New in 2018: Quicksilver Activ Bowrider and 675 Pilothouse Explorer

Ib the never ending introduction of new models by the English builder, Quicksilver Activ Bowrider is a range of cruisers with open bow, while 675 Pilothouse Explorer is a small “war machine” for fishing.

For a brand like Quicksilver, which focuses on the large volumes possible thanks to a well-articulated range and to being part of the Brunswick group, the launch of new models is something quite common. And anyway, every new boat always has some reason of special interest, such as innovative lines for the segment, smart solutions, previously unseen features.

It’s the case of the new Activ Bowrider range, spacing from five and a half meters of the 555, six for the 605, up to seven and a half for 755.

Quicksilver Activ Bowrider: modern look, complete equipment

The lines are taut, according to current trends, and can be sporty even on the shorter model. As for the quality of construction and the navigation skills, we do not know yet, but we imagine they should comply to the standards of the boatyard. As for the space, the open bow gives a great versatility, to the detriment of any space below deck but to the full advantage of outdoor life.


Among the typical features of the Activ Bowrider range, we reckon among the most important the completely retractable awning that is extracted in a few seconds (on the two larger models), the flexi-teak coverings that combine elegance and simplicity of management, support for the water ski pole, and the hydraulic power steering (optional on the 555, standard on the others). The 605 and 755 models also have a 12-volt glacier in the bilge accessible from the cockpit floor.


It’s worth to focus on the flagship of this range: the Quicksilver Activ 755 Bowrider, which adds to the versatility of the sisters some unique features such as the cockpit seat which tilts up to 120°, the dashboard with integrated armrests and LED lighted cup holders, and also an optional kitchen cabinet with sink and gas hob.
Like most Quicksilver models, even those in the Activ Bowrider range are available in the so-called Smart Edition, which offer packages of accessories at an affordable price and with reduced delivery times.

The engines range from 40 to 100 horsepower for Activ 555, from 100 to 150 for Activ 605, and from 150 to 300 for Activ 755. Useless to say, it is in all cases Mercury outboard motors, being the American manufacturer part of Brunswick Group as Quicksilver.

The latest Paris boat show also was the stage for Quicksilver 675 Pilothouse Explorer, a fishing model evolution of the 675 Pilohouse, which feature all the equipment of a great fisherman in compact dimensions. So much so that it is worth making a short list, to the delight of the most passionate anglers:

  • free movement on every side from bow to stern, double access from cockpit to swim platform
  • 360° visibility from the pilothouse, with recessed windshield, side opening windows, sun roof
  • Second Helm Station with Helm Cover
  • Bait preparation station
  • Fish lockers
  • Fish Locker Pumpout
  • Livewell System
  • Raw Water Washdown
  • Cockpit Rod Storage
  • Rod Holders (8)
  • Transom Door
  • Self Bailing Cockpit
  • Simrad GPS/Chart Plotter 7″, Stereo with 4 speakers, Smartcraft Speedometer/ Tachometer, VesselView Link digital interface

For cruising the 675 Pilohouse Explorer offers an internal dinette, a second one in the cockpit obtainable by folding seats at the side, a basic but complete galley, a double berth and a nautical toilet. Again, the engines are Mercury,  115 or 150 HP EFI versions. Quicksilver Active 755 with the closed bow is featured here

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