Hull that’s flat out bet­ter

NT News - Motoring - - MARINE GUIDE -

QUIN­TREX has re­leased an all-new-gen­er­a­tion Millennium Blade hull ex­clu­sive to its larger 6m-plus blue­wa­ter mod­els.

The brand ce­mented its iconic sta­tus for Aus­tralian al­loy boats decades ago by pi­o­neer­ing stretch­form al­loy tech­nol­ogy, which de­liv­ered su­pe­ri­or­per­for­mance, spray­de­flect­ing flared bow hulls of­fer­ing a markedly drier and bet­ter ride than any of its com­peti­tors.

Quin­trex lifted the bar an­other notch in 2000, re­leas­ing the aptly-named Millennium hull. The ex­ist­ing flared bow was in­te­grated into an un­der­side hull de­sign fea­tur­ing con­cave sec­tions ei­ther side of the keel line and ex­tend­ing aft. This in­tro­duced a deep-V dead­rise closer to fi­bre­glass craft shapes.

The hull was an in­stant hit for mid-size craft, pro­vid­ing a softer ride and much bet­ter han­dling in ad­verse sea con­di­tions.

But, al­though the per­for­mance of the com­pany’s larger high-sided, full-shoul­dered 6m-plus craft im­proved, in­ex­pli­ca­bly they were not as good as the smaller mod­els.

De­ter­mined to get it right, Quin­trex em­ployed state-of-the-art com­puter designing tech­nol­ogy and de­vel­oped the new Millennium Blade hull.

And what a dif­fer­ence. The un­der­side shape has changed — there is more dead­rise and the bow flare tran­si­tions into a finer rak- ing en­try and car­ries far­ther aft, blend­ing into more re­fined, nar­rower shoul­ders.

The 6.1m and 6.4m Blade hulls plane eas­ier, there is less drag, en­hanced trim re­spon­sive­ness pro­vides ad­di­tional scope for ad­just­ing attitude to suit pre- vail­ing con­di­tions, they run flat­ter – and drive bril­liantly.

Quin­trex’s all-new Millennium Blade hull pro­vides less drag and en­hanced trim re­spon­sive­ness

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