New Zealand’s Stabicraft Named Australia’s Greatest Alloy Boat

The Stabicraft 2150 Supercab, designed and built in Invercargill, New Zealand, has been namedAustralia’s Greatest Alloy Boat 2011 by Australian Trailerboat Magazine.

It eased out strong competition from Bar Crusher, Surtees, Noble and White Pointer.

Wowing the judges with its resolute toughness, clever yet functional layout and exceptional ride, this was the boat that inspired real confidence.

A host of glowing comments from the judges included; “outstanding stability at rest,” “quite frankly, a sports car on water” and “superb at top speed, in rough conditions and in all directions.”

 Victoria-based Trailerboat Magazine Editor, Tom Prince, said, “We know there’s a school of thought that favours Australian-built boats, but our first priority is to tell our readers what we judge to be the best boats, regardless of origin.”

Each finalist was assessed by ten criteria, starting with suitability for fishing, innovation, design and layout, quality of finish, handling and ride, and stability at rest. Add in ergonomics, standard equipment, value for money and that indefinable X-Factor, and the total scores reveal the winner.

For Stabicraft,New Zealand’s largest production boat builder, the 2150 Supercab’s launch in 2010 has seen the model move quickly to one of the company’s top five sellers.

“We are extremely proud of the 2150 Supercab’s achievements. From the day it was publicly launched, it has been top in its class: first equal in its class at 2010’s Hutchwilco Boat Show; awarded Boat of the Decade, Aluminium Trailer Boats, by New Zealand’s Trade-A-Boat; and now this,” says Stabicraft Marine Australasian Sales Manager,Sean McColl.

All Stabicraft are built with fully sealed and pressure tested pontoons making them virtually unsinkable. McColl says safety has always been a big factor in all Stabicraft and it’s great to see the judges both noted the design and importantly felt confident and safe on board.

“We pride ourselves on making safe, confidence inspiring boats, and what is even more special, these awards are given after putting the boat through its paces in its natural environment – out on the water. It was great to hear the judges felt confident and safe on the 2150.”

“We have always been proud of our quality, construction, performance, design and safety. It’s fantastic to see the judges feel we are getting it right.”