Even in the US, where sportsfishing is enormously popular, boats like the 2610 Walkaround are commonly used as multi-purpose sportsboats.

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Proline 2610

Even in the US, where sportsfishing is enormously popular, boats like the 2610 Walkaround are commonly used as multi-purpose sportsboats.

Compared with the usual alternative ­ the ‘zoomy’ looking Speedboat ­ they have two major advantages. Number one is safety: on the face of it, the security of the ‘walkaround’ decks is provided at the expense of interior space.

In reality, the side decks are probably no lower than those of a sleek sportsboat, with the bulwarks on the 2610 rising above this level ­ so no loss of space here.

Secondly, the nature of the chunky styling allows for good headroom in what is effectively a 25ft boat with platforms at each end. And the generous beam and bright white interior add to the feeling of space below. Although the interior isn’t sophisticated or perfectly finished, it won’t show wear and tear the first time it is used.

Of course, you can’t entirely escape paying for having a lot of boat in 25 foot ­ the 2610 is a whisker under £50,000 with its smallest diesel engine. But the price premium of diesel over petrol only hurts at the start: the first time you fill the big tanks your accountant will thank you, and aeons will pass before you repeat the process.

The Proline 2610 is all about stress-free boating, and not worrying about falling overboard so easily, or scratching the shiny table-tops, or where you can store all the paraphernalia on deck, or when you will run out of fuel. Isn’t this what boating should be all about?

DIMENSIONS

LOA 29ft 7in 9.02m

Hull Length 24ft 7in 7.49m

Beam 9ft 10in 2.99m

Draught 2ft 6in 0.76m

Air draught 9ft 1in inc hardtop or 7ft 3in ex hardtop 2.77m or 2.21m

Displacement 3.19 tonnes (light) 3.90 tonnes (loaded)

Fuel capacity 176 imp gal 757lt

Water capacity 17 imp gal 79lt

Engines Single Volvo Penta KAD44P EDC_DP 260hp @ 3,900rpm 6-cylinder, 3.6lt turbo diesels Duoprop outdrive leg, B4 propellers

RPM Speed Trim GPH MPG Range

1,500 7.3 2.0° 1.33 5.49 733

2,000 8.8 5.0° 3.10 2.84 379

2,500 14.2 5.0° 4.46 318 425

3,000 21.6 4.0° 6.14 3.52 470

3,300 25.7 4.0° 7.65 3.36 450

3,600 29.1 4.0° 9.69 3.00 401

3,900 31.6 4.0° 11.93 2.65 354

Range allows for 20% reserve 50% fuel, 0% water, 2 crew Sea state: 6in (150mm) chop. Wind strength: Force 3-4

Performance

Maximum Speed 31.6 knots

Maximum Range 354 miles @ 3,900rpm

Cruising Speed 25.7 knots

Cruising Range 450 miles @ 3,300rpm

Sound levels dB(A) Saloon Cockpit

Cruising @ 25.7 knots 82 88

Maximum @ 31.6 knots 86 91

Price from £32,686 ex tax (ex engine)

£49,814 ex tax (smallest diesel)

Price as tested £58,381 ex tax

Designer

Proline Boats

Builder

Proline Boats, PO Box 1348, Crystal River, Florida 34423, USA. Tel: +1 800 866 2771. Fax: +1 352 795 4374. Web: www.proline.com