Anglers' Dream

Coraline 750 Outsider

MIKE BROWN
The Sunday Times, February 2, 2008

Coraline Outsider 750

Coraline's 750 Outsider is accurately named. Its hull length is indeed 7.5m and its natural environment is offshore.

This big plate vessel, with its first-class protection from the elements, would be many a serious angler's dream boat. It could also be a less serious angler's idea of a good all-rounder.

There are permanant seats for five, a two-burner stove, fridge and sink, a freshwater shower, and a lock-up cabin with provision for a toilet. There is even a place to carry a tender: on the hardtop. The rails there make a virtual roof-rack as well as giving safe access forward.

The usual navigator's seat has been replaced by a fore and aft double and the galley unit is mounted traversely at its end.

Besides the driver's sliding, locker-top seat, there is a mid-transom double plus casual sitting on the coaming. The grab rails have been mounted at the coaming's outer edge.

Specific fisherman's fittings include deck wash pick-up, a 200-litre kill tank, four coaming rod sockets and eight more across the hardtop's rear edge.

Getting forward is easy enough: there are guard rails all the way as well as the roof-top grabs, and Coraline has made the side decks wide enough. There is no need to make the trip for anchoring, though, because a power windlass is fitted.

The hardtop and the windscreen surrounds are the usual massively strong Coraline items. The fixed glass is secured by Sikaflex (like Perth's buses) rather than being held in frames, meaning no leaks or corrosion, and the side glass slides for ventilation.

The hardtop is lined, and carries the console for radios. The other electronics are in a dash that has abundant space for more, although few buyers would go for more than the Furuno GP7000F sounder-plotter fitted to the review boat.

The dash top's grab rail doubles as a fiddle rail for loose items and is carpeted. Coraline has always been a champion of rattle reduction by using carpet thoughtfully. The cockpit's carpet is quickly removable, which is also useful for housekeeping purposes.

Like most current bigger boats, the 750 has a stereo-CD system, with speakers in the hardtop for gravity-assisted sound. It was possible to hear the music without resorting to high volume - at cruising revs the 225 four-stroke Yamaha was commendably subdued, and it was harmonically in sympathy with the aluminium hull.

With only a slight sea and a low swell, we were able to use all the power (when it did actually start to overwhelm the sound system, but who cared?). We saw speed in the high 30s and enjoyed the best ride of any of the Coraline family.

By the standards of aluminium, the 750 has a steep deadrise and achieves the clever trick of coupling that with very good stability.

Good directional stability too: perhaps this was partly due to the planing strakes that not all aluminium boats have. Whatever the reason, steering needs were never more than a fingertip.

The motor had been given the right accessories: a fuel tank holding a useful 300 litres, dual batteries with an isolation switch, and hydraulic steering, although with a motor of this size that was hardly an option.

Other good things on board were raw aluminium rubbing strips, and guard rails within the deck's perimeter (becoming more common but still not universal), lots of storage space, with particularly roomy side pockets, a boarding ladder with deep treads, and plenty of lights.

I especially liked the generous provision of grab rails. There is a lot of standing on boats under way and a lot of falls and stumbles also occur. Which makes worth mentioning the lack of sharp corners to hit when that happens.

This is one smooth boat.

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