Media 7.5 Metre – Centre Cabin
Boatpoint, Friday 1st September 2006
· Noble DeepVee 7.5 Centre Cab
Struggled with the offshore fishing scene in the past? The Noble DeepVee 7.5 Centre Cab will ensure you make a vengeful return.
Noble Boats International has been trading as a family company for more than 20 years, building boats to more than 12m for a variety of customers.
Its boats are designed by naval architects on CAD software and materials are computer cut for accuracy.
With so many plate boats of this size on today’s market, we thought we should check out the 7.5m Centre Cabin on Victoria’s Port Phillip Bay.
When we test a boat of this calibre, which is particularly designed for serious offshore work, it is always nice to have some swell, chop and fairly ordinary weather to sort out any issues the hull and fit-up might have.
Unfortunately, this time Port Phillip produced conditions that would have to go down in its history as the calmest ever, albeit a little chilly for someone from warmer climes!
New World Honda was running a media day, pre-empting an open weekend where many of the company’s boat models were on the water for test driving by interested members of the public. On the water at Patterson River, we could access Port Phillip easily and, once clear of the entrance we took the DeepVee through its paces. With five other large craft churning up the clear water we had plenty of wash to play in to test the hull performance.
CRUISIN’ FOR A BRUISIN’
Wound out to maximum revs of 5800 the twin Honda four strokes had the speedometer showing 46mp/h, which is nearly 75km/h. From a standing start the Hondas proved to be well matched to this hull, producing a fast and effortless hole-shot. Manoeuvrability was also easy on the arms, with Hynautic hydraulic steering fitted. It utilised one pump on the starboard engine and a drag link to the port power plant.
With so much torque on offer, cruising at a variety of speeds would be comfortable in a variety of seas.
Counter rotating propellers also gave the DeepVee versatility at the helm in tight spots and very direct steering when backing down. The half-cut transom door was high enough not to allow any water to pour into the cockpit when going hard astern. The volume of water coming over the full-width floating transom was acceptable for gamefishing situations.
Build wise, the welding on this boat looked strong with wide fillet welds at the joins.
The centre cabin was easily traversed via a wide companionway inside the forequarter gunwales, heavily coated with non-slip. Once at the bow, the area in the vicinity of the anchor well and Maxwell Freedom winch was flat, making for good stability while working the ground tackle, should you need to do it manually.
There is enough room to stow a small rubber dinghy here or on the roof of the hard top, which featured grabrails for when you’re moving past the cabin or tying down chattels for travel.
Inside the cabin the vee-berth could sleep two large adults without an infill for the leg well. There was also plenty of head height for those sitting inside. The forward section of the cushioning secreted a portable toilet behind a lift-out gate. Stowage was found under the side cushions as well as in a large deep tray at the forward end of the cabin. After viewing the heavy longitudinal stringers that pass through this area, it was evident that there was also plenty of bracing in the forefoot of this hull.
There was plenty of room for marine electronics at the helm and a flat dash top could handle a number of gimbal-mounted instruments. The windscreen on this boat was all perspex and a set of clears connected it to the hard top and targa.
Gaps in the joins of the clears near the hard top did let water drip onto the dash when punching through big chop and generating spray, though. This would need attention.
The swivel bucket seats, which were mounted on stowage boxes fixed to the floor, were comfortable.
Out in the cockpit the side pockets ran the full length with a freshwater deckwash in each. The inner side of the coamings were padded at a height above the average knee, making for comfortable and stable standing while fishing. The kill tank, measuring 90cm x 90cm, was situated under the deck.
A battery for each engine was fixed in a compartment on both the port and starboard side of the transom bulkhead. The battery on the starboard side shared the compartment with fuel lines and a drainable fuel filter, which should be changed due to the possibility of a fire, should fuel leak into a compartment where a faulty connection might cause a spark.
A livebait tank and practical bait rigging board with four rodholders complimented the rest of this bulkhead. The targa also had room for six rods in the launcher but the optional extended awning off the back of the hard top made it difficult to access those rods not on the outer ends of the launcher.
