“Dozens of little things illustrate an attention to detail and uncompromising commitment to quality that sets Tristram’s boats apart.  The Tristram 690 Cabriolet is a handsome, well-proportioned design… smooth and fast… wonderfully balanced bowrider”

– Boating New Zealand Magazine

One of the most stable and dry riding bowriders on the market.

Optional full height waketower & bimini with board racks available.

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Tristram 690 Cabriolet

Dimensions & Capacities
Overall Length 6.90m / 22’7″
Overall Beam 2.48m / 8’1″
Deadrise 22 deg
Underfloor Fuel* 200 Litres
Horsepower Range** 200hp – 250hp
Overall Length on Trailer 7.85m / 25’7″
Overall Beam on Trailer 2.50m / 8′2″
Overall Height on Trailer* 2.15m / 7’
Overall Weight on Trailer* 1950kg

*approximate or variable figure
**as rated by CPC

Standard Features

YAMAHA ENGINE PACKAGE
Yamaha 200hp four stroke V6 3.3 litre outboard
Hydraulic Steering
Yamaha flush-mounted control box
Yamaha fuel management system
Yamaha multi-function digital LAN gauges x 2
Yamaha stainless steel SDS propeller

ENDURO TRAILER PACKAGE
Kingsway Enduro tandem axle trailer with manual over ride braking system, stainless steel calipers, fresh-water flushing attachment, multi-rollers & reg/WOF
Trailer tie downs
Tristram high-vis propeller bag

DASH & ELECTRONICS
5-spoke stainless steel steering wheel
Battery & box with isolating switch
Bilge pump & fittings (automatic) x 1
Glove box – port side with teak surround
High gloss black dash with vinyl top lip
Self launching rope chain capstan with anchor docking fairlead

HULL & DECK
Alloy fuel tank underfloor with fuel filter (200 L / midship)
Anchor cleats x 2
Fibreglass moulded keel
Full length brass keel strip
Gelcoated hull colour band in black
Maxset anchor, warp 70m & chain 10m
Rear pop up deck cleats x 2
Small bowrails x 2 – stainless steel
Toughened curved glass windscreen with walkthrough

COCKPIT
Automatic self draining cockpit
Marine carpet in aft cockpit – recessed & removable
Marine carpet in central flooring areas – recessed & fixed
Side pocket rod &/or ski storage
Ski pole – stainless steel
Stainless steel drink holders x 2
Stainless steel side coaming rod holders x 2
Storage – underfloor for skis plus bait/drinks compartment
Transom ladder

LIGHTING
All-round white light (removable)
Port & starboard navigation lights
Recessed downward facing LED cockpit lights x 2

SEATING CONFIGURATION & UPHOLSTERY
Premium marine grade vinyl upholstery in owner’s colour choice
Port side back-to-back seats with storage beneath
Starboard side back-to-back seats with storage beneath
Removable rear cockpit seat with backrest
Bowrider seating with storage beneath

COVERS
Bowrider tonneau cover
Road cover – Sunbrella fabric

Available Extras

ENDURO TRAILER ACCESSORIES
Electric ‘Superwinch’ on trailer
Spare wheel & bracket
Swinging drawbar
Trailer walkboard
Trailer lock

ELECTRONICS
12V Socket
USB Socket
Compass
CTEK battery charger fitted
GPS/Sounder
Fusion on-board entertainment with Bluetooth
House battery
Trim tabs – electric with auto-retract & LED indicators
VHF & aerial

FISHING & DIVING
Additional rod holders x 2
Auxiliary bracket
Auxiliary engine
Auxiliary tie bar
Baitboard – nylon with rod holders (small)
Baitboard – nylon with rod holders (medium)
Baitboard pole
Fishliner sides
Saltwater deckwash

CANOPY & COVERS
All-over storage cover
Delux canopy with top, sock & front clears
Delux – side curtains
Delux – backdrop
Ice-grit stoneguard

WATERSPORTS
XAir forward-facing waketower
– XAir bimini top to suit waketower
– XAir folding waketower upgrade
– XAir board racks (pair)

COCKPIT & ACCESSORIES
Fire extinguisher
SeaDek flooring in cockpit
Tallon accessory mount & cup holder

Review

Family First

Boating New Zealand Magazine

The bowrider version of Tristram Marine’s capable ‘fishing’ hull, made popular by the 691 Millennium M2, is a superb example of an all-round family day boat.

