NEWS & REVIEWS
THEODORE 720 OFFSHORE ENCLOSED HARDTOP
Mark Robinson | 9 December 2014 | Marine Business
THEODORE'S latest release is the 720 Offshore Enclosed Hardtop, powered by twin 150hp Suzuki outboards and featuring counter rotating propellers, electronic controls and Suzuki’s Lean Burn Control System.
Powering choices include a Single Outboard to 300hp, Twin Outboards to 300hp or a Diesel Stern Drive to 300hp.
This latest release now completes the option range of these high performance multi-award winning vessels and this craft readily achieves her designer’s goal of 40 knots. Just as important, however, is the very impressive ability of this craft to handle offshore conditions with amazing comfort and a ride quality unexpected for a 7.2 metre vessel.
A wide range of configurations is available: An Open Day Boat to which can be added a forward or aft facing Targa, or a fixed or folding stainless steel Bimini, with side and front clears, an Open Hardtop with side and front clears or an Enclosed Hardtop with front and sliding side windows.
The cockpit layout is extremely flexible and can be varied depending upon the owner’s requirements. Options include forward seating on pedestals, or on moulded fibreglass bases that provide extra storage lockers. In addition rear facing cockpit seating is also available.
The standard 300 litre alloy tank is built to survey standards and can be upgraded to 500 litres by eliminating the aft under-floor fish/storage box. This allows for a longer tank in order to increase the volume without upsetting the craft’s trim. This is because the fuel is stowed under the deck at the centre of buoyancy, which allows the craft to operate right through the range, from full fuel to reserve fuel, without requiring alterations to its trim.
Under-floor approved buoyancy foam is now fitted to all craft, whether built to Survey or Non-Survey, and they are constructed with hand laid-up moulded fibreglass incorporating a moulded fibreglass stringer grid system. A 10-year structural hull warranty is provided on Non-Survey vessels.
Other features include a Sea Star Optimus electronic helm, which is lock to lock adjustable with speed and load, while an impressive safety feature is that if one engine should fail it can be raised and the craft can continue to operate at planing speed.
Extensive electronics include a Simrad NSS Series multifunction navigation system, with one main screen 16 inch GPS/Plotter, Radar, Sounder (forward scanning), plus two 7 inch screens, Auto Pilot and Engine Management with new multi touch control. Plus a Simrad Sonic hub sound system including Bluetooth, and a Simrad VHF Radio with additional wireless handset.
Two heavy duty sealed starting batteries - one for each engine - are included, along with a separate heavy duty house battery, plus a 20 amp Xantrex built-in battery charger with shore power, a 12 volt BEP control panel and a BEP fume detector to bilge. There are also BEP battery isolators, a bridge switch and a VSR (Voltage Sensitive Relay), a device that automatically priorities the charging to the starting batteries.
Auto/manual bilge pumps with high water alarms are located in the aft and forward compartments. Space here does not allow a full listing of available features but these include a 12 volt stainless steel ultrafast drive up/drive down self loading drum anchor winch, with under deck mount and stainless steel hawse pipe, along with a Sarca anchor and stainless steel Sarca bow roller.
A Ritchie offshore compass is mounted forward of the helm, quality Hella LED lighting is used, there are both salt and freshwater pumps and there is a V-Berth with integrated portable toilet housing for a Sealand portable toilet.
A Lewmar tinted foredeck access hatch provides natural light along with Luran hatches elsewhere, while cabin access is via a lockable acrylic contoured door. The through-hull and the bilge valves are stainless steel, as are the grab rails and bow rail.
Offshore safety is assured with the self-draining, self-closing scuppers and the water tight compartments in the transom to house the batteries. The full list of fixtures and fittings is extensive and can be sourced by contacting Theodore Marine.