Packed with user-friendly ideas, the first Activ cruiser could be a perfect starterboat
Imagine being asked to create the ultimate starterboat. What would you build? We’ve given this some thought and we reckon the top priorities should be manageability, practicality, safety, and value. And it seems we’re not alone.
The new Quicksilver Activ 705 is the largest in the Quicksilver line-up and the first cruiser from the award-winning Activ range. More importantly it is, quite possibly, the ultimate starterboat.
Let’s take those four themes in order.
At 23ft long, this Carsten Astheimer (the man behind Sealine’s rebirth in 2007) 705 is certainly manageable. It’s small enough to be manhandled or fended off if it all goes a bit pear-shaped in the final stages of berthing, yet it’s big enough to be a coastal passagemaker.
The wheelhouse design puts the skipper and crew inside away from the wind and spray, and five forward-facing seats – a double helm, a single to port, plus a double bench aft – is a luxury denied even to many 50ft boatowners.
Price excludes VAT.
- Spacious and versatile interior, capable hull.
- Finish is patchy.
Price as reviewed:
Practical, safe and confidence inspiring, the Quciksilver Activ 705 is one of the best introductions to boating you will find.
Beam: 8ft 4in (2.55m)
Cruising Speed: 20 knots
Length Overall: 23ft 2in (7.05m)
Engines: Mariner F150 outboard