New Releases, great prizes & advice galore at the 2019 Hutchwilco Boat Show

New Releases, great prizes & advice galore at the 2019 Hutchwilco Boat Show

There will also be new models from fellow locals Image Boats, Blackdog Cat, Everyman and Makaira as well as the latest offerings from Grady-White and Jeaneau’s Merry Fisher range.

New Zealand’s world-leading manufacturer of amphibious boats, Sealegs, will be releasing at least two new models at the May show, a Sealegs 8.5m alloy Cabin boat and a 7.7m Sport D-Tube.

GRP and RIB manufacturer, Smuggler Marine, will be unveiling their Smuggler Strata 900 Centre Console at the show. Powered by twin Evinrude E-TEC 250s and featuring eye-catching bright orange accents, the new Strata 900 Centre Console has an overall length of 9m, a top speed around 55 knots and a cruising speed of 30 knots.

Invercargill-based Stabicraft Marine is one of New Zealand’s leading production boat manufacturers and will be showcasing their new Stabicraft 2250 Centrecab range at the show.

Image Boats, also from New Zealand’s southern-most city, Invercargill, with be releasing their new Image 8.75m Fishmaster. Powered by twin Suzuki 200hp outboards, the new model features tuna tubes, Garmin electronics (including a 6416 head unit), and a spacious interior. With a LOA of 9.05m, a beam of 2.9m and a 17-degreee deadrise, the 8.75 can carry 750 litres of fuel and a 150 litres of water.

The new Blackdog Cat 620 HT is the company’s latest offering. Designed to appeal to boaties in the market for a “no compromises” 6-metre boat, the 620 is described as performing as a fishing weapon, but with enough comfort to keep the family happy over a full day out on the water.

Makaira Boats is another to be releasing two new models at this year’s show: the Makaira 670 Targa and the Makaira 725. The 670 is described as a good “day tripper” while the 725 has been designed primarily for performance offshore.

While Extreme Boats are promising a new model, they will also have on their stand a 745 Centre Console fitted with a Seekeeper 2 system, a world first for a vessel of this size.


The show will see the debut of at least three new international releases, too.

The new Grady-White 330 Express Special Edition features a full tinted, toughened glass enclosure that is described as one of the biggest innovations in screen design yet. The 330 is fitted with twin Yamaha XTO 425hp motors, Yamaha’s new Helm Master boat control system and Garmin’s new electric Reactor autopilot system.

The new Merry Fisher 895 Marlin is described as a true SUV of the seas, designed for serious offshore game fishing. The 28-footer’s innovative layout includes recessed side decks for secure access to the bow, two double cabins, a separate shower/ head compartment and a large sunroof to bathe the interior in natural light.

Powered by twin Volvo D3 220hp engines, the new Jeanneau NC 33 features a large, one level entertaining space with large rear opening doors and a new twin L-shape cockpit design.


In addition to the show’s incredible $250,000 Surtees/ Yamaha Grand Prize (previewed in the March issue of NZ Fishing News), visitors to this year’s show will also be able to win several other great prizes.

Viking Kayaks will be giving away two of their popular 2+1 family kayaks each day from their stand in Hall 5. Worth over $2000 each, these incredibly versatile kayaks feature two adult seats and a clever mid seat to accommodate a child as well.

To celebrate the launch of his new Ultimate Fishing App, TV fishing star, Matt Watson, is offering all those who download the new App at the show the chance to win an Ultimate Fishing Prize Pack, worth over $7000. The prize includes a brand new Profish GT Viking Kayak powered by a Bixby electric motor, a 70-litre Lion Red Icey-Tek loaded with Southern Bait product, Shimano Torium 20PG/Backbone Elite Jigging Combo, Fusion Stereo Active waterproof speaker, 12 month NZ Fishing News print and online subscription, Furuno lifejacket, Icey-Tek cooler bag, Dirty Dog sunnies, mask, snorkel and fins from Beuchat, and a Roman heavyduty spotlight, vacuum sealer and more.

Those keen to experience the wonder that is Fiordland may be able to do so for free thanks to Fiordland Discovery. On their stand in The Rock Fishing Hall, they are offering the chance to win a luxurious overnight cruise for two in beautiful Milford Sound. The lucky winners will spend a night cruising in the “eighth wonder of the world” onboard the stunning Fiordland Jewel.

Tony Orton’s Journey of a Fisherman is also offering a special prize from their stand in The Rock Fishing Hall. Valued at over $6000, their Ultimate Offshore Adventure Prize Pack includes an Offshore Adventures charter to the Mokohinau Islands with Tony Orton, including a night’s accommodation at the Offshore Adventures Lodge for two; a Shimano Torium 20 PG and Backbone jig combo; two Honda Marine lifejackets and wind breaker jackets; a pair of Steiner Navigator Pro 7x30 binoculars; a New Zealand Fishing News magazine prize pack; an Extreme Boats merchandise pack; a Fusion Marine ActiveSound portable Bluetooth speaker system; a Garmin STRIKER™ Plus 5cv with GT20-TM Transducer, an Icey- Tek 75-litre cooler bin and six OverBoard waterproof cases and bags.

New and re-newing subscribers at the NZ Fishing News stand will be in the draw to win a fivenight trip for two to Samoa, flying with Samoa Airways; staying at the luxurious Taumeasina Island Resort; fishing with Greg Hopping aboard Pure Indulgence; a coastal tour with Signature Samoa; and a dinner at Paddles restaurant. The prize was put together in conjunction with Samoa Tourism Authority.


The 2019 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show will also offer plenty of opportunities for both novice and experienced fishers to learn new tips and techniques.

The show’s always-popular Master Class series of free seminars will again be hosted by Bruce “Captain Swish” Duncan and will feature advice from a wide range of experts including Matt Watson, NZ Fishing News editor Grant Dixon, Ben Pokaia, Adam Clancey, Kirk Davis, Stephen Tapp, Josh Western and Milton Freer. This year’s topics will include fish filleting, winter snapper fishing, soft-bait techniques for deep water, top-water fishing, mechanical jigging, kayak, PWC and drone fishing and much more.

Several experts will also be offering advice from their sponsors’ stands throughout the show. This includes Matt Watson on the Stabicraft stand, Fishing & Adventure hosts Scott and Mig and Go Pro expert Ben Brown on the Surtees stand, and Tony Orton on the Journey of a Fisherman stand.

What: Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show
Where: ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane, Auckland
When: May 16-19, 2019
Open: 10am to 6pm; late night Friday to 9pm
Admission: Adults: $20; children 16 and under FREE

More information:

30 April 2019

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