There are a great many Norwegian powerboat marques that any right thinking boater would aspire to own. Think of Windy, Nidelv, Marex, Arctic Blue, Goldfish or Hydrolift and you picture pace, handling, seakeeping and profoundly impressive build quality allied to highly sophisticated styling. Of course, set in their proper market contexts, they all cost a small fortune but that only makes you want them that little bit more.
Watch Alex Smith's Ocean Master 630 WA First look video here.
Here however, we have something quite different. Ocean Master might come from Norway, but it is unusual firstly because its boats are built in Poland and secondly, because they are relatively affordable to buy. Equipped with the basic 100hp engine option, the outboard-powered Ocean Master 630 you see here is available at the full retail package price of £38,671 (or at the rather remarkable show price of just £29,995).
Ocean Master 630: The Walkaround compromise
There are 11 boats in the Ocean Master range, from 4.7 to 7.6 metres in length and the Walkaround configuration is by far the most popular layout. However, the 21-foot Ocean Master 630 is the second smallest of the five Walkaround models so, even with that big 8.5-foot beam, it has some careful space management issues to address. It is designed to provide plenty of deck space for versatile family entertainment so plainly the key starting point is deciding where to position that centre console around which everything else revolves.
In this case, the designers have decided to set it a fair way aft, freeing up a large space in the bow but rendering the cockpit section quite tight for the installation of a pair of rotating bolster seats and a transom bench. An unbroken port walkway from swim platform all the way forward to the mini embarkation step in the bow space also forces the cockpit seats to work quite hard for their patch of deck. In practice, the result is slightly tight access to the helm and down to the cabin, plus a compromised aft bench that is designed to accommodate two men rather than the usual three.
However, the extra space at the bow is expertly employed to generate a very comfortable and versatile leisure deck. With the cushions, the table and the infill all cleverly included as part of the standard package, you can use it straight out of the box, either as a five-man communal dining area or a dedicated sun pad for two. You can step off onto the pontoon using the dedicated embarkation steps on either side or you can disembark through the elevated guardrails at the bow. And there are also neat moulded storage alcoves beneath the seats and sufficiently deep freeboards to enable you to feel secure even in this traditionally exposed region of the boat. In short, the bow space on the Ocean Master 630 WA is a very conspicuous success.
Of course the trouble with treating yourself to a deep, flat, wide, long and thoroughly useable space in the bow is that if you try to crowbar in a ‘two-berth’ cabin below, it is likely to be hopelessly small – and when you head down there, this truth is very much borne out. The forward part of the space is extraordinarily tight, with less than eight inches between the fiberglass deckhead and the cushion that masquerades as your bed. Now I’m not sure which particularly neglected appendage you’re supposed to insert into this space for a restful night’s sleep but neither my legs nor my head appear to fit so I give up on the contortionist act and climb back up top to reflect instead on this boat’s sibling – the 640 WA.
Ocean Master: How about the 640WA?
If you like the style, price, power and fit-out of the 630 but you need more in the way of cabin space and overnight luxury, you should take a look at the 640WA. Based on the same hull, it employs elevated forward walkways and a significantly extended console unit to generate a space below decks that is far more comfortable. It also happens to enjoy slightly more dynamic styling with attractive angles in moulding and detail where the 630 makes do with traditional curves. There are compromises of course. It provides six seats rather than eight and it’s around 200kg heavier. It also lacks the 630’s open-air communal space in the bow and while its performance will inevitably be less vigorous, its price will inevitably be higher. However, if you really value that cabin space (and you intend to use it for more than just storage of bulky items and visiting the loo), the existence of the 640WA is able to provide you with a very neat solution.
Ocean Master 630 WA: Summary
This boat makes a lot of sense in terms of its external layout and promises a great deal of entertainment from the driving seat. Tight cockpit space aside, it comes with all the freedom of movement, generosity of embarkation points and purity of line you would expect of a fast Norwegian Walkaround sports boat. If you equip it with the top-rated 150hp engine, the sporting potency of that hull will bring you a lot of joy – and so too will that generously equipped and impressively proportioned bow space. If the awkward space and the rudimentary finish of that cabin leaves you cold, then you can sacrifice the versatility of the forward deck space and embrace the more substantial accommodation of the 640WA. Either way, what Ocean Master is able to offer is an overtly sporting package at a price very few Norwegian marques can match.
Ocean Master 630 WA - Specifications
Weight: 900 kg
Fuel capacity: 200 litres
People capacity: eight
Recommended power: 90-150hp
Retail package price (with 100hp): £38,671
Show package price (with 100hp OB): £29,995
Ocean Master 630 WA: Notable standard features
Sports steering wheel
Complete set of cushions
Manual and automatic bilge pumps
Opening cabin window
Bow dining table and infil
Ocean Master 630 WA: Notable options
Teak deck to cockpit sole
Chemical toilet or sea toilet and tank
SBS galvanised steel braked trailer
Two of the Norwegian marques mentioned in this feature – Windy and Hydrolift – are also prominent in Powerboat Bucket List: 10 Best Boats to Drive. If you're thinking of getting a runabout, have a look at Alex Smith's buyers' guide: Runabouts: Buying a Boat for all the Family.