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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
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.
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 at www.fishingcomp.co.nz 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 at www.fishingcomp.co.nz.
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.