Coralines Made to Order

Coraline 620 Oceanrunner

MIKE BROWN
The West Australian Saturday, April 22, 2006

Coraline 620 Oceanrunner

Every Coraline leaves the factory as a more-or-less custom model but today's review boat, a 620FX Oceanrunner, had about as close to the lot as anyone likely to order.

And with these boats you do order - not many Coralines sit on the floor of the agent Boat City waiting for buyers. A lot of these boats are sold to North-West buyers and that was the destination of the review boat.

It made the choice of a hardtop more than logical - there is never going to be a time when you do not want sun protection, and the local conditions are not kind to fabric. Equally logical, it was an open hardtop with an air gap between screen and top. For cooler and rougher conditions clear infills are provided and the rearward extension of the top can be removed. Supports for the hardtop and frames fort he windscreen were possibly designed with the cyclones in mind; they are massive in section. They give encouragement to use the roof for storage of surf skis, Rotto bikes, the tender or whatever.

The hull has the stability to handle the upper weight - a 2.5m beam is wide on a 6.2m boat.

The Oceanrunner is a cuddy model, with the cabin just a bit short for it's seats to make bunks for adults. That will suit the realists who know how seldom bunks get used and it adds length to the cockpit.

The bulkhead is solid but the door is a zip - out type and, since it will be almost always open, that it makes sense.

The driving area is all business - swivel armchairs with the right amount of firmness in them face well - placed footrests. The full width of the dash has a bar that doubles as a grab and fiddle rail to retain oddments. To keep them from moving, the dash was carpeted.

There is an artist soul lurking in the builder - here is a man who likes to match colours in all his boats. The review boats burgundy hull - the buyer's choice, and an eye catching one too -is repeated in the dash and deck carpet, and in the nearest colour he could get in the seats.

There are more trays for small items either side of the seats.

The hydraulic steering (why do so many boats still not have this piece of civilization?) made light of putting and keeping the boat on track, and the explosive power of the chosen motor made the whole experience exhilarating. The Yamaha delivered the recommended maximum of 150hp and I for one needed no more; it put us into the mid-30s of knots almost instantly.

On the test day there was only a gentle sea, although speed made it effectively rougher. Playing with trim and throttle confirmed the common truth that a little more speed - and the right trim- often gives a smother ride than dropping speed off.

Equipment levels are high. Up front are a Matrix 97 GPS-plotter, compass, VHF and 27mHz radios, and a CD/stereo system. In an interesting share out of responsibilities, the navigator gets to use the two-way radios, leaving the music to the skipper.

Coraline 620 Oceanrunner B

Aft, the lounge sits permanently on the transom lockers that, among other things, house twin batteries.

Ours had a sloping waterproof cover over it that puzzled me until I realized it was to protect the upholstery from slops from the transom bait table. Very thoughtful.

Investigation revealed a bait box, kill tank (aluminum unfortunately heats up too easily for it to make much of an ice box), deck-wash pick up and tap, rod holders, navigation and interior lights, and a 12-volt socket.

The foredeck rails are split at the stem making it easier to drop off a passenger when nosing up to a jetty and the rails are within the deck's perimeter so they do not become accidental fenders.

An excellent trailer rounds off Boat City's package. Multi- rollered, it launched and recovered easily.

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