The Circa 950 Cruiser won the coveted Boat of Show honours at the recent Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show awards.
To qualify, the Circa first had to win its section, in this instance, the Alloy Fishing Boat of the Show-Open division, and then it went up against the eight other division winners for the major award.
There was some great innovation at this year’s show, with the awards evenly spread among both experienced and relatively new exhibitors and marques.
Boat of the Show award winners over the previous two shows – Extreme – had to be content with Specialist Alloy fishing Boat Up to Eight Metres this time round.
Offshore Boats in the All-Purpose Family Boats up to Six and Eight Metre divisions took out the honours with their Offshore 600 and 700 Hardtops.
Marco Boats claimed the Most Innovative Award with its 600 Sojourn, a vessel designed specifically with topwater and lure fishing in mind. The best New Model was awarded to the Innovision 616, which also took out the Specialist Alloy Fishing Boat Up to Seven Metres.
Lusty and Blundell took out the Most Interactive Stand award with its Haswing Challenge, where show patrons were invited to navigate their way around the big pool in a Haswing electric motor-powered inflatable, completing various tasks on the journey.
Sue Tucker, who has been instrumental in bringing Coastguard Education programmes to the boating and general public, was this year’s Hall of Fame inductee.
One of the more eye-catching vessels on display was far from the biggest – the Dreadnought D4000 attracted plenty of attention thanks to its innovative use of space. As a one or two-person fishing machine, it had a lot going for it.
Mercury’s V12 was impressive in the outboard space, and Kiwi boats are lining up to have these industry-standard motors added to their transoms, and some more than one! – Grant Dixon
Extreme Boats are never too far away from the award winner’s circle – this time taking out the Alloy Specialist Fishing Boat Up to Eight Metres with the 795 XST.
Tenob Wholesale Marine Stand Awards:
Most Innovative Stand: Evocean Electric Power & Propulsion; Best Interactive Stand: Lusty & Blundell/Haswing Challenge; Best Small Stand:
Tidal Yachting; Best Commercial Stand: Suzuki New Zealand
Altus Industrial Aluminium Product Awards:
Most Innovative International Product: Temo 450; Most Innovative Local Product: Futura 775 Tandem Marine Trailer.
Altus industrial Aluminium Boats of the Show:
Launch: Admiral 10m Sports Cruiser; Specialist Fishing Boat Up To 6 Metres: Kingfisher 510 Minicat; Specialist Fishing Boat Up To 7 Metres:
Innovision Boats 616; Specialist Fishing Boat Up To 8 Metres:
Extreme 795 XST; Specialist Fishing Boat Open: Circa 950 Cruiser.
All-Purpose Family Boat Up To 6 Metres: Offshore 600 Hard Top; All Purpose Family Boat Up To 7 Metres: Offshore 700 Hard Top; All Purpose Family Boat Up To 8 Metres: Machina 771; All Purpose Family Boat Open:
Profile 800HW; Most Innovative Boat: Marco 600 Sojourn; Best New Model
Innovision 616; Supreme Winner: Circa 950 Cruiser.
New Zealand Boat Show Hall of Fame Inductee: Sue Tucker
The Innovision 616 not only had an eye-catching livery, but was honoured as the Best New Model.