Boating NZ : FREE TO READ April 2014
subscribe online at www.mags4gifts.co.nz/boating-nz 21 retrieving divers. The sturdy boarding ladder is on the port side. A black HPDE baitboard large enough for filleting duties forms the lid of the bait tank with knife slots at the rear. Across the back of the transom bait station a pair of rod holders and a couple of sinker/ cup holders complement four aluminium through-coaming rod holders and six additional cup/sinker holders along the coamings and beside the front seats. Full-length side pockets and an eight- position rocket launcher provide additional rod storage. Below the bait tank, a locker contains the boat’s batteries, all neatly fitted with tidy wiring; the whole unit is clear of the floor. The cockpit drains to a sump along the centreline right aft under the transom. It’s easy enough to access and contains the bait tank, bilge pumps and Jabsco deck wash pumps, plus the valves. The cockpit is an impressive size. The chequerplate floor should be easy to clean and the boat’s generous gunwale heights are good for fishing and safety, though Stabicraft’s hull design doesn’t provide toe room. I didn’t find it much of an issue, perhaps because the gunwales are slightly inboard of the hull seam. I do like the Wing Coamings, Stabicraft’s name for the new, wide coaming style, topped with non-slip rubber for comfort and security. The Accu-Fish function on the Furuno GP 1870F is a useful function and seems fairly accurate – when it showed bigger fish we caught them; when it showed small fish they were obviously too small for our soft baits and we didn’t. It’s an easy cockpit from which to fish. The ability to get right into the corners was appreciated, and I liked the security of the high sides. The stability at rest is great, even with several of us along one Yamaha F150 Yamaha’s F150 is an in-line four- cylinder, four-stroke engine producing 150 shaft horsepower. Weighing just 218kg, it’s a lightweight, fuel efficient, double overhead camshaft engine with electronic fuel injection and multi-valve technology. It has a 35-amp alternator to take care of the boat’s electrical and battery charging needs, wet sump lubrication and long tube intake tracks to increase engine airflow, boosting low-end and mid-range torque. The Yamaha F150 is a smooth and quiet runner throughout its rev range, right up to full throttle operation at 5000 to 6000rpm. It meets the most stringent emissions regulations, including CARB and EPA, and it comes with a three-year warranty for recreational use. The Yamaha F150 is a good match for Stabicraft’s 2050 Supercab, combining strong performance with quiet operation. Its smoothness is especially noticeable, with little or no vibration transferring to the boat. With a reputation for reliability and longevity, the Yamaha F150 is likely to be a popular option for this model. DMW trailer The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show Stabicraft 2050 Gate Prize rides on a premium DMW dual-axle, multi-roller trailer with custom alloy wheels and override hydraulic brakes. The trailer is a heavy-duty cradle-A design with 24 rollers and zinc-coated leaf spring suspension rolling on eight-ply light truck tyres. The steel frame is hot-dip galvanised to resist corrosion and stainless steel brake callipers grip discs on one axle to slow the rig. The trailer is hitched to the tow vehicle via a Trojan multi-fit coupling incorporating the hydraulic fluid reservoir and manual park brake. Other features include LED lights and a good quality two-speed winch filled with Spectra cable. firstname.lastname@example.org +64 9 577 0000 www.hellamarine.com Follow us on Hella marine LED lighting is proudly designed and manufactured in New Zealand and carries a five year warranty. Continuing Hella’s benchmark quiet operation, low power consumption and proven durable materials, the new oscillating function delivers refreshingly cool air circulation on board. Available in either white or black. New ‘Turbo 2.0’ fans with two speeds & oscillating function 0414-63 REVIEW_Stabicraft_April14.indd 21 19/03/2014 2:56:25 p.m.
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