We are getting older and older, our coordination is getting worse and our movements are getting slower but not Forester 1800 diva. As we grow older, we keep thinking about the past, about how we rustled when we were young on water skiing, wild beach parties, surfing.
Forester 1800 Diva GT Outboard will allow us to regain some of our youth. Forester, thanks to its simplicity, is a fun boat and it made me feel like a teenager again. With a good engine on board, in our case Johnson 150 GT and a boat weight of 1800 pounds, the 1800 Diva is very agile and fast. Manoeuvring this boat at high speed is a lot of fun, which brings back memories from the young age.
A good old friend
This less than 5.5 metres long bowrider is speeding up to 56 miles per hour. The modified deep-V hull is a great way to do it in tight turns. Throughout my life I have led hundreds of boats, faster, bigger, but I can’t remember when the last boat of any kind gave me so much pleasure. Many factors contributed to the success of this boat; very good speed, agility, sporty appearance, size of the boat and the fact that it is well adapted to skiing and other equipment. The optional 23″ SST stand gives a lively performance. Between 2800 and 3000 rpm with trimmer completely hidden underneath the Forester 1800 diva popped onto plane. With this power it is enough to pick up a few skiers. Forester said that a typical Diva unit is 120 V-4 Johnson. With this engine, the boat continues to move perfectly, because good handling and speed do not come from the engine power alone.
The hull has a gentle entrance, which gradually flattens in the middle of the boat. In front of the transom there is a 3′ wide keel cushion with more moderate still-over attacks, on which the Diva flows when fully steady. The chins are inverted and are about 4″ wide at the stern, where they help to suppress swaying and generate lift. When they are moved forward, these flat bars taper down but are still inverted to create an effective deflector. The hull is a combination of a fibreglass mat and woven roving for strength. A core mat is used to build stiffness and thickness. In selected areas of the cockpit and deck, a balsa core with endings was used. An anti-slip sole was installed on a part of the deck, others in the well and on a bench. Nice bow arrangement helps with getting in and out of the deck. Probably as an aesthetic convenience, the foredeck Diva fits the rest of the smooth and gloomy gelcoat. In case of wet feet it may be slippery. It would be good to see an anti-slip mat here.
Small but powerful Forester 1800 diva
The layout of the boat is very similar, i.e. the bow seats, on both sides of the cockpit flip-down seat, the front fast, swivel right and left seats and an athwartship bench seat. The seats are at a comfortable height and the whole boat is made with attention to detail and with attention to comfort and ergonomics. The wheelhouse seat can be adjusted forwards and backwards and the swivel seats in the cockpit provide solid lateral support thanks to their design. A shortcoming is the OMC single lever binnacle control, which is slightly high when sitting down, but this is a common problem in boats of this size. The instrument panel in Diva is slightly curved. It has a speedometer on the left, other measuring instruments in the centre and a tachometer on the right. Some people say that placing the speedometer and tachometer in the centre is better. The AM/FM cartridge player is located under the console on the passenger side.
Instead of building a full-size version, Forester creates a relatively narrow middle well, flanked by a horizontal glove box that opens from above. This eliminates the blatant waste of space that occurs in the case of the more common full-size construction, while maintaining water from the cockpit. Forester mounted a solid ski lift pylon on a tripod. Everything is solidly assembled and easy and fast to dismantle. The towing end in the upper part of the towing pylon is located much above the outboard engine. This allows better manoeuvring and towing. The Forester 1800 diva proved to be a very good boat, fast, agile and thrilling. If you are looking for something that will help you to forget about the passing years, this is the boat for you.