Its new walkaround model, the Extreme 745, was judged to be the ‘best boat of the show’ as well as the ‘best new model’ and ‘best specialist fishing boat up to eight metres’. The Whakatane-based company also won the ‘Specialist Fishing Boat Up to Seven Metres’ with its Extreme 645 Centre Console.
The only other multiple award winner was Rayglass with its Legend 2500 and Legend 2800 models entered in the best family boat up to eight metres and open sections.
One of the most impressive sport fishers at the show was the Grady White 330 Express Vista, packaged with some great features which saw it take out the open specialist fishing boat category. Perhaps the biggest winner at the show was first-time Christchurch visitor Eden Waddington, who took out the grand prize Surtees/Yamaha rig.
After a trip to the Marlborough Sounds with his partner this summer, Eden decided he needed a bigger boat and came to the show to look at what was available, walking away with the $250,000 prize package.
The show was a huge success with attendance up over five percent from last year’s 35,000+ and exhibitors reporting near-record or record sales over the four days.
Most Innovative Stand - Balex Marine
Best Interactive Stand - Beacon Marine
Best Small Stand - Fishing & Adventure
Best Commercial Stand - Suzuki NZ
Most Innovative International Product - Oceanvolt Servoprop
Most Innovative Local Product - Coastguard App
BOATS OF THE SHOW:
Specialist Fishing Boats:
Up To 6 Metres - Surtees 540 Workmate Hardtop
Up To 7 Metres - Extreme 645 Centre Console
Up To 8 Metres - Extreme 745 Walk Around
Open - Grady White 330 Express Vista
All-Purpose Family Boats:
Up To 6 Metres - McLay 611 CrossXover
Up To 7 Metres - Stabicraft 2250 Ultra Centrecab
Up To 8 Metres - Rayglass Legend 2500
Open - Rayglass Legend 2800
Best New Model and Supreme Winner - Extreme 745 Walk Around.
13 July 2019