REVIEW: ARVOR 605 SPORTSFISH

By: JACK MURPHY, Photography by: JACK MURPHY


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Jack Murphy got to try the new Arvor 605 Sportsfisher — now powered by outboard engines.

The Arvor 605 Sportsfish is a boat that will appeal to hardcore fishos who still have a penchant for superior luxury at sea. With voluptuous styling and superb versatility, it’s a boat that’s also safe and comfortable for families ­– particularly with young kiddies.

Many boats try to be too versatile and, as a result, end up excelling in no particular area. Arvor has done a great job of walking the line and managing to build a boat that works in all aspects of its intended design.

 

ARVOR SPORTSFISH

It was at the 2014 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show that Peter Collins (director of Collins Marine) introduced me to the new Arvor 605 Sportsfish.

No more than a week and half later and I was wandering down the dock at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia on Sydney Harbour at a bone-chilling 5.30am with a couple of mates, a bunch of rods, some camera gear and the keys to the Arvor 605 Sportsfish in my hot little hands.

ARVOR 605 SPORTSFISH

 

DESIGN

The 605 Sportsfish is one seriously practical and versatile boat. With its transformable layout, your options are endless from bow to stern. It’s fuss-free boating too, with a self-draining deck, two automatic bilge pumps and a dual battery system. When it comes to the cockpit, the deep freeboard means it’s safe, yet amazingly functional – one minute it’s all set up for family cruising, the next it’s a bare-bones fishing machine.

The aft bench seat comes standard with full upholstery, and removing the cushions reveals a makeshift casting platform and the standard issue live bait tank.

There’s a transom door on the starboard side that leads to a neat, yet smart swim ladder locker.

On the port side you’ll find a great little foldaway bench seat that I really loved. It was strong and sturdy, yet still easy to flip away and hide in a flash.

There are four gunwale-mounted rodholders and storage for more below the coaming on the starboard side. The additional coaming rod storage space could, in my books, be better used, as reels tend to get banged around and damaged the moment you hit a patch of swell. I’d personally prefer a second foldaway bench seat in its place and rocket-launchers mounted on the hardtop. Speaking of fishability, I was excited to find a circular port in the floor that I initially thought housed an optional game chair. I later found out that it was actually for the removable table that comes as standard.

 

CABIN

CABIN IN ARVOR 605 SPORTSFISH

Moving into the lockable cabin, the first thing you notice is the ample headroom – there’s certainly no ducking or crouching on the 605 Sportsfish. There’s a large flat wraparound windscreen that gives you great panoramic visibility at sea – although just one small windshield wiper let the team down, as it only covered a small portion of the tempered glass windscreen. Adding a few passenger grab handles throughout the cabin would definitely improve its functionality too.

But, apart from those two small criticisms, the rest of the cabin layout worked seamlessly. It’s nice and airy with two windows on each side and a sliding roof hatch that’s great for cruising on summer days or for people who go a little green in a rolling swell.

 

HANDLING AND RIDE

ARVOR 605 SPORTSFISH UNDERWAY

The Arvor 605 Sportsfish handled choppy inshore and offshore conditions with ease. The hull planed surprisingly quickly without any labouring from the Mercury 150hp four-stroke outboard engine on the back. Having the wheelhouse so far forward also means you don’t lose any visibility when jumping onto the plane.

I found it was a bit loud inside the cabin when punching into the chop, but there’s really no way around that when a boat has a wide beam and a relatively shallow 15° deadrise. However, it’s not necessarily a bad thing – it’s merely a trade-off. In return you get awesome stability at rest, a roomy cabin and, most importantly, heaps of extra fishing space.

 

OUTBOARD ARVOR

ARVOR 605 SPORTSFISH OUTBOARD

The entire Arvor Sportsfish range is outboard powered. The 605 Sportsfish comes with two four-stroke Mercury engine options, 115hp or 150hp. Our test boat featured the big 150hp and it exceeded many of my expectations. I was super surprised to find that the outboard was capable of pushing so much boat to a speed of almost 40kts at WOT. Even more impressive, at cruising speed (4350rpm) you’re burning only 28.9lt/h and travelling at 26.7kts, which gives you a total cruise range of 246km – pretty cool, huh?

 

THE VERDICT

ARVOR SPORTSFISH BOAT

At $76,975 as tested, the 605 Sportsfish is incredibly good value for money. It’s in desperate need of a fishfinder and GPS but, as Peter Collins said: "Fishermen are such a fussy bunch – if I put in Furuno electronics, they’ll want Lowrance, and vice-versa." He’s 100 per cent correct. I’d definitely prefer to set up the electronics package to suit my own personal style of fishing.

One further option that’s not included in the price is a trailer. For an extra $10,990 your 605 Sportsfish can be sitting on a dual-axle Dunbier trailer. But there’s one catch: the beam is 2.54m which means she’s 40mm wider than the national towing laws allow. However, all is not lost – you can get around this restriction quite easily. Research the Wide Load laws in your state – it just might mean you need a flashing light and "Wide Load" sign when you hit the road with your new Sportsfish in tow.

 

HIGHS

• Great cockpit layout that really does work for both fishing and cruising

• The walkaround wheelhouse makes casting lures from the bow a breeze

• Roomy cabin with lots of creature comforts

• Fuel-efficient and fast with the Mercury 150hp four-stroke

• Heaps of storage

 

LOWS

• Under-coaming rod storage could be improved

• Raw-water deckwash hatch was a little fiddly

• Needs some passenger grab handles in the wheelhouse

 

ARVOR 605 SPORTSFISH SEA TRIALS

Arvor 605 Sportsfish, single Mercury 150hp (with a full tank of fuel, fishing/camera gear and two passengers).

RPM

SPEED

3000

9.5kts

3800

Planing

4000

23.4kts

5000

30.4kts

5600 (WOT)

35.6kts

*Sea-trial data supplied by the author.

 

ARVOR 605 SPORTSFISH SPECIFICATIONS

PRICE AS TESTED

$76,975

 

OPTIONS FITTED

Upgrade to Mercury 150hp, plus forward windlass

 

PRICED FROM

$70,750

 

GENERAL

TYPE Monohull

MATERIAL GRP

LENGTH 5.75m

BEAM 2.54m

WEIGHT 1345kg (dry)

DEADRISE 15°

 

CAPACITIES

PEOPLE 6

REC. HP 115

REC. MAX HP 150

FUEL 160lt

 

ENGINE

MAKE/MODEL Mercury 150hp EFI

TYPE Four-stroke outboard

WEIGHT 206kg

DISPLACEMENT 3000cc

 

SUPPLIED & DISTRIBUTED BY

Arvor Australia

Unit 26/17-21 Bowden Street,

Alexandria, NSW, 2015

PHONE  (02) 9319 5222

FAX (02) 9319 5561

WEB arvor.com.au

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