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Whittley 660 Cruiser


As with all good cruisers, one steps aboard in a dignified fashion via an enormous metre-wide swim platform. The boat’s LOA is 7.6m, which includes, of course, this platform. The actual hull length is 6.5m. Now, this great protrusion extending from the transom may not be popular with serious fishos,


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Length Overall 6.6mts
Beam 2.5
Draft 0.89
Fuel 205lts
Water 160lts
Weight 2400Kgs
Person Capacity 6
Year 2003
Engines MerCruiser 4.3 MPI 220HP
Engine Hours


As with all good cruisers, one steps aboard in a dignified fashion via an enormous metre-wide swim platform. The boat’s LOA is 7.6m, which includes, of course, this platform. The actual hull length is 6.5m. Now, this great protrusion extending from the transom may not be popular with serious fishos, but think again: in calm water there’s no reason why you couldn’t fish from the platform itself. Fair dinkum, it’s big enough to put a couple of deckchairs out there. Cruising types will love it. It has an in-built foldaway stainless ladder for ease of boarding and an outboard hot/cold shower tucked into a lidded sidepocket. Consequently, the sand stays outside. And, in true Whittley tradition, there are handrails, courtesy lights, stereo speakers and sturdy cleats built into the sweeping stern section. Passengers step aboard through a starboard transom door, down onto a step (which is actually a lidded storage box) and then into the cockpit itself that is considerably lower than the swim platform which covers the leg of the V6 MerCruiser. This has the advantage of having no driveleg hump in the middle of the platform. The transom has a deeply padded bolster top that serves as a seat if you’re on the swim platform, or a backrest if you’re in the cockpit. Looking forward on the starboard side there’s a huge sidepocket (everything’s lined and padded, of course), teak on the coamings and twin swing-up seats, one with a corner padded backrest behind the helm position. These seats can double as a child’s bed. The enginebox cover is moulded like a tray so bits and pieces placed there won’t fall off and is complimented by the slide-out teak laminate table on top. Across the transom and above the enginebox is a deep storage shelf. On the port side of the enginebox are three more swing-up seat cushions which can also double as a bed for a teenager. Again, there’s a huge, fully lined sidepocket. With everything folded away, there really is an incredible amount of free cockpit space which will be of interest to those who like to dangle a line. There were no rodholders fitted to this boat but there’s plenty of space on the gunwales to do so. The cockpit sole is not carpeted but covered in a practical grey vinyl material which I imagine would be much easier to keep clean. COOL CUSTOMER The central ‘zone’, or helm station, is simple yet effective. The helm seat is mounted on an open-fronted storage bin which itself is on a raised platform storage box accessible through a lift-out lid beneath your foot space. And there’s yet another smaller storage pocket in the coaming on the right hand side. The seat is fixed, yet offers a very comfortable driving position with room to stand if needed. It has one of those swing-away backrests that Whittleys are noted for. Controls fall nicely to hand and the Autotecnica black leather and metal steering wheel would be considered extremely ‘cool’ in much younger generations than mine. Looking ahead, the moulded console has full instrumentation in perfect view (comprising battery, fuel, speedo in mph and kmh, tacho, oil, temperature and trim). Below that in their own panel were flat-faced toggle switches for anchor light, engine blower, bilge pump, water pump, windscreen wiper and shower blower. The CD player and 27mHz radio were mounted behind the wheel but both were quite accessible. A compass was mounted on the top of the very deep dashboard, but such is the raking slope of the windscreen that it seemed to be almost on the horizon. There’s plenty of space left to mount electronics. The passenger seat arrangement is identical to the skipper’s but it has a substantially larger sidepocket covered by a black tinted Perspex door with press latch. But before moving forward, let’s look up &151 at the ‘hole in the roof’. The Cruiser’s hardtop design is a beautiful, flowing extension of the cabin and deck profile. It seems to actually create space &151 not to mention light, but I’ll come back to that. The hardtop features a sliding sunroof that not only leaves the Jones’ for dead but is entirely functional as well. There’s a stainless steel rack on top that can support an inflatable as well as provide a solid handhold. Is there anything these guys haven’t thought of? SPACIOUS INTERIOR The galley is quite compact with hinged laminate wood lids over a Swedish Rigo 2000 one-burner stove, hot/cold taps and sink, an Engel fridge under and a deep, carpeted cupboard with sliding, tinted Perspex doors. There are more cupboards above and a stainless railed tray. Headroom is excellent and the light brilliant. Everything is compact and practical, and is just so typical of the thought the Whittley team always puts into its boats. The cabin is carpet-lined top to bottom and is wide, spacious, airy and light thanks to the huge side windows and clear front hatch which lifts on gas struts. Storage under the very large V-berth and wide, padded parcel shelves is good. The bunk centre panels, which in most boats fits over a narrow walkway and lift-out in-fill, are hinged to one side and simply swing up and lock into place when it’s time for bed. A bonus is the greater width of the walkway for ease of movement. Access to the windlass, huge rope lockers and bowsprit-mounted anchor through the hatch is quite good but one wonders how often you’d do things that way. Footprints on the pillows are never popular. The gunwales are wide enough to walk around and the hardtop handrails and split bowrail are very supportive. The one-piece curved glass windscreen is very nicely recessed into the deck mould and looks really stylish. The hull features very broad shoulders to accommodate the inside goodies, twin strakes, prominent chines, a narrow planing plank and two spray deflector ridges the length of the hull. For such a relatively narrow, deep-vee hull, stability was excellent. Contact us to arrange a demo we are located just minutes from MELBOURNE CBD and can arrange delivery wherever you are







PIER 35 BOAT SALES can be contacted on 03 9645-1100
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Terry Ryan, Dealer Principal
Telephone: +61 (0) 3 9645 1100
After Hours: +61 (0) 422 666 212
Email: terry@pier35boatsales.com.au


Chris McRedmond
Telephone: 0425 818 613
Email: chris@pier35boatsales.com.au
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