Sur­tees soon to make waves

NT News - Motoring - - MARINE GUIDE / CLASSIFIEDS - By PHIL POMEROY

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.

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