VEITCH 27 HARDTOP
The Veitch 27 Hardtop has a 2.5m beam and 25.5 degrees at the transom. The aggressive dead-rise extends right up into the bow at more than 50 degrees, complemented by a large flare. Roger says it’s more of a wedge than a traditional Carolina flare. “I wanted to create more buoyancy in the top section of the boat to keep the bow up when diving into big swells. It keeps things pretty dry, particularly running down sea.
“We really compensated (for the large dead-rise) with wide, rounded-out reverse chines,” Roger continues. “They sit low in the water and give the boat a great sense of stability at rest and at speed. A lot of water is working its way up to those chines and back down. You can feel it work. The chines also help it turn on rails. It’s fast and predictable around corners.”
Handling is also fine-tuned with twin ballast tanks in the keel: 240L aft, 210L forward. Two Jabsco pumps push 54L a minute. “It gives you the ability to change the characteristics of the ride in different conditions,” Roger says. “You can make it ride how you want.”
As a large modern game boat, the Veitch 27 has been designed to go backwards in a hurry — for chasing game fish. The transom features a step akin to a swim-end on a barge. It’s integrated as one piece with big round corners. Roger designed it with integrated trim tabs sitting just outside the main strakes. A diesel motor can drop straight in, with the props tucked neatly into the transom. He reckons a diesel will take the 27 to another level — with good cruising speed, great fuel economy and a massive cruising range. It’ll also reverse up like a boss and you won’t lose your leader in the props.
Roger says the cabin is a design feature. “It was really important to make the inside of the cab as spacious as possible. The oven-baked ceramic glass, attaches directly to the hardtop without the need for aluminium frames.”
On the helm set up, Roger says, “I wanted a big dash with no digital displays in front of the windscreen. It was really important to start using all the latest technology and get glass bridges in the boat without it being in the way when you’re actually trying to see to drive the thing.”
The big dash on the demo model features three NSS12 Evo3s and one nine-inch screen running the Vessel View. There’s room for 16-inch screens — or even up to 19-inch.
Roger tapped some of the local gun fishos on the shoulder and included some clever game-fishing touches in the cabin. Behind the driver’s seat there’s a fridge, sink and chopping board. It’s also somewhere you can rig baits in bad weather.
There’s great accessibility to the cockpit for getting on and off the boat and bringing in big fish. A big dive door on the starboard side and a transom door give you a lot of flexibility to take a leak and move stuff on and off the boat.