Surtees soon to make waves
SURTEES Boats is not a name that has been known widely around the Australian boat market. Yet it will be soon. Byron Hazell Marine has recently been appointed the NT dealer for Surtees Boats.
They have received their first two boats, one being the 6.7 Hardtop which is sold and the other a 6.1 Workmate which will be fitted with the latest Honda 115hp fourstroke engine ready for the 2010 Darwin Boat Show.
Byron visited the Surtees factory in Whakatane, New Zealand, and was totally impressed by the level of expertise in the manufacturing of Surtees Boats.
Every detail of the building process has been refined so that the end product will meet any customer’s satisfaction and give many years of boating service.
All the on-board trimming is done in the factory using the best quality fabrics and materials, with an excellent colour selection.
The Surtees’ range starts with the popular 4.7 Workmate or Centre console right up to the 7.3 Gamefisher enclosed hardtop.
All Surtees boats come with under-floor construction with six fulllength stringers, then every 400mm there are cross beams welded into place.
Once this application is completed a welded floor is put into place giving two pressure-tested, under-floor safety buoyancy chambers.
Now that’s one tough boat.
The most popular size range that Surtees produces is the 6.1 Workmate, 6.1 Centre Console, 6.1 Gamefisher Hardtop and the 6.1 Barcrusher Hardtop.
The Workmate is a functional boat having all that fishos want.
It has a folding roof making it easy for those who like to store their boats under carports or sheds without the hassle of finding alternative storage or modifying the shed or carport.
But the main feature of all Surtees Boats is their secret weapon, the selfflooding ballast tank.
This is a simple yet effective design.
When a Surtees boat comes to rest, this ballast tank floods with water and with this extra weight it settles the boat deeper into the water giving greater stability when at rest, even in rough conditions.
Should the weather turn sour while you are out at sea, coming home can be a very daunting experience.
So before moving, a simple release of a cord at the stern will release a sealing flap and will keep this water ballast in the tank, and will give a softer, sure-footed trip home.
Once you are back into smoother water, pull the flap up and the ballast drains.
The Surtees’ wiring system is state of the art, which can be used in either a single, dual or dual with house battery charging system.
Byron Hazell Marine will have two Surtees boats on display at the Darwin Boat Show on September 4-5.
But if you want to look beforehand, visit BH Marine at Berrimah.
Surtees also has a large extensive range of factory options that can be fitted while your new Surtees is being built.
BH Marine also sells Honda marine engines, and with a full five-year warranty and advanced engine technology, powering a Surtees Boat with a Honda engines is a marriage made in heaven.