The DeepVee’s 24-degree deadrise will hold it in good stead when punching through offshore chop, while its aggressive double reverse chines offer good stability dead in the water.
With plenty of room to move in the cockpit, this boat had all the hallmarks of a practical fishing platform for a number of anglers.
Large berths in cabin
Handles well at the helm
Hard to access rods in rocket launcher when optional awning is fitted
NOBLE DeepVee 7.5 CENTRE CAB
Price as tested: $129,950
Options fitted: Hard top, rocket launcher, clears, second fuel tank, rear lounge and backrest, padded coamings, bi-fold door, livebait tank, wash down, bait board, transom door, boarding ladder, cabin hatch, deck winch, fridge/freezer, radio and CD player, sounder/GPS, spotlights on hard top and outriggers.
Priced from: $107,000
Material: Plate aluminium, 5mm bottom and transom, 4mm sides and decks
Length overall: 7.7m
Deadrise: 24 degrees
Weight: 1100kg dry hull
Fuel: 360lt (2 x 180lt)
Rec/max HP: 300
Rec/min HP: 150
Berth length: 188m
People: 10 adults
Make/model: Honda BF135 x 2
Type: Fuel-injected four-stroke, DOHC four-cylinder
Rated HP: 135 each
Gearbox ratio: 2.14
Propellers: 17-inch counter rotating
Modern Boating by Alistair McGlashan
· Boat Test – Super-Vee 7.5
ALISTAIR MCGLASHAN is impressed by a sturdy offshore vessel with a practical fishing layout.
Anglers travelling further out to sea to find fillets are starting to fish from bigger, better and more specialised trailer boats. Plate boats have a reputation for toughness and are becoming increasingly popular in this genre. One of the best is the Noble Deep-Vee. Noble Boats International has operated for 23 years in the industry as a family business known for producing quality products.
The Noble Deep-Vee 7.5 Centre Cab I tested was one slick fishing machine. The test boat had a number of upgrades, the most noticeable were the rounded centre cab; the glass windscreen, which wraps around and offers better visibility; and the gunwales that have been raised by 5 mm, which gives the boat a ‘beefed-up’ look.
The hull shape the Noble DeepVee is famous for still features its sharp entry point and distinct reverse chines.
On the water Port Phillip Bay was unseasonably calm for our test run, so we didn’t get much of an opportunity to put the boat through any rough stuff. But I have been fishing onboard a number of DeepVees and can tell you they are great bluewater boats that handle well in rough conditions. A good mate of mine had a nasty encounter on the South West Rocks bar a few years ago and swears it was his Noble’s hull shape that saved him from going for a swim. Also, I have been using an older 6.25 Centre Cab while filming the Strikezone DVD series and have been impressed with its handling, but it has nothing on the new models!
The 7.5 Centre Cab’s cockpit is massive. It’s three-metres long and can easily accommodate double hook-ups on marlin or a triple on tuna. The deck is self-draining and the scuppers have been cleverly repositioned in the centre, which minimises water flowing in when three burly blokes stand in the corner. There is a reasonable-sized bait tank in one corner, which the guys at New World Honda have cleverly modified to include a clear perspex window so you can keep an eye on your livies.
Below this, there are lockable cabinets in each corner, which can accommodate up to three batteries. There’s also a deck-wash, which runs off the bait tank pump, plus a small door on the opposite side. An impressive bait board, complete with four rod holders, holds position in the centre. The built-in rod holders are great and prevent the corrosion caused by stainless steel rod holders used by other companies. Large, easily accessible shelves that run the full length of the cockpit are handy for carrying everything from gaffs to ropes. There is also a sizeable kill tank positioned between the two helm seats.
Unlike many walk-arounds, the Noble DeepVee has ample room for passage to the bow.
The 7.4 Centre Cab is built with a heavy-duty hardtop for protection from the sun and the sea. Our test boat’s hardtop housed flush-mounted radios, for easy use, and a series of rod holders lined the roof.
