by Steve Morgan •
Nobody can accuse Brisbane Marine’s Troy Wood of sitting there and just waiting for things to happen. In the last couple of years, he’s actively transformed the business from a quality Mercury Service and re-power agent into a boat dealership that offers turnkey packages for multiple brands.
One of the latest brands he’s taken on is the New Zealand designed and manufactured Profile hull. It was an excited Wood that called and suggested that we get out on the water and have a ride in the 735H Limited – one of the flagships of the range with a list of options as long as your arm.
“You’ve got to have a ride in this hull,” Troy beamed, “It’s the best alloy boat I’ve ever been in.”
We weren’t disappointed when a calm-ish forecast for Moreton Bay on the test day turned into a brisk southwesterly. When we made it across to the Tangalooma wrecks, Troy told us the story.
“We went across to NZ with the aim of securing a real quality alloy boat brand for the dealership, and the Profile boats really stood out,” Troy explained, “so we didn’t waste any time getting some ordered for Brisbane Marine.”
And, being Mercury’s Dealer of the Year for 2017, there was no way that the test rig was going to be fitted with anything but the best.
There are three models of the 735: the GL, the Sport and the top-of-the-line Limited. The test boat is a Limited fitted with twin Mercury 2.1L 115hp ProXS outboards. Tuned for high performance, a single 115 ProXS is impressive on any boat, but the twins fitted to this hull were incredibly fun to drive.
With a shorter and smaller hull, it’s pretty standard for a good hull to be trim sensitive. You can trim down to use the bow deadrise in the chop and then trim up to get the hull out of the water in the calm.
I’ve found the longer the boat is, the less dynamic the response to trim, so I loved the fact that the Profile 735 really got up and out of the water with the trim high and the hammers down.
This responsiveness also lets you trim the boat to take advantage of the variable deadrise in the hull in less than ideal conditions. Heading back to Scarborough across a sloppy southwesterly against the tide in the Pearl Channel is as good a test as any, and the Profile made the trip dry and comfortable.
The Mercs delivered a top speed of 73km/h at 6400rpm, but drank enough fuel to get only 800m/L burned. Easing up to 3750rpm got you 40km/h and nearly double the economy (at 1.5 km/L combined). Coincidentally, that was also a great speed to negotiate the wind versus tide chop.
From a design and fit-up point of view, the Limited lacked nothing. From a fully carpeted and optioned cabin (with a concealed gas cooker under the passenger seat) to a beautifully designed cockpit with live bait tank in the transom step, the options list is (literally) longer than this article.
Take a look at the test video to see the big girl in action.
As tested, this rig weighs in at $159,000, with the base models and single outboard setups coming in significantly cheaper. Visit www.brismarine.com.au for more information.
Height on trailer: 3.15m
Max hp: 260hp
Capacity: 8 persons
Deadrise: 36° (bow) to 17° (transom)
Tow weight: 2400kg
Width on trailer: 2.34m
Length on trailer: 8.85m
Beam (external): 2.34m
Beam (internal): 2.05m
RPM km/h km/L/engine
Idle 5.7 3.9
1000 8.0 3.5
2000 13.5 2.3
3000 26.0 2.7
4000 43.0 2.7
5000 59.0 2.2
6000 72.0 1.8
6400 73.0 1.6
*Best economy was 3km/L/engine at 3750rpm