CruiseCraft up rates Explorer 685 to 300HP

Boaters who want to take advantage of the maxi horsepower outboards now available on the market, can now fit these high output engines to the CruiseCraft Explorer 685 fishing machine.

Due to the re-engineering and construction of the CruiseCraft Explorer 685 model, the maximum power rating for this model has been lifted from a maximum of 270 hp to 300hp.  This is effective for all new CruiseCraft Explorer 685 models manufactured after October 1st 2009 and is not applied retrospectively.

The development plan undertaken by CruiseCraft boats involved exhaustive technical and practical testing to ensure that the vessel not only passed the stringent requirements for CE Certification, but also passed rigorous on water testing.

The new rating allows engines such as the Yamaha F300 four-stroke V8, Mercury Verado 300, Suzuki DF300 Evinrude E300 all to be fitted as single engine installations.  Boaters who head way offshore and like the security of twin engines can now up-spec dual engines up to twin 150hp.

According to Nathan Nichols of CruiseCraft, re-rating the top of the line Explorer model is directly attributed to customer feedback.

“Our dealers were telling us that many customers had requested the big 300hp outboards on their new Explorer 865,” Nathan Nichols said.

“These are people who want to have big power to run fast over long distances, but they also appreciate the economy of running a big engine at easy revs for greater fuel efficiency.”

“We looked at the engineering implications involved with fitting a more powerful and slightly heavier engine and decided that it was worthwhile to make the change.”

Now all CruiseCraft Explorer 685 boats manufactured will benefit from the re-engineering and new construction process as part of the standard build.   Moreover, there has been no cost increase for the upgrade.

CruiseCraft’s Outsider 685 model will remain as a hull rated to 270hp.  Existing Explorer 685 models cannot be upgraded as a retrofit.  A revised VIN plate cannot be issued due to the engineering changes that have now been incorporated in the construction process.

CruiseCraft is a wholly family owned, third generation Australian boat manufacturing business, operating from their Brisbane manufacturing facility. CruiseCraft boats are distributed exclusively through a network of Authorised Dealers throughout Australia and selected international markets.