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CLASSY CARIBBEAN ADVENTURER
  |  First Published: April 2006



The Caribbean Adventurer is a graceful craft manufactured by International Marine Pty Ltd of Scoresby, Victoria. The brand is probably familiar with many boaters, given the length of time that these craft have graced Australian waterways.

The sleek cuddy cabin has a 3 piece screen, well designed bow rail and blue bimini that makes the Adventurer an eye catching craft that will appeal to the booming family boating market as well as keen anglers.

The Adventurer is a versatile rig, capable of fulfilling many roles without being dedicated to one in particular. And with an overall length of 5.83m and 2.33m wide she is rated for up to six adults.

AMPLE CABIN STORAGE

The Adventurer has split bow rail on the forward area of the cabin. A good-sized bow sprit has been included with a useful roller and the anchor well behind with a hatch allowing access via the forward cabin area.

A useful storage hatch is located under the forward vinyl cushion and you could easily store an extra anchor in there. The Adventurer’s cabin is lined, as are the wide overhead shelves which will hold plenty of spare clothing, towels and small tackle boxes. There is also plenty of storage below the paired adult-sized V berths. An in-fill cushion would allow extra persons to sleep easily in the wide cabin.

I liked the practical stainless bed ends on the V berths because they doubled as foot rests for people sitting at the helm. The floor depth in the carpeted cabin was great, as was the head height.

An easy, uncluttered design is a feature of the new Caribbean and by simply carrying the wide dash down in two equal sections to port and starboard two effective bulkheads have been included. To port there is a glovebox, onboard sound system controls, Navman UHF radio and easy side pocket access for the front passenger. On the driver’s side of the cabin entry there is an instrument panel in front of the pedestal mounted bucket seat.

Instruments on the raised dash area included a compass, gauges to monitor the motor, fuel and trim, a Navman Tracker 5380 GPS unit and Navman Fish 4380 sounder. Also on the dash is the ignition switch, the wheel and its hydraulic steering system, an array of switches and the Suzuki controls. I found the driving position comfortable with great visibility.

The bimini (complete with eight rod holders) offers plenty of protection from the sun and can extend or be tucked out of the way if longer rods are in use.

ICEBOX UNDER SEAT

The test rig offered a number of interesting options, among them the special moulded seat box under the passenger’s pedestal seat. The seat box is fully insulated and has a sealed lid which makes it ideal for storing bait or food. It could also be set up as an icebox. The aft section of the box was equipped with a cushion, making it a great spot to watch the troll lines astern.

A very large under floor storage area has been set up between both seats and could store your catch, tucker or gear easily.

BIG COCKPIT HANDY FOR FISHING

The carpeted cockpit offers plenty of useful fishing room and five anglers could fish without lifting the aft three person bench seat. Cockpit coaming, large side pockets with rod racks and a pair of livewells in the transom all make for good fishing trips, with cockpit’s padded side panels a bonus.

The pair of batteries for the engine and electronics were housed separately in an off floor shelf tucked below the transom.

The paired rod holders aft (additional are optional) and the generous gunwale height makes the craft very suitable for offshore, estuary or bay fishing pursuits. Cockpit drainage was via a sump astern with auto bilge pump but given the gunwale height the only water that would make it onboard would be rainwater.

ENGINE TOP POWER

The reviewed craft came with a 150 Suzuki 4-stroke outboard. I found the Suzuki to be whisper quiet at idle and very quiet throughout the rest of the rev range. The engine kicked the craft out of the hole and onto an easy plane at a modest 3,000rpm for 20.3km/h. 4,000rpm registered 41.8km/h, 5,000rpm a lively 57.2km/h and a burst of Wide Open Throttle (WOT) at 6,200rpm saw a top speed of 64.8km/h. The Suzuki always seemed to have power in reserve with very strong mid range power quite noticeable.

I loved the Caribbean’s ride. The test day around the Jumpinpin area was really choppy but the ride remained soft and dry thanks to a fine entry and fair degree of bow rake. Powering into turns the Suzuki wouldn’t cavitate and the Adventurer straightened up almost immediately after the turns without loss of pace. The superior hull configuration showed here, with large underwater strakes and big reversed outer chines contributing to ride quality and easy handling.

The Adventurer’s stability at rest was impressive and two of us on one side didn’t cause the craft to lean. The Adventurer sports a 19 deadrise at the transom, which classifies the hull as a deep V.

OVERALL

Thanks to a useful layout, a great free ride and ample features the Caribbean Adventurer has a lot to offer the family boater or dedicated angler. Given the generous gunwale height, plus the full height transom the rig performs well as an offshore craft. There is 144L of fuel under the floor to feed the 4-stroke, which amounts to a pretty extensive cruising range.

The test rig was equipped with a canopy, side curtains and storm cover, all options that a lot of Queensland anglers will want as part of their package. The rig is priced competitively at $55,500 (as tested) with a start up package costing around $49,500. The test Adventurer was supplied by Queensland Powerboats, 3920 Pacific Highway, Loganholme. Phone number is (07) 3801 1733.

Facts

SPECIFICATIONS

Length - 5.83m

Beam- 2.33m

Hull Weight - 740kg.

Deadrise - 19

Fuel- 114L

Power ratings -115-150hp

Power fitted - 150hp Suzuki 4-stroke

Price (as tested) -$55,500

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