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Glass Class: Revival 525 Deluxe Cuddy
  |  First Published: December 2011



Revival boats is a Victorian 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 that the hull is backed by an incredible seven-year structural warranty.

The 525 Revival Deluxe Cuddy offers ample features and heaps of room for its modest size, and blends easy handling and smooth performance to produce a vessel suitable for old hands or boating beginners.

The Deluxe Cuddy test boat, with its eye-catching black gelcoat, came equipped complete with storm covers that were well-finished, neatly fitted and ideal weather protection.

The cabin has plenty of headroom and ample storage, thanks to compartments below the large V-berths. The cab-length upholstered side pockets also form very comfortable backrests for the bunks.

The cabin features a roomy hatch and handy step to easily access the capacious anchor well and the sprit-mounted bow roller.

A low bulkhead at the aft of the cuddy excludes cockpit water and provides a footrest for skipper and passenger, who sit on comfy, slide-adjustable seats. The passenger’s is on a pedestal, the skipper’s on a convenient storage box.

The skipper’s seat base houses five handy tackle trays with room for more gear.

The cockpit side pockets run right up to the helm for the convenience of skipper and mate.

The two-piece windscreen and overhead bimini offer shelter without restricting visibility and the engine controls sit handy by the right arm.

The full-width dash offers a lot of room for electronics and there’s a grab rail for the passenger. Water-resistant system switches are within reach of the skipper.

Versatile cockpit

The Deluxe Cuddy’s carpeted cockpit is 450mm deep and offers ample fishing area and handy features such as two gunwale rod holders, two transom wells and a big underfloor storage locker for the catch.

Carpet-lined side pockets can store rods or gaffs and there is ample room for four anglers and excellent LED lights, making this craft suitable for family outings to serious fishing trips.

The carpeted cockpit and removable table add style and versatility, as does the removable rear lounge. Its upholstered backrest would be a handy when playing a fish over the transom.

The lounge, with a big storage box below, can be folded down or removed, depending on the day’s activities, and the ski pole on the test craft can also be removed.

ride, handling

The Revival 525’s hull features a well-raked bow with plenty of flare to keep water down and away. There’s a 20 deep vee aft, a pair of well formed longitudinal strakes each side of the keel and 15cm wide reversed chines.

This is a somewhat similar hull design to what we see in quite a lot of fibreglass craft these days but, as they say, the devil is in the detail.

Some boats will always be better than others and the Revival exhibited a quality ride and easy performance that really impressed me.

Given the very light and precise steering, I was astonished to find that the Revival wasn’t fitted with hydraulic steering. 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 craft without jarring or spray coming aboard.

I give this boat high marks for handling and ride yet I was also happy to find it quite steady, thanks to those reversed chines. With a dry hull weight of around 600kg, it took a fair bit to unsettle it under way or at rest.

ample power

The Revival 525 is rated from 75hp to 115hp, and the Suzuki 115 planed the away at an easy 8.5 knots (15.8kmh) at 2800rpm. Cruising at 3000rpm we saw 13.6 knots (25.3kmh) on the hand-held GPS and we hit a maximum 33.5 knots (62kmh) at 5000rpm.

With more hours on the engine we 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 115.

Fishability

There’s no question the Revival 525 Cuddy Deluxe is a very good fishing boat, given the mix of angling features, performance, handling and ride quality.

The well-designed hull would keep the crew dry and comfortable in most estuary, bay and off shore situations.

Although it’s rated for six persons it would best to fish a maximum of four adults if 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 I’d see it as a handy boat for the bay, estuary or, on the right day, offshore.

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.

Facts

Technical Information

Length:5.25m
Beam:2.2m
Hull weight: 600kg
Deadrise:20
Fuel:90L
Persons:6
Engines:75-115hp
Engine fitted:115hp Suzuki
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.

TR Marine World at 4 Curtis Road, McGraths Hill (or Mulgrave on your car GPS), can supply a Revival fitted with bimini top, 90hp Mercury Optimax, muilti roller trailer with spare wheel, safety gear, boat and trailer rego for $365,990 drive away.

Phone TR Marine World 02 4577 3522 or visit www.trmarine.com.au for more information.

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