When you name your boat after the one of the most feared and most powerful killing machine patrolling the oceans of this planet you want the product to be able to live up to its name.
The White Pointer series of boats do live up to this top of the food chain billing by producing a series of high end of the market, plate aluminum boats designed for the serious offshore enthusiast.
White Pointer boats are based in Gisborne, New Zealand and are backed by over 20 years of experience in producing high quality boats with an unlimited range of features. White Pointer Boats are built on a rigid steel frame known as the jig. This has been a method used in boat building since the beginning of time and ensures consistent shaping and the ability to produce a more complex and curvaceous shape.
The White Pointer series also have a unique hull shape. By adopting the traditional method of shaping the hull skin over a predetermined egg crate frame and girder type structure combined with a welding sequence, White Pointer are able to produce a rounded, compound curve hull shape that squeezes the water out, rather than slapping over the top. This is known as the “non pounding hull design” and is synonymous with White Pointer boats. The integrity of the hull is backed by a 10 year recreational hull design.
The boat in question for this test is the White Pointer 750 sports hard top. It is designed for the boating enthusiast that demands both a comfortable ride and practicality.
The boat itself is one serious offshore weapon that not only gives a feeling of rugged dependability but is aesthetically pleasing with sleek lines and a magnificent finish both inside and out. The legendary hull design wasn’t put under much pressure on a calm flat bay on test day – it was a bit of an overkill. However as we powered along in the 750 at a top speed of just under 80km/h you could easily appreciate some of its other outstanding features.
The cabin itself is a magnificent combination of practicality and comfort. All the cockpit features come easily to hand for the skipper, yet the other members of the boat are not forgotten.
Plenty of solid grab rails exist, yet are unobtrusive in their design. As well as two comfortable padded forward facing seats, there are also two rear facing seats that are well sheltered within the cabin. These seats also tip over to reveal storage space, not that this boat is short on this.
On test day the air temperature was hovering on a balmy 7ºC, yet this was barely noticeable in the cabin as we tore across the mirror clam bay at a good speed. You can really imagine the level of comfort as you powered out to the shelf, yet there is little reduction in your viewing ability with few blind spots and a set of wipers to keep the windscreen clear as you punch through the spray.
The high quality welds and solid design gives the White Pointer 750 a super solid feel yet it retain its aesthetic appeal with high standard paint and upholstery. The lockable forward cabin is roomy and lined with a quality finish and includes a plumbed toilet, which is very handy for extended trips with family members.
The lowered floor is a great feature of the White Pointer boats. It give the boat a low centre of gravity so the boat doesn’t yaw from side to side as much at rest as a higher profile boat would. The lower cabin also give the boat its sporty sleek lines it means that head space in the cabin is not compromised.
This low centre of gravity is also good for the angler. Tracing, gaffing or netting fish is a lot easier than it would be in a higher boat. When fighting a fish you are low enough to securely lock your centre of gravity below the free board even if you are tall.
There is plenty of space in the rear of the boat. There is plenty of room for anglers to dance around each other in double or triple hook up situations. Dive enthusiasts would have more than enough clean open area for all their gear with no protrusions to catch on equipment and tanks.
There are plenty of storage areas built in but none of it intrudes on the working space in the boat. All these and the other lockers in the boat are strong and secure when traveling, yet easy to open when access is needed. Batteries and switches are kept behind lockable doors well off the floor and away from wet areas.
Underneath the long the center deck of the boat is a tremendous amount of either wet or dry storage. The area has its own flow-through system that is separate from the bilge set up. This is particularity handy in keeping contaminants and potential blockages, like congealed tuna blood, out of the bilge pump.
The package comes with an attractive and eye catching trailer complete with electric breaking system and Alco torsion suspension. The price as tested for the White Pointer 750 is $149,825.
If you are in the market for a top of the range offshore boat for either recreational or even professional applications then the White Pointer 750 might be the boat for you. For video footage of the White Pointers in action go to www.whitepointerboats.co.nz
6mm Hull plates
4mm side plates/decks.
Approx tow weight : 2300kg on trailer
Overall tow length: 9m
Beam : 2.5m
Height on trailer: 3.2m
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