Quintrex has introduced considerable changes in its boats and trailers for the new boating season ahead, and patrons at the upcoming boat show season will see plenty of this new product.
Pivotal in the new designs is the latest development of the acclaimed Blade Hull, with its super-sharp entry and additional flare, thanks to Quintrex’s latest stretch-forming technology. And all new 2013 models feature the new plate-look smooth hull sides.
Names have changed for quite a few craft. The former Escape is now called the Fishabout (doubtless in deference to one of the great models of the 1970s) the Coast Runner is now the Lazeabout, the Freedom Sport becomes the Cruiseabout, and the Spirit is now Ocean Spirit. A totally new cabin model is branded as the Sea Spirit.
But there’s far more than simply re-badging. Transoms have increased in size by 180mm thanks to redesigned engine wells and there are new topsides and dash arrangements in some instances.
Self-draining floors are designed to cope with more water and rear lounges are designed to fold and fit flush to the transom to offer more interior room and a soft coaming to brace against.
The options list has also been extended to offer customers more versatility.
The Quintrex Top Ender and Hornet continue to carry their familiar names, although both feature significant interior and exterior changes.
A totally new 4.2m Hornet and Hornet Trophy join the range this year, the new hull being significantly deeper than the 400 Hornet Trophy of old.
Both the Top Ender and Hornet ranges come with smooth sides and the stretch-formed Blade hull, in line with the general across-the-board changes.
The 530 Cruiseabout is a bow rider that can be genuinely classed as an all-rounder. Cruiseabouts are offered from 4.9m through to 5.7m and the new 530 is sure to attract plenty of attention.
It’s just right size for storage and towing, seating up to seven and having ample options covering everything from radios through to engine upgrades from 75hp to 130hp. Bait tanks, berley buckets, cutting boards, biminis and ski hooks are all on the options list and would help to make a great family craft into an efficient fishing rig as well.
This attractively designed rig features a new raised top deck which permits a lower-profile, sporty windscreen. Very well designed and supportive new seating includes an excellent fold-up rear lounge for enhanced fishing room.
Rod holders, side pockets and twin swim platforms are standard, along with a Lowrance Mark 5X fish finder and a marine radio. Dash size has been increased to allow for bigger screen electronics.
The 530 Cruiseabout hull weighs 590 kg, certainly a factor influencing the top-shelf ride. The hull features 4mm bottom, 2mm sides, plenty of vee aft and ample freeboard for worry-free family use.
The 530 Cruiseabout is a highly efficient and well-designed rig ideal for general family boating or fishing, depending on options selected.
Similar to the Top Ender, the Quintrex Hornet has long been a prime selection for the hard-core sport fisher.
The new 420 Hornet Trophy is beamy and constructed from 3mm alloy all round for a hull weight of 295kg. It is rated for up to five adults and can be powered by 30hp-50hjp engines.
Useful features for the angler include a forward casting deck with twin flat-bottomed storage lockers plus a seat spigot, side rails, five seating positions and two folding pedestal seats, rod holders, Lowrance Mark-5X fish finder plus a rear casting platform with livewell and tackle trays.
Popular options include a bow-mount electric motor pad, vinyl wrap with artwork, sounder upgrade, marine radio, casting platform livewell and a bimini.
I was impressed with stability, overall ride and performance of the Hornet Trophy 420 equipped with a 40hp Vortex two-stroke engine.
The craft easily cruised at 16 knots (30kmh) and had a top speed, with two aboard, of 25 knots (47kmh) on relatively calm water. As a handy-sized sports-fishing rig the new Hornet is likely to suit a lot of anglers seeking a contemporary boat.
Quintrex trailers have also been upgraded, with a lower all-round stance enhancing drive-on/off capability.
There are stronger winch posts and fixed skids, and rolled I-beams with cross members affixed are offered in all alloy models.
Provision for easy adjustment of axle positioning is now standard, thanks to a trio of pre-drilled positions for best possible towing characteristics.Reads: 3114