes to overall seaworthiness in estuary or off shore situations.
Although it’s rated for six persons I believe it would best fish four adults if both the rear lounge and table were left at home for the day.
The Revival 525 Cuddy Deluxe really impressed me; its standard of finish, features, ride and handling were all top class. For anglers I’d see it as a handy bay, estuary or off shore craft on the right day. Whether it be for family tow sports or angling, the 115hp Suzuki was the perfect engine for the craft.
As supplied on an easy launch Dunbier multi-roller trailer by Springwood Marine, the craft would come home for $48,990, complete with Lowrance HDS5 Sounder /GPS, safety gear, 12 months registration, marine radio and aerial.
Contacts for springwood Marine, phone (07) 32978200, fax (07) 32978290 or at www.springwoodmarine.com.au.
Fact Box 1
|Engine fitted:||115hp Suzuki four stroke|
|Warranties:||Hull 7 years structural, engine 5 years.|
|Overall length:||6.60m on tralier|
|Overall Height:||2.75m to bimini top|
|Towing:||Family six sedan or wagon.|