Winter 2008 | No. 48 | SA  Waters & Leisure


An observation by a prospective buyer, that it was "amazing so much boat could still be trailerable', really made the point about this top of the line Theodore 720 Coastal Offshore.

Even stronger and more solid than it looked, this Offshore was also exceptionally powerful, thanks to a Volvo Penta D4-300/DP supercharged, turbo-charged common rail marine diesel, tucked away in the well insulated engine box at the transom and driving through a Duoprop leg. 

Although there is no reason why they couldn't be berth in a marina, Theodore 720 Coastals, like this new Offshore variant, were conceived to be a fully trailerable craft, yet packed with design features and high fitment levels usually found on larger craft.

Mounted on a custom designed, fully galvanised, tandem axle MacKay roller trailer, fitted with alloy rims and spare wheel, light truck tires, Sensa-Brake, walk-around mesh, steps and submersible lights, the Theodores can be towed by say, a Nissan Patrol or Toyota LandCruiser.

Having arrive at Port River Marine in Largs North for the test, we found the Offshore moored in the yard's berth. Stepping onto the large, slotted full-width boarding platform, then into the carpeted, self-draining cockpit, our first impression was of an all-embracing professionalism, which on closer inspection was further re-enforced.

Built to venture well out into blue waters, the Offshore was fitted with solid stainless steel (s.s) grab rails in logical, strategic positions. Within the high freeboard were padded inner decks (carlins), black marine carpet, rounded seat modules and a broad, upholstered engine box.

Elegantly styled, the rock solid, airy wheelhouse provided fully 1.88m (6'2") of headroom, 1.75m (5'9") width at the helm seats  and extended 1.93m (6'3") aft from the three section screen which was fitted with tinted, toughened glass.

Large adjacent helm seats sat on pedestal modules which also provided aft facing seats, with storage under. To each side were sliding windows, pairs of drinks holders and big speakers for the CD player. An EPIRB sat snug in a recess to port, as did the fire extinguishers located in the pedestals. Overhead were a light, the horn speaker and a search light control.

Fully lined, the cuddy had a maximum height of 1.44m (4'7"), max. width of 1.98m (6'8") and was 1.78m (5'7") long. A portable marine toilet was fitted, as was a tinted overhead safety hatch  and in the forward bulkhead, a white hatch gave clear access to the no-nonsense  Stress Free electric winch and its chain/rope rode which fed through a s.s. hawse.

On clearing Outer Harbour we opened the fly-by-wire throttle, marvelling at the sheer power from the Volvo Penta. This was delivered almost instantly and maintained right through to 3500rpm, by which time the Offshore was flying across calm Gulf waters at over 40 knots..

Remarkably, despite the awesome power on tap, the Offshore could cruise at 25 knots (46kph) yet consume a very respectable 20lph, such is the sophistication of the Volvo Penta engineering and the successful design of the Theodore 720 Coastal hull.

Using the wake and wash of a sister Soft Top variant, also at sea being demonstrated, we punched the Offshore into a very disturbed surface at high speed. This proved just how cleanly the deep forefoot was able to cut into the seas and when chasing along the edge of the other boat's wake, our boat stayed level and would not be edged off course.

Applying throttle at any speed still produced that smooth surge of supreme power.

There are far too many features fitted to and design aspect involved with the Offshore to attempt to detailing here.You can, however, see this award winning Theodore at the July 17-20 Adelaide Boat Show, plus take away both a brochure and CD. 

Equally, you can contact "Team Theodore" for further on the range of 720 Coastals on 8242 0788 or go to:

Article SA Waters Issue Winter 2008 pg 2