Four days of blue skies were just what the captain ordered when the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show was staged in Auckland in May
The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show attracted more than 34,000 boating and fishing enthusiasts over four days in May. A raft of boats, engines, electronics and marine accessories were on display and the innovative products did not leave punters disappointed.
For the second year running, Napier boatbuilders Dickey Boats took home the premier prize, the Boat of the Show, with the Dickey Custom 950. But the winning didn’t stop there, with the same boat also winning the top prize for Aluminium Fishing Boat in
the open category and the Best New Model. If three prizes weren’t enough, Dickey Boats took home a fourth gold for the Dickey Custom 750XS in the All Purpose Open category.
Dickey Boats’ quality and prestige is also being recognised not only on our shores but overseas too, with orders coming in from Australia and Europe.
Founders Jason and Tristin Dickey say as well as every boat having expert craftsmanship and superior quality, they also welcome dialogue and consultation from owners.
“You’d be hard pressed to find any boat that encourages so much input from clients. Most finished boats are stamped with their owners’ DNA.”
The much-coveted launch award went to Auckland-based Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders and their impressive Elite 16m Mid Pilothouse.
Balex’s battery powered Automatic Boat Loader won the Most Innovative Local Product Award. The trailer allows easy, click of a button launching and retrieving, saving time, energy and stress at the boat ramp.
The All Purpose Under 6m Boat of the Show went to Smuggler for its family cruiser Sport 620, and the award for tradeaboat Best Commercial Stand went to Electronic Navigation Limited for its display of acclaimed marine electronics.
Knowing that someone was also set to win a $100,000-plus Stabicraft/ Yamaha boat package meant excitable chatter was heard all throughout the show. As the announcement of the winner drew closer on the final day the buzz only increased. The lucky winner of the prize was North Shore woman Ngaire Kelly, who made her final stamp on the Yamaha 150hp Stabicraft 2050 Supercab.
While not everyone could win the grand prize, tens of thousands of keen boaties left the show satisfied once again, and there’s no doubt that next year’s event will see much more of the same.
The 2015 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show will be held at the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane, Auckland from May 14-17, 2015, while if that’s too long to wait, the Auckland On Water Boat Show launches 25-28 September.
PICTURE CAPTION: The award-winning Dickey Custom 950