by Steve Lague

Arvor has continued to expand its cruising range with the addition of the new 855 Weekender. It joins the 700 Weekender that was developed in 2011 in response to customer demand for an overnight cruiser to be added to the range.
The 855 offers the same design, quality and performance as its smaller sibling but the extra space enables it to cater for up to 10 passengers. With the option of a single or twin outboard engines as well as various inboard engine installations it has every power preference covered. It is rated to a maximum 400hp.
The 9.0m Arvor 855 Weekender is also extremely well equipped with a master cabin that includes an island queen bed with storage drawers and a wardrobe with hanging space. It is also a light and airy room thanks to windows on the port and starboard side.
There is a second cabin with two single berths making it an ideal family-sized boat.
The saloon, which offers 360 deg views, has a convertible dinette/lounge that can be used as a u-shaped lounge, opposing seating for dining, forward facing seating or as a bed for any extra guests.
Arvor 855 Weekender 2The helm, which is located in the front starboard corner of the saloon, also has a side sliding door providing the skipper with easy access to the bow for anchoring. The additional door also ensures the saloon is well ventilated on those hot summer days.
A large galley, equipped with a with stove, fridge and microwave, is directly behind the helm area, putting it in the middle of the entertaining area, whether you are eating inside or out.
A double sliding door separates the saloon from the cockpit that is an equally versatile space with a sliding bench seat that can be set up in a variety of configurations. It can also be converted to a sun lounge (there is a second fitted sunlounge cushion on the bow).
There is also a hot and cold shower on the cockpit so you can rinse yourself off after a swim.
The Arvor 855 Weekender will be presented for the first time at Sydney International boat show along with a host of other Arvor models including the 605, 675 and 755 Sportfisher, the 700 Weekender, and the 690 and 730 Diesel models.
The 730D was first revealed at Sanctuary Cove earlier this year and then again in Melbourne last month and has attracted plenty of interest at both shows.
It has been designed with a shaft drive configuration and is powered by a 2.0-litre Mercury engine that produces 150hp.
At 7.3m it is designed to primarily to live in the water but with a fully loaded weight of just under 3.5 tonne it can also be put on a trailer.
It has a walk-around design, self-draining decks and plenty of storage for all the fishing gear you would need and a lockable, sealed cabin makes it suitable for overnight stop overs or weekends away.