The dash is spacious enough for big-screen electronics and the instrument panel is now rounded out to fit everything snugly. The helm provides a good view over the bow while in a comfortable position to control the vessel. The guys at New World Honda have been proactive in the recent developments of the DeepVee 7.5 and have removed a grab rail that used to run the full length around the windscreen.
The seats are mounted on boxes—one has built-in tackle boxes, the other is for general storage. There are also built-in mounts for a fire extinguisher and an EPIRB, which are easily accessible in an emergency.
Our test boat was powered by a 225 hp Honda four-stroke that pushed the 1,100 kg hull with ease. It’s an economical match, and with the two fuel tank total capacity of 450 lt, you can run the Honda at cruising speed (4000 rpm) for almost 20 hours. This range makes the DeepVee 7.5 a contender for anglers who want to push the boundaries and fish offshore.
The plate aluminium construction makes the 7.5 Centre Cab lighter than its fibreglass competition, hence easier to tow, adding to its appeal as a big trailer boat. If you’re into hard-core offshore fishing boats, the 7.5 Noble DeepVee is definitely worth checking out.
Media 7.5 Metre – Lifestyle
November 2007 by Rick Huckstepp
· Super lifestyle
With a full-size cabin, the maxi trailerable Noble DeepVee 7.5 Lifestyle caters to both anglers and weekend cruisers alike, notes Rick Huckstepp
Noble’s DeepVee 7.5 Lifestyle joins the ranks of big trailerable boats targeting a cross section of the market looking for the best of both worlds.
Its full-size cabin features a vee-berth with a polished timber table pedestal mounted in the leg well which collapses to form a double bed infill. Without the table deployed as a bed base, there’s ample room for two to sleep on the bunks which cover stowage areas below.
A large shelf at the fore end of the cabin roof holds plenty of personal items with more room in sidepockets. The cabin roof has plenty of headroom above the leg well for dining and a very large tinted hatch will provide ample flow-through ventilation.
On the starboard aft end of the cabin, a walk-in head and shower is constructed against the dashboard bulkhead. The inside wall of this compartment features a large vertical hatch that allows access to the rear of the electronics installed at the helm.
The hot water in the shower emanates from a 12V heater installed below deck, while the head is emptied via a pump that takes the waste to a cartridge system, accessed near the leg room for the skipper. This is ideal, as it negates any odour within the cabin when being removed for emptying. The cartridge may also be connected to a waste station pump for draining, while securely installed. Toilet paper is stowed on a roller behind a sprayproof hatch with the shower rose and taps behind another. Privacy to this compartment is afforded by a sliding shutter-style door that optimises space both inside and out in the companionway, while looking very neat.
The fascias of the galley and opposing helm seat base are finished in light coloured polished timber. The double helm seat has a short back rest for the skipper while the passenger has a flat cushioned base to sit on.
The dash layout consists of a raised brow well back against the screen, which held Evinrude gauges, and a large flat area between the wheel. This brow might be used for low profile stowage, but inclusion of gimbal mounted electronics here would block some of the instrumentation.
Generally in plate boats of this size, we see full wheelhouse structures, but in this case the Lifestyle may be open air at the helm with the rolling up and/or removal of the clears suspended from the hardtop on sail track. Use of this type of fixture lends towards a much dryer experience in big seas and heavy rain than with the zipper top type, which can leak and allow water onto the helm station. This style of open air layout would be welcomed in the tropics.
The helm seat module has a multi-drawer tackle rack flush mounted above a padded seat which is hinged and when opened, reveals the engine oil bottle for the Evinrude E-TEC. Oil bottles for the E-TEC engine come in two sizes and above 150hp, the larger version is supplied. This compartment has enough room for a spare 4lt oil bottle and then some for maintenance tools. As an observer seat, it’s ideal if you have a skier in tow or watching a spread of lures out the back, though it did lack a padded backrest which is easily remedied.
