Boating NZ : FREE TO READ April 2014
side, though I felt the new Arrow pontoons provide just a fraction less stability than the old ones. The new designs seem to move around at rest just a little more. ENHANCED PERFORMANCE I’d happily trade a little of this boat’s exceptional stability at rest for the improvements in ride quality that Stabicraft has achieved with this new model. We had sufficient wind to stir up a decent chop in Motuihe Channel, which the 2050 Supercab took in its stride. For much of the run down towards Rakino Island I was alone. A slight lean was a combination of my weight on one side and a stiff breeze trying to push the boat to port. A second person in the boat balanced the hull nicely, but trim tabs are generally a good option for any smallish hardtop boat. The hull is responsive and handles sweetly. It likes the engine trimmed well out, which was necessary to lift the bows a little and allow the boat to really get along, especially when the sea flattened out later. With a tight engine, and mindful that the boat is a prize, we didn’t try too hard with the speed runs. Even better figures are likely with experience and a few more hours on the engine. More important than ultimate performance is the way the 2050 Supercab covers the distance at an unruffled 26-27 knots. We achieved a top speed of almost 38 knots at 5800rpm, or you can pick your way through the rough stuff at 12 or 13 knots with the boat still on the plane. The Yamaha F150 is a smooth, quiet engine; there’s no booming or banging from the hull and you’ve got to like the way it deals with the chop – a big thumbs up for the Arrow Pontoons. QUITE A PRIZE Anyone would be happy with the new Stabicraft 2050 Supercab. The concept is good and improvements to the pontoon and hull profile design, along with the inclusion of the Game Chaser Transom, make it a capable, desirable boat. Small and light enough to trailer easily, it combines a lot of big-boat features with impressive performance and handling for its size. Stabicraft 2050 ➤ loa 6.2m ➤ beam 2.254m (internal 1.65m) ➤ draft approx 0.4m ➤ construction aluminium ➤ weight 1500kg on trailer ➤ engine Yamaha 150hp four- stroke outboard ➤ deadrise 17.5° at transom ➤ fuel 150 litres ➤ cruising speed 25-30 knots ➤ max speed 36.5 knots ➤ prize package $100,000 ➤ packages from $80,000 ➤ manufactured by Stabicraft Marine Ltd, Invercargill, www.stabicraft.com 22 Boating New Zealand April 2014 TO ENTER THE DRAW: • Buy a $20 admission ticket; complimentary tickets are not eligible. • Collect all seven stamps from the stamping booths – see list, right. • Complete your ticket entry and answer the question. • Place completed, stamped ticket in the entry box by the prize boat display in Hall 5. • The winner will be phoned shortly after the show closes on Sunday, May 18 STAMPING BOOTHS: • Sportcraft Boats, Outside Stand EX 85 • Big Boat Marina, Outside Stand BB22 • Hauraki Fishing Hall, Hall 1, Stand 180 • Electronics & Chandlery, Hall 2, Stand 243 • Gulfland Marine, Hall 3, Stand 340 • Hutchwilco, Hall 4, Stand 480 • Newstalk ZB, Hall 6, Stand 628 2014 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show, ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane, Auckland on May 15-18 HUTCHWILCONEWZEALANDBOATSHOWGATEPRIZE REVIEW_Stabicraft_April14.indd 22 19/03/2014 2:56:51 p.m.
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