Video: Innovision 616 Hardtop

By: Matt Jones


Trade-a-Boat reviewer Matt Jones heads to the Bay of Islands to try out the new Innovision 616 Hardtop.

Based in Auckland, Innovision Boats’ new 616 Hardtop is a 6m aluminium fishing boat designed with versatility and handling in mind.

 


 See this boat reviewed in full, here: Innovision 616 Hardtop review.


 

INNOVISION 616 HARDTOP

The Innovision 616 Hardtop will happily go fishing with choosy anglers, yet it has more than enough comforts and versatility for a memorable family day on the water.

The plumb bow, superb Portofino-style transom layout, and large 2.4m-long open-backed hardtop cabin make for a boat that is both spacious and workable.

For the anglers, the Portofino-style transom has enough room for two anglers to fish off the stern when conditions allow. High gunwales with good footholds underneath add to the fishability and a low-level boarding platform makes it easy to handle large fish. Two self-draining, underfloor bins are made to bleed and ice large catches.

Inside the spacious cabin is a vee-berth layout. At the helm, the skipper gets a wide and open driving position, with good all-round visibility through toughened glass.

 

HANDLING AND RIDE

The Innovision 616 Hardtop felt balanced and confident in a 20kt south-easterly. The plumb bow is a design commonly seen on racing yachts and on the 616 Hardtop it just slices through chop. Indeed, Innovision admits that the 616 Hardtop is over-engineered, just the way they like it.

Power on this review boat came from a 150hp Yamaha four-stroke outboard motor with Volvo boat trim system. This allows for quick and easy fine-tuning to counter any wind against the hardtop. The hull also features a flooding keel and large, downturned chines which create a stable platform for fishing.

 

THE VERDICT

The Innovision 616 Hardtop is an impressive boat. A sturdy but nonetheless very well balanced hull combines with a versatile design and some excellent fishing features. The 616 Hardtop comes with an Innovision alloy trailer to keep the weight down.

Best of all, this boat can be customised to suit the owner’s exact needs. 

 

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