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 Posted: Tue Jan 1st, 2013 06:27 am
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Tsutsuma
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Tested by Kevin Smith

SPECIFICATIONS
Length – 5m
Beam – 1.8m
Hull weight — ±400kg
Fuel capacity — 4 x 25 litres
Buoyancy — foam- and bead-filled bottles or complete foam
Min hp — 2 x 25hp 2-strokes; 1 x 40hp 2-stroke; 2 x 30hp 4-strokes or 1 x 60hp 4-stroke.
Max hp — 2 x 50hp 2-strokes; 1 x 115hp 2-stroke; 2 x 50hp 4-strokes or 1 x 100hp 4-stroke
Power as tested — 2 x 40hp 2-strokes

THE new owner of Ski Vee — the company and boat started by the Dave Olufsen more than 40 years ago — Ryan Hansen, approached me a while back when he first partnered up with the Olufsen team. He wanted me to test the Ski Vee 500. Sadly, subsequently Dave Olufsen passed away, but Ryan has been able to continue the legacy of the Olufsen Ski Vee.

One thing I can say about Ryan is that he’s serious about his boats. Some months back already he had asked for criticism and different views on possible improvements to the craft, and many of these suggestions were implemented before the 500 went to test.

This test was quite unique for me as I started my salty career launching on the original 12’ 6” Olufsen. In fact, I owned two of them with 40hp tiller-arm motors and used to venture four-up at times out to Aliwal Shoal spearfishing and general fishing. And yes, sometimes we went a bit too commercial and someone had to swim back through the surf because the boat was a “little” overloaded.

This was all character-building stuff, and I eventually moved onto a 14’ 6” Ski Vee. As a matter of interest, all three of these boats are still operational, the two 12’ 6” Ski Vees are somewhere in Moçambique, and the 14’ 6” is going strong as a mini charter boat run by “Matambo” in Sodwana Bay! That says it all for the longevity of these craft.



GENERAL IMPRESSIONS

My first impression of the new Ski Vee 500 Sport was simple, seeing as I had been through the evolution of these boats. They fit right in when it comes to the new good-looking boats produced today.

Although the main hull has not changed that much on the new model, there is a vast difference when it comes to the general cosmetics and top deck of the 500. Boat manufacturers know they have to change the style of their craft to suit the changing times, and in this case you can clearly see the difference between the old Ski Vees and the new 500 Sport.

The general look, layout and finish is far more noticeable, but still maintains a feel of the original.



CONDITIONS

For a pre-winter day you would expect good conditions which are generally best for the smaller boats, but alas, not in this case! After having a moderate to strong northeaster blowing off Durban for a solid two weeks, you can well imagine what it was like offshore — not pleasant! Nonetheless, the test had to be done to make the magazine’s deadline, and, well, these conditions always make the tests a little more adventurous for us.



LAUNCHING AND TRAILERING

The Ski Vee 500 Sport comes standard on a galvanised breakneck trailer, which made launching from the slipway at the Natal Rod and Reel Club in Durban bay very simple, as was trailering the craft after the test.



MOTORS AND CONTROLS

As tested, the 500 sported the new Yamaha 40hp two-cylinder, two-stroke, electric-pull start, trim-and-tilt motors. The power was ample for the boat, and although four-strokes are fast becoming the trend, these little two-stroke 40s are still a good buy, particularly as they are so easy to maintain.

The steering system was hydraulic, and even on a craft of this size this is far nicer as it’s smooth and simplifies operations. The controls were standard 703 Yamaha boxes and are also smooth to operate, with everything being appropriately positioned.



PERFORMANCE

For a change this was actually quite a simple test to write, due to the many years’ experience I’ve had on these craft. Sure, they might have been different sizes, but the hull configuration on the smaller ones was similar to the new hulls.

