Not familiar with Sea-Quest craft? Chances are, if you have lived in WA you’d know what I’m on about. These fine boats have been manufactured on the west coast for over 30 years, and the big Sea-Quest Olympian has all of the freeboard, ride, style and handling to make her a great offshore fishing rig.
I’ve reviewed some really fine plate craft lately and all seem to offer a brilliant combination of features that make them desirable trophies. Each beauty has something different to offer, giving the buyer some room to move, especially financially. So let’s see what the Sea-Quest Razorline Olympian has to offer.
The Olympian’s targa is very solid and provides a lot of shelter for the skipper and mate. It also protects the cabin access. There’s a 3-piece windscreen with massive upright pillars between each section, there were no wipers but I think they should be a factory option. The windows at the rear section of the targa slide back, so the skipper could take a peek out there if necessary. A decent amount of non-skid surface provides secure footing, and the big bow rail is there if needed.
The robust targa is fully lined (which provides a definite touch of luxury) plus there’s an overhead shelf up front that’s equipped with FM/Radio/CD player, marine radios and the craft’s autopilot.
Inside the cabin there are a pair of padded Vee berths and room for a toilet. There is plenty of storage with under bunk lockers and spacious overhead side shelves. The cabin is accessed via the skipper and mate’s seats which is by no means a tight squeeze.
In the skipper’s chair I found the dash set up very useful and easy to monitor. There were three levels of instruments. Up top was a Navman Fish 4600, Navman Tracker 5600 and engine gauges for the Honda 225 astern. A compass, winch, and other controls were on a lower horizontal area with a bank of switches and other controls linked to the hydraulic steering system. Forward controls for the powerful 225 Honda were handy at the side.
For the front passenger’s comfort there was a neat bed-end style footrest, lockable glove box, and dash storage recess. Identical to the front passenger, the skipper also has a drink holder.
Astern there’s nothing but fishing room and without the rear bench seat there is definitely room for a game chair. This big open area appealed to me and I was impressed by the amount of fishing space. Three metre long-lined side pockets, rod holders, a deck wash, side and centre transom storage areas, a big live well plus a lockable transom door with interior non-skid step were all features of the thigh high, carpeted, self-draining cockpit of the Olympian. I noticed that the wide gunwale decks on the big plate rig were also set up with plenty of non-skid surface if folks wanted to sit there and enjoy the view. A sleek bait station with a pair of rod holders completed the cockpit features. Side rails were large enough to be useful.
With 700mm high sides and an elevated forward area (the lift in the bow sheer line does more than just create extra freeboard, it’s stylish as well) the big Olympian begs for offshore work. The protection offered by the cabin is brilliant and the hull’s design also works well to minimise spray. Running across the wash from larger craft in the Broadwater saw the Olympian not at all fussed. Sea conditions would have to be considerably dangerous to dampen this craft. I’m happy to report a smooth, dry ride.
Power on the transom was courtesy of a very quiet Honda 225 4-stroke. Honda’s are beautifully smooth engines that seem to do the job effortlessly. When the throttle was pushed forward the engine kicked the hull onto the plane rapidly with minimal bow lift.
The craft planed at 19km/h and 2,600rpm. 3,000rpm saw 34.6km/h, 4,000rpm gave us 51.0km/h while a neat burst to 5,000rpm saw 66.7km/h on the GPS unit. And just for the fun of it I threw the big plate craft around to see if it handled as well as I thought it would. The combination of the deep Vee hull and the 225 Honda linked to power steering was a breeze. I found the craft could turn sharply and regain composure swiftly.
Overall I saw the Sea-Quest Razorline Olympian 6.6 as a very capable offshore craft and versatile family cruiser. She’s strongly built, having a 5mm bottom and 4mm sides.
Price as tested was $99,500 complete with Dunbier multi-roller trailer. A 175 Honda 4-stroke fitted the rig would come in at around $79,990.
Enquiries can be directed to Queensland Powerboat Centre on (07) 3801 1733.
Power (as tested):225hp