The cabin entrance is well forward and open with no port side bulkhead. There is a pronounced step down into the cabin floor well that ensures generous sitting headroom. The overall cabin dimensions are deceiving with two full length berths. The entire bow section is sealed, giving the 650 oodles of positive buoyancy inline with CPC requirements. The cabin is fully lined with easy access to helm station wiring looms on the starboard bulkhead. An overhead weaver hatch gives easy access to the anchor locker. The 650 features a wrap around windscreen set into an aluminium extrusion. A flush mounted BEP switch panel takes care of nav lights, bilge pump, VHF and stereo - when fitted. Seating arrangements vary according to owner requirements, with a number of options including King/Queen combo's or single pedestals.
There is a single storage well/fish bin set in the sole behind the 200-litre aluminium fuel tank. The well is large enough for dive tanks and belts and being set aft will not unduly affect trim of performance. The batteries and fuel mix are set high off the sole in the transom and sealed off with twin hatches. The sole itself is fitted with synthetic carpet.
The 650 had surprisingly wide decks for a trailer boat of its size and it is quite feasible to walk around the cabin to the bow with the aid of a full length stainless bow rail. All up the 650 presents very well. It has a simple yet practical layout that lends itself to a variety of boating activities, which is a large part of the boat's family appeal.
The combination of strength, agility, layout and performance makes the Challenger 650 an obvious choice for both novice and experienced boaties looking for a dependable all-seasons boating package.
Source - Trade-A-Boat Magazine
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