VIDEO: Extreme 610 Game King

By: Lawrence Schaffler, Photography by: Lawrence Schaffler

Introduced at last year's Hamilton Boat Show, Extreme Boats' 610 Game King was pitched at boaties looking for a large but manageable all-rounder - big enough for adventurous fishing, small enough for easy towing. Seven satisfied customers later, you could say the design has hit the sweet spot.

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  • Whakatane-based Extreme Boats makes more than 100 of its alloy-built, Scott Robson-designed vessels a year
  • Extreme’s other models, the 570 (5.7m) and 650 (6.5m), have always been popular – both winning Gold Awards at consecutive Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Shows. The 610 is an in-between option.
  • Extreme fits a variety of outboards to the 610. The boat’s designed to carry a maximum of 150hp, and on the test boat the Suzuki 140hp unit was used.
  • The 610 Game King is pitched at boaties wanting a large but manageable all-round boat. It is big enough for serious fishing, but small enough to tow easily.
  • Buyers can specify any finish on their Extreme 610, however bare aluminium is not an option as it tarnishes. The company recommends Nyalic at a minimum.

The Extreme 610 Game King has clean lines, a fine entry, wider-than-average spray chines, a deep vee hull and a hard top for balance and reliable performance at sea.

The boat has a fully-welded, sealed floor. It’s a marine-grade alloy matrix comprising 5mm stringers and frames, 5mm bottom plates, a 5mm transom and 4mm sides and decks.

All Extreme boats are built to survey, with three sealed buoyancy compartments pressure tested and certified.

The boat’s under-floor tanks offer 300 litres of storage and the built-in fuel tank holds 130 litres. Further storage is available in the cockpit.

Features of the cockpit include a large baitboard, two large storage compartments in the transom, large side shelves, a live-bait tank, and rod holders, which are positioned on the baitboard and in the gunwales, with a rocket launcher on the trailing edge of the hardtop.

The boat has pedestal bases for the two swivel seats in the cockpit, which have L-shaped bases and are anchored to the sides of the cockpit. This further reinforces the integrity of the buoyancy compartments as the floor is not drilled or welded.

The space under the seats also increases storage options and can be used for optional extras.

The design of the cabin follows the standard configuration: a swab-covered, vee-bench with infills to form a double bed. Sides, ceiling and floor are carpet-lined and the fabric mutes hull noise. Large windows provide excellent visibility and plenty of headroom under the hardtop.

The standard Extreme Game King 610 weighs 1550kg on the trailer (including engine) and is easily towed by a family sedan. It has a single-axle braked trailer to make launching and retrieving the boat an easy process.

To read the full review on the Extreme 610 Game King, see the latest issue of Trade-A-Boat magazine, on sale now at all good retailers.

Want to read more Extreme Boats reviews? Check out the Extreme 650 Game King here and Extreme 570 Sport Fisher here.


LOA 6.l8m Beam 2.40m Hull bottom thickness 5mm marine grade aluminium Side/deck thickness 4mm marine grade aluminium Transom thickness 5mm marine grade aluminium Deadrise 20 degrees Rec HP 115-150 Standard towing weight 1550kg (including engine and trailer)


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