News NZ Boat Show pro­duces the goods Show award re­sults Boats of the Show

While the num­bers through the gates might have been slightly down, pa­trons at­tend­ing the 2016 Hutch­wilco NZ Boat Show came with money to spend. • Most In­no­va­tive Stand: Stab­i­craft Ma­rine • Best Small Stand: Garmin • Best Com­mer­cial Stand: Honda Ma­rine • T

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This saw strong sales of top-end tackle re­ported in the Tackle Court, up against the more tra­di­tional ‘bar­gain com­bos’. It seemed ev­ery sec­ond or third per­son was car­ry­ing a rod!

But it was not just the tackle-court ex­hibitors that ben­e­fited – most of the boat and mo­tor man­u­fac­tur­ers re­ported strong sales and in­ter­est, with many on-wa­ter demos to fol­low up on.

One boat re­tailer said there were less ‘tire-kick­ers’ than usual, with a num­ber of sales signed up over the last two days af­ter se­ri­ous buy­ers had done their home­work on the Thurs­day and Fri­day.

“It shows our in­dus­try, and the econ­omy, is in good heart, with peo­ple pre­pared to add the cost of a boat to their mort­gage,” he said.

NZ Fish­ing News was there too, with the rein­tro­duc­tion of the ‘Spin and Win’ wheel to our sub­scrip­tion pro­mo­tion prov­ing pop­u­lar. In ad­di­tion to hav­ing the chance to win all sorts of items rang­ing from a new soft-bait set to a packet of batter, a num­ber of draw prizes were on of­fer. The Vik­ing kayak went to Chezre Jones (Auck­land), the Icey Tek bin to Rob Pas­coe (Waihi), the Nifty in­flat­able boat to Craig Teir­ney (Auck­land) and the ma­jor Shi­mano Set for Life to Pat Whe­len (Hamil­ton).

An­other big win­ner was San­dra Flay of Dar­gav­ille, who took out the $100,000 Sur­tees-yamaha gate-prize boat pack­age.

Hutch­wilco Auck­land Boat Show awards

As al­ways the Boat of the Show awards were keenly con­tested, and this year were dom­i­nated in the al­loy and GRP (fi­bre­glass) classes by two brands – Ex­treme and Ray­glass.

Ex­treme’s 570 Cen­tre Con­sole (a ver­i­ta­ble fish­ing bat­tle­ship chock full of fea­tures and in­no­va­tions) won Boat of the Show in the Un­der Six Me­tres, as well as the 6-7 Me­tre Al­loy Fish­ing Boat cat­e­gory, with the former also tak­ing out the over­all Boat of the Show hon­ours.

Ray­glass took out both the GRP Open and 6-7 Me­tre Fish­ing Boat classes with the 2350 and 2800 Leg­ends re­spec­tively. The Ray­glass brand has been dom­i­nant in this area for sev­eral shows now, hav­ing struck on a win­ning for­mula.

The at­tend­ing boat man­u­fac­tur­ers are usu­ally un­der a great deal of pres­sure to pre­pare boats for the show, and in this case the Ex­treme crew was not only get­ting ready for the New Zealand Boat Show, but also two ma­jor Aus­tralian shows hot on its heels.

“Our work­shop boys were do­ing the hard yards lead­ing up to the Auck­land show – none more so than the fit-out bay, which crammed some­thing like 45 days into just 12 days of con­tin­u­ous work,” said Pro­duc­tion Man­ager Shane Lau­rent.

“The pro­duc­tion team did a fan­tas­tic job, and de­spite putting the fin­ish­ing touches on a cou­ple of the boats just hours be­fore the show opened, we got there in the end thanks to their ef­forts.”

An­other boat to catch the eye was the Al­loy Open Fish­ing Boat win­ner, the Broad­bill Gla­di­a­tor 8.0. A col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort be­tween War­ren Hay and Mclay Boats, this new­comer to the mar­ket at­tracted plenty of at­ten­tion, es­pe­cially from se­ri­ous sport fish­ers.

But the awards din­ner weren’t just about the best stands and boats, with Hamil­ton broth­ers Gary and Greg Dut­ton be­ing in­ducted into the show’s Hall of Fame.

The Dut­ton name has been as­so­ci­ated with Rol­los Ma­rine and DMW Trail­ers – along has been the Waikato boat­ing scene in gen­eral – over many decades. In par­tic­u­lar, the broth­ers have been heav­ily into the lo­cal and na­tional wa­ter­ski­ing scene, both as par­tic­i­pants and ad­min­is­tra­tors.

A full round-up of show pho­to­graphs will ap­pear in next month’s edi­tion.

Stand awards:

An­glers from any­where in New Zealand can par­tic­i­pate and win some fan­tas­tic prizes by pho­tograph­ing their catch on an of­fi­cial mea­sure and en­ter­ing on-line. Reg­is­tra­tion is free thanks to DB Ex­port.

En­ter­ing a catch is as sim­ple as tak­ing the photo on your smart­phone then load­ing it at­ing­ us­ing the phone’s web-browser.

Get a few mates or friends from work and have your own mini com­pe­ti­tion in your own pri­vate group. It only takes a minute or two to set up at­ing­

Leader­boards dis­play catches from around the coun­try, and the ‘Hall of Fame’ is a pa­rade of the all-time best of the best. Some mas­sive fish are in there, in­clud­ing a 96cm snap­per and a 150cm king­fish.

Above: Ex­treme Boat’s Glenn Shaw and Shane Lau­rent; the Ex­treme 570 Cen­tre Con­sole took out the over­all ‘Boat of the Show’ award. Left: Ray­glass Boats once again dom­i­nated the GRP Fish­ing Boat of the Show awards with the Leg­end 2350 and 2800 mod­els.

The lead­ing snap­per of 88.5cm was caught by A Ali in North­land.

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