Introducing the Surtees Yamaha Grand Prize Rig...

Most of us can only dream of having a $280,000 trailerboat parked in our driveways, but for one lucky 2022 Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show patron, it will become a reality on the evening of May 15.

It will start with a live-feed draw once the gates close, followed by a phone call to the winner who has had their ticket stamped at all six booths over the show’s duration.

The recipient will instantly become the envy of all show patrons, not to mention his friends, family and neighbours, as he collects the keys to the Surtees/Yamaha grand gate prize.

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Surtees Boats and Yamaha Motor (NZ) Ltd have again joined forces with a heap of other major industry players to create a must-be-won grand gate prize of a Surtees 7.5 metre 750 Game Fisher, powered by the latest Yamaha F250 V6 DES Offshore series engine, all riding on a custom-built Hoskings trailer.

The package has a retail value of over $280,000, representing $37,333 per metre of boat. Put another way, that is $373.33 per cm or 3.73 per mm of hull length! Regardless of how you slice and dice it, it is one hell of a fishing/boating package and not bad for the $25 price of the ticket!

Surtees over many years has developed a reputation for building great trailerboats, known for their blue water performance and fishability.

The Surtees 750 Game Fisher prize boat features an enclosed cabin and the company’s renowned Surtees SiQ™ hull technology package. Giving both greater stability at both rest and underway and better handling in a wide range of conditions. Surtees SiQ™ includes the Surtees Razortech™ smooth riding hull; Anti-Roll™ ballast stability control with Anti-Roll Lock™; Tough Deck™ super rigid hull construction; Safety Buoyancy airtight flotation compartments; the Quik-Hitch™ trailer catch system; all backed up in a 10-year hull warranty.

By purchasing you show tickets on ine you could double your chances of  winning this fully kitted out Surtees/Yamaha rig valued at $280,000.

Designed for extended offshore cruising, the 2022 Grand Prize boat features a large, 400-litre fuel tank, 530 litres of water ballast for even greater stability both underway and at rest, an 80-litre freshwater tank, electric hot water shower and sink, Engel electric fridge and an electric toilet. The enclosed cabin boasts Surtees’ latest dash, twin cabin roof hatches and sliding rear windows in the cabin’s rear bulkhead, twin Hi Tech Plastic carbon deluxe bolstered seats and three Exalto Pantagraph wipers.

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Like all Surtees boats, the 2022 Surtees/Yamaha Grand Prize has been built to fish. A large, uncluttered cockpit is complimented by a live bait tank under a handy walk-through transom to an enclosed platform. This includes protective pushpits for safer fishing in offshore waters and a robust boarding ladder for fishers and divers.

The latest Surtees bait station features four rod holders, a handy tackle drawer and ski pole. There are numerous other rod holders in the side decks and rocket launcher and in a 4-rod clip-on shelf holder. Completing the Grand prize’s ‘fishability right out of the wrapper’ is $5000 worth of Okuma tackle, a pair of Ocean Blue outriggers, a washdown hose to keep things clean and numerous other practical fishing features.

Complete with another eye-catching wrap from Brave Design, the 2022 Grand Prize features the latest SeaDek protective panels on the cockpit floor, side decks and the platform. This product is seen on all the best kitted out boats, offering great grip and comfort underfoot.

A Lone Star GX3 Drum Winch takes care of anchor deployment and retrieval, while a comprehensive Hella marine LED lighting package (trailer, navigation, spotlights, blue livebait, red/white cabin, strip and underwater) ensures the prize is seen and illuminated.

Electrotab auto-retract trim tabs ensures the skipper can align the rig to suit varying sea states and loads when underway.

Garmin electronics dominate the helm station.

The engine

Yamaha’s all-new, F250 V6 DES Offshore series engine employs the very latest technology delivering next generation control, integration and styling combined with Yamaha’s original trademark reliability.

Incorporating technological advancements previously only seen on Yamaha’s flagship V8 425hp XTO models, the new 250hp 4-stroke V6 takes the proven 4.2 litre engine platform to the next level, packing both serious offshore grunt and refined engine features. With its more aggressive styling in all new pearlescent white, the new F250 has been designed to be completely integrated into the boat’s power, steering and control systems with built-in Digital Electric Steering (DES) delivering extreme precision and smoothness.