As previously mentioned, there was no shortage of power from the 40s. In fact, you could get away with a far lower combination of horsepower on the 500 Sport. However, as always, my preference is to overpower a craft rather than underpower it. There’s always a time when you need it, and the wear and tear on the motors is far less if they don’t have to be pushed to their limits.

Out of the hole the Ski Vee 500 Sport catapulted onto the plane. As she has trims, setting her up for as smooth a ride as possible was fairly simple considering the conditions. Taking into account the heaviest parts of the boat, I found that having the trim set fairly high created the best ride on the 500. That way it was softer and eliminated spray.

In the rough easterly conditions — which would not be one’s chosen conditions for offshore enjoyment — I could maintain a fair speed of 12-15 knots in all directions to the swell and chop before it became uncomfortable.

As far as surf launching capabilities are concerned, I have done many launches on these boats through Umkomaas over the years, and with the correct motor combination, like there was on this one, you can nip through the surf fast and drive around the waves and not through them. Besides that, we took many a “klap” where the Ski Vee held its own and never rolled.

When testing the Ski Vee 500 Sport at lower speeds and for stability, I decided to put the show rods to good use seeing as they had lures on. While we waited a good hour for another member of the party to join us, I put out two sticks looking for a luck fish. I set the speed to approximately six knots and trolled for a good 35 minutes in all directions to the prevailing ocean, during which the general comfort levels and control of the boat were fairly simple to maintain. Bear in mind, in these conditions you cannot expect any boat to act like a luxury liner.



LAYOUT

The Ski Vee 500 Sport has a simple and spacious layout, but is far more stylish than earlier models. In the stern motors and cables have been fitted neatly, with cables running under the deck to the console. There is a large rear raised hatch seat with a skipper’s stool in front of it, and the small, stylish console has a fore seat. A T-top and rod holders complete the console area.

The deck of the boat I tested was fully carpeted with Flotex which is gentle on the feet and fishing equipment. The gunnels are at a reasonable height to suit fishing as well as spearfishing, and you can have rod/spearfishing racks integrated, plus they have mini stowage compartments built in.

In front of the console there’s a flushmount fish hatch which leads to the bow section incorporating extra stowage and an anchor hatch. An assortment of stainless-steel fittings complement the craft.



FISHABILITY

As previously mentioned, trolling off this craft was comfortable. I regularly reminisce over one late afternoon catch on Aliwal when a friend and I cleaned up on an assortment of gamefish on one of these craft. If we caught the fish then they fish well!

On the drift they are reasonably stable, but don’t forget that they are small boats. As it’s a centre console craft, moving around is simple enough when fighting a fish.



FINISH

In comparison to the older Ski Vees, there is a vast improvement with these craft which have a more modernised top deck and many refinements that finish off the Ski Vee 500 Sport nicely.



CONCLUSION

This test was a trip down memory lane for me, and it was very pleasant indeed to be on these boats once again. The new Ski Vee 500 Sport is one of those boats that you will always see in use offshore and inland throughout South Africa. She’s a lightweight, simple, practical and versatile craft, well suited to many water applications, and reasonably priced as well. •

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Serra Moz
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This is cool....gonna be a lekka thread! Will post pics of my Ski Vee soon, basically "a before and after"

Mine is pretty much a wet ride in the famous Maputo Bay chop....but she goes! I love Ski Vees!!!

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I have had 4 Ski Vee 500 Sport's up to now -
they have always been called "TSUTSUMA"
That is the local Shangaan word for "Running Fast" or "Be Fast"

As I post pictures of my boats I will elaborate on my Wonderful relationship with my Ski Vee Boats

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Being loaded from the beach in front of my Ski Boat Club "Clube Maritimo" in Maputo -
Here I had full "MALARDS" STAINLESS STEEL Outrigger Bases fitted and bought the Black Carbon Outrigger Poles with the Double Tag Lines from "MALARDS" as well.
Loading with my Break Nech Trailor is a breeze

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Hey great friend Serra Moz
I can not wait for you to post your Ski Vee pictures and the stories you have to tell about the times on your beloved boat

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Tsutsuma wrote:
Hey great friend Serra Moz
I can not wait for you to post your Ski Vee pictures and the stories you have to tell about the times on your beloved boat


Will post soon, once name is on....95% done! Want Manuel just to "once over" my outboards when I am back in Feb.

