Testimonials

The experts say
Our boats are built to fish

With miles of pristine coastline, rivers and lakes it’s no
wonder fishing is one of New Zealand’s most popular
recreational pastimes.

In a country full of folk who love to fish, it’s not surprising that
the benchmark and expectations of a fishing boat are set pretty high.

So, with the tough New Zealand fishing critic in mind, where better
to design and build a boat than right here at home in New Zealand
by a team of passionate fishermen and engineers.

Surtees boats are proven to be incredibly popular and are recognised
by fishermen all over the world for high quality, stability, safety, and
practical features. Surtees, built to fish.

“Beyond Expectation – That’s how I would describe the performance of the complete rig.”

Michael Rendle (Fishing Coast to Coast)

“Owned a Surtees 5.8 metre Workmate for couple months now and found it to be a very functional and well made boat to fish out of and loves the rougher conditions of Moreton Bay. Now we can head out in it and feel much more comfortable in the boat that can handle conditions that get thrown at it. See that you're celebrating 20 years of boat building - Surtees boat owners are now reaping the rewards with being proud owners of these great trailer boats.”

Mitchell Bierge

“I've recently upgraded to a 5.5 Workmate – what a beast! I can't believe how many cool features you guys have put into the boat, ours is specced with the fold down seats so we've got tonnes of fishing space. Now I just have to convince my better half to let me get away for some overnighters! Awesome work guys.”

Sam Allan

“Solid is the only word to describe the construction of these craft – was I impressed? In a word YES!”

Dave Moran (Dive New Zealand)

“Just thought I would send you a note to say thanks to you and the team at Surtees for a great riding boat and can you pass on a big thank you to the team member that did the welding on our boat we put it to the test today. We had to come up the Wellington harbour in 35+ knots of wind today and it handled it without a worry. So once again a big 'Thank you' to the team up there and we will see you all next year in the owner competition.”

Ian Demanser

“Picked up my new 5.5 Hardtop Friday avo and took it out for its first run Sat. morning, blown away by how well it handled the chop and swell,as good as any glass boat the same size I've ever been in. The quality and attention to detail is unmatched by anything i looked at including the Barcrusher copies. Thanks guys for giving me the boat of my dreams.”

Bruno Khelloul

“After using my Workmate for fishing for the past 6 years, I recently passed my open water dive ticket and have been using it to dive off. What can I say, it is awesome to dive off, so glad I got the walk through transom.”

“Amazing service, amazing boats.”

Ian Richardson

“Excellent boats, can handle rougher seas than I can! Instills fantastic confidence that she will always get you home from the bay or the shelf...5.5 Workmate.”

Scott Norris

“Have owned a 5.5 Workmate since 08, brilliant boat, thank you.”

Andrew Crawford

“What a well made boat. I have a 4.85 Workmate with a 70 four stroke Yamaha. This little boat pushes way above its weight. With a range of 130km on just 52L...its very capable, stable and dry to handle in all conditions I'd be comfortable going out in off QLD. Definitely recommend this boat. The quality of workmanship in the boat is second to none. I love this boat, and will probably have it for the rest of my fishing life. It's perfect. Credit to all at the Surtees factory.”

Adam L Jarvis

“Coolest fishing boats in the world!”

Mikael Lundkvist

“I couldn't have bought a better boat, it's a dream come true for me and everyone who jumps onboard comments on it. If I get another boat it will be a bigger version. Thanks heaps!”

Nick Patrick

“Number one boat :)”

Stef Big-game Fishing

“While the boats are awesome, the team there at Surtees are even more awesome! They went above and beyond to sort out a minor issue and I cant speak highly enough of them. Thanks heaps again :) Mark (Obsession)”

Mark Pandelidis

“Performance is exceptional, as a previous owner of an Aussie Barcrusher I was in the process of up grading when I ran into Phil at the Sydney 2013 boat show. I had a real dilemma, to stay with a brand I knew and trusted or change to the Surtees. The game changer was Surtees honest down to earth approach and their ability to package me a boat that included all the options I wanted at a price that was realistic. The experience was professional as is the performance of their boat and to date the 6.1 HT has out performed its predecessor. I'm an avid fisherman and diver with 31 years on the water throughout New Zealand and Australia and would recommend the Surtees to anyone.”

Michael Pawson

“We are extremely happy with our new 4.85 Surtees Workmate, it has exceeded all our expectations and provides us with such a level of comfort when we are fishing.  We have taken it out in some rough waters at Port Welshpool and I can honestly say that I was not scared at any point. This is unusual for me as I am known for being a panic freak. The boat handled the rough so sweetly and there were so many hand holds that I was comfortable the whole time. I can not praise our boat highly enough.”

Sally & David Baldassa

“I love our 6.7 Gamefisher!!!”

Jane Davidson