You know that you’re not in a bad industry when one your work vehicles is a 7.4m plate aluminium centre cab. It’s even better when one of the jobs is to represent the company in various game fishing tournaments on the south-east coast of the country.
New World Honda’s Noble Super Vee 7.4m Centre Cab is one of the company’s ‘staff’ boats, and VFM had the chance to go for a ride and check it out the day before their ‘Toys for the Boys’ weekend in Melbourne in June.
It’s powered by a pair of 135hp Honda 4-stroke outboards and boasts a paddock of fishing space in the cockpit.
As such, this Noble was fitted with plenty of optional extras – the most noticeable being the hard-top, which included a rear canvas peak and rocket-launcher style rod holders.
Anglers would also notice and appreciate the factory bait board bridging the transom, the transom door and the dealer-fitted outriggers – essential if the recent run of southern bluefin continues into future seasons.
A deck wash coupled with self-draining floors mean that any mess you make while fighting or landing fish is easily and instantly dealt with – a must in any tournament situation.
Tournament fishermen would also appreciate the extra range given by an additional 180 litres of fuel storage and the inbuilt live bait tank in the port transom corner.
To cope with nastier weather, this Noble was fitted with front and side clears and padded coamings cushioned the pressure on your body if fishing in any sort of a sea.
Long range trips are made easier with the on-board fridge-freezer.
After jumping from the Haines 800, which was also on display, there seemed to be even more cockpit space in the Noble – it may have been an optical illusion, and we didn’t pull the tape measure out, but our immediate thoughts were that there was miles of room back there and that the walk-arounds were practical for all anglers, not just those with size seven feet.
At the helm, visibility was good, with the radios set in the upper console and the fishfinder/GPS and engine gauges all within view.
Two, comfortable seats with storage in the mounting bases were plenty big enough for two big guys – even VFM’s Phill Jones 6’6” frame fitted nicely.
With the pair of 135hp Hondas and a set of counter-rotating 17” Vengeance propellers, and four adults on board, the rig planed at around 3300rpm and demonstrated a top speed of 66.5km/h with both Hondas at wide open throttle.
The handling was very trim-sensitive, with too much negative trim resulting in the boat digging into corners, but sensible adjustment of the angle of the outboards brought the Noble’s high-riding attitude back.
Supplied on an EasyTow trailer, this rig is definitely not for the family 4- or 6- cylinder. You’ll need a beefy tow vehicle that’ll handle a 3,000kg load.
The set-up as tested weighs in at $130,000. Turn key packages though, start from $107,000.
Call New World Honda on (03) 8794 0000 for more details.
Length Overall – 7.70m
Beam – 2.50m
Deadrise at transom – 24°
Weight (hull only) – 1100kg
BMT weight – ~2800kg
HP range – 150 to 300HP
Max HP – 300HP