by Dom Wiseman

Arvor boats are a European pilothouse design with a wide beam that is carried well forward to create a large cockpit and a surprisingly roomy cabin space in the forward pilothouse. They also have a wide walkway in either side of the cabin creating easy access to the short but functional bow area that houses a large anchor locker and winch. They are also available with the option of inboard or outboard engines.
The overall design is quite unique and, on first glance has the look of a stumpy trawler, which may not have the appeal of the more traditional swept back design of most of its competitors. But the resultant space on board and safety of the closed in forward cabin offers enormous advantages for anyone looking for a functional platform for fishing and general boating duties.
The Arvor 675 Sportsfish that we are testing has a definite fishing slant with the outboard engine leaving more space under the cockpit floor for storage and kill tanks that would otherwise be taken up with an inboard engine.

WHAT YOU GET
The pilothouse, which will comfortably accommodate four people on a run out to fishing grounds, is well appointed with a large windscreen that provides excellent vision, although the corner pillars are wide and can obstruct the view at times. The side windows feature sliding centres that offer airflow into the cabin and headroom is more than ample throughout.
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Arvor 675 Sportsfish 7On the port side, a small sink has cupboard storage underneath and is positioned behind the passenger helm seat, which has a small Waeco fridge under it. Both helm chairs include a bolster that makes driving comfortable sitting or standing. Bench seating, with plenty of leg room and more storage under the seat cushion, for two additional passengers is located behind the helm seat. There is also a plumbed toilet on board, with holding tank, which always helps when trying to convince your partner of the necessity of such a boat.
The dashboard of the 675 Sportsfish doesn’t extend too far from the windscreen creating a spacious looking cab, although comes at a cost in that there isn’t much to hold onto while underway. I felt that the grab rail on the port side for the passenger was way too small and a longer or larger rail here would be a better option. The recesses in the dash will hold most items such as wallets and keys. There is more storage in underfloor compartments covered by lift up timber covers. They are solid enough and didn’t rattle when underway.
Sleeping space is limited on board but all the comforts are there and then some. You could at a pinch sleep two in the forward berth with a drop in cushion in fill adding more leg room down the port side but it’s really a comfortable day boat with overnight capabilities should you need them on occasion.
Stepping out of the sliding door at the rear of the pilothouse, you are greeted with a large self draining fibreglass cockpit perfect for fishing pursuits. Easy to clean, the space here is deep with the gunwales providing a perfect brace for fighting fish. Four stainless rod holders are standard with additional rod storage in the starboard side. In the centre of the transom, an optional bait prep station has been added which would be a must have for anyone looking for a space to rig lines or cut baits. The live bait tank is reasonably large and located on the port side next to the prep station.
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Arvor 675 Sportsfish 13Arvor has been clever with its use of space and otherwise unused area in the transom and port side house fold out bench seating which doesn’t impinge on usable space when folded away. Once down, they have a comfortable backrest that doubles as a lean to while fishing. Storage here consists of two large kill tanks port and starboard and two large spaces accessed via hatches in the centre of the cockpit. There is a mount for a table that fits neatly between the fold out bench seats.
There is plenty of space here to move around freely and easily with a recess on either side providing a toe hold allowing anglers to really lean against the side of the boat. It’s hard to explain how important this is and anyone who has had to lean up against any gunwale with their feet too far from it will know the discomfort that causes.

POWER
Arvor elected to fit the Mercury 150hp Four-Stroke to the 675 Sportsfish and it turns in more than adequate performance. While we tested the boat largely unloaded, it gets it on the plane efficiently and while it may not have the performance of the listed maximum 200hp horsepower, it will save you money on the final package cost.Arvor 675 Sportsfish 1
Arvor 675 Sportsfish 3The 150 is a 3.0-litre in-line four cylinder platform that propels the boat to approximately 30 knots (55km/h) . It comes in at 206kgs and is claimed by Mercury to be the lightest in its class.
The engine is relatively quiet as you would expect and the trim controls get the Arvor 675 Sportsfish riding along efficiently. It will run on 87 Octane fuel. If you’re looking for comfort rather than blinding acceleration and performance, the 150hp will be all you’ll need.

ON THE WATER
The helm position on the 675 Sportsfish is comfortable and all the controls are easily accessible whether you are driving standing or sitting down. Engine dials are located at the head of the dash space with a Simrad sonar and chart plotter combo directly underneath. Switches are within easy reach and a Fusion audio control panel was accessible on the fly.
The stainless steering wheel suits the style of the boat perfectly and compliments the interior while the throttle control is mounted to the side.
It’s a fun little package to drive with the driving position pushed well forward in the cabin akin to a VW Kombi, which means the driving position will take some getting used to if you’re coming from a boat with a more conventional set up. That said, spray is deflected further back on the hull so you don’t see much of it and if you do happen to get some coming at you, you’re always going to be safe and dry courtesy of the pilothouse you’re standing in. It would be a brave man who would say they miss the continual need to dodge spray when running for an hour or more out wide if they had a boat like this.
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Arvor 675 Sportsfish 6The Arvor 675 Sportsfish turns well and holds through turns in a predictable manner. Despite my best attempts I couldn’t get the hull to blow out in a hard corner. The turning angle is comfortable as the hull beds into the corner. Underway it handles extremely well and was more than capable offshore of Sydney heads. While conditions were not exactly tough with a light Northerly and 1.0m swell the boat rose over the swell and confidently tackles any oncoming chop.
At rest, essential for dropping baits, stability is excellent and with several on board there’s still plenty of room for everyone to drop a line. Manoeuvrability was also easy with berthing back at the marina after our test a breeze.

ON THE TRAILER
Collins Marine do not offer the Arvor 675 Sportsfisher on a trailer as part of its standard package but a trailer can be ordered as an option if required. You will need an SUV with a minimum tow capacity of 2500kg. The 675 also has a beam of 2.54m which means you will be required to obtain an overwidth permit. Requirements for towing overwidth trailers vary from State to State so you will need to check with your local authorities to ensure you meet local traffic regulations. As a general rule you will need a permit and will have to fit overwidth signs to the front of the vehicle and the back of the boat.

OVERVIEW
While the pilothouse design may not be for everyone, as we get all older, practicalities and comfort start to take over and this is where the Arvor 675 Sportsfish comes into calculations. You can take it anywhere, it’s supremely comfortable, has a fishing focus but more than enough amenities to be a capable day cruiser with overnights a possibility and you’re always dry and protected in a spacious environment.

POSITIVESArvor 675 Sportsfish 11

  • Space aplenty
  • Practical design
  • Fishing focus

NEGATIVES

  • Appearance
  • Driving position

NUMBERS THAT MATTER
Price: (starting from) $89,500 (as tested) $98,916 (with Simrad NSS 7 Evo 2, Fusion audio, toilet with holding tank, port and starboard swim platforms and anchor winch)
Construction: Fibreglass
Length Overall: 6.55m
Beam: 2.54m
Draft: 0.81m
Dry Weight: 1585kgs
Engine: Mercury 150hp four-stroke
Fuel Capacity: 200-litres
Maximum Persons: 7

 

 

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