Snug against the aft end of the galley module, a mirrored seat compartment holds the gas bottle for the cooktop. This is due to there being no lip on the entry to the cabin, which is required for holding back settling gas from a leak. The compartment is vented to the transom via a pipe, which tracks along the deck under the portside cockpit pocket and doesn’t interfere with the feet when standing against the gunwales.
The hardtop is well constructed, with a large amount of semi-flat space to use for a small inflatable dinghy or stowage of long haul gear such as extra fuel, crab pots and the like. There are plenty of strong handrails all round on this boat and those up here will allow for ample tie-down points.
Fitted to the aft end of the hardtop is a semi permanent extension of aluminium and canvas for extra shade in the cockpit. Due to the beam of this boat, one has to stand on the gunwale and reach a long way toward the centre of the boat to access rods stowed near the centre of the rocket launcher because of this awning. A zip open panel in the centre of it would alleviate the need to stand on the gunwale in big seas.
The deckwash is in the portside aft pocket and plumbed through the transom bulkhead. In the bulkhead is fitted a livebait tank and over the back, above the marlin board, an auxiliary engine bracket is installed for when carrying a small tender on the hardtop.
In the starboard corner of the bulkhead is a large walkthrough aperture featuring a nylon panel safety door.
Refuelling is done through the filler in the top of the portside gunwale with the plumbing secreted behind a compartment running to the deck.
The gunwales on the Lifestyle are very wide; about 250mm plus the inner thigh padding, so there is heaps of room for top mounted outrigger poles and downrigger bases.
The finish on the Noble is of high quality with plenty of attention to minute detail. Of interest is the small nylon cupped washers under each stainless steel screw, designed by Noble Boats International to retard corrosion between dissimilar metals. Nice addition!
Manoeuvrability of this big rig is easy at the helm. It has plenty of holeshot power with the 250hp E-TEC on the transom and can manoeuvre tightly at speed with no sideslip or aeration at the prop. This match of boat and motor is ideal, and even with a full load, you won’t need to look for more power. It has plenty of torque right through the throttle range and ambient noise in the cockpit is about on par with a four-stroke of the same horsepower. Top speed was around 70kmh, while a comfortable cruise had the boat loafing along at around 40kmh.
While these Evinrudes come with their own fuel flow information digitised on the gauges, it was not calibrated at the time so we cannot comment on consumption.
Stability wise, it will be ideal for long stints aboard, due to its wide ribbed chines which stop a lot of the side-to-side rock and roll. The sharper entry at the forefoot of the bow and very deep vee between the chines at the stern are what makes up the registered design of Noble DeepVee.
We tested the boat on northern Moreton Bay with 15 to 20kts of wind pushing chop to about 0.75m. The boat exhibits a dry ride and soft to boot running into/and at an angle to wind and waves.
This rig has been designed as a floating caravan and is destined to be towed around Australia behind a Nissan utility next year. It belongs to the boss of Noble Boats International and has had feminine input into the layout of the internals making for a comfortable liveaboard over extended periods.
This writer has spent three years bussing and fishing around the country, investigating this type of amphibious craft for a trip in the future. The Lifestyle might well fill the bill for many looking for a rig of this purpose or just one to cruise the bays and coastlines as a weekender.
Attention to small detail, such as corrosion protection on all screws
Excellent stability at rest
Soft ride in chop while dry on the screen
Open air helm ideal for the hot tropics
Difficult to access rods in hardtop rodholder
NOBLE DeepVee 7.5 LIFESTYLE
Price as tested: $152,000
Options fitted: Radio, spotlights, rear lounge/icebox, livebait tank, deckwash, head, transom door, winch, extended duckboards, and GPS/combo depth sounder
Priced from: $130,000
Material: Plate aluminium
Length overall: 7.8m
Rec. max HP: 300
Max transom weight: 90kg
People berthed: 2
People day: 7 (open waters), 9 (protected waters)
Make/model: Evinrude E-TEC E250DPXSUA
Type: Direct fuel injected two-stroke
Rated HP: 250
Gearbox ratio: 1.85:1
Propeller: 19-inch Rebel
VELS rating: 3-star