Launch owners, disillusioned by the high cost of maintenance, are switching to Rayglass’s flagship trailer powerboat, the Legend 2800, in increasing numbers.
Scott Little, Rayglass Boats sales and marketing manager, says the latter half of 2013 and the start of 2014 have seen a sharp upsurge in both interest and sales for the company’s big volume 8.7–metre trailer boat.
“The diesel powered 2800 is now proving exceptionally popular, both to previous launch owners and to those who were seriously considering buying a launch,” he says.
“The high cost of moored boat maintenance, including the need to regularly haul out the boat for antifouling, seems to be one of the main turn-offs for both existing and would-be launch owners.”
The 2800’s hardtop protection, its ability to “go wide” quickly and the low running costs of its new VW TDi diesel engine are proving to be some of the popular Rayglass’s key attractions.
Scott says many of those to whom the 2800 is now appealing are keen fishers who want to get to distant fishing grounds and back in a relatively short period of time.
“The 2800 allows them to get to and from places like the Barrier quickly, to follow the birds and chase the work-ups in 40-50-metres and to comfortably overnight or spend a weekend away.
Little says that, with the weather rarely settled for more than a few days or a weekend at a time, most busy boat owners are now not interested in staying away for longer than that.
“With a two-burner stove in the galley, an electric fridge, separate head, transom shower and room for a barbecue and 12-volt fridge freezer in the cockpit, the 2800 has everything one needs for a few nights away.”
Little says those considering buying a second-hand launch are also discovering how much more value they get by buying a brand new Rayglass 2800 instead.
“For under $250,000 they get a new boat with factory warranties; a superb new-technology diesel engine; the latest electronics; simple, reliable systems and virtually no on-going maintenance.
“Compare that with what one gets with a second-hand launch for the same money: an old diesel engine that is soon likely to need a complete repower or major work, old-technology electronics, old electrical and water systems and much, much higher on-going maintenance costs, especially if the boat has twin engines.”
Little says the low running costs of the new diesel inboards (just a litre per nautical mile) are another attraction of the 2800 as are the diesel harmonics, which have been proven (by both Rayglass’s private owners and by commercial charter vessels) to attract game fish.
“Then there’s the fact that all our low maintenance 2800s are built to survey; are proven to be able to stand up to the rigours of professional fishing charters; and come complete with practical features such as an underfloor fishbin, a live bait tank and a transom sink.
“Why would you even consider a 15- or 20-year-old launch with all its on-going maintenance issues?”
For more information, please contact:
Sales & Marketing Manager
Rayglass Boats Ltd
Phone: (09) 573-7979.