Premium plate alloy manufacturer Offshore Marine Master (OMM) has come up with another outstanding example of their ability to combine angling-orientated features with sparkling performance and handling. The 610 Walkaround Ultra Vee Allrounder matched with the 175hp Suzuki will be on ever angler’s wish list.
The 610 WA is an attractive looking vessel. Its red/white livery finish offset by an eye catching hardtop equipped with rod holders and aerials gives it a certain ‘bling’ factor. And once aboard the craft, it easily lived up to my first glance expectations.
It has totally smoothed welds all round, a high standard of fit and finish throughout, which extended to the appointments and upholstery, and was finished off in a two pack paint work.
OMM make solid built vessels and the 610 is no exception. Strong construction is its highlighted feature along with massive underfloor girders, and a framework fully welded onto bulkheads and keel to ensure maximum life. It is a genuine walkaround style craft with plenty of hand holds and sufficient non-skid surfaces to ensure ease of movement.
The open entry style cabin on the test craft is ideal for storing gear out of the weather and featured a carpeted floor with a large storage area beneath to complement the extra space available within side shelving. These are custom-made crafts so other cabin options would be available.
The bow seating area of the OMM was tucked under the craft’s massive solid targa, which has a roof pull-out extension as a bonus. A three-piece windscreen and zip open clears gave ample weather protection up front. Skipper and mate were treated to highly supportive and very strong pivoting slide adjustable seats, with the skipper’s seat featuring a storage box and an aft facing squab for passenger’s use. Other useful features consisted of side storage shelves for skipper and mate, a locking glove box to port and a handy grab rail for the passenger.
OMM like to provide pampering to its clientele with a full width shelf extending aft of the windscreen for additional personal items, along with a Garmin stereo combo plus marine radio situated high above the windscreen and behind the lip of the hardtop’s roof. The extensive dash area ahead of the skipper consisted of an upright level, a vertical section and a lower face, all in a tidy layout. A Garmin GPS Map 750 S was located highest as a stand alone setup. On the flat section down below were dials and gauges for the 175hp Suzuki aft plus Bennett trim tab controls.
Lower again were the craft’s ignition key, wheel linked to hydraulic steering, controls for the Stress Free anchor winch, general rocker switches, Fusion stereo commands plus a 12V outlet. Forward controls were side-mounted next to a carpet-lined shelf for the skipper’s personal items.
Overall, a very well set out helm area with perfect visibility all round from the skipper’s seat.
The 610 WA Ultra Vee’s 720mm deep and carpeted cockpit was set up with a host of angler-friendly items.
Coaming equipped gunwale decks featured Regupol non-skid surfaces along the tops. Two rod holders per side, LED floor lighting and an underfloor plumbed kill tank designed to take care of the catch. This was put together to complement the 2m long side pockets for gaffs, tag poles and other tackle. A deck wash within the starboard pocket rounded out the many fishing-friendly features that anglers will really appreciate.
The craft’s bi-level transom bait station featured a non-skid cutting board on top with a shelf below, four rod holders and a pair of drink holders. A pair of very large recirculating live wells adorned each transom corner, paired lockers within the transom providing easy access to batteries, filters and deck wash plumbing from within the cockpit. A two person removable bench seat was also installed.
Aft of the transom, wide non-skid boarding platforms sat either side of the 175hp Suzuki with a berley muncher, boarding ladder, and grab rail all to port of the engine. To board from astern a diver would simply make use of the folding ladder and rail, then stand on the handy in-built transom step to come over its full height.
The ride and handling of the 610 WA’s big 1100kg hull, with its 2.45m beam, were equally as good as the excellent onboard features. The design incorporated a substantial lift in the sheer line forward of the cabin and this feature alone served to keep spray well away from its occupants. Where metal meets water there’s a well-formed bow section featuring a pronounced above water flare, 18º Vee and substantial reversed outer chines.
In hard use the OMM’s hull proved soft riding and quite dry. In fact, impact from waves while travelling within the Caloundra bar was absolute minimal. Likewise, stability underway and at rest was of the highest level – ideal for offshore work.
With its underfloor foam-filled 6mm bottom, 4mm sides, the plate alloy hull was extremely quiet underway and a real pleasure to drive. For such a solid craft it handled remarkably nimbly and powered onto the plane in a very short distance. Trim tabs were a sensible hull inclusion, as was hydraulic steering.
Engine ratings for the hull were from 150-175hp, which saw the 175hp Suzuki make easy work of powering the craft whether heading into wave action or running with prevailing seas within the Caloundra bar. With five people aboard the OMM planed at 11 knots at 3,100rpm; 4,000rpm saw 15 knots; 5,000rpm a speed of 30 knots.
There’s no question the OMM 610 WA Ultra Vee Allrounder is an offshore fishing rig with huge potential, yet the craft could easily double as a fantastic family boat as well. Rated for up to six persons, I could see full capacity from her in easy conditions, however maybe four or five when things were a bit lumpy in the blue water. Freeboard was exceptional with 950mm sides offering great sea keeping.
Nearly every angling feature I could think of was aboard ship, and very accessible. The standard of overall finish was of the highest levels – a credit to OMM.
The reviewed craft was fitted with a 300L main and a 200L reserve fuel tanks for maximum range, but the standard fuel capacity is 250L. These OMM vessels are totally custom-crafted with a wide range of options available.
Pricing on a dual axle Sealink trailer, folding soft top and 150hp Suzuki motor, a 610 WA would come home for $69,990. As reviewed and with all options total cost comes to $86,500.
Offshore Marine Master can be contacted on (07) 5492 6555 or at www.offshoremarinemaster.com.au
|Length on trailer:||7.8m|
|Height on trailer:||3.2m|
|Hull Construction Plate:||Bottom 6mm, sides 4mm|
|Engine fitted:||175hp Suzuki|