The company recently launched Hunter, an Extreme 915 Walk Around, powered by twin Mercury 225 SeaPro V8 with Active Trim for improved fuel efficiency, something owner Simon Brady says is important with multiple skippers operating multiple boats.
Active Trim is a ‘set and forget’ system that optimises hull performance.
The hull has had an upgrade to 8mm, the added weight giving the vessel better rough water performance. Other hull customisations include comfortable seating for clients; a second livebait tank; a forward underfloor fish tank; additional internal handholds; extra rod holders around the vessel and including the bow platform for stick baiting and soft-baiting tackle; increased bow rail height; additional battery upgrades for survey; and forward cabin decamp paint for further noise reduction.
The vessel has SeaDek applied throughout, including on the roof which is used for spotting when gamefishing.
The electronics include a full Simrad NSSEVO3 sounder/plotter, a RS40-B Radio and Halo 24 radar; and Precision-9 Heading compass for improved performance at speed.
Simon says the boat does not lack for the latter.
“Hunter has blistering speed. We got scared at 45 knots and eased off, but there was plenty more power there, and that is with the Sea Pros which are commercial outboards which I believe are de-tuned for efficiency and torque over top-end speed.”
“It means we can get our clients quickly out to the grounds, spending more time wetting a line rather than travelling.”
Being a full walk-around Hunter is a great boat for the style of fishing many people like to engage in in the Hauraki Gulf – lure fishing for snapper and livebaiting, jigging and stickbaiting for kingfish.
For more information on Ultimate Charters go to www.ultimatecharters.co.nz