Trailer Boat magazine Test report, May 2012
Large image Deltacraft Islander 700 trailer version

You could say it's a concept whose time has truly arrived! The Deltacraft Islander 700 delivers a genuine live-aboard, lock-up cabin cruiser you really can trail home.

A key feature of this design is the water ballast system in lieu of solid ballast. This clever feature means the ballast of some 360kg is automatically dumped as the boat comes onto the trailer.

The 6.2m long fibreglass cruiser can be easily trailed by most popular SUVs like the Nissan Pathfinder because total tow weight remains well under 2000kg.

With a Volvo diesel motor of 20hp or 30hp the Deltacraft is both thrifty to operate and can also be trailed home.

It certainly isn't short on creature comforts with a three-berth cabin, dinette, enclosed toilet and fully-fitted galley.

Probably the biggest attraction, especially for the ladies, is the full standing headroom, including the toilet compartment. Having a pressured hot and cold shower makes the Deltacraft a civilised way to cruise the waterway.

The fact that the Deltacraft Islander 700 slips along at a very sedate six to seven knots doesn't seem to faze the folk who have being flocking to buy this baby cruiser. It just goes to show not everyone is sold on speed as the way to travel the waterways.

Features of this Sydney-built craft include a very comfortable cockpit with padded passenger lounges. There's also a flat floor over the engine plus transom door access aboard.

Builder Steve Leonard says the current Deltacraft is built to strict commercial standards and the layupof fibreglass construction is virtually bullet-proof. At the same time it's very easy to steer due to the separate rudder and shaft-drive engine.

Some outstanding features of the Deltacraft Islander 700 include a double-boxed engine, plus lots of insulation to soften engine noise.

Having a dedicated dinette also means up to five people can sit down for a delightful meal without upsetting the sleeping berths.