NOBLE is the name of an engineering company which bought the more familiar company of Pacific Sportfish, which has been around for many years. It’s been over 12 months since we’ve been able to do a test on these magnificent boats due to a few legal hiccups with the name, but all has settled now and the Super Vee plate aluminium boats you’re familiar with are now called Noble Super Vee. The more traditional hull design, along with a few modifications, goes under the name of Noble Classic.
The company, with an extensive team of tradesman, is now well and truly into production with some exciting boats leaving the factory. Most plate aluminium boats have hull designs along a similar line so the Super Vee, with its unique hull, stood out in the marketplace and quickly gained a reputation of being a good rough water boat.
The design of the hull allows for a deep vee which runs well through the rough water. Along with the double reversed chine (multi chine) the hull has very good stability, unlike most other deep vee hulls. After having a run I’d have to say that this boat has the closest to the best of both worlds that I’ve come across in an aluminium plate boat.
Take a good look at the running shot of the boat in the water and you’ll notice a few of the characteristics that give the hull its ride and stability. The deep foot and fine entry at the bow cut cleanly through the water and, with the pronounced reverse chine running right through to the bow, water pushed up by the movement of the boat is down-turned to reduce spray being thrown up. It also creates lift to assist in the nose of the boat running proud, not dipping and diving into any reasonable sea the you come across.
This attribute runs down the length of the boat and is joined by that second chine which adds more lift and plays a big part in the stability of the boat.
I found that the 6.8m rig moved very easily onto a level plane without too much effort from the big 200hp Mercury outboard, a sign that those big chines are doing their job. You really appreciate the ability of the boat to hold the plane easily at low revs when you want to travel a bit slower in the rough – although when I pushed the hammer down the boat simply carved up that average Moreton Bay chop. In fact, the 15-knot conditions (not that this is all that rough) weren’t even noticeable. No bumping, jarring or wobbly boots at all. You’d have to be a pretty hard marker not to be impressed with the way these boats handle.
The 200hp engine had more than enough go and topped just over 80km/h. That’s more than enough speed to keep anglers happy. On a boat of this calibre hydraulic steering is a must as it just removes all that torque through the wheel and gives you the comfort and ease of steering the boat without fighting the wheel.
Being a lover of centre consoles and centre cabs I always enjoy taking such a boat to see how it’s fitted out, and to see whether there’s enough storage to let you keep the boat uncluttered so you can fish out of it in comfort.
For a centre cab to be a winner there are a few important criteria. First, you need a good aft deck as this is where the majority of fishing is done. You also need room to be able to move down the sides of the cab to the bow of the boat where one or two anglers can fish, otherwise there’s no point in having the walk-around style of cab. Thirdly, the cab should offer protection from the elements and, at a pinch, offer sleeping for at least two in the cab.
The aft deck is where all the action takes place, and being 8.8m long there’s the room for four anglers to fish out here. An additional bench seat has been placed a little back from the helm seats, and while it does take up a little floor space its location in the centre is not where you’d normally stand and fish.
This seat has many benefits. The seating is handy for trolling and looking at the lines out the back as well as just relaxing. This particular seat box also features an open front so you can slide eskies or tackle boxes into it. The options here are many and it’s up to you how you use it.
In front of the seat box is the underfloor wet tank, which is located well forward than you’d see in most such boats. This doesn’t seem to be a concern though as it still floods and drains as required with the added advantage of not having to move everyone from the back deck every time you want to drop a fish into it.
The underfloor section in the aft cockpit has a 180L fuel tank in it as standard. This may sound like a big tank but it’s not really and many buyers opt for the optional 240L tank. Those who plan to do a lot of long range trips or extended trips can have twin 240L tanks, and that’s a huge capacity.
Across the transom you’ll find shelving for your batteries and oil bottles in addition to a large live well on the port side. Side pockets house the usual knick-knacks as well as the deck wash hose. On the test boat there was no bait board but the option is there.
As you move around the side to the bow of the boat there’s a very generous walk-around. You feel very at ease as you walk around here with a loaded rod or when you scoot up the front to get that cast out, and the bow area has room for two anglers to fish from. There’s a very generous anchor well with room for a few hundred metres of rope and a couple of anchors.
The Super Vee’s high sides make it look as though there’s not that much room in the centre cab itself. However, once you get in there you soon realise just how much room there really is.
The two swivel helm seats are mounted on boxes so there’s the benefit of storage. The passenger has a small side pocket for keys, sunscreen and so forth and there’s more storage in side section at foot level. The dash provides a large flat area for electronics and in front of the driver is the standard gauges and switches.
Once you move inside the cab the padded bunks have plenty of room for two adults to sleep and there’s an underfloor section below one of the centre cushions for a porta loo. At the head a small side pocket runs the beam of the boat for a few extras to be stored.
Because the hull is quite a deep vee the depth in the cab is generous, providing sufficient head room even with the bunks in place.
In the Noble factory there’s a high commitment to quality. To finish off their boats they have employed the full time service of Paul Burton, who’s regarded by many around the country as one of Australia’s best boat painters. We’ve done a few articles about painting and preparing boats with Paul over the years and there’s a lot of information the company will gain from this association. I noted a few areas where nylon washers had been used on the boat between the stainless nuts and bolts and the aluminium of the boat. Little things like this make a big difference in the long term quality of a boat.
With the experience gained in the engineering field Noble is set to continue and improve on their range of boats. This is especially so in the angling range of boats, as both Ben and Rob Noble and a few of their staff are keen anglers. Most importantly, they are listening to the feedback from dealers and the public at the various shows they’ve been to over the last few years.
Test boat supplied by Northside Marine (ph. (07) 3265 8000). Prices for the Noble Super Vee 6.8 centre cab start from $75,304.
Make/model - Noble Super Vee/centre cab
Length - 6.8m
Beam - 2.5m
Weight - 1000kg (hull only)
Deadrise - 24 degrees
Construction - plate alloy
Bottom - 5mm
Sides - 4mm
Max hp - 225
Bunk length - 1.88m
Fuel - 180L underfloor (optional 240L or 2 x 240L)
Flotation - 3 x airtight underfloor sections (optional foam fill)
1) The bow on approach clearly shows that deep vee and those reversed chines pushing down the water.
2) The Super Vee hull is proving to be a real winner with anglers who often have to travel long distances in the rough.
4) Out of the water you can see that multi chine is very pronounced.
5) A big seat box in the middle of the aft deck gives extra seating and storage.
6) There’s plenty of room to walk down the side and fish up the front.
7) The centre cab is quite roomy.
8) With a bunk length of 1.88m and room for two to sleep, most can stretch out in here.