Stabicraft announces with great pride and pleasure that it has won a Designers Institute Best Design award under the Product Design category for the 1600 Fisher – Carbon Series.
Stabicraft was faced with a great problem, too many orders for boats in 2014. This in turn created longer lead times for our dealers and customers and we needed to figure out a way of producing boats faster. One idea was producing a fibreglass bonnet, and it was met with less than mediocre enthusiasm.
The idea evolved into trying out resin infused carbon composites and everyone got really excited. We contracted an industrial product designer and together with our internal design team we have produced the 1600 Fisher – Carbon Series. Not only does this meet our manufacturing requirements but we have challenged the marine industry through great aesthetic, ergonomic and cost effective design. The new designs are almost 10% faster through the factory than the previous ‘all-alloy’ model which has helped lead to one extra boat per week from the Stabicraft factory – a huge gain. However the larger gains have been made in our design process and the resulting 1600 Fisher styling and functionality.
We really challenged our internal design process and came up with concepts that ranged from ‘safe’ to completely ‘blue sky’. The resulting form and function of the new 1600’s is one that has been met with a huge social media following. Comments like “sexy, stealth and weapon” are not traditionally associated with Stabicraft boat designs but are hugely welcomed. We have removed the traditional walk-through windscreen to retrieve your anchor and installed an all-electric windlass so the whole anchoring experience is done from the seat at the helm. This is also made easier with the drop-down of the bottom of the windscreen making viewing from helm in this sized boat unparalleled. We have also moved the location of the fish finder from the traditional spot of behind the steering wheel to the centre of the dash. This not only offers an unobstructed view for the driver but all passengers when either underway or fishing from the stern.
Together with our Game Chaser Transom, Arrow Pontoons and Wing Style Coamings the new 1600 Fisher design offers consumers the ultimate small-boat experience – and it not only looks great on the water but in the driveway too. “The new 1600 Fisher – Carbon Series, with its uncompromisingly sharp contours is the essence of our brand, poured into an extreme, awe-inspiring look which is eternally different but unmistakably Stabicraft”.