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2023 Surtees/Yamaha $300k-plus Grand Prize Boat Show’s most valuable ever!

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The Surtees/Yamaha Grand Prize package for the 2023 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show, will be worth over $300,000 and will be the most valuable must-be-won prize ever offered at a boat show.

One of the very first of Surtees’ Limited Edition 30th Anniversary models, this very special 7.5-metre 750 Game Fisher enclosed cabin package will be powered by Yamaha’s latest technology F250 V6 DES Offshore series outboard, accompanied by a game-changing, joy-stick-controlled, fully-integrated Yamaha Helm Master EX boat control system.

It will come on its own GFAB tandem axle, wirelessly-braked trailer; be fitted out with a complete set of the very latest Garmin marine electronics and come equipped with everything one will need for a comfortable, safe and enjoyable day or weekend on the water.

Limited Edition

The 30th Anniversary 750 Game Fisher will truly be one to treasure. The special Limited Edition models are being built to acknowledge the birth of Surtees Boats in 1993, celebrating the year when Neil Surtees decided to design and build himself an aluminium boat for fishing off the rough coast of Whakatane. His design, and its soft ride across the town’s notoriously rough bar, instantly created strong demand from other fishing locals, keen for one of their own.

With an eye-catchingly elegant and stunningly distinctive blacked-out hull, the 30th Anniversary Grand Prize will come with a stylish golden shimmer from bow to stern, high quality golden decals on the hull, cabin and bait station and a special 30th Anniversary golden badge on the transom. 

It will, of course, also come complete with the company’s renowned Surtees SiQ™ technology package. Giving both greater stability (at rest and underway) and better handling in a wide range of conditions, Surtees SiQ™ includes Surtees Razortech™ smooth riding hull, Anti-Roll™ ballast stability control with Anti-Roll Lock™, Tough Deck™ super rigid hull construction, Safety Buoyancy airtight flotation compartments and Surtees’ 10-year hull warranty.

Built to fish, the Grand Prize 750 Game Fisher has been designed specifically for extended offshore cruising, with a large, 400-litre fuel tank, 530 litres of water ballast for even greater stability both underway and at rest, an 80-litre fresh water tank, electric hot water shower and sink, Engel electric fridge, an electric toilet and ample ventilation in the well-appointed enclosed cabin.

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Like all Surtees boats, this 30th Anniversary Surtees/Yamaha Grand Prize has been built to fish. Its large, uncluttered cockpit is complimented by a live bait tank under a handy walk-through transom to an enclosed platform, with protective pushpits for safer fishing in offshore waters and a robust boarding ladder for fishers and divers. With four rod holders, a handy tackle drawer and ski pole, the stunning Surtees bait station will be complimented by numerous other rod holders, in both the side decks and rocket launcher and in a 4-rod clip-on shelf holder.

Power and control

Powering the 2023 Grand Prize is a Yamaha F250 V6 DES Offshore series engine. Employing the very latest technology to deliver next generation control, integration and styling (and Yamaha's original trademark reliability), it incorporates technological advancements previously only seen on Yamaha's flagship V8 425hp XTO models. Delivering serious offshore grunt, the new 250hp 4-stroke V6’s 4.2 litre engine has been designed to be completely integrated into the boat's power, steering and control systems with built-in Digital Electric Steering (DES) delivering extreme precision and smoothness.

Ensuring that the Grand Prize winner is in total control all of the time, Yamaha’s industry-first, game changing Helm Master EX boat control system makes it super-easy to navigate to those chosen destinations and, once there, gives a whole new level of control, enabling the skipper to precisely manoeuvre the boat exactly where and how they want.

With its simple-to-use joystick control and every component designed, engineered and manufactured by Yamaha, Helm Master is a simple, clean and fully integrated, plug-and-play system that ensures more time on the spots where the fish are biting and less time setting up, anchoring and trying to fine-tune the boat’s position.

The trailer

The 2023 30th Anniversary 750 Grand Prize comes on a GFAB tandem axled trailer specifically designed and built for the Surtees 750 Game Fisher.

Rated to 3500kg GVM, it comes with a Credo, in-cab wireless braking system, which enables safe braking from any suitable tow vehicle, without the need for specific hard-wired systems to be installed. Innovative UniHubs with a sealed wheel bearing mean regular bearing re-greasing is not required, an electric winch delivers effortless retrieval and 13" satin black alloys on high capacity tyres (along with a mounted spare) are complemented by a checker plate alloy half walk board that runs down the centre of the trailer, making it easy to connect the winch to the boat.

There is also a fully stainless Boat Catch system to make it easy to launch and retrieve by just one person. Like all GFAB boat trailers, the Grand Prize’s will come with an impressive 12-year chassis warranty.

The electronics

The 2023 Surtees/Yamaha Grand Prize will be equipped with a full suite of Garmin electronics, valued at over $20,000!

