Oh, Sweet Coraline

Coraline 800 Walkaround

LLOYD MARSHALL
The Sunday Times, January 3, 2009

Coraline 800 Walkaround

The popularity of Coraline boats, which are built at Bayswater specifically for WA conditions, has been reinforced by the firm's latest models, according to Graham Gow from Boat City.

"The new 750 cuddy cabin and the 800 walk-around, have generated plenty of interest," he said.

The 8m 800 has a 2.85m beam, 5mm hull plates, 4mm side plates and two 350-litre fuel tanks.

There are non-skid platforms either side of two 150hp Yamaha four-strokes, a boarding ladder that folds onto the port-side platform and a transom gate that provides access to the cockpit.

Polished aluminium rails start at water level on both sides and extend to the bow at waist height.

Batteries are under the rear bench seat, which is well padded, making it ideal en route to fishing spots. A handrail runs across the back of the transom and there are extra-long side pockets in both gunwales.

The cockpit is carpeted, as is the roomy walk-around to the front of the boat. The stainless-steel-framed swivelling helmsman's seat, which has a non-slip footrest, flips forward on hinges to reveal a substantial storage space. Behind it is a rear-facing seat with storage underneath that is accessed through a hatch.

Opposite the helm is a two-person bench seat, also with a non-slip footrest, that runs from the windscreen to the galley console. The console, which extends towards the rear of the helm seat, is accessible from the cockpit and has a hot/cold sink, gas burner, fridge with small internal freezer compartment and there is storage space as well.

The three-piece windscreen provides superb vision and there is a deep, full-width shelf with a rail to prevent items flying about. Sliding side windows provide ventilation and there's a tinted hatch in the cabin that can open at various positions. The V-berth has a toilet on the port side, padding at shoulder height all around and infills to make it a bigger-than-average sleeping compartment.

Mr Gow said the 800's 2.8m beam meant the boat was very stable. "It makes it into a much better, much more workable craft and it easily gets up to 48mph (77km/h)," he said.

"The padded two-person bench at the bow is something that is not often seen and it has plenty of leg room."

This boat has an eight-hole rocket launcher on the hardtop, which has a removable shadecloth extension that slots away neatly in the hardtop. The 750 cuddy, as the name suggests, is a half metre shorter, but it has the same hull and side plates.

Its beam is 2.5m and has a single 350-litre fuel tank, removable two-burner camping stove and lockable glove box in front of the passenger seat. There is no toilet, bow seat, rear-facing seat behind the driver or shadecloth extension on the hardtop.

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