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Organisers of the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show are excited to announce that the show’s 2019 Surtees/Yamaha Grand Prize will be, with a retail price over $220,000, the most valuable must-be-won prize ever offered at a boat show!
The 2019 Surtees/Yamaha Grand Prize’s eye-catching Prowler Red Surtees 750 Open Cabin Game Fisher, complete with Surtees SiQ and the company’s new Offshore Transom — and powered by twin Yamaha digitally electronic controlled 150hp four stroke outboards — will also be the first boat in New Zealand to be fitted with Yamaha’s revolutionary new Helm Master boat control system!
A fully integrated boat control system, Helm Master delivers super-easy joystick controlled docking when coming into the ramp and precision boat positioning out at sea. Using a unique combination of enhanced binnacle control, a streamlined digital display, push-button start/stop switches, an RFID key fob and an innovative joystick, Helm Master gives skippers total, effortless control over their boat in all conditions.
For example, using Helm Master’s FishPoint™, the Grand Prize winner will be able to automatically follow a school of fish under their new Surtees 750 Game Fisher.
With DriftPoint™, Helm Master uses a dual antenna GPS to enable the skipper to set the direction and speed for a drift and then automatically maintains it, again without the need for any hands-on control. And, with StayPoint™, they can position their boat over a point of interest, such as a deep water reef, and have it hold there automatically, without the need to drop anchor or work the throttles and steering.
Docking and manoeuvring are also a breeze with the Helm Master joystick. Skippers simply twist or apply pressure to the joystick in a given direction and the engines respond instantly, with thrust that mirrors the amount of joystick movement. Intuitive joystick manoeuvring allows skippers to move the boat in forward, reverse, left or right, on a diagonal or to pivot it 360 degrees in place!
Although the easy-to-use joystick makes this manoeuvrability look simple, beneath the water, the sophisticated Helm Master system is controlling each outboard and the steering independently. Depending on the desired move, it may use simultaneous forward and reverse propulsion, have one outboard in forward gear and the other in reverse, or run the outboards at quite different angles and RPMs.
Helm Master’s enhanced binnacle adds another level of control, allowing skippers to automate trim adjustments and speed control, select a second station and use single-lever operation, all with the touch of a button.
The Command Link Plus CL7 Premium Touchscreen Gauge is Yamaha’s latest and most advanced display. Fully customisable and able to monitor up to four outboards, its functions include GPS navigation and the ability to connect to a fishfinder, sonar, radar and camera. It also gives access to SetPoint™ enabling skippers to program their preferences for the FishPoint™, DriftPoint™ and StayPoint™ features.
The Surtees/Yamaha Grand Prize’s twin Yamaha 150hp four-stroke outboards and exciting new Helm Master boat control system are fitted to a striking new Prowler Red Surtees 750 Open Cabin Game Fisher. Perfect for game fishing and weekends away, the Surtees 750 Open Cabin Game Fisher offers great protection from the elements along with excellent airflow and ventilation for those hot, still days. A lockable mini galley provides an ideal space to safely stow valuable fishing equipment and the cabin is the perfect place to rest up when overnighting.
Like all Surtees boats, the Surtees/Yamaha Grand Prize also comes complete with Surtees’ renowned SiQ™ technology. Delivering superb handling in all conditions as well as outstanding stability, both at rest and while underway, Surtees’ unique SiQ™ includes Anti-Roll™ ballast stability control with Anti-Roll Lock™, Razortech™ smooth riding hull, Touch Deck™ super rigid hull construction, Safety Buoyancy airtight flotation compartments, Quik-Hitch™ trailer catch system and Surtees’ 10-year warranty
The 2019 Surtees/Yamaha Grand Prize will also feature Surtees’ new Offshore Transom. Developed using feedback from Surtees customers, the new Offshore Transom increases the 750’s fuel capacity, extending the distance owners can travel without needing to refuel. An external fuel filler makes it quicker, easier and safer to top up.
There is also more battery stowage, enabling owners to add a dedicated trolling motor battery if they wish. There is greater separation between the electrical and fuel systems and the former are now completely enclosed for additional safety.
A new internal offshore transom door, above the live bait tank, avoids bruised knees and provides extra support without losing any of the prized fishability in the quarters.
The new Offshore Transom also provides even easier access to the repositioned main vessel bung and bilge pump and a robust, built-in flush mounted dedicated passenger seat makes even better use of the cockpit.
The 2019 Surtees/Yamaha Grand Prize will also come with a comprehensive Garmin electronics package, a Loan Star drum winch system, Fusion stereo, Hella LED lighting, Seadeck flooring, Oceanblue outriggers and HiTech Plastic seating. A set of Hutchwilco lifejackets and a year’s Yamaha Marine Insurance are also included.
The 2019 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show will be held at the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane, Auckland on May 16-19. Tickets to the show are $20 each and are now available on-line at www.boatshow.co.nz . All tickets bought online are also automatically entered into the draw for a powered Viking Kayaks’ Reload package worth over $8000.
Full details about this amazing Surtees/Yamaha Grand Prize package, along with all the terms and conditions, are now available on the show’s popular website: www.boatshow.co.nz.
What: Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show
Where: ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane, Auckland
When: May 16-19, 2019.
Open: 10am to 6pm; late night Friday to 9pm.
Admission: Adults: $20; children 16 & under FREE.