Poseidon Kingfisher 720 Boat Test (25ft 6in)
Simon Everett explores the realms of luxury boating with this 25-footer from Poseidon Boats.
With the increase in reliability, fuel economy and power of outboards the size of boats using outboard engines is ever increasing. There are some advantages, especially for the private owner, but even charter boats are now operating with outboard power. The Mediterranean countries have been building boats using outboard power for many years and are ahead of us in this respect. As always, we are a little conservative in our outlook and stick with the traditional layout.
Apart from the ubiquitous centre console or walk around layout, outboards are also used on more conventional cabin boats too. The Poseidon 720, given the model name of Kingfisher, is a popular boat for fishing and family use off her domestic Greek coast. Now imported into this country by Severn Valley Boats, at 7.2 metres she is a useful size for British waters.
The layout provides a little bit of accommodation and plenty of stowage together with the facilities to rustle up some hot food and drink on board. There is even a sea toilet nestled below the bunk in the cabin. The totally enclosed wheelhouse provides comfort from the elements for all-year-round use.
The large, flat, tinted windscreen gives a good, clear view ahead and the side windows provide visibility to the side. To keep the helmsman’s line of sight clear of rain and spray the windscreen is swept by a conventional wiper, which is standard equipment.
The wheelhouse has full standing headroom in the main section and sitting headroom in the forward, saloon part, which will soon become full of bags of gear and spare rods! It is ideal as a dumping ground, leaving the rest of the boat free of clutter. The wheelhouse roof extension is higher than the coachroof and with an under slung grab rail is where many passengers will choose to stand on the steam out to the fishing grounds.
The whole of the forward part of the cabin can be converted to a large, double berth by using the infill and extra cushion. Under the port side settee is the spirit cooker, with the sink and fridge positioned just inside the wheelhouse door astern the helm position.
Cockpit To Deck
The cockpit is uncluttered and the hardwood-topped gunwales are free from obstructions. Safety rails are fitted around both quarters, which can be used to attach clamp on rod holders for trolling or fishing several rods with bait. In the stern section there is a deck hatch with a fish hold or baitwell below. The main deck hatch, which is most of the cockpit sole, lifts to provide access to the stainless steel fuel tank and the battery compartment.
From the cockpit there are moulded steps either side to the side decks. The foredeck is a little short, but with an electric windlass fitted in the forepeak, dropping or weighing anchor can be done at the push of a button from the comfort of the wheelhouse. If that option isn’t taken up and manual anchoring is required then the pulpit rail is well designed to provide a secure working area. The stanchions are taller at the bow, raising the height of the guardrails. A step through pulpit is another great feature for dropping or picking passengers up from a quay without having to come alongside.
With 200hp of Yamaha outboard the Kingfisher went very well indeed. The engine is mounted on a Gill bracket, which effectively increases the waterline length of the boat without increasing the size of the hull. Mounting the outboard in this fashion puts the prop in clean water and with the mounting further aft helps to keep the boat trimmed without resorting to planes, trim tabs or even engine trim. Consequently very small amounts of engine trim angle are required which results in the propeller working more efficiently. Race boats often used Gill brackets and jack plates to make a small boat go faster. Either side of the engine the Gill bracket is extended to provide a transom step. The extension could get in the way when fishing a fast tide at anchor, but you will soon get used to it being there and fish accordingly. The improved drive gained from its use outweighs any small inconvenience when fishing.
Talking about the driving benefits, with the 200hp the Kingfisher, at nearly 1.5 tonnes, was able to maintain 43mph with three people aboard. She maintained a healthy cruising speed of 27mph at 3500 rpm, which by any reckoning isn’t bad for a fishing boat.
Driving was very pleasant and the helm seating was high enough, with a foot rail, to stay sat at the wheel, which for a long passage does take the pressure off your knees. By dropping the helm seat out of the way you have clear standing room behind the wheel with the padding from the seat squab for your leg.
I can see the Kingfisher appealing to those anglers who want a little bit of comfort with their fishing and for whom the boating is more than just a means of getting to their marks.
Planing speed 12mph @ 2500 rpm
Cruising speed 27mph @ 3500 rpm
Fast cruising 36mph @ 4500 rpm
Maximum achieved 43mph @ 4800rpm on new, tight engine.
Length of Hull 7.20m
Weight 1400 kg
Rec. Power 115hp – 250hp
Fuel Tank 250 litres
Water Tank 75 litres
CE Category C
Max Persons 8
The basic boat price is £25,680. If you went for a Yamaha 150hp outboard the package price is £37, 389. There is also an inboard version with various engines. Expect to pay around £42,485 if fitted with the 160hp Volvo D3.
The test boat was kindly provided by Severn Valley Boat Centre – www.severnboat.com - tel: 01299 871165.
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