“With the full-length keel, well-researched hull design, along with the relatively heavy displacement of this craft, the ride is comfortable and gives you a strong sense of security.”.

– Dive New Zealand Magazine

Fully moulded boarding platform. Seal-free to keep engine bay dry.

Class-leading cockpit space for diving, fishing & entertaining.

Hardtop hatches for natural cabin light, airflow & great for seagull spotting

Boasts the ability to be drystacked, moored or trailered between New Zealand’s coastlines, offering owners a wide variety of boating options.

Tristram 881 Offshore TDI

Dimensions & Capacities
Overall Length 9.25m / 30’3″
Overall Beam 2.50m / 8’2″
Deadrise 21 deg
Underfloor Fuel* 390 Litres
Water Capacity* 140 Litres
MerCruiser Engine VW 260hp 3.0 L V6 TDI
Overall Length on Trailer 9.80m / 32’1″
Overall Beam on Trailer 2.50m / 8’2″
Overall Height on Trailer* 3.04m / 9’11”
Overall Height on Trailer (incl rocket launcher)* 3.32m / 10’11”
Overall Height on Trailer (incl radar)* 3.44m / 11’3″
Overall Weight on Trailer* 3500kg

*approximate or variable figure

Standard Features

MERCRUISER ENGINE PACKAGE
Mercruiser VW 260hp 3.0 TDI Gen 2 diesel engine
Mercruiser Bravo 3 Sterndrive (twin prop)
Freshwater engine cooling
Mercury analogue gauges x 4
Mercury smartcraft multi-function digital gauges x 2
Power assist steering

DASH & ELECTRONICS
12V Socket
5-spoke stainless steel steering wheel
Bilge pumps & fittings (automatic) x 3
Built-in electric trim tabs with auto-retract & LED indicators
Dual batteries with isolating switch
Electric windscreen wiper (self park / driver’s side)
Fire extinguisher
Fusion on-board entertainment with Bluetooth
High gloss black dash with vinyl top lip
Self launching rope chain capstan with anchor docking fairlead
VHF & aerial

LIGHTING
Hardtop mounted all-round white light
LED boarding lights x 2
LED cockpit lights x 2
LED hardtop pelmet strip lighting
LED overhead lighting x 4
Port & starboard navigation lights

HULL & DECK
Alloy fuel tank underfloor with fuel filter (390 L / midship)
Stern cleats x 2, midship cleats x 2 & anchor cleats x 2
Delta anchor, warp 70m & chain 20m
Fibreglass moulded keel
Fresh water tanks (2 x 70 L)
Full length brass keel strip
Gelcoated hull colour band in black
Hot water cylinder (16 L)
Large bow rail – stainless steel
Moulded boarding platform, seal free to keep engine bay dry
Recessed telescopic boarding ladder & handle
Vinylester hull laminate for mooring advantages

HARDTOP
3 facet toughened curved glass windscreen with double mullion supports for superior strength
Ceiling panels for sound absorption in iced-white vinyl
Stainless steel fore-aft grab rails
Hardtop hatches for natural cabin light & ventilation x 2
Moulded top & side flares for wind deflection
Sliding glass side windows
Vertical stainless steel rear grab handles – port & starboard

COCKPIT
Automatic self draining cockpit
Built in baitboard with accessory storage beneath
Centre removable fish bins x 2
Live bait tank
Marine carpet from seats forward – recessed & fixed
Rear cockpit pull out shower
Recessed teak cockpit coaming
Side pocket shelf with rod storage
Stainless steel side coaming & stern rod holders x 8
Tallon sockets inc drink holders x 2

GALLEY
Cutlery, plate & pot draws
Electric drawer fridge
Galley sink & tapware (hot & cold)
Hot water system
Single gas cooker & gas bottle (AS/NZS 5601 compliant)

CABIN
Cabin lights x 2
Cabin shelving/backrest upholstered
Cabin squabs with storage beneath
Cabin teak cupboard
Foredeck access hatch x 1
Marine carpet – recessed & fixed
Port & starboard cabin windows
Port side cabin entrance shelving
Sliding lockable cabin door
Toilet – Portapotti

SEATING CONFIGURATION & UPHOLSTERY
Premium marine grade vinyl upholstery (owners colour choice)
Port side back-to-back seats with storage beneath
Starboard side back-to-back seats with storage beneath
Side coaming bolsters in owner’s colour choice
Side panel linings for sound absorption in iced-white vinyl
Sliding helm seat

Available Extras

TRAILER & ACCESSORIES
Kingsway Enduro tandem trailer with ‘Sensor brake’ system, fresh-water flushing attachments, multi-rollers & registration/WOF
Balex automatic boat loading system
Electric ‘Superwinch’ on trailer
Spare wheel & bracket
Trailer walkboard
Trailer lock
Engine flag

ELECTRONICS
USB Socket
Autopilot
CTEK battery charger fitted
Compass
GPS/Sounder (up to 16 inch)
House battery upgrade x 2 6V
Hydraulic steering for autopilot
Windscreen wiper – passenger side

LIGHTING
LED forward facing spotlight on hardtop
LED rear facing floodlight on hardtop
LED cockpit under-coaming (blue strip)
LED underwater lights x 2 (blue)

FISHING & DIVING
Dredge boom rod holders 90° x 2
Game poles – Ocean Blue
Insulated catch bag
Rocket launcher – stainless steel
Saltwater deckwash

MULTI-PURPOSE BOARDING PLATFORM STATION
3 in 1 Platform station in stainless steel
Fibreglass baitboard (suits two positions)
Dinghy rack in stainless steel

COVERS
All-over storage cover
Cockpit road cover & quarter clears
Canopy extension incl clears & backdrop
Ice-grit stoneguard

