There’s a new aluminium boat builder on the scene, and their first model is very impressive.
Currently, under construction in Helensville, Auckland, is the Pelagic 7.2, an all-alloy hardtop, built heavy and designed for offshore fishing. It features an aggressive sheerline, and chine, with a deep flared bow and a 21 deg deadrise at the transom.
The Pelagic 7.2 has a light displacement of 2300kg, but when you add the components, 400 litres of fuel, and a couple of people and their gear it will be sitting around 3ton on the water.
The layout features a large forward cabin with full bulkheads and lockable door, a big dash to take the larger MFDs and copious storage throughout. There is seating for four forward under the hardtop, and the transom comes with full access to the boarding platform. However, the stern can be configured in a variety of different ways, and you can even add an extra seat to two. It’s a fishing cockpit with plenty of space.
Designer and builder Mike Hopwood said, “While it is still a prototype, and the in-water performance is unknown, I believe she will perform very well, and be stable at rest”. Estimated finish date is around March/April.
Pelagic Boats, Mike Hopwood, Ph 0211299387