Two carbon fibre Stabicraft 1600 packs will be given away as grand prizes at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show.
Each of these amazing prize packages will feature a new model Stabicraft 1600, complete with a lightweight, resin-infused carbon fibre superstructure; a market-leading 70hp Yamaha F70 4-stroke outboard, a huge range of practical extras — and will have a retail value of at least $60,000!
“Next year will be the 60th consecutive year the show has been held at what is now the ASB Showgrounds,” says Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show general manager, Dave Gibbs. “This is an incredible milestone for any event.
“They are stunning and innovative and the perfect way to celebrate our 60th anniversary show.”
The two Stabicraft prize boats — a new 1600 Fisher and a new 1600 Frontier — will be the first aluminium powerboats in New Zealand to feature carbon fibre in their construction.
“One of the key aspects of our design philosophy demands that ever Stabicraft be instantly recognizable as such,” says Stabicraft managing director Paul Adams. “The Stabicraft 1600 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. We are pushing the boundaries of what has previously been considered ‘the norm’ in the marine industry.
As an example, the bonnet for the new Fisher (an open cuddy-style cabin boat) is made up of five parts, with carbon fibre splashed throughout the design. In addition, to ensure both the driver and the passenger have the best possible visibility, protection from the elements and freedom of movement, the new Fisher will feature a huge one-piece windscreen that extends down in the centre.
A centrally-mounted depth sounder ensures an uninterrupted view for the driver (and enables everyone on board to see what is happening below) while a rod and canopy holder helps keep things tidy on board.
The new 1600 Frontier is just as innovative. Made from composite materials, the new pontoon-shaped console is an ergonomic masterpiece. It features a recessed throttle control and a 70-litre chilly bin/main seat that can be stowed inside the console, leaving a completely uncluttered cockpit.
A casting platform, designed to suit virtually every style of fishing and with handy dry stowage below, is also included with the prize boat, as is a practical console bimini frame. As well as using carbon fibre for the first time, Stabicraft have also included their popular wing style coamings into both models. First introduced on the 1850 Supercab, these offer great protection in rough weather and provide the perfect place to sit while waiting for the fish to bite.
The two prize boats will also feature Stabicraft’s famous game chaser transom and arrow pontoons, Stabicraft-designed Railblaza multiholders (which include sinker, cup and phone holder and are exclusive to Stabicraft), a remotely controlled Maxwell RC6 windlass and much more.
“The F70 is a truly legendary outboard,” says Yamaha Motor NZ Ltd’s general manager Darryl Lovegrove.
“It is one of the world’s very best and biggest-selling mid-range 4-stroke outboards. Its lightweight, flawless performance and outstanding fuel economy make it the perfect match for both of Stabicraft’s exciting new carbon fibre 1600s.”
The lightest 70hp outboard on the market and capable of operating at up to 6300rpm, the F70 boasts four valves per cylinder on a single overhead camshaft, making it incredibly efficient at drawing in fuel and air and pushing out the minimal exhaust that remains.
Both Stabicraft/Yamaha Grand Prize Packages will have fully painted hulls, come complete with an up-specced DMW trailer, a depth sounder and VHF from ENL, a Fusion stereo system and a full safety package (including flares and lifejackets) from Hutchwilco. A host of practical extras (washdown pump, hydraulic steering, nav lights, anchor and rode) will also be on board.
The two Stabicraft/Yamaha Grand Prize Packages, which will be drawn shortly after the show closes at 6pm on May 17, 2015 and handed over to their new owners the following morning, will be presented ready for the water.
“The prize boats will be on registered and warranted trailers, the outboards will have been prepared by the experts at Yamaha Motor NZ Ltd and there will be fuel in the tanks,” says Dave Gibbs. “We have even arranged for a year’s worth of complimentary insurance courtesy of Club Marine Insurance and a free year’s membership at the Outboard Boating Club.
“To be in the draw to win one of these incredible new carbon fibre Stabicraft/Yamaha Grand Prize Packages, visitors to the 2015 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show in Auckland next May simply have to get their paid entry ticket stamped at all the clearly-marked stamping booths, answer a simple question and fill in their contact details,” he says.
“Then all they have to do is hope that their ticket is one of the first two drawn out just after 6pm on Sunday, May 17!”