Integrity is building a reputation as a major player in the resurgence of trawler-style boats. And it’s no wonder really, as the style ticks plenty of boxes; relatively cheap to run and with running gear protected by a keel, they’re ideal for navigating shoals, creeks or rivers. Their walk-around side decks mean they’re safe to get around, even for older folk, young kids and pets and, fitted with all the comforts of home, they’re great for spending time aboard and for long-range cruising.
Value for money is also an important part of the Integrity story. “Bringing affordability back into boating” is how Integrity Motor Yachts National Sales Manager, Peter Hill, described it to me, and the way Integrity goes about it makes a lot of sense.
Simplicity and practicality are at the forefront, too, with Integrity using tried and trusted mechanicals, non-electronic engines, cable controls and analogue gauges.
Its latest release, the Integrity 380 Sedan, is a 38ft-long, full-displacement cruiser, powered by a single 225hp John Deere engine, driving a conventional shaft and prop protected by a long and large rudder.
Mechanically, the 380 Sedan’s systems are all proven, straightforward and low-maintenance affairs that can easily be attended to by any competent diesel mechanic.
But while tradition and simplicity are at the heart of the mechanicals, Integrity has invested a lot of thought into style and livability, producing a boat that’s perfect for Australian conditions, irrespective of location.
The Integrity 380 Sedan is a single-level craft with two cabins and a single bathroom and both the dinettes (in the saloon and the cockpit) convert to sleeping, so four couples could be accommodated overnight. Living spaces are contemporary, roomy and practical for large groups or a single couple.
The cockpit has seating around three sides and a table that comfortably accommodates six for dinner, while the whole area can be fully enclosed in poor weather. A swim platform features a ladder and a hot and cold transom shower.
There are plenty of storage options, including under the seats, and in the lazarette under the cockpit sole, where there’s room for a roll-up dinghy, dive gear, fenders, or anything else you might need. There is also a large, fully-drained icebox.
Two large hopper windows connect the saloon with the cockpit, with the galley bench subtly separating inside and out. The result is a large, single, indoor/outdoor living space.
LIGHT AND SPACE
The overall feel is roomy and comfortable, with a mix of warm timber and Ultraleather furnishings. Panoramic side windows, a tri-panel windscreen and a huge overhead hatch above the saloon combine to add to the sense of light and space.
The galley to starboard features plenty of bench space, double bowl sink, twin ceramic cooktop, a 140lt fridge/freezer and microwave. There’s ample storage, too, while all appliances are sourced in Australia, which means all warranties are local.
Forward of the galley is the helm, with accompanying lounge seating. A TV/DVD is cleverly mounted up high, forward, and can be viewed from almost anywhere in the galley/saloon.
The master cabin is in the bow and features good head height, with a walk-around island bed. The second cabin also features a double bed and both cabins have plenty of clever storage. Opening windows and hatches provide natural light and ventilation.
A single bathroom, with toilet, vanity unit and shower, serves both cabins.
The engine room is accessed via any of three hatches and is well laid out, with good access around the John Deere 6068, 225hp powerplant and the Onan 4kVA generator. Everything is easy to get to, there is a brace of batteries for all electrical functions and the hot-water service is tucked up forward. All lines are double-clamped and clearly labeled.
Twin fuel tanks situated either side of the engine hold a total of 1135lt.
The helm features drawers under the skipper’s seat and boasts good all-round visibility, a built-in footrest and a nice big wheel. The dash is logically laid out and all controls fall easily to hand.
Beside the skipper, a sliding helm door offers easy access to the side decks, while an adjacent bulwark gate makes shorthanded docking easy.
The Integrity 380 Sedan handles and tracks well and is very responsive. Her large rudder also makes her very manoeuvrable.
Between 1800 and 2000rpm seemed a good cruising speed and produced between 7.4 knots and 8 knots (13.7 and 14.8km/h). According to Integrity, this equates to around 13lt per hour, which should offer a range of around 630nm (1167km). Integrity claims that the 380 Sedan is capable of 11.5 knots (21.3km/h).
This boat has plenty in its favour, including a proven hull design, a stylish, comfortable and innovative layout and a high degree of practicality. Its walk-around decks offer safety and it works well for a couple on their own or for larger groups.
It is supplied as a turnkey package at a price that represents exceptional value for money. All you need to add are your preferred electronics.
SPECIFICATIONS: INTEGRITY 380 SEDAN
Length overall: 11.58m
Sleeping capacity: 8
Fuel capacity: 1135lt
Water capacity: 780lt
Power: John Deere Model 6068T 225hp, turbocharged diesel
Price as tested: $449,000
Boat supplied by Australis Motor Yachts, tel 0414 997 654, web: integrityboats.com.au.