BOAT SHOW'S GRAND PRIZE GOES SOUTH


Barry 2019-05-31

Eden Waddington, a 32-year-old from Christchurch who was visiting the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show for the first time, is now the proud owner of the show's Surtees/Yamaha Grand Prize. 

Eden had come to the show looking for a new, bigger boat after he and his partner had decided they needed to upsize their existing trailer boat. They have certainly now got their wish. Their new Surtees/Yamaha Grand Prize boat is a 7.5m Surtees 750 Game Fisher Open Cabin, powered by twin Yamaha 150hp 4-stroke outboards and fitted with Yamaha's new Helm Master boat control system. It sits on an $18,500 Hosking braked tandem trailer equipped with a Balex Auto Boat Loader and includes a comprehensive twin-screen Garmin electronics package worth $17,000.

It was another highly successful year for New Zealand's largest, longest-running and most popular boat show. Attendance was up around 5% and follows an 8% increase in 2018. Those attending appeared to be in a spending mood, too, with many exhibitors reporting significant improvements in both sales and levels of genuine inquiries.

The 2019 show also saw the debut of the new Hutchwilco Pool, a 20-metre aquatic arena that hosted a wide variety of exciting demonstrations and fun activities for the whole family.

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