Recent Alloy Boat Launchings

Barry 2019-01-18

Two of New Zealand's leading alloy boat builder s have both recently launched a couple of ultra large trailer boat.

Milton based McLay Boats have completed a particular boat for Navico to be used as a test platform for their wide range of electronic products.

Navico's new test boat had its maiden voyage just before Xmas. Powered by 2 x V8 300hp Mercury outboards, the big McLay 931 ran to 73Kph during trials.

Weighing in at 4 tonnes, the boat is an updated version of the 931 that McLay Boats built a few years ago. The boat will be used to test the latest Navico products, which include the Lowrance, Simrad, B&G brands as well as JLAudio and C0Map. The McLay has been fitted out with Ultralon flooring, enclosed head/shower compartment, galley, dinette and twin berth forward cabin. Plus there are all the necessary equipment for fishing, included rod holders, bait tanks and a bait station.

Invercargill's Image Boats have delivered another 8.5m Fishmaster, one of the most popular in their larger boat range. Manurere is powered by twin Suzuki DF325A duoprop outboards and constructed with 6mm plate hull and 4 mm sides, is 8.50m overall and has a wide beam of 2.9m.

Manurere features a fully enclosed wheelhouse with separate head/shower and sizeable central bait station at the transom with boarding platform access either side. A guage around the platform offers extra security when fishing.

Inside there's a starboard side helm and galley with dinette opposite and a forward accommodation area. The boat is finished in read fabric, with grey carpet and light timbers, which gives it a very warm and inviting appeal.

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