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The Northern Territory news Sat 12 Dec 2009



The Northern Territory news Sat 12 Dec 2009

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18 Northern Territory News, CARSguide, Saturday, December 12, 2009 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 2 -D E C -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 3 1 8 C O L O R : C M Y K DARWIN DISPLAY VILLAGE 8984 3044 darwin@shedboss.com.au DOMESTIC & RURAL SHEDS COMMERCIAL SHEDS PATIOS - CARPORTS e r2 1 0 6 5 0 SMOOTH RIDE ALL THE WAY It was awesome the way this big tinnie was able tocushion every bump WARREN STEPTOE of Modern Boating took the Noble 5.8m for a run and liked what it offered O N the Gold Coast Seaway, astrengthening southerly change met a strong outgoing tide squeezing out between the breakwalls. Ah, perfect conditions to test the Noble DeepVee hull. It was a mess of steep-sided chop, occasionally lifting into a wall of advancing water as a bigger than average swell rolled in. In any normal plate aluminium hull design wed have copped a beating, but not in the DeepVee. Given a steady hand on the power, it was easy to work the big centre cabin through everything the Seaway threw at us. It was way past an impressive ride; it was awesome the way this big tinnie was able to cushion every bump. Dry? Well, not completely. My passengers were both standing on the downwind side of the console trying to avoid most of the spray the breeze threw in board. It was the kind of ride every prospective buyer of a Noble boat needs to experience for them selves to be convinced of the hulls capabilities. Noble DeepVees look like plate aluminium boats and sound like plate aluminium boats on the water, but they ride like no other plate aluminium boat before them (mono hulls at least). This is because of an innovative bottom featuring a steep dead rise (24 degrees at the transom) falling from the inside edge of a double chine to the keel. It provides a mix of soft ride and excellent at-rest stability with the real bonus of those wide chines being that they deflect spray downwards. It keeps the interior remarkably dry in choppy conditions such as those encountered on our test. The 140hp Suzuki four-stroke proved delightfully responsive, with the kind of seamless power deliv ery that made crossing the bar in uncomfortable conditions effort less. It was particularly impressive at low revs. While working our way through steep pressure waves between the Seaway walls, the 140hp Suzi lifted the 760kg hull on to the plane without any noticeable bow rise. Layout: Noble boats have some of the most fishing-friendly layouts in the business. At 5.8m, the test boat was on the large side, as far as centre cabin go. The cabin is wide and allows the passengers to stand behind it in the middle of the boat, while the skipper looks over the top of the screen. The dash can easily accommo date all of the electronics and instrumentation any gear freak may require. Storage is in plentiful supply in this boat. Inside the cabin itself, there are two storage shelves. Along each side of the cockpit are big side shelves that can hold a mountain of gear. The deck in Noble boats is fully welded and set high enough to self-drain thanks to big scuppers in the transom. A shelf inside the transom bulkhead in the test boat is used to keep the twin batteries well up off the deck. Water draining off the deck towards the scuppers passes underneath. A well-thought-out bait rigging station sits centrally on the aft bulkhead, with a fully plumbed live well to port in the covering board beside it. At the bow, the anchoring arrangements are great. Theres a low rail divided over a bowsprit and an amply-sized anchor well, which can hold plenty of rope and chain. A big bollard is welded on to the foredeck as the anchor point. Anti-slip paint on the foredeck will also make it safer for the person handling the ground tackle. Overall: The standard of finish on the test boat is outstanding. Areas in plain view, such as the top deck, have been finished off so well there are no welds evident. There are few plate aluminium boat builders capable of achieving the high standard evident through out this boat and its a credit to the team at Noble. Fast facts LENGTH: 5.8m LOA: 5.95m BEAM: 2.4m HULL WEIGHT: 760kg FUEL: 180lt MAX HP: 150hp BASE PRICE: $57,500

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