by Dom Wiseman

It’s hard to put your finger on what exactly makes a good boat as it’s both a practical and emotional decision. But in the case of the Arvor 755 Weekender, it’s a decision that almost makes itself. On appearance, it seems capable of everything from fishing to long cruises or over-night stays with enough room aboard for a small family. We had a full day testing the 755 Weekender on Sydney Harbour and the more time I spent on the Arvor 755 Weekender the more I felt that the boat grew around me. It was always comfortable, yet small enough to manage myself.

On the same day we also spent some time on the bigger Arvor 855 Weekender and having the two models on the water side by side made for an interesting comparison that will publish before the end of the year.

At its core, the Arvor 755 Weekender is like a caravan on water. It’s a classic cabin design where you can hide from the elements, yet it also has a spacious cockpit for sunny summer days. For overnight stays it has twin berth capability and the dining area can be converted into a third bed or sunpad if needed.

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arvor-755-weekender-7While many will be more familiar with the older style stumpy trawler designs Arvor cut its teeth on in Australia, this is a more aesthetically pleasing looking craft that encompasses some design elements coming out of the European market in which this style of boat is fast overtaking those that are more fishing orientated.

WHAT YOU GET

The name says it all and weekend trips are the central point of what the Weekender platform is about. Stepping aboard, its evident Arvor has made exceptional use of the space with a large cabin that has masses of headroom taking up a major part of the length. It’s a swept back design that leaves room at the bow for a medium sized sun bed which clips into place. It’s a fantastic place to enjoy some of our Aussie summer conditions. For anyone with kids, the bow rail felt a little low, so one must exercise caution if the children are up on the nose. Getting to the front of the boat was a simple case of using the well placed grab rail and walkway around the cabin. The only drawback with this design is that the sun bed covers the forward hatch when in place. This reduces light and airflow into the main cabin, which can be an issue when at anchor.

Inside the cabin there’s plenty of room for multiple people to move about with a single and very comfortable helm seat allowing you to stand or sit with a commanding view of the surrounding waters. The side windows slide open and there is a hatch in the roof although I felt the airflow wasn’t great and it got warm in the cabin when idling or moving slowly. A single-pane glass window allows good vision forward. To the port side a dining table with facing bench seats provides room to enjoy a meal while admiring the view. It does mean that passengers are forced to face backwards while conversations with the driver take place. It also converts into the third bed or a sun bed if you prefer.

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arvor-755-weekender-9A small kitchenette is located aft on the starboard side with a single burner gas stove, fridge and sink. There is plenty of storage here and the sink has an infill for those times you need more bench space. The location of the galley is perfect as it allows hosts to prepare food while maintaining a conversation with those in the cockpit outside. The cockpit doors also slide to the opposite side delivering a large entrance. The cockpit itself is roomy and has an L-shaped seat across the transom and along the port side. It’s comfy and the perfect place to sit with your guests. The drop in table is a good size and it can be dropped down to create another sunlounge with the addition of a cushion infill. Overhead, an optional slide out awning provided cover from the sun on the test boat. There is storage under the aft seating. In fact there is storage everywhere including under the floor in the cockpit and walkway through the cabin. The cabin hatches in the floor are covered by sturdy timber lift out panels that at certain speeds vibrate somewhat.

Down below, the accommodation is suitable for over-night and weekend stays. The main berth is located in the bow and runs at a slight angle to allow a toilet with closing door to be fitted. Instead of doors, a simple curtain closure provides some privacy for both cabins. The main berth is large enough for two adults and includes a handy nook for phones and wallets. The second berth is more like a cubby house, making it perfect for children.

The toilet misses out on a shower, which is located in the rear cockpit. Privacy is assured though with the only closing door in the cabin being that of the toilet.

POWER

Arvor elected to fit the Mercury 200hp Verado to the Arvor 755 Weekender we tested. It pushed the craft along at a reasonably speedy pace. Having the engine sing at 6500rpm while extracting top speed had the heart and eardrums going but by dialling back the speed, you can lower the revs and still get your heart racing.arvor 755 weekender-2

arvor-755-weekender-4The maximum listed horsepower for this platform is 300hp which, judging by the performance of the 200, would be exciting to say the least. While not designed for speeding around, but rather leisurely trips, a 250hp may be a sweet middle point for this hull.

The 200hp Verado gets the boat onto plane efficiently and it will save you money on the final package cost.

The Mercury Verado 200hp is a supercharged 1.7-litre in-line four-cylinder platform and comes in at around 231kgs. It runs on regular unleaded fuel.

ON THE WATER

Onboard the Arvor 755 Weekender, it’s all function, not performance. I like how they’ve found their market and stuck to it. The helm position is comfortable and controls fall easily to hand. Dials for engine readouts are located at the head of the dash space with a Simrad sonar and chart plotter combo above. Switches are within easy reach as well as the anchor winch control and trim tabs.

Driving this boat is a simple affair for even the novice as the view from the helm is all encompassing. The hull features ample entry to split oncoming waves but at times the ride can be a little hard. The reverse chine that starts well forward does an exceptional job of keeping spray down and away in what is a relatively high-sided boat.arvor 755 weekender-3

The only sporty thing is perhaps the steering wheel, which is a plastic sports style. The boat turns easily, with the hydraulic steering making it nice and light, and it banks through turns in a predictable manner. I did experience some cavitation in hard turns. Overall, it handles extremely well and will be more than capable offshore too.

At rest, the hull is exquisite. Stability is excellent even with people moving about. Manoeuvrability is also easy with berthing back at the marina after our test a breeze courtesy of the standard bow thruster, essential for tight squeezes.

OVERVIEW

The Arvor 755 Weekender is a capable and versatile platform that will be ideal for young families looking for something manageable with the ability to use for overnight stays. While it may lack some of the more luxurious elements of larger boats, including the Arvor 855 Weekender, it’s a more than capable platform that grew on me throughout the test.

arvor-755-weekender-13POSITIVES

  • Space
  • Practical design
  • Easy to manage

NEGATIVES

  • Rattles in the timber floor panels

NUMBERS THAT MATTER

Price: (as tested) $135,927
Construction: Fibreglass
Length Overall: 7.76m
Beam: 2.85m
Engine: Mercury 200hp Verado
Fuel Capacity: 300-itres
Persons: 9
Deadrise: 17 degrees

 

 

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