Submitted: 08-10-2010 by uiscemac
Have had this boat for a few weeks now. So far I am more then happy with it.
I've had it out in various Atlantic conditions off the coast of Ireland, everything from calm to 2.5 m swells with F4/5 winds. It took a lot of time to get the cockpit just right, I would probably be at the upper limit of size that the boat would be able to accommodate, (6'2" 15 stone). The boat is particularly well made which was a pleasant surprise as a lot of boats that have come out of China have been shoddy in their workmanship. However whatever factory P65 are now using know their stuff.
The gel coat is immaculate; no blemishes. The fibreglass is vacuum bagged in manufacture and is also very well done. There are no sharp edges around the cockpit which is a sure sign of bad workmanship. The combing around the cockpit is however deep, so deep that it is next to impossible to remove spraydeck in a hurry. This can be easily solved however by putting a length of garden hosepipe around the front of the cockpit combing this prevents the deck from sitting too tightly and allows you to eject with one pull without resorting to using a crowbar. The deck and hatches are very good quality, have rolled boat and the bulkheads and hatch covers are airtight. The skeg box and lever are bomb proof and are well designed. The rudder can be a little stiff to operate. The lines can be greased using washing up liquid, this frees them up considerably.
The boat on the water is fast, tracking requires the use of either skeg or rudder particularly in a running sea. Boat is extremely agile. It does perform better in a heavy sea with a load on board. The bow sits high without a load. I have clocked it on GPS doing 9.5k flat out. It could probably go faster with a running sea. Surf landing is tricky as the boat tends to windcock with a wave on the stern.I haven't mastered how to land the boat properly in heavy surf so to maintain by dignity I have resorted to backing the boat in stern first onto the beach, less embarrassing.
All in all I would have no problem recommending this boat to anybody.