Corsiva Coaster 720 GT review

The Corsiva Coaster 720 GT is great for low and high speed day boating, but with the potential for over-night stops too

Outboard options stretch from 25hp to the tested 150hp SuzukiOutboard options stretch from 25hp to 200hp
Only in quartering seas did it need correction on the wheel, and how often do you find those on the river?
Yet the 720 GT also remained unflappable when it was hurtling along at up to 33 knots, courtesy of the 150hp Mercury outboard fitted to our test boat.

And not just in a straight line, in extremely tight turns too. However, if that composure tempts you into fitting the largest 200hp option in pursuit of the theoretical 38 knots on offer, I’d highly recommend fitting some good fast-acting trim-tabs.
Quite how it manages to provide such an easygoing ride in bumpy conditions with such obviously flat aft hull sections is a mystery, but it’s certainly a welcome puzzle.

Inside out

The third surprise was finding full standing headroom under the soft fabric sunroof. This feature is the key to the workings of the low-profile 720.
Snug cockpit is very well protected yet can be opened to the elementsSnug cockpit is very well protected yet can be opened to the elements
If the weather is good enough, the roof can be rolled forward and the major part of the interior becomes almost as much a part of the outside as the aft cockpit.
That makes its workings very different to the archetypal French alternative (for example, the Jeanneau Cap Camarat 7.5) which has distinct inside and outside spaces.
Sleeping space in the bowSleeping space in the bow
There’s no right or wrong arrangement, but the 720GT is certainly going to appeal to those who do a lot of day boating, and perhaps plan to spend fewer nights onboard than their French boat owning friends.

Verdict

The Corsiva Coaster 720 GT matches its French rivals’ terrific value, but with a Scandinavian take on slow and fast day boating. Modest overnight accommodation means weekend cruising is on the cards too.

Details

Length:22ft 4in (6.80m)

Beam:8ft 3in (2.50m)

Fuel capacity:44 imp gal (200 litres)

Water capacity:17 imp gal (77 litres)

Draught:1ft 0in (0.31m) ex engine

RCD Category:C (for 7 people)

Displacement:1.8 tonnes (ex engine)

Test engine:Single 150hp Mercury outboard

Top speed:33 knots

Cruising speed:20/28 knots

The Corsiva Coaster 720 GT is great for low and high speed day boating, but with the potential for over-night stops too

Outboard options stretch from 25hp to the tested 150hp SuzukiOutboard options stretch from 25hp to 200hp
Only in quartering seas did it need correction on the wheel, and how often do you find those on the river?
Yet the 720 GT also remained unflappable when it was hurtling along at up to 33 knots, courtesy of the 150hp Mercury outboard fitted to our test boat.

And not just in a straight line, in extremely tight turns too. However, if that composure tempts you into fitting the largest 200hp option in pursuit of the theoretical 38 knots on offer, I’d highly recommend fitting some good fast-acting trim-tabs.
Quite how it manages to provide such an easygoing ride in bumpy conditions with such obviously flat aft hull sections is a mystery, but it’s certainly a welcome puzzle.

Inside out

The third surprise was finding full standing headroom under the soft fabric sunroof. This feature is the key to the workings of the low-profile 720.
Snug cockpit is very well protected yet can be opened to the elementsSnug cockpit is very well protected yet can be opened to the elements
If the weather is good enough, the roof can be rolled forward and the major part of the interior becomes almost as much a part of the outside as the aft cockpit.
That makes its workings very different to the archetypal French alternative (for example, the Jeanneau Cap Camarat 7.5) which has distinct inside and outside spaces.
Sleeping space in the bowSleeping space in the bow
There’s no right or wrong arrangement, but the 720GT is certainly going to appeal to those who do a lot of day boating, and perhaps plan to spend fewer nights onboard than their French boat owning friends.

Verdict

The Corsiva Coaster 720 GT matches its French rivals’ terrific value, but with a Scandinavian take on slow and fast day boating. Modest overnight accommodation means weekend cruising is on the cards too.

Details

Length:22ft 4in (6.80m)

Beam:8ft 3in (2.50m)

Fuel capacity:44 imp gal (200 litres)

Water capacity:17 imp gal (77 litres)

Draught:1ft 0in (0.31m) ex engine

RCD Category:C (for 7 people)

Displacement:1.8 tonnes (ex engine)

Test engine:Single 150hp Mercury outboard

Top speed:33 knots

Cruising speed:20/28 knots

SOURCE:http://www.mby.com/reviews/rib-and-sportsboats/corsiva-coaster-720-gt-review

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