The Quintrex Trident series has been designed to offer very serious blue-water fishing craft in compete packages at affordable prices.
That’s not to say that family boaters won’t also love the Tridents. The Trident 610, 650 and 690 have generous bunks in cuddy cabs, plenty of storage and a host of fishing features, all in solid (4mm bottom, 3mm topsides) plate alloy hulls.
After spending time aboard the 610 Trident, I believe that Quintrex has really put some runs on the board with this series.
Everything is there, from the self-draining treadplate floor to the 135L kill tank, aft bait station, berley bucket, transom live bait tank, twin battery boxes and locking transom door.
It’s all laid out on the new, softer riding Quintrex Blade hull, which has a deeper transom deadrise and finer bow entry then the popular Millennium Hull.
The 610 Trident’s cuddy features elliptical windows for natural lighting, 2m long upholstered bunks with 40cm deep storage bins below and side shelves. A winch is an option but there’s easy access to the anchor well through windscreen and cabin hatches and there’s a handy step at the bulkhead. The bow rail and a reasonably wide gunwale also allow some access forward.
The three-piece windscreen and bimini offered plenty of shelter for first mate and skipper. The mate has a large side storage compartment, grab rail and glove box while the skipper faces a very well set-out dash with engine gauges uppermost, compass, switches, trim tab controls plus a drink holder. The audio system and marine radio are lower but very accessible.
The skipper also has a big side storage pocket and there is ample room for big-screen electronics on the dash top.
The very strong seats on robust storage boxes have good lumbar and side support. The skipper has a footrest and a bolster section of the helm seat could make standing to drive comfortable.
The 135L sub-floor kill tank sits between the seat boxes and the 165cm side pockets have decent foot room below.
The tread plate cockpit floor is self-draining through one-way scuppers and an aft seat and bunk infill are likely options for family anglers.
But the Trident is al about fishing and rod holders in the wide gunwales, grab rails, a live-bait well to port in the full-height transom, a locking, sealed transom door and a bait station with cutting board and five rod holders and a six-shot rocket launcher on the bimini frame are all there for the angling team.
The swim platform was wide enough to be very useful for divers.
Quintrex have employed an ‘egg-crate’ construction to maximise strength in tough seas. The 5mm stringers and ribs are fully welded to ensure rigid support for the treadplate floor and there’s a three-year hull warranty.
Interior side height is 71cm, exterior height is 90cm and the 860kg Trident hull is going to impress a lot of people with both its excellent seakeeping and stability at rest.
The 610 is rated for 115hp-175hp engines and the 150hp E-Tec was just right, pushing the Trident gently onto the plane at 2300rpm at a low 8.5 knots (15.8kmh). At 3000rpm the GPS read 16.4 knots (30.3kmh); at 4000 rpm it showed 26 knots (48.6kmh) and at 5000rpm it recorded 34 knots (63.5kmh).
Cruising at 4000rpm, the E-Tec was humming sweetly and sipping around 30L an hour. With 160L of fuel under the floor, this craft could range far and wide.
In calm water and offshore, the 610 Trident performed impressively. The hull felt entirely rigid, the hydraulic steering was fingertip-light and the QL trim tabs were not required.
Ride and handling were spot on and the Trident gave an enjoyable impression of overall balance.
The 610 Trident would best fish four offshore with the skipper mixing driving with some fishing.
There’s no taking away the fishing cred of this well-built and well-performing Quintrex. All necessary features are present, with just a few remaining on the options list. As a drive-away package it’s going to offer formidable competition at around $55,380 with all options mentioned and on a Quintrex trailer.
Finish is very good, decals and paint are spot on and ride and ease of handling make the boat suited even to a beginner.
Towing would require no more than six-cylinder wagon or sedan and the 610 Trident can be launched and retrieved solo.
|Length on trailer||7.18m|
|Height on trailer||2.6m|
|Max engine weight||256kg|
|Construction||4mm bottom, 3mm sides and top|
The new Blade hull struts its stuff. That’s one mighty flat wash there.
The 610 Trident is a head turner, thanks to stylish decals and a very good paint job.
Anchor well access is made easy by the opening windscreen and forward hatch.
Carpet trim at the transom is a touch of class.Reads: 3979