Also included for the first time is Yamaha's Thrust Enhancing Reverse Exhaust system, delivering increased prop grip and thrust for improved maneuvering when docking or reversing on a big catch.

Another great feature is the new TotalTilt™ system. This allows the outboard to fully tilt up and down from any position, with a simple double push of the Up or Down Tilt buttons. This makes it easier to operate while the new mounting bracket system allows the engine to sit higher out of the water when not in use, for improved long-term durability and protection.

The control system

Yamaha’s Helm Master EX  system is the world’s first fully integrated boat control system for a single engine and delivers a boating and fishing experience unlike any else on the water. Featuring a full-maneuverability joystick, digital electronic controls, digital electric steering and Yamaha autopilot, Helm Master EX boasts new single-function buttons to engage popular Helm Master modes such as Fish Point (to maintain the boat’s position) and Drift Point (to keep the bow pointed in a set direction while allowing a natural drift).

Part of the package is Yamaha’s Helm master XE system.

The trailer

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The Hosking Trailers custom tandem trailer has been especially designed and built just for the 2022 Surtees/Yamaha Grand Prize. comes complete with a Trailparts Credo Direct Brake system and wireless brake controller. These will allow the lucky winner to simply “plug in and go”, using any vehicle with a 3500kg towing capacity to safely tow their Grand Prize package, without having to install a hard-wired brake controller.

The trailer will also feature a USA-made Superwinch S5500 winch with remote, a NZ-made 15:1 manual winch as backup and 40 Jakaar multi rollers to make the Grand Prize easy to retrieve after a day’s boating and fishing. 

Rated to 3500kg, the maximum for a light trailer on New Zealand roads, the Surtees/Yamaha Grand Prize’s Hosking custom trailer will also be fitted with Treadway light commercial tyres, fantastic-looking alloy rims and a Trojan stainless steel brake system (calipers, rotors, and braided hose) to ensure these vital components remain rust-free.

The electronics

The 2022 Grand Prize winner will also enjoy an impressive set of the latest Garmin electronics. The system is based on the award-winning 16inch Garmin GPSMAP 8416xsv MFD at the helm. This is paired with a 9inch GPSMAP 953xsv remote screen in the cockpit, a great asset when fishing on the drift or keeping the crew up-to-date when trolling.

There are two transducers: a Garmin LVS32 Livescope Panoptix transducer (for real time 3D imagery below) and a GT51M-TM transducer (for both inshore and offshore fishing), complete with medium frequency CHIRP traditional sonar, CHIRP ClearVü and CHIRP SideVü scanning sonar. There is also a 24inch, 48NM Garmin GMR24 Fantom radar. Comms are taken care of courtesy of a Garmin 115i , 25w VHF radio.

There is a great music system, too, with a Fusion Apollo MS-RA770 stereo paired with Signature series speakers and a Signature subwoofer on a 5-channel D-class amp.

Completing the grand prize is $5000 worth of Okuma tackle

The extras

To keep the lucky winner and their crew safe on the water, the 2022 Surtees/Yamaha Grand Prize also comes with six Hutchwilco 170N manual inflatable lifejackets, a Hutchwilco powerboat flare kit, a ACR Electronic Distress Flare, a large safety grab bag, first aid kit and a year’s worth of Yamaha Marine Insurance. Thanks to show sponsor, Hutchwilco, there is also a 1m Kai Cooler fish insulated catch bag, a 700mm, Kai Cooler fish insulated catch bag, a Desalt cleaning kit, Loose Unit ski rope and ski biscuit and dock and bow lines.

The Grand prize is a turnkey package and comes ready to fish right out of the box. It is a vessel with serious offshore capabilities that is suitable for extended multi-day trips.

To be in the draw, show patrons will need to get their tickets stamped at all six booths placed around the site. Once completed, the tickets are dropped in the box awaiting Sunday night’s draw.

Tickets purchased online at also come with a Free Bonus Entry into the Surtees/Yamaha Grand Prize draw, doubling the chance to win this amazing $280,000-plus prize. Both the 2019 and 2021 winners won their Grand Prize with the bonus ticket they received for buying their tickets online.

All tickets bought online also automatically go into the draw for a powered Viking Kayaks’ ultimate fishing kayak package, worth over $8000. – Mike Rose and Grant Dixon. Images – Mike Rose and Geoff Cox.

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