Quintrex is a household name when it comes to boating and their reputation for being at the forefront of boat design is exceptional. They once again proved that one of the keys to their success is staying in front by continually improving on their designs at a wet and windy media day on the Gold Coast’s Broadwater.
In 2013 Quintrex introduced a revolutionary new bow design through the 450, 481 and 500 Hornet Trophy models. The wide ‘forked’ bow aesthetics were debated by Quintrex customers and dealers alike but quickly produced rave reviews and the call was out for the design to be incorporated into smaller models. Quintrex listened and in late 2014 released the F series range of explorers. Hornet fans will be delighted to know that now the successful Fighter Series forked shaped bow is available in the 400, 420 and 440 Hornet models.
The Fighter Series Bow has increased the front casting deck space by 11% across the entire range and with the squarer design will facilitate two anglers on the front deck nicely on the smaller Hornet models. More space on the front casting deck means more storage below for fishing tackle and safety gear.
All of the Hornet Trophy’s have received a carpet upgrade going from the previous looped grey carpet to a new deluxe hookless carpet which will prevent trebles on lures getting stuck to the floor while trying to remove them from a fish. Quintrex’s Cameron Wood told us ‘the carpet is aerated making it cooler when tested in warm northern conditions’.
The 440 Hornet Trophy that I rode in on the day gave the impression that some serious fishing heads at Quintrex had come together to produce this well thought out fishing rig. With front and rear casting decks there is enough room for three lure casting anglers to work around the boat nicely. The rear casting deck has a built in live bait tank while the front deck featured a nice large livewell big enough to meet the minimum requirements of tournament event organisers around the country. Quintrex listened to their customers and improved the carpeted hatch over the livewell by adding a sheet of aluminium to the underside that will prevent fishy odours and moisture seeping into the carpet and timber from the livewell but also strengthen the hatch.
Underneath there has been some changes made to the 440 Hornet Trophy. Quintrex have increased the stemline by 7 degrees giving a much smoother ride and this was noticeable while we did some testing in a choppy Southport Sea Way. The new bow design not only gives the angler more space up top but it also gives more over hang which in turn produces a much dryer ride. The only water that wet us while out testing this boat was the intermittent heavy showers from the heavens above.
Quintrex are now offering Railblazer accessories with the Hornet Trophy range with some neat rail mounted rod holders and sounder mounting plates available.
During the media day I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time on board the new 510 Top Ender. The popular Quintrex Top Ender models have a whole swag of new upgrades for 2015.
Structurally the Top Ender range are now stronger and more durable than ever before with the sides being beefed up with thicker sheet sizes across the range. Not only are the side sheets now thicker on the 430 through to 510 models but they have also received sheet upgrades to the bottom. Hardcore anglers looking for strength in their boat are really going to appreciate these upgrades.
With the popularity in larger sounder and GPS screens and the ability to run your engine data through these screens Quintrex thought it was necessary to increase the space on the dash of the side console. To achieve this they have come up with a space saving console that is broader at the top with a smaller footprint at the deck.
There is more storage than ever in the new Top Enders and on the 510 there are two underfloor storage bins that could be used for storing safety equipment, as a kill tank or for icing down your catch. Under the front casting deck is even more storage and Quintrex will have Roto moulded tubs to fit in below these hatches as an option.
The new Topender models have a larger anchor well opening and there is enough room for a drum winch to be mounted above it.
Standard features on the 510 Top Ender include rod holders, a livebait tank in the back deck, sounder, self draining deck with a neat scupper drainage system and a rear boarding ladder. With all of these features anglers will now get more bang for their buck when it comes to buying a new Top Ender.
One of the really neat new optional extras for the Top Ender models is the deluxe rod locker. It is a really neat and simple design that is perfect for protecting expensive rods and reels while travelling between fishing spots.
The 510 Top Ender is now rated to a 115hp which will be perfect for anglers wanting to travel greater distances.
Quintrex Cruiseabouts are a very popular model for family boating. The 530 Cruiseabout has 62% more room in the bow area than the previous model and the 570 has an extra 47%. This extra room means that not only can the kids stretch out on the front lounges but Mums and Dads won’t have any problem either.
The Cruiseabout range is also getting the deluxe carpet treatment which will be sure to keep the whole family happy!
The line up of Quintrex Tridents has been a hit with the offshore fishing fraternity. Quintrex’s newest release in the line up of Tridents is the hotly anticipated 610 Hard Top. The 610 Hard Top offers the customer versatility at an affordable price while still featuring the smartly designed layout of the larger hard top models.
With a fully enclosed hardened glass windscreen featuring wipers this boat looks ready to stand up to wet and cold weather conditions and was perfect for keeping journalists and their camera equipment dry while we were all out in the rain on the Gold Coast.
Quintrex have kept the side decks wide enough on the 610HT that you can easily walk around the cabin on the nonslip pads to the bow to access the now larger anchor well opening. The hard top has a really neat built in grab rail for added safety.
Despite the wet and at times wild weather conditions we were challenged with during the media day it was actually great to see how well these models went in the rain, wind and waves that were thrown at them. All of these exciting new models and changes are starting to roll through the Quintrex dealers so for more information check out www.quintrex.com.au and contact your local dealer. – Will Lee
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