The new Xtreme 665 Hard Top from the North Island of New Zealand is sure to get some attention within the plate aluminium market. Designed as a serious fishing boat, the Hard Top makes for comfortable fishing in rough or cold conditions, especially if you plan to do overnight or weekend trips in the boat. It is made of 5083 plate alloy and is built to withstand harsh conditions. The 5mm plate hull joined to 4mm sides, and then supported by a beefy 6mm transom, enable it to handle a big engine and serious weather.
The boat design is mostly aimed at anglers but the guys at Xtreme boats have done an excellent job in keeping it looking good. The nice lines and some creature comforts make it enjoyable for the whole family.
In the water the stability at rest was good due to the flooding keel. The keel fills when the boat is stationary and then empties as the boat gets up onto the plane. The large full-length chines are exceptionally wide at the transom also adding to its steadiness.
Once on the move, the 150hp Honda four-stroke and the 20-degree deadrise on the hull had the boat popping onto the plane smoothly at 3300rpm. Even though the day of testing was dead flat, you could easily see the large chines up towards the bow actually flare back. Any spray was thrown away from the boat and back down at the water. I would be keen to see if they work as well in some genuine Port Phillip Bay slop.
The big hull cruised very comfortably at 40kph with the Honda ticking along at 4200rpm. The top speed had the big Honda engine revving at 5500rpm at a speed of 65kph. Being designed for both fishing and other watersports, the boat comes with a rocket launcher and plenty of grab rails in handy locations.
The internal layout of the boat is spacious and functional. Starting at the transom there is a ladder and grab rails joined to a functional platform for entry and exit from the boat. This is next to a welded bracket to attach an auxiliary motor if desired. Getting from the back platform into the boat was easy with a small lift out transom door. On the transom are two hatches that conceal twin batteries and the relevant battery isolator switches. There is also access to the bow through a hatch, however, you will not need to go there too often thanks to the electric anchor winch, which is controlled from the steering console.
The transom has an upward facing slope at water level that can help with reversing, especially if it’s a bit rough. It can also assist to lift the back of the boat rather than having it dig in, making it more responsive to steering in reverse.
It has a beam of 2.4m that allows a few people to comfortably fish side-by-side. Wide gunwhales and full-length side pockets create plenty of storage for gaffs and associated bits and pieces. In the forward section there is also a decent sized carpeted storage pockets next to the seats. The floor is made from checked aluminium that houses a good-sized under floor kill tank. I recommend getting some padded material on the floor as it adds to the comfort and definitely reduces the noise. It also stops the floor and boat from getting too hot in the sun.
Inside the cabin, the skipper and passenger seats sit atop fully moulded seat boxes that have plenty of storage for lifejackets, food or fishing tackle. The cabin offers plenty of room to get out of the weather and supplied ample head height. Looking through the large fully-sealed windows gave the feeling of a bigger boat. The side windows can slide open, allowing air to circulate through whenever needed.
A screw-in-cap in the roof revealed a neat bundle of wires that were easily accessible and clearly labelled. During the building stage, the boat is wired-up for all potential requirements. For instance, the test boat did not have a stereo installed but the wiring was already laid-out and labelled; left speaker, right speaker, etc. This is a great idea as there is nothing worse than having to add and lay additional wires.
The bunk area had ample space to lay-down on the split bunks. Although an infill is available, the sides are carpeted, reducing noise and adding that extra comfort. There are two narrow side pockets running along each side that are handy for storing the usual bit and pieces.
Overall, the Xtreme 665 Hard Top is a nice package that can accommodate both serious anglers and water-lovers. Whether cruising with the family, wakeboarding with friends or heading offshore for some fishing, this is a boat that can do it in style and comfort.
Further information can be found at Xtreme Boats, www.xtremeboats.com.au or by contacting Bruce Macintosh on 0437 280 280 or 03 5428 0280 and email --e-mail address hidden--
|On Trailer Height:||3m|
|Price as Tested:||$85,000|