Boating NZ : FREE TO READ April 2014
S tabicraft’s first new model release for 2014 incorporates the Invercargill manufacturer’s latest advances, including Arrow Pontoons and Game Chaser Transom. This is the boat, in a package worth more than $100,000, that will go home with one lucky visitor to this year’s Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show. The new 2050 takes its design cues from the 1850 Supercab. Like the 1850, the 2050 Supercab has a short forward cabin to maximise cockpit space. A redesigned hull incorporates Arrow Pontoons with a finer entry, softened shoulders and modified chines. Stabicraft has achieved these changes by completely redesigning the old pontoons. The new pontoon shape, along with changes to the hull, have dramatically improved ride quality without compromising the benefits of safety and stability at rest that Stabicraft’s ‘life ring’ pontoons have always provided. The new 2050 Supercab also features Stabicraft’s Game Chaser Transom, already familiar from some larger Supercab models, as well as the smaller 1850 Supercab and 1650 Fisher. The design provides superior safety and directional control in reverse; the live bait tank and bait station are better designed than the old 2050 Supercab’s. Boating New Zealand went aboard the prize Stabicraft the day after Yamaha bolted on the F115 four-stroke. The boat is impossible to miss: its Tangerine Scream paint job covered in sponsor decals leaps off the water. It was bright even in the pre-dawn gloom as we eased the boat out of Westhaven, hoping to catch some early-morning photographer’s light – and maybe a snapper or two. According to Stabicraft, the new 2050 Supercab isn’t just an updated version of the outgoing 2050 – it’s a completely new boat from the keel up. subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/boating-nz 17 HUTCHWILCONEWZEALANDBOATSHOWGATEPRIZE REVIEW_Stabicraft_April14.indd 17 19/03/2014 2:54:05 p.m.
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