VIDEO: Activa 6400

By: Lawrence Schäffler

Traditional styling, timeless elegance and 21st century technology come together in Activa’s 68-foot pilothouse launch, a pleasure platform that effortlessly caters to all flavours of boating interests


A builder of trawler-style luxury vessels, China’s Activa distributes its range in New Zealand through Auckland’s Adventure Bay Motor Yachts. Their relationship is a little cosier than the typical builder-agent arrangement, however. While the boats are designed by Taiwanese naval architect Charles Chang, Adventure Bay’s managing director, John Winter, specifies the interiors. And as even a cursory examination of the boats reveals, he’s a stickler for detail.

The latest arrival – the 6400 pilothouse (LOA 68-feet) – is not only the biggest of the local fleet; it’s easily the most sumptuous. Crucially, though, it’s also an eminently sensible vessel. ‘Luxury’ and ‘pragmatism’ aren’t often easy shipmates, but they co-exist happily in this one.

An evolution of the earlier Activa 5800 (reviewed here), the 6400 has the same beam and utilises its extra length well, introducing plenty of practical layout changes. My favourite one is the engine room access. Where the 5800 requires the skipper/owner to enter the engine room through a door in the master cabin, the 6400 has a door and stairwell off the saloon (discreetly integrated into the port side cabinetry). In charter operations (ideal for this vessel) it means the skipper can go about his daily maintenance without disturbing the guests.

The vessel (hand-laid, e-glass construction below the waterline and vacuum-bagged foam/balsa/e-glass composite construction above) fulfills a simple design brief: maximum fun, optimum comfort, easy operation.

Offering multiple outdoor/indoor areas (over three levels) for relaxing and dining, she’s an entertainer’s dream. She caters for different settings, moods and weather conditions, allowing separate activities in distinct parts of the boat and, by extension, for disparate groups in the guest list. Noisy teenagers spoiling your movie? Banish them to the flybridge, the foredeck, or the aft deck!

To read the full review of the Activa 6400, get the February issue of Trade-A-Boat, on sale 5th February.


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