Quicksilver Captur Pilothouse 755: flagship fisher
Alex Smith visits the Southampton Boat Show for a look at the flagship model in Quicksilver’s new Captur fishing fleet.
October 23, 2013
While lots of modern leisure vessels seem to strive for ever greater levels of do-it-all versatility, the requirements of the fishing fraternity mean that a quality fisher has a very specific set of needs to satisfy. So it stands to reason then, that the flagship of Quicksilver’s new seven-strong Captur Pilothouse range is a very targeted kind of boat.
Watch our First Look VIdeo of the Quicksilver 755.
As I inspect it on the show stand, the two most vital ingredients – a dry, beamy, buoyant hull and a deep, wide, uncluttered cockpit – immediately make themselves evident. It’s a good start and as I clamber up into the aft space past the Mercury 150 outboard, the good signs continue.
The aft deck is huge, with high freeboards, open walkways, large clear spaces and some useful basic features. You get four rod holders as standard, plus a fresh water livewell to port and a large space for the optional fish prep area on top of the transom. In addition to a deck that conceals a whole range of additional storage spaces, you also get some clever forward deck drains to keep the aft space dry when the cover is erected, plus the option of two folding benches for additional seating without a reduction in useable fishing space.
Quicksilver Captur Pilothouse 755: Step inside
The pilothouse itself is slightly offset to port, enabling the starboard door to open onto a broader walkway for easier access to bow and stern. It does of course mean that the port walkway is rather tight but inside the pilothouse itself, the first impressions are generally positive.
You get a small galley immediately to port, with a seat to starboard and a pair of similar chairs further forward for driver and navigator. The generous headroom means that (even without the optional roof hatch) both the ingress of natural light and the visibility through those big steep windows is very good indeed – not just forward and to the side, but also astern, through those sliding doors. Meanwhile, further forward, ahead of the helm station, you get the promised double berth, set at a slightly jaunty angle to enable the provision of a toilet area to port.
This pilothouse set-up enables the 755 to offer plenty of features in a relatively modest hull length but for me, there are a few things here that don’t feel fully resolved. Firstly, the provision of three bolstered seat pods in the wheelhouse seems on the face of it unusually generous but when you consider how this compact area is likely to be used, it’s not especially clever or versatile and it takes up a great deal of space. Secondly, in its standard form, there is no natural partitioning of the pilothouse, which means that if you want to take a nap in the double berth or visit the loo in privacy, you need to spend around £400 on the optional ‘Curtain Pack’.
There are also a couple of issues at the helm. The hinged foot brace makes a lot of sense as regards providing support for the driver without reducing the space in the forward double berth. However, it is built from a plastic platform on a metal frame and the fact that I am able to bend it with my hand suggests that it would fail to cope with the weight of a man on a lumpy sea. Meanwhile, up at the dash, a comfortable helm position with excellent all-round visibility is tarnished by the flawed mounting of the throttle. It is positioned just aft of a moulded recess, which means that when you try to push it forward, you tend to trap your fingers between the lever and the plastic. Of course, these kinds of anomaly can often happen on show boats that have been rapidly rigged to perch on a stand - but for practical use, these are things that I would want to see addressed.
Having said all that, the basic boat you see here can be tweaked in a number of clever and useful ways with the optional upgrade packs. The Comfort Pack offers a hardtop hatch, a cabin hatch, a cockpit shower and a saloon table, plus bow cushions and a refrigerator. The Electronic Pack comprises a seven-inch GPS, a marine stereo and (rather usefully) a second helm station. And the Fish Pack makes the very most of that big aft space with a raw water washdown, fish locker pumpouts and a large bait preparation table. If you don’t want the packs, you can select individual upgrade features from the options list, but if you add a pair of folding bench seats and a cover for the aft cockpit, plus trim tabs to help counteract the windage of that lofty pilothouse structure, the ready-made packs are sufficiently well conceived to provide everything else you need at surprisingly modest prices.
Quicksilver Captur Pilothouse 755: Review Summary
We know perfectly well that Quicksilver can produce some of the very best multi-purpose leisure boats in the world because they have proved it with their fantastic Activ range. Plainly, this is not that kind of boat. True, the Pilothouse’s three seats, permanent galley, double berth and toilet make it very useful for extended trips but with that big aft cockpit and its range of well considered upgrade options, it remains very much a fishing tool. Even in its most basic form, the standard boat will do that particular job with great competence but with the second helm station and the optional fishing package, it has the potential to become a very affordable and very capable fishing solution indeed.
Quicksilver Captur Pilothouse 755: Specifications
Hull length: 6.99m
Maximum power: 250hp
Fuel capacity: 300 litres
People capacity: eight
Engine: Mercury 150
Price: from £30,000
Quicksilver Captur Pilothouse 755: Notable standard features
Two-berth cabin with cushions
Anchor locker and bow roller
Four rod holders with cockpit rod storage
Fish lockers and livewell
12v electrical socket
Quicksilver Captur Pilothouse 755: Notable options
Flush toilet with overboard discharge
Opening Hardtop Hatch
Opening Deck Hatch
Bow Electrical Windlass
Transom Electrical Windlass
Electric Trim Tabs
Complete Enclosed Canvas
Aft Cockpit Seating
Port Cockpit Seating
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For more advice on choosing a fishing boat, read Dave Barham's guide to fishing boats. See also: Sports Fishers: Five Top Fishing Boats and Cashback for Outboard Buyers
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