Gracing Surtees’ stylish new dash, the award-winning 16inch Garmin GPSMAP 8416xsv (NMEA Excellence Honours) will be matched to a cockpit-mounted 9inch GPSMAP 953xsv remote screen that is easy to keep an eye on while fishing.
Giving a perfect view of what’s below, the Garmin LVS32 Livescope Panoptix transducer offers real-time 3D imagery, while the GT51M-TM transducer’s delivers medium frequency CHIRP traditional sonar, CHIRP ClearVü and CHIRP SideVü scanning sonar.

A Garmin 115i 25-watt VHF radio enables those on board to stay in touch with other vessels and those on shore and the black Garmin 24inch FantomX radar has a 48NM range and is perfect for highlighting dangerous objects and other boats, watching the weather or looking for birds.

Providing the perfect ambience for every occasion, Fusion’s Apollo MS-RA770 Stereo (NMEA Excellence Honors) has been paired with a digital sound processing 5-channel D-class amp and Signature series 3i speakers, along with a Signature 3i subwoofer.

 Eye-catching design

The eye-catching special 30th Anniversary wrap from Brave Design will be complemented on board with attractive brushed mocha SeaDek panels with faux teak lines. Comfortable to stand on, they also protect the cockpit floor, side decks and the platform.

A remotely-controlled Lone Star GX3 Drum Winch, complete with wide roller, Surtees bow sprit and Sarca anchor will take care of the anchoring duties while the impressive Zipwake Series S 300mm trim tabs will ensure the Grand Prize always runs on an even keel, their built-in gyro automatically controlling both pitch and roll.

To further enhance the winner’s fishing fun, the 2023 will come with a $5000 Okuma fishing gear package, a pair of Ocean Blue outriggers and a Jabsco washdown kit.

Inside the enclosed cabin, the crew’s comfort will be ensured with twin cabin roof hatches and sliding rear windows, comfortable twin Hi Tech Plastic carbon deluxe bolstered seats and, should the weather turn nasty, three Exalto Pantagraph wipers complete with washers.

Hellamarine has again supplied a comprehensive LED lighting package (trailer, navigation, spotlights, blue livebait, red/white cabin, strip and underwater to provide perfect illumination where and when required. There is also an Icey-Tek 70-litre chilly bin and 1000-litre and 700-litre Kai Cooler insulated catch bags.

Super safe

To keep the lucky winner and their crew safe on the water, the 2023 Surtees/Yamaha Grand Prize will come with six Surtees Hutchwilco 170N manual inflatable lifejackets, a Hutchwilco powerboat flare kit, an EPIRB, a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit, a large safety grab bag and a year’s worth of Yamaha Marine Insurance.

Everyone who buys a ticket to the 2023 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show at the Auckland Showgrounds in Greenlane, Auckland on May 18-21, 2023, either online at or at the gate will have the chance to enter the draw for this amazing 30th Anniversary Surtees/Yamaha Grand Prize.

And, thanks to the latest “scan and win” ticket technology being introduced by new show organisers XPO, visitors will be able to simply register their ticket online or onsite at the numerous iPad registration areas, before scanning their ticket at all 8 of the show’s scanning booths.

Win a powered Viking kayak, too!

What’s more, those who buy their tickets on line will also receive a second bonus entry into the Grand Prize draw ¾ and automatically go in a separate draw to win a powered Viking Profish Reload kayak package, worth over $8000.

The flagship of the popular Viking Kayaks range, the Profish Reload is both fast and stable and has been specially created for keen kayak fishers by extremely experienced kayak fishers. It will come with a super-compact, light and powerful Bixpy electric motor that easily out-performs any comparable unit and features a battery able to last up to 8 hours. Professionally fitted to the 4.5m Profish, the Bixpy will be capable of propelling this ultimate fishing kayak to a top speed of around 10kph.

The Viking Profish prize package also comes with Viking’s innovative Tackle Pod™ system, Viking’s renowned Kid Pod™ system, a fully insulated, removeable Viking Chill Pod and a wide range of practical Viking Kayaks’ accessories.

To help navigate to and from those top fishing spots, the prize package also includes a professionally installed 7” Raymarine Element S, complete with built-in High CHIRP sonar, category-leading quad-core processor, oversized waypoint key, Raymarine RealBathy™ personal sonar mapping; CPT-S transducer and LightHouse NZ chart. And to keep the winner safe on the water, it also comes with an Ocean Signal rescueMe PLB1, the world’s smallest personal locator beacon; a resuseable rescueMe Electronic Distress Flare; a self-draining Spinlock Belt Pack, complete with lanyard and a Hutchwilco multi-fit safety vest.

Tickets to the 2023 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show at the Auckland Showgrounds in Greenlane, Auckland on May 18-21, 2023 make great Xmas presents and stocking fillers and are on sale now at:

What: 2023 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show

Where: Auckland Showgrounds, Greenlane, Auckland

When: May 18-21, 2023.

Open: 10am to 6pm; late night Friday to 8pm.

Admission: Adults: $25; children 16 & under FREE.