REVIEW: RAZERLINE 7.6 OLYMPIAN

By: KEVIN SMITH, Photography by: KEVIN SMITH

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We test the Razerline 7.6 Olympian an alloy fishing boat with Yamaha F350 350hp V8 outboard.

REVIEW: RAZERLINE OLYMPIAN 7.6 

PRICED FROM $133,520

HIGHS

  • X-factor looks and power
  • Massive fishability
  • Finer touches and customising options

 LOWS

  • I would prefer the livewell to the side rather than under the baitboard
  • Grabrail below the pull-out awning would be good

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Notably, this boat drew all the attention at the ramp with its blue sides and colourful graphics, and of course the beast of a 350hp Yamaha V8 on the back – hence the boat being appropriately named All Torque. She is no doubt a big crowd attractor and like the red 7.2 Olympian beside us, the sharp hardtop lines, tinted screens and midships sheer line are aesthetically pleasing to the eye. It’s a big plate boat destined for big runs and big fishing days offshore.

Yet again, the 7.6 test boat is another customer’s pride and joy that’s customised to suit; the owner putting more into the layout’s fishability, with an obvious fetish for extra power and performance.

BIG FISHABILITY

Although having 100 hours on the clock and being a 2014 model, it’s not hard to see that the owner of this vessel is extremely meticulous when it comes to maintenance. She looks fresh from the showroom and I would never have picked that it’s nearly three year’s old and a veteran of numerous long-range fishing adventures, including to the Montebellos off WA’S north-west coastline.

Customised to suit the odd overnighters, long-range trips and serious fishing the 7.6 layout is similar to the 7.2, but more spacious due to the extra length. They are big boats with the lengths calculated on the actual hull, and not overall. As an example, the 7.6 has an overall length of 8.4m.

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Internally the cabin is spacious, plush lined, has good ventilation, lighting and storage space. The hardtop provides lighting and good protection to the helm and boasts wide tinted windscreens that don’t impair vision when driving. The upgraded seats add to the comfort and the pedestal seat bases provide plenty of space for tackle storage.

Again, like on the 7.2, the dash setup has plenty of room for large electronics and switch panels. The owner opting for the Furuno TZT 14in touchscreen with radar, autopilot, Volvo trim tabs, electric anchor windlass and Yamaha HD gauge.

Trade -a -Boat Razerline 7.6 Olympian Review Cockpit

The colossal rear deck will comfortably host four fishermen and features a livewell, sizeable baitboard, plumbed sink, heaps of rodholders, wide and high gunwales, a good-size storage hatch in the midships and one gigantic kill tank that should easily take a decent sized tuna or be good enough for a quick splash if needs be.

No doubt a bit of thought went into setting this boat up to suit offshore fishing in remote areas. Everything has its place, it’s all easily accessible, and is neatly fitted and finished.

POWER MACHINE

Eight cylinders, 32 valves and a 5.3lt displacement, the 350hp four-stroke Yamaha on the back of a 7.6m boat is going to mean business, and it did. Initially I thought the F350 might have been overkill and would possibly compromise the transom buoyancy, considering it weighs in at a hefty 265kg, but far from it as the Olympian 7.6 is perfectly balanced to take the extra weight and the transom is also beefed up to take the serious torque of 350hp.

The Yamaha F350 is a smooth motor underway and purrs quietly at idle but has some serious holeshot torque and grunt with a pleasant growl to the tone, just to remind you there’s a V8 lurking under the cowling.

 Trade -a -Boat Razerline 7.6 Olympian Review Running (2)

Punch the hammer down and the F350 crackles out a WOT of 39.4kts at 5200rpm, and I reckon you could get bit more out of it with a different pitched prop. Economy at WOT is around 106lt/h and not that different to the V6. Regardless, the torque is impressive and gets to 39kts pretty quickly off the mark – and when you want power it’s instantly there no matter what speed you are going.

Driving at civilised speeds the F350 cruises effortlessly at a low 3500rpm and 26kts, with a fuel burn of 43lt/h. Low down at an offshore troll speed, 1500rpm gives a speed of 7.1kts and an efficient 10.5lt/h.

Just like the slightly smaller Olympian 7.2, the 7.6 boasts good stability at rest and underway, handles long distances in the swell and chop with ease, is a pleasure to drive, and having a 560lt fuel capacity will give a decent range on the water. 

THE WRAP

It’s always good to see personalised customisations to boats, whether they are functional or not, and combined with a sturdy build quality, solid ride and a lot of boat, what you get out of a Razerline Olympian is an overall nicely finished product. On top of that the company builds an awesome heavy-duty aluminium trailer to match.

Both hulls are great on the water and serve a purpose, but If I had to choose between the two as for top fishability and X-factor I would naturally go for the bigger is better option, the Olympian 7.6 with gutsy Yamaha F350 V8.

 

SEA TRIALS: RAZERLINE 7.6 OLYMPIAN

Razerline Olympian 7.6 with 350hp Yamaha F350 petrol V8 outboard.

RPM                  

SPEED (KTS)

FUEL BURN (L/hr)

1500

7.1

10.5

2000

9.1

17.7 

2500

14.6

26

3000

20.9

33.7

3500

26

43

4090

31

55

4500

35.1

67 

5000

36.7

91

5200 (WOT)

39.4

106

 *Performance data supplied by the author.

Specifications Razerline Olympian 7.6

PRICE AS TESTED $188,252  

OPTIONS FITTED Upgrade to 350hp Yamaha, Razerline custom aluminium drive-on trailer, Furuno radar, Furuno sounder and TZT14 14in touchscreen, autopilot, Fusion CD player, polished aluminium rails, anchor winch, aft helm cabinet and seats , sink and shower     

PRICED FROM $133,520 w/ 250hp Yamaha outboard and trailer

GENERAL

MATERIAL Aluminium alloy

LENGTH 8.4m (LOA)

BEAM 2.5m

WEIGHT 1250kg (hull)

DEADRISE 18°

 

CAPACITIES

PEOPLE 8

BERTHS 2         

REC. HP 300     

REC. MAX HP 350

FUEL 560lt

WATER 200lt

 

ENGINE

MAKE/MODEL Yamaha F350

TYPE 32-valve DOHC V8 four-stroke petrol outboard

RATED HP 350

DISPLACEMENT 5330cc

WEIGHT 265kg 

GEAR RATIO 1.73:1

PROP 19in stainless steel     

 

MANUFACTURED BY

RAZERLINE BOAT BUILDERS

90 Distinction Road,

Wangara, WA, 6065

WEB www.razerline.com.au

 


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