The Profile 750 HW won the award for the Best Aluminium Boat In Show at the Hutchwilco Boat Show in Auckland, and this is the hull that David – an Auckland businessman – decided answered the requirements of his fishing after a bit of investigation. David fishes a lot out of Tairua, where he has a holiday home; he wanted a robust, stable hull that could be beach launched, cope with rough conditions and longer trips, do a bit of overnighting, but still be reasonably towable between Auckland and the Coromandel.
Profile’s 750 hull ticked most of the boxes, with some alterations. David wanted more toe space when leaning on the sides of the boat, and being a fairly tall bloke, he had the gunwale height increased by 70mm.
The result was the Profile 750 Special Edition, which has now been adopted as Profile’s standard 750 model. It is a beamy hull (the same beam as larger brother, the 780) with lots of work space and excellent stability that can handle sloppy conditions in comfort.
As it happened, David had moved his boat to Auckland for a few months during spring to take advantage of the beginning of the Hauraki Gulf snapper schooling season, basing it at Oram Marine’s Westhaven dry-stack for convenience. On one of the first days of November, I met David and mates John and Nigel for a foray out into the Gulf in Tairanui.
The 750 hull features 6mm bottoms and transom, 3mm pontoons, and 4mm deck and topsides. The deadrise at the transom is 18°.
The hull is supported by the pontoon structure itself, four lengthways bearers and the keel assembly. The bottom plates are butted up at the keel line and fully seam-welded. Above this, a flat plate is welded across the hull, forming a strong triangular section at the keel. An external keel wear cap is optional. Lateral support is provided by five bulkheads and the transom assembly.
Profile’s innovative use of paint colour has been seen before in these pages, and the 750 SE is no exception, being finished in a tasteful mustard green with a Nyalic finish on the raw aluminium surfaces.
After taking delivery, owner David decided to try a product called Pyrotek Soundpaint, which was applied by Ovlov Marine to the inside of the bow section. He reckons this sound-deadening paint has worked well, considerably reducing the usual ‘water meets aluminium’ noise of a travelling alloy boat.
The advantages of a pontoon-hull configuration include high levels of reserve buoyancy and stability. The 750 SE is rated to carry nine adults.
Recommended horsepower for this hull is 200-300, and Tairanui is pushed by one of Yamaha’s new 250hp V6 four-stroke outboards. Fuel is carried in a 240-litre under-floor tank with a fuel port on the outside of the transom.
Although conditions were poor, we achieved 35 knots at 5400rpm travelling into a 15-knot headwind with a full load of fuel and four big blokes on board. David told me that the boat pulled 40 knots on delivery, with a lighter load in better conditions, and that seems about right, indicating a good match of hull and engine. At a more reasonable cruising speed, the big V6 produced 25 knots at 4200rpm.
Spring weather is fickle and unreliable, and as we cruised out of Westhaven Marina past a bunch of mind-blowing super yachts, a stiff and chilly sou’wester of 15 knots was scudding down the harbour. The wind against tide made for sloppy conditions, but the comfortable travelling and shelter in the big Profile tempted us out around 30 nautical miles into the Gulf, hoping to sweeten the boat test by encountering some workups and schooling snapper. However, by the time we decided to head back inshore, the sou’wester was up to 20 knots, gusting 25 – against the tide. The sea was a metre to a metre-and-a-half, steep, close and capping, and as unpleasant a sea as you would want (or rather, not want) to travel in. Certainly, in a lesser boat we would not have been out there.
I am long past the age of travelling at speed for its own sake; these days comfort dictates the use of the throttle. Until the lee of the land and the reducing fetch eased the sea conditions a bit, we were content to travel at about 10 knots into the head sea. The smoothly-operating fly-by-wire Yamaha throttle/shift was much appreciated when it came to throttling off when suddenly confronted by an extra-big hole. (You would think the Supercity could have at least run a grader over it for us!)
The efficient Aei wipers were also a boon (these are fitted with freshwater wash reservoirs), as was the confidence given by the 6mm toughened glass screen and side sliders, when we took it green over the bow. These sorts of sea conditions will find any flaw in construction, but the clever lapped-glass design of the side-sliding windows and the well-made forward hatch didn’t let in so much as a single drip of water. The rubber gasket seals on the protective clear side curtains at the back of the hardtop were likewise appreciated by the crew members sitting in the rear-facing bench seats.
In short, this was a real sea test, and the Profile passed with flying colours. Stable and with no handling vices, it was dry inside the hardtop and, considering the messy state of the sea, the ride was pretty good.
Anchoring duties are handled by a helm-controlled Lewmar chain and warp winch, which feeds into an enclosed anchor locker in the bow. Access to this is through a hatchway in the forward bulkhead. A plough anchor is permanently mounted on a bowsprit and a substantial cast-alloy crucifix bollard welded to a plate on the foredeck.
Except for tying off mooring lines, there is probably little requirement for going out onto the bow, but this is made easy anyway with the flats on the top of the pontoons covered by non-skid panels, further aided by grabrails along the side of the hardtop and substantial bow rails. The hatch in the cabin roof also gives access to the foredeck.
The forecabin is fully lined with marine carpet and fabric. A cabin light is fitted and there are two narrow side shelves, as well as under-berth space, for stowage. (In this case a toilet has not been fitted, but this is an option.) The berths will sleep two adults, with a third possible if a berth infill is fitted, and there is full-seated head height. A hatch gives access to the wiring etc, inside the back of the console.