CABIN
Electric toilet upgrade
V-Berth infill

COCKPIT & ACCESSORIES
Cobb Premier Plus cooker
Cockpit table with leg
Engine box squab
Engine box port/stb infill squabs & bases
Rear facing hardtop grab handles x 2
Recessed & removable cockpit carpet
SeaDek flooring in cockpit
Tallon accessory mount & cup holder (additional)

Review - Dive

An ideal boat for four divers out on a one-day dive excursion and an absolutely superb boat for two divers on an extended long-weekend trip

Dive New Zealand Magazine

Arriving at Orams Marine Village Boat Park in Auckland’s Westhaven Marina, I met up with Kingsley Fink, one of the sons of Lance and Bronwyn Fink, the owners of Hamilton-based Tristram Marine. We had arranged to go out on Tristram’s top-of-the-line fibreglass 881 Offshore.

The 881 was in the water alongside a finger pier, ready to load up with dive gear for our dive out in the Hauraki Gulf. Gear storage was a breeze with more than ample room for dive bags and dive tanks, conveniently secured in an ingenious and removable side-rack arrangement developed by Tristram.

Although weather-wise it wasn’t shaping up to be the best day for diving, with a strong NE wind and threatening rain forecast, the sea conditions were certainly going to allow me to see how this Tristram Offshore 881 handled a seaway. Cruising out of Auckland harbour with a fair chop on the water soon made me realise that dive site options were going to be limited. However, we felt that the SW side of the Noises, which I hadn’t dived in years, might be a possibility – and I was also curious to see if the scallop beds I remembered were still prolific.

As we motored down the harbour, Kingsley and I had the opportunity to chat about the 881, his role in the company and about Tristram Marine in general. I soon discovered that Kingsley is a keen scuba diver and we instantly formed a bond, which opened the door for a candid discussion about what makes a great dive boat.

As we rounded North Head and set a course for the Noises, it soon became apparent that a dive out there was unlikely and with a freshening wind against tide we hit very confused and rough sea conditions as we opened up the 881 heading into Rangitoto Channel.

Maybe the diving wasn’t going to be great, but I realised that this was going to be an ideal opportunity to see how the Tristram Offshore 881 would perform in a rough sea.

Kingsley was more than willing to open up the latest Mercruiser Volkswagen 3.0 V6 diesel inboard; which quietly revved up as he hit the throttle.

A confused sea with waves running around half to one metre at times is a great sea to find out how any boat performs. The 881 didn’t disappoint and I was immediately aware that Kingsley was fully confident in the boat’s design, solid construction and ability to handle what we were about to throw at her.

Whichever way we pointed her – head on to the waves, beam on, quartering off the port bow or running with the waves off the stern quarter – the long keel hull handled the sea beautifully. This was turning into a fun adventure!

The Fink family have been involved in boat building for generations and over the years they have built up a formidable reputation for manufacturing high quality, innovatively designed fibreglass boats from the 581 Prima M2 up to the 881 Offshore we were on.

Wherever you look while on board, quality of finish and attention to detail is in evidence. When I look at a boat, I am probably much pickier than the average punter, but try as I might to find fault with this craft, it was hard to find anything of note to complain about.

Although the weather gods had decreed this was not going to be an ideal dive day, we did find a nice sheltered cove on the lee side of Rakino Island – proving that in just about any weather conditions, dive adventure can be found in the Hauraki Gulf! Locating what looked to be a good spot with the help of the 12″ Garmin GPS/depth sounder, I began to suit up.

I couldn’t help being impressed with the size of the cockpit, which is ample for up to four divers who could, in a pinch, all suit up at the same time. However, a two-plus-two suiting up schedule would be more logical and practical.

Getting ready for a dive on the 881 was more like being on a small launch rather than a large trailer boat! The inboard engine cover provided a great area for sitting while gearing up prior to exiting the boat.

Kingsley explained that they’d set up the boat for optional dive entry methods: (1) A back roll off either side or (2) A stride entry off the stern swim platform. I tried both water entries, and although both worked fine and the guys at Tristram have ingeniously thought about the layout to make a side backroll entry relatively easy, by means of a conveniently-located foot step and grab handle I found a stride entry off the stern
more convenient.

The large swim platform, extending across the entire stern, is easily accessed from the cockpit and provides an ideal entry platform, facilitated by the very clever and ruggedly constructed waist-high inverted U-shaped stainless steel rail at the extreme stern of the swim platform. This rail also doubles as the support for the removable and very ample bait board/rod holder assembly. This can be easily removed or repositioned whether diving or fishing. This rail provided a secure support when standing on the swim platform, either fully kitted up, while getting ready for a dive or removing your gear after the dive.

Tristram Marine continually customise different packages to suit all applications and requests. This ‘can do’, customer-focused attitude is definitely a hallmark of the Tristram experience.

As we headed back to Auckland with a moderate following sea, Kingsley handed me the helm so that I could get a first-hand feel how the 881 performed. In a word – superbly!

With the full-length keel, well-researched hull design, along with the relatively heavy displacement of this craft, the ride is comfortable and gives you a strong sense of security.

Idling into Westhaven Marina, I pondered my ‘gut feeling’ impressions of this Tristram 881 Offshore. In a nutshell: a luxurious boat more akin to a small launch than a trailer boat.

An ideal boat for four divers out on a one-day dive excursion and an absolutely superb boat for two divers on an extended long-weekend trip, with spacious V-berth bed, cooking, freezer and sink set up. Now that I know that Kingsley is a keen diver, I’m hoping for an invite to do weekend excursion in the future; perhaps for a dive adventure out to Great Barrier?

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.

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