The new Quicksilver Activ 455 Cabin Looks Small, But It Is Full Of Surprises!
Quicksilver is a boat building company that was founded as a result of corporation decisions and not due to one man’s vision. As part of the Brunswick Group, the name Quicksilver appeared in the media for the first time in 1991 when Brunswick presented their new Quicksilver inflatable brand. Two years later, this brand was a fiberglass boat brand and the boatbuilding adventure started. Quicksilver quickly positioned themselves as one of the leading producers of small boats, boats for anglers and elegant weekend cruisers with cabin or open top layout. The Quicksilver Activ 455 Cabin captures all the imagination and the practicality of larger boats and zips it into a package only 14,56 feet long.
Yes, she is the smallest fiberglass creation Quicksilver has to offer, but she measures out plenty of room on board for five and her cabin is easily large enough for an overnight stay for two. The cabin does not pose as a luxury suite, but is quite a surprise considering the compact size of the boat. As all Quicksilver boats, this one is powered by an outboard Mercury engine (available with power outputs of 40, 50 or 60hp). Is it enough!? Considering her deep hull design, carefully translated advanced shape mimicking that of larger Quicksilver vessels like the Active 555, and weight of only 1180 lbs (plus the maximum allowed engine weight of 297 lbs), 60hp is plenty enough. As the Quicksilver Activ 455 Cabin videos show, the boat is more than capable of providing exceptional fun including planing over water. Along with it, her exceptional manoeuvrability can shine in the hands of an experienced skipper with enough vigor for speeding. Yes, she is the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata on water - small, tough, easy to maintain, fast enough and extremely fun to ride in. Luckily, she is more practical than the Miata.
Accessing her via the transom is almost like a walk in the park. Quicksilver even made a transformable rear centre seat which can be, well, a seat or a passage in or out of the cockpit. Making such a commodity on a boat of this size is quite an undertake. The cockpit offers enough room for three, however, two rotating helm seats (one is standard) make it just the perfect spot for chilling, socializing or eating. Yes, a full-fledged Quicksilver Activ 455 Cabin for sale offers banquette seating around a small dining table. This is certainly one of the biggest surprises.
Look through the 2016 Quicksilver Activ 455 Cabin virtual tour and witness the ingenuity behind the integration of storage spaces under the rear seats or admire the easy access to 6,6-gallon removable fuel tank. As always, designers and engineers did have to change things quite a bit to create the Quicksilver 455 with a cabin. As we all know, used Quicksilver Activ 455 Open boats did quite well, but the 455 Cabin feels almost like an all new boat. The layout was totally transformed, the helm moved to the centre of the ship, resulting in much more space in the cockpit which can now accommodate up to five persons, and a cabin was created at the front. She may be only 14,56 feet long, but due to a 7-foot beam and a high gunwale, her cabin actually provides two berths. With carefully created foldable berths, the cabin offers enough room for a small movable potty. That is a neat trick for daily stays on the seas.
Although this small vessel could be used for overnight stays, she will mostly be used for daily adventures. Being fully aware of her “daily use” advantages, Quicksilver created a vast array of optional equipment that could make the Activ 455 Cabin far more enjoyable than many other similarly sized boats.
Cabin cushion fillers, cockpit co-pilot seat, cozy cushion-upholstered rear seats and even a Bimini canvas are all available. This fundamentally changes the character of the Activ 455 Cabin giving her much more for the price. What is even more astonishing is the standard equipment which includes a swim ladder, self-bailing cockpit, rod holders, 12 v electric sockets at the helm and a forward line anchor locker. All this goes to show that the Active 455 Cabin is perfectly suited for daily boating adventures and offers exceptional capabilities for her price and size.
If you are in need of such a multi purpose beauty, contact us for more information. While she may not have the size of larger Quicksilver boats, she definitely carries a whole lot of character and practicality that up to five people can enjoy. She can serve as a runabout, small boat, overnight stay platform, perfect picnic place and even a speed boat on calm waters.
As expected, Quicksilver offers a full array of added equipment including the trailer, many different personalization options and the likes. Send us an email or hit us up on Facebook with all the questions you may have about this small, exciting runabout!