Out in the wheelhouse a large dash space with a back lip and passenger grabrail is finished with marine carpet to cut glare on the ‘screen and stop items stored there from sliding around. A Fusion IP600 sound system and waterproof Uniden Solara DSC VHF are mounted overhead; the rest of the main electronics comprise of a Garmin touch-screen GPSmap 5012 plotter and Furuno FCV585 sounder with 1kW transducer.
Stowage space in the wheelhouse comprises of a large ‘glove box’ in front of the passenger, two levels of shelves on each side, and an overhead shelf under the rear of the hardtop. Additionally, the two sealed king-and-queen seat modules have considerable internal room, accessed through side hatches and by lifting the hinged rear bench seats. Owner David adds an Engel fridge, if required, for occasional overnight trips.
Helm seats are upholstered swivelling sliders with fold-up front rolls, which give more space if travelling when standing up, and provide a comfortable backrest into the bargain.
Steering is Teliflex Seastar hydraulic and, as mentioned, the throttle/shift is a Yamaha fly-by-wire unit. Yamaha LCD engine gauges are fitted, as well as a set of Lectrotab trim tabs. I like these last items for their unambiguous switching and indicator lights.
The wheelhouse deck has marine carpet at the front, switching to Tube Mat where the cockpit starts. Grabrails are built onto the trailing edge and sides of the hardtop, as well as two underneath.
Gunwale tops are wide, flat and finished with Deck Tread panels, making them handy places to sit while fishing at anchor.
The sealed decks drain back to a sump under the transom wall, from where water is drained by a 2000gph bilge pump. A flap helps with access to the bilge pump, but it’s still not particularly easy to get at to clear a blockage.
Side pockets run the length of the cockpit, and owner David has added custom pole racks to take boat hooks, gaffs, a cleaning broom and so on. A wash-down hose is also fitted to the transom wall.
Protected up in the transom locker, and accessed by two front-opening hatches, are house and start batteries with isolation/link switching and an electronic battery monitor.
Through the transom step-though, with its aluminium drop-door, is a large chequerplate boarding platform with grab-rails and fold-down ‘T’ ladder. Divers prefer this configuration as they can slide a finned foot in from the side when climbing onto the platform and have the option of taking their fins off after they have got out of the water.
Also fitted to the boarding platform is a lift-up transducer mount, enabling the transducer to be raised up out of harm’s way when beach launching.
The beamy, unencumbered cockpit offers a heap of work space, while the excellent stability produced by the combination of pontoon construction and beam – added to good footing provided by Tube Mat on chequerplate – makes for a great fishing platform.
Gunwale faces are flat and provide comfortable support at the top of the thighs and there is plenty of toe-recess room under the side shelves, as per the owner’s requirements.
Fishing fittings include: Oceanblue outrigger bases; an eight-position rocket launcher (plus cockpit floodlight) on the hardtop; six through-gunwale rod holders, along with an additional four on the back of the permanently-mounted bait-station. This last item is pretty substantial, extending across two-thirds of the transom wall, and is big enough to fillet a decent sort of kingfish. It drains through the boarding platform and has fittings to hold a knife and pliers. It does hamper fishing over this section of the transom a little, however; I guess it’s a matter of what your fishing priorities are. A smaller, removable unit is also an option.
A live-bait tank with clear front-viewing panel has been built into the transom step, although the drop-door has to be removed to access the tank. There is also a mount for a davit and electric winch set into the starboard gunwale – useful for hauling hapuku droppers or crayfish pots, with the stability given by the pontoons adding to the safety of this practice.
Although good schooling activity was being reported at the time, the cold sou’wester, rough conditions, wind against tide, and the frowning black fish on my tide calendar all added up to tough fishing. The fish were dispersed and our drift was fast due to the 20-25 knot winds, even when the boat was slowed with a big drogue. Despite all this, in the very sloppy conditions the excellent stability of the big Profile still allowed the four of us to drift-fish in reasonable comfort. It was all we could do to get our 2oz soft-baits and slow-jigs to the bottom for short periods, but we still managed to put a dozen snapper in the 82-litre Icey-Tek bin over a couple of hours. Such was the stability of the hull, that it was only when we pulled the drogue and headed back inshore that we really appreciated just how sloppy the sea conditions had become.
The big Profile is carried on a DMW trailer with tandem axles and zinc-protected leaf-spring suspension. Hydraulic brakes act on one axle of the 2550kg rig.
This is a cradle A-frame design with wobble and keel-entry rollers, wind-down jockey wheel, LED submersible lights and dual-ratio manual winch.
This is a great fish and dive boat that ticks all the basic boxes, offering: safety, stability and a high level of buoyancy, thanks to the pontoon configuration; a practical, comfortable layout; a clean, open cockpit design that is fishing friendly; excellent sea-keeping characteristics; robust construction; a high level of finish; and good looks. Aspects of an owner’s personal fishing and layout preferences are easily accommodated by Profile Boats’ willingness to customise its standard designs, in this case even extending to altering the hull. The Profile 750 Special Edition is a winner.
Configuration pontoon, open-back hardtop
LOA 7.5m (from engine mounts, excluding bow sprit)
Deck and Topsides 4mm
Recommended HP 200-300hp
Test engine Yamaha 250hp V6
Fuel 240 litres
Trailer DMW tandem
Tow weight 2550kg
Basic key-turn $97,200 (Yamaha 200 2-stk)
Price as tested $163,500*.
*Note that the price as tested does not include items the owner has added after taking delivery. These include the Soundpaint, trim-tabs, canopies and cockpit pole racks.
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written by Sam Mossman - 2011
Originally published in New Zealand Fishing News