Fish City has released its new FC390 dinghy, a boat they say re-invents the kiwi 12ft tinnie.
In setting out to re-invent the traditional ‘12ft kiwi tinnie’ – Fish City have designed a no nonsense boat, at a no nonsense cost, yet have been able to apply more modern features and characteristics to this new age craft.
The FC390 is the smaller sibling to the extremely popular FC430 and FC500. Designed and tested by Fish City to be the ultimate dinghy and just like the larger models, this boat is built solid and robust but again is full of practical and innovative features.
In designing the new FC390, Fish City managing Director Ross Christensen says the key parameters were to have a stable, dry, strong and safe boat that lets people catch fish at minimal cost.
“The first thing we looked to incorporate into this boat had to be stability, a soft dry ride, improved strength and safety, more usable fishing and storage space, all at a very affordable price,” says Christensen.
“We wanted to introduce a really basic, no frills affordable boat onto the market – but with innovative features that sets it apart from what is currently out there.”
“Things like build quality, being strong but light, stability at rest, and a soft dry ride were absolute fundamentals. It had to have no fixtures that inhibit boarding from any angle around the boat, and we didn’t want to spend heaps on powering it either, 15-30hp is more than enough says Christensen.
Like the already popular FC430, the FC390 shares a wide beam of 1.83m, with a 3mm thick aluminium bottom, foredeck transom and sides.
“We don’t think of this boat as just a dinghy, we have put a lot of thought into the overall design, especially into the hull.”
The fine-entry hull is variable down to 12° at the transom, add to that the wide, down-turned chine’s, and under floor sealed buoyancy, it makes for a very stable and dry boat when on the water. The extended gunnels on the FC boats make them dryer than any other small craft available.
Key internal features of the FC390 include a storage lockers in the bow, a sealed chequer plate floor which drains to a sump in the stern through bungs.
By quickly inserting internal bungs and removing the external one, the aft sump can be converted into a live bait tank should users wish. The natural movement of the boat on the water will keep in oxygenated, and when underway will quickly drain the water out.
“It will then flood to water level, and if you leave the bung out, the movement of the hull will ‘pump’ water in and out, keeping the well oxygenated and your baits alive. If you are moving spots and wish to keep the baits – put the bung back in. Just because it’s a smaller boat, doesn’t mean you can’t have big boat features.”
To maximise the internal room of the FC390, gone are traditional tinnie bench seats, and in goes the two standard fixed mounted pedestal swivelling plastic bucket seats.
Other features include four through-gunwale alloy and welded in rod holders and optional bait-board.
Designed to be beach launched with ease, the FC390 comes on a custom Voyager trailer allowing you to either launch it into the water with the aid of a vehicle, or being light enough that you can manoeuvre it into the water on the trailer by hand.
Boat, motor, and trailer packages for the FC390 start from: $11995.00 including 15HP, WOF and Rego.
For more information visit: http://www.fishcity.co.nz
Standard Features Include:
Voyager Single Axle Trailer
Passive Live Bait Tank
Welded Floor with Sealed Buoyancy.
Dry Storage in the Bow
Positive Flotation under Gunnels
2 swivel seats
25lt fuel tank
4 x Welded Rod Holders
WOF and Registration
Transom tie downs
LED submersible trailer lights