QUINTREX’S all-new alloy 650 Spirit walk-thru cuddy cabin model appeals as a top-rate offshore fishing outfit for local waters.
The boat gets the company’s innovative third-generation Millennium Blade hull, resulting in a quantum performance leap.
The flared forward entry is finer with 14 degrees more bow rake, the forefoot entry point is farther aft and the shoulders are narrower.
It is a more agile and trim responsive outfit with a drag-free and less bulky feel compared with the superseded standard Millennium hull model.
The new 6.35m Spirit runs a lot flatter and the performance statistics are spot-on for practical offshore work.
Matched with a 175hp Mercury Optimax Pro XS outboard, the outfit gets on to the plane quickly, acceleration is good and it cruises at 48km/h on 4200rpm. Top speed is 64km/h.
Apart from the new hull and walk-thru cuddy cabin format, the Spirit gets a long-overdue revitalised interior.
At last there are cabin side shelves with padded fascias, decent upholstered bench seating, some lining and neat carpeting.
Bucket seats on storage modules include handy rear cushions for additional passengers.
The helm area gets useful side coaming storage recesses, a glove box and a large underfloor moulded bin.
There is a dedicated gauge panel recess, and a wide shelf behind the grab-railed windscreen takes GPS and sonar units.
The boat also comes in a near-identical 610 model.