One thing is for sure, we crossed the bay to Inhaca (Manico)...weather was fine 1/2 way the wind picked up rapidly, arrived at Manie's camp....Manie Snyman was surprised and impressed with my Ski Vee's performance and the fact that we actually crossed the last part of the bay in such weather with a Ski Vee.

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This is my second Ski Vee 500 Sport I had build brand new from Ryan Hansen with new Yamaha 4oHP - 2Cyl - 2Strokes.

Alpha - the Yamaha Expert from Hansen Boatz & Toyz at the time delivered my new boat to the Mac Donalds in Richards Bay

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As I have explained - all my Ski Vee 500 Sport boats have been named
"TSUTSUMA"

Been a very lucky name for my boats

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My Ski Vee when I bought her, lots of changes + $$$$ since, will update on her in Feb - many will not believe it's the same boat....watch the space Ski Vee owners...she's back on the block!

As I said....this is the before...wait for the "after" look!

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This my first second hand Ski Vee 500 Sport I saw advertised by Ryan Hansen in 2009.
I travelled to Durban and bought it from him -
it was the boat from a man in Richards Bay that was transfered by BHP to Australia.
He built his own Trailer and did some real cool rollers that I will post pictures now

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As I have explained - all my Ski Vee 500 Sport boats have been named
"TSUTSUMA"

Been a very lucky name for my boats

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Tsutsuma wrote:
This my first second hand Ski Vee 500 Sport I saw advertised by Ryan Hansen in 2009.
I travelled to Durban and bought it from him -
it was the boat from a man in Richards Bay that was transfered by BHP to Australia.
He built his own Trailer and did some real cool rollers that I will post pictures now


I pulled my pants right Up Joking with my Mates at the Club when I arrived this day -
like a Toppie lol

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Great post. keep them coming.......

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Here now follow pictures of the roller system the owner of mt first second hanb Ski Vee engineered -
great Job he did and my boat slid and retrieved like a hot knife cutting soft butter

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And as you see my First Ski Vee was bought in 2008 - not 2009 = just saw the date print on the first Rollers Picture - time flies on my Ski Vee Boats = great times

Bed of heavy duty high stregth rollers on both sides

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Graet Side Guides on both sides for Slipwey retrivals =
it prevests the boat to be pushed off the rollers when there are Surf Action on a Slipway -
I have found these Side Roller Guides very helpful in Richards Bay and here at our Club where we retrieve from the Slip at High Tide and the Beach is covered with water

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Best Catch: Black Marlin - 237kg
Favorite Fishing Spot: POCO- Inhaca Island
Boat: Ski Vee 500 Sport & Yamaha 70hp - 4stroke Injection
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Serra Moz wrote:
My Ski Vee when I bought her, lots of changes + $$$$ since, will update on her in Feb - many will not believe it's the same boat....watch the space Ski Vee owners...she's back on the block!

As I said....this is the before...wait for the "after" look!


Looking good -
I can not wait for us both to shoot over the bay each in our own Ski Vee and raise HELL out at Radio Active

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Best Catch: Black Marlin - 237kg
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Close Up of the Vertical Rear guide roller
I have no idea where the previous owner found these high quality rollers and guides

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I will have my next Ski Vee built by Grant that builds the Sea Cat Range -
there are some modefications I will have done to this my Fith Ski Vee 500 Sport "Custom"

I have contacted a Air Brush Artist in Durban and will have a long time dream image painted on my new Hull

This is it in the picture

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Here more detail in the shark face that was not completed in the previous picture

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