Grey Sikaflex. That’s what Tristram Marine has used to seal along the trailing edge of the 690 Cabriolet’s grey aluminium windscreen. Not white or black – grey. It’s a simple detail, but one of dozens of little things that illustrate an attention to detail and uncompromising commitment to quality that sets Tristram’s boats apart. It can also be seen in the perfect coving around the instrument panels, the way all the sharp edges on the windscreen frame have been filed smooth, and even in the laminated timber battens Tristram uses to support the bow cover. The boat’s presentation can’t be faulted.

BREAKING THE MOULD
Bowrider designs – runabouts with open bows and wrap-around seating instead of an enclosed foredeck – have never been super-popular in New Zealand. I’ve often wondered why because they are wonderful family boats. Perhaps they have suffered (as have centre-consoles) from the common misconception that ‘open’ boats are more vulnerable to waves entering over the bows, but that depends more on specific hull design than a boat’s configuration.

This model uses the Millennium 691 M2’s hull, developed for blue-water boating. It has plenty of height and fullness in the bow, so not only is it a dry ride, it’s also very safe. I guess it comes down to how you use your boat.

ELEGANT LINES
The Tristram 690 Cabriolet is a handsome, well-proportioned design. The review boat, Just Gazing, is fitted with an Indy polished aluminium wakeboard tower, a new idea to create an ultimate sports crossover package, explains Tristram Marine’s Kingsley Fink. It is also equipped with rod holders and wakeboard/waterski racks, and that pricked the interest of an Auckland family who enjoy a range of water sports. This is their second Tristram.

Just Gazing’s bowrider configuration has sufficient space, plus 250hp of four-stroke Yamaha power, to transport all six family members in comfort and style.

CRISP AND CLEAN
The Tristram 690 Cabriolet’s LED-lit interior is all smooth curves, easy-clean white gelcoat and vinyl upholstery. Teak and carbon highlights, removable marine carpets (great for fishing) and the black canvas bimini add contrast.

The interior feels spacious and has an easy walk-through to the bows and simple back-to-back seats. Four anodised aluminium rod holders on the tower supplement two through-gunwale stainless steel rod holders, and there’s push-through stowage for three rods under each gunwale.

The amount of available storage is surprising. It includes an underfloor ski locker between the dash consoles, under-seat stowage in the bow, a small transom locker, space inside the cockpit seat bases, plus heaps of room inside the twin consoles themselves.

STYLISH SPEEDSTER
The 690 Cabriolet is smooth and fast. The hull feels wonderfully balanced, instantly responding to the hydraulic helm and any alterations to engine trim. The 690 easily coped with a succession of launch and ferry wakes – the most a glassy-calm Waitemata had to offer – the hull re-entering softly. It appears to be a dry runner, throwing spray well back and away from the bow.

It is certainly a lively performer, reaching almost 48 knots during a short burst at full revs and exhibiting exceptional throttle response; performance with a 200hp would be more than adequate. With so much instant performance on tap, I had to take care not to inadvertently nudge the lever.

CREATURE COMFORTS
Although the 690 Cabriolet is to all intents and purposes an open boat, passengers are still well protected from the elements. The moulded lip around the bow completely excludes water once the cover is secured and also helps direct airflow over the windscreen and over the heads of the front seat passengers.

Generous-sized back-to-back seats are comfortable and moulded footrests offer useful bracing while underway. A Fusion stereo system provides the soundtrack. Driving perched on the helm seat back gives you protection from the wind. The bimini gives excellent sun protection, and clears are an option if the weather packs up.

Boating’s verdict

The Tristram 690 Cabriolet is a large, superbly-finished, high-performance family runabout. The bowrider configuration is versatile and ideally suited to family day trips encompassing multiple activities. A 200-litre underfloor fuel tank means plenty of boating between fills and a good quality braked Enduro tandem trailer makes the 1950kg rig safe to tow behind a suitable vehicle.

Please note – some images may show optional equipment.

For pricing and further information please contact Tristram Marine on +64-7-849-5225 or online using our web-enquiry form.

Bowriders in the Tristram Range