Looking back: Ramco 460 Prelude


Looking back: Ramco 460 Prelude Looking back: Ramco 460 Prelude
Looking back: Ramco 460 Prelude Looking back: Ramco 460 Prelude
Looking back: Ramco 460 Prelude Looking back: Ramco 460 Prelude
Looking back: Ramco 460 Prelude Looking back: Ramco 460 Prelude

Trade-a-Boat has been raiding the archives of old magazines. Check out this review of the Ramco 460 Prelude, first published in October 2006…

With more than 20 years production behind it, Hamilton’s Ramco Boats is one of NZ’s oldest alloy boatbuilders. The vessels – with their distinctive ram’s head insignia – have a reputation for lightweight hulls and rugged construction. Despite its modest size (LOA 4.4m), the Prelude 440 accommodates four passengers.

Weighing in at 240kg, the hull is rated to take a 50hp outboard but is easily powered by a 40hp. With the smaller engine, the 580kg (weight on trailer) package is comfortably towed by a mid-sized car.

The Prelude’s moderate "vee" hull (15 degree deadrise) offers a sensible compromise between ride and stability. Tough, marine-grade aluminium is used for hull construction – 3mm on the bottom and 2mm on the sides. The Prelude is CPC-rated, and the boat is suitable for the full spectrum of water-based activities.

The open layout and seating arrangement maximise cockpit space, and it’s enhanced by the pod-mounted outboard. Collectively, these features secure enough room for fishing, towing a water toy and general family cruising.

An alloy, treadplate floor contains sealed floatation, and together with the hull’s high topsides and wide gunwales, the Prelude offers dry running and a sense of safety. A boarding platform and dive ladder are incorporated into the transom.

The split, acrylic windscreen provides easy access to the anchor and bowsprit. The boat is equipped with a battery isolation switch, switch panel, bilge pump, navigation lights and anchor light. It has two swivel seats with two rod holders.

The single axle, multi roller Voyager trailer is fitted with submersible lights and tie downs.

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