Cunningham’s Grand Opening: Like a boat show without the entry fee!
  |  First Published: June 2007

Celebrating the opening of Cunningham’s Marine’s enormous new premises, Cunningham’s has their Grand Opening on Saturday June 2, 2007. And after talking with the broad range of enthusiastic Cunningham’s suppliers, there’s plenty on offer for those who want to attend this free event and make it a real day out.

From 9am through to 4pm, there will be a bunch of industry professionals and experts – the likes of which you’d usually pay fifteen bucks to see at the Brisbane Boat Show – and a swag of offers and opening specials that run across all of Cunningham’s brands.

The best part of the deal is that these reps from the suppliers have an incredible amount of product knowledge, and the opening provides a great opportunity to get them to coach you through the features of your current gear. Likewise, they can take you through models in their range that you may like to upgrade to.

No Grand Opening would be complete without a lucky draw competition, and there’s $3,000 worth of outdoor gear that’ll go to some lucky entrant at 4pm. All you need to do is fill out the entry forms and drop them into the entry barrel at the store.

Bruce says that the tides are pretty ordinary for fishing on the June 2, so the Grand Opening is THE best way to spend this Saturday. After all, someone’s got to win the free stuff!

Cunningham’s new premises are adjacent to Elizabeth Avenue in Redcliffe, along the service road at 51-57 Snook Street.

2 PICS: New Premises 1 and 2


Cunningham’s Marine was Allycraft’s first dealer, and the Grand Opening is a great opportunity to check out some of the new range of Allycraft plate boats.

Additionally, Allycraft’s Barry Tyler – of Australian Propeller magazine fame – will be present to answer any of your technical questions about the Allycraft range.

“The new Allycraft plate range is looking great,” Barry explained. “They have a new transom design and more waterline beam than the existing models. Also, they have higher topsides and a lower cabin, which makes them very easy on the eye. And little luxuries, like a walk-through transom door and a rear lounge, make these a great all-round family boat.”

But Allycraft’s best news is that on the opening weekend, customers will get factory bonuses on any Allycraft boats that are ordered.

“Smaller boats will get free steps and rails, while bigger boats in the range will get a bonus bait station or boarding ladder at no extra charge,” Tyler said.

If you are in the market for an Allycraft, this might be the time to seal the deal.

2 PICS: Barry Tyler and Allycraft plate boat


Anyone who’s spent a summer Sunday afternoon in front of the television instead of out fishing would have seen the Australian Fishing Championships guys in action. The AFC takes Australia’s best lure casters and pits them against each other in arenas up and down the east coast.

Two AFC anglers who will be available on the opening day are BASS Pros David Green and Carl Jocumsen. These guys will be at Cunningham’s all day at the Grand Opening to answer your questions about bass fishing and the performance of their Stratos boats. Both of these guys ran Stratos Pro XL 285s during the filming of the most recent series.

In fact, Carl is the all-time leading money winner on the BASS Pro tour and the current BASS Pro Angler of the Year. But, he hasn’t yet won a BASS Pro Grand Final. David Green has.

Between these guys, you’ll be able to find out everything you need to know about bass fishing and Stratos boats!

2 PICS: Carl Jocumsen and David Green


Cunningham’s Marine is Brisbane’s biggest Mercury dealer, and as such, they have a wealth of experience when it comes to sale, supply and fitting a Mercury to your boat. At the Grand Opening though, customers will have access to a variety of Mercury factory staff – from both the sales and service divisions.

If you are a current Mercury owner, or a budding one, this is an excellent opportunity to talk with people who live, breathe and bleed these black engines!

And to help celebrate the opening, ask the Cunningham’s sales staff about their fantastic deals on Mercury outboards.

1 PIC: MERCURY LOGO (not in)


Cunningham’s Grand Opening neatly slots into the start of the Boat Show season (the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show is the weekend before). Therefore the weekend will feature all of the Boat Show deals that are usually available only at the show.

