by Dave Moran

Lazercraft 620 Sport GT


6.2 metres of 5083 marine grade alloy
ultra-long transom
3mm Diamond plate alloy flooring
moulded fibreglass top
Perspex windscreen
two pedestal upholstered rotomould swivel seats
two zinc anodes
150 litre fuel tanks
135 hp Mercury Optimax
John Hewinson canvassing and road cover
Seastar hydraulic steering system
Navman electronics
two-year hull warranty
Blend well together with scrupulous expertise and latest technology.
Mix in luxury and practical extras.
Add moderate to rough seas and skilled skipper.

Base mixture

Complete purpose built 5083 marine grade aluminium trailer
14″ Astron mag wheels
14″ 8 ply radial tyres
1250 to 1500 kg durotorque suspension
two aluminium mudguards
two submersible lights
fold-down jockey wheels
10:1 winch and wire
optional: tandem axle, brakes, spare wheel.
Put together with excellent PR skills, teamwork, and distinguished Lazercraft dealerships.

Result: success. Serves four to six people generously.

Dive New Zealand’s roving reporter team was invited by Lance Johnston at Anchorage Marine in Whangarei to take one of these babies for a test run. On leaving Whangarei Basin, the sun was shining but the seas were rather rough, which made for a bit of a wild ride around to Guano Island off the Whangarei Heads. The boat handled the southeasterly on her beam courageously, and taking on the peaks was no sweat, but thank God for sports bras and physiotherapists. This felt pleasantly tamer than other alloy boats I had experienced on the high seas, with Lazercraft’s fine entry and reverse chine progressive gull wing hull cushioning the blow. Because of this, these boats travel well with a following sea and would also suit the wild West Coast swells. We glided down the face of these waves as smoothly as a pro surfer.

Excellent buoyancy is incorporated into the design with a built-in underfloor sealed compartment.

The console is a basic design, with Smartcraft gauges with digital functions. Analogue is also an option. The windscreen level is perfect for the person of average height. The pedestal upholstered seats swivel to give manoeuvrability in the boat, with the option to have a back-to-back seating arrangement with storage underneath. Easy access to the bow and anchor well is through the forward cabin with a hatch on gas-filled struts. A winch is a luxury optional extra. A five kilogram Kewine anchor, chain and warp fitted freely into the anchor well. The powdercoated bow rail protects passengers and the boat from impact. Possibly more hand rails for rougher conditions would offer better passenger stability; these could be easily installed.

With an external beam of 2.35 metres, there are ample storage compartments in the comfortable-sized cuddy cabin. Dive tanks can be stored in the full length port and starboard side storage pockets. Four standard rod holders and optional fold-down rocket launchers provide ample room for rods and activity space. Boarding the boat after a dive could be made easier with a deeper ladder, but the standard boarding ladder and the stepthrough portofino transom were sufficient for easy entry.

Optional extras include live bait tanks, bait board, fish box seats and squabs, and removable floor carpet. In the 740 and 680 models a 50 litre underfloor fresh water tank and pumps are also available, as is the luxury of a toilet.

The fuel capacity is a 150 litre tank stored underfloor. The battery is secured in an off-the-floor compartment. The virtually smokeless and quiet two-stroke 135hp Mercury Optimax engine has an advanced fuel delivery system burning approximately 48 litres per hour at the rate of 68 kms/5.5 rpms for efficient fuel economy. It is fitted with a standard three-blade Vengeance prop and has the 2-3-4 warranty. (A two year warranty against mechanical failure, three years against corrosion, and four years on engine components.) We didn’t have a lot of weight on board, but you could tell this baby had plenty of boogie. With the standard feature of a ski pole and plenty of torque, it ensures an awesome ride for water skiing.

Lazercraft have a few tricks up their sleeves with the special paint processing over the alloy sections, and use glass fibre top decks with deck grip for safety and protection. All hulls are electrically isolated and have protective paintwork to avoid galvanising and corrosion. As with all boats, cleaning is vital to the lifespan of your precious toy.

Lazercraft’s fully welded purpose-built trailer is low maintenance, non-corrosive and light, being fabricated from 5083 marine grade aluminium. Naturally this easy-towing trailer comes with safety chain, electrical wiring, submersible lights, warrant of fitness and other features you would expect. The overall on-road weight of boat, motor and trailer is 1280kg.

Lazercraft sells the boat and trailer package at an affordable cost, under $33,000. Optimax engines as an extra start from $20,000.

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