A Preview of an Impressive Line-Up at the Brisbane Boat Show
The addition of new model boats, including pedal-powered and inflatable fishing kayaks, locally built offshore aluminium boats and imported fibreglass centre console rigs from the largest names in the marine industry, will make this year’s Brisbane Boat Show even more diverse. The additions follow a flotilla of new models already foreshadowed for the show as well as new engines, fishing gear and electronics.
The Manufacturers and Their Entries
Stacer is set to display their Ocean Ranger 679 Hardtop for the first time at a show in south-east Queensland. It’ll also show their Assault Pro range of tournament-styled boats and a redesigned version of one of their most popular models, the Seaway 429.
The Ocean Ranger Hardtop features 5-mm plate sheets below the waterline based on the EVO hull design. A 20-degree deadrise and sharp entry, combined with reverse chines, a 750-mm freeboard and a chequer-plated floor, make a definitive statement about how serious these new rigs are for offshore sailing.
The Assault Pro 459 is a seriously minded fishing rig that has a rear casting platform with a live bait tank and a front casting platform with a dual battery set designed to accommodate an electric motor. This new version, which is rated for outboards up to 75hp, also features a sportier console, wind deflector and sides which are 100 mm higher.
The redesigned Seaway 429 is wider and deeper than its predecessors, and like the Assault Pro 459, it features greater freeboard. It also has a lean-through windscreen hatch with a newly designed, moulded anchor well and a new dual position rear lounge.
Hobie Cat Australasia will display their latest addition to their Mirage Pro-Angler range—the Tandem 17 kayak with mirage drive that allows people to power it with their feet. Adapting the “pedalling” concept, it’s driven by two underwater flippers that work like a penguin’s fins for propulsion while leaving hands free for fishing.
Aside from the Pro-Angler 17 Tandem, Hobie will also display other models in their mirage drive range of kayaks, paddle kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and accessories.
A first-time exhibitor, Compact Fishing Australia will use the show to launch their range of Nifty inflatable boats. Rated to carry 225 kg or three people, the boats can be inflated in a few minutes and come with a foot pump, carry bag, alloy oars and seats, and two fishing rod holders.
Bundaberg-based Johnny Boats will show their FinCraft 19 centre console, which came out of the Larson stable in the US. The manufacturer said they’re about to re-brand it to Seaswirl Striper 1905. The boat has been rigged with a 130hp Evinrude E-Tec for the show, marking the company’s entry into importing Twin Vee catamarans that range from 12 to 35 footers in Australia.
Still, in the catamaran division, Ashmore-based Fishing and Leisure Boats, which specialises in powered catamarans with franchises for Livingston Boats (part of the Powercat Group), will have an 18-foot Carolina Catamaran on display for the first time in Brisbane. The company also builds World Cat and Glacier Bay catamarans in North Carolina, as well as Suntracker pontoon boats.