Additionally, Navico staff will be on hand to explain the finer points of their products – especially the Navman and Eagle brands. And if any of you are confused that those two brands are under the same umbrella, then you’ll want to know that Navico (which owns Navman) has also bought Lowrance. They’re all one, big, happy family now!

We have the inside word that there will be Eagle caps for all who purchase Eagle sounders on the weekend.

2 PICS: NAVMAN and EAGLE logos (not in)


One of Cunningham’s newer ventures is retailing trailers. Not boat trailers, but custom and box trailers that are made by Australia’s biggest trailer manufacturer, Trailers 2000 on the Sunshine Coast.

Trailers 2000 manufactures and retails a range of trailers and customized products and has grown to become the leading manufacturer and retailer in Queensland and New South Wales. Its customers have for more than a decade enjoyed the benefits offered by the company's range of superior trailers.

Trailers 2000 has its headquarters at Beerwah in Queensland’s picturesque South East with an extensive network of dealers and agents.

Customer support is a feature of the company’s operations. Trailers 2000 pioneered warranty periods in this market and their philosophy for customer service sets them apart.

As a special offer for the Grand Opening, all Trailers 2000 trailers are available with zinc coating for the same price as their regular range. Boaties in particular will realise the benefits of the zinc annealing process.

1 PIC: Trailers 2000


Usually, you have to go to the Brisbane Boat Show or Tinnie and Tackle Show to get a hold of the super Boat Show subscribers’ deal, but on the June 2, you’ll be able to take advantage of the deal at the Grand Opening.

For $110, you’ll get two years’ worth of Fishing Monthly magazines mailed to your door, as well as a show bag full of goodies – featuring the Daiwa Sweepfire spinning reel. Just the ticket for smashing a few squire on soft plastics on Scarborough Reef.

Track down the Fishing Monthly tent over the Fishing Monthly Stratos to sign up and say g’day.

1 Pic: Daiwa Sweepfire (not in)


Moreton Bay boaties will be interested in the new Navman 8084, on display at the Grand Opening.

A powerful new non-networked multifunction device (MFD), the 8084 provides boaters with cutting-edge, high-performance technology in a low-profile form. Sporting an 8.4-inch display, the 8084 features chart plotter, sonar and video capabilities, support for the Automatic Identification System (AIS) and compatibility with Navman brand new High Definition Digital Radar. Complete with built in SmartCraft capabilities, and a digital fuel computer for petrol engines, the 8084 maximises helm real estate while eliminating the complexities associated with the operation of multiple devices.

Designed for serious fishermen and boaters, the Navman 8084 houses a super-bright SVGA display with 170-degree viewing angles for use in all lighting conditions; large, clearly identifiable keys for simple menu navigation; a powerful variable four-way split screen feature allowing users to define and set window size based on visual preference; and user-definable and configurable one-button ‘favourites’ access pages to show boaters the information they want to see, the way they want to see it, when they want to see it.

Fishfinder features include a 200/50kHz dual frequency sounder (with mixed or side-by-side viewing capabilities); 900m depth capabilities with a choice of 600W or 1kW RMS power, up to 100X zoom; cruising and fishing modes; too shallow, too deep, fish, low battery, temp value and temp rate change alarms; auto range and gain; and bottom lock.

1 Pic: Navman 8084


Travelling anglers who car top a dinghy around while using their caravan or camper trailers would have noticed the little fold-up trailers that others use to get their rigs to and from the water once they’re set up at their destination.

These trailers are sold under the brand Flip-N-Easy, and Craig Stephen will be there to give demonstrations and answer all of your questions about this specialised trailer.

Also, the Flip-N-Easy guys are offering free outboard motor supports and a free tie-down for the trailer (worth $60) to all who do a deal on a trailer at the Grand Opening.

Several models of trailer are available, from bare-bones versions through to models that rival a standard non-folding trailer. All trailers come with a 2-year warranty.

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