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Quintrex renews fishing boat focus

QUINTREX this week officially launched two new boat ranges – Trident and Renegade – as the company made clear its intention to re-enter the serious sportfishing market.

During a media day on the Gold Coast, Telwater’s national sales and marketing manager, Damien Duncan, said the new boats will change customer’s perceptions about the established boat brand and revert the company’s image back to that of a serious manufacturer of fishing boats.

“That’s what we’re trying to get out at the market, that Quintrex is back to fishing,” said Duncan.

The new Renegade range consists of five models – 420, 440, 460, 490, and 520. The most noticeable shift in design comes from the boat’s “tough looking” smooth sides. The 3mm pressed aluminium on both top and bottomsides fits the image of a serious fishing boat and places the established brand back into this growing sportfishing market in both southern and northern markets.

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The new range is also considerably wider for additional stability and features Quintrex’s well-known Millennium Hull. Other features include a large “tournament size” livewell under the casting platform and a smaller 24 litre standard livebait tank at the rear platform. The larger two sizes have a transom option with full motor well, suitable for northern areas. Quintrex said this configuration would suit areas in North Queensland and the Northern Territory where fishos preferred this safer style. For southerners, the standard splash well with rear casting platform is available across all sizes.

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All models are available in centre console, side console, or tiller steer options. The Renegades come unpainted as standard with the option of various colours or the increasingly popular graphic wraps. All boats in the range come with carpet, feature two comfy seats, have loads of fishing space, and feature a couple of new innovative storage options for tackle and safety gear.

Other optional extras include a Lowrance Mark 5X Fishfinder, bow mount electric plate, bimini top, and more.

Fisho spent the best part of yesterday morning fishing on several Renegade boats. The wider beam makes a noticeable difference, delivering excellent stability even on the smaller models. These smaller models would ideally suit estuary and impoundment fishos, while the larger models would suit Top End, impoundment fishos or southerners looking for a versatile boat for large estuary and some offshore applications.

Yesterday’s launch also saw Quintrex re-enter the offshore fishing market, via the unveiling of its new Trident range. Damian Duncan said the range is already proving popular ahead of Quintrex’s dealer conference next week.

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The Trident range consists of three models – 610, 650, and 690. Targeted at the serious offshore fishing market, the new boats feature Quintrex’s new Millennium Blade hull design. The Blade hull is a refined and newer generation Millennium hull said to increase the boat’s ride and eliminate excessive spray. It does this by adding a steeper deadrise while maintaining good overall stability.

Tridents feature plate alloy 3mm topsides and 5mm bottomsides and also feature an “egg crate” structure below the floor with longitudinal and latitudinal ribs for maximum strength. Another feature is the self draining tread plate floor with automatic non-return scupper. The floor height sits above the waterline making the boats safer if water does enter the cockpit.

Quintrex offers the Trident range with a good selection of standard features. With plenty of rod holders, comfy bolster seats, cutting board, livewell, and more, the Trident package offers fishos a ready-to-fish boat as standard. Optional extras include sounders and stereo systems, clears, covers, and wraps.

Fisho was on board the 610 Trident yesterday afternoon outside the Gold Coast. While the seas were mild (as you’ll see in the accompanied pictures) we did find some swell and put the boats through their paces. As promised, the Millenium Blade hull delivered a dry and soft ride. Stability was also excellent and the clean layout appeared to offer fishos a good amount of clutter-free fishing space for three or four people. The cabin featured a good sized bunk and additional storage. There was also walk-through access to the anchor well.

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With these new releases, the established and highly recognisable brand seems to be on track to again grow the company’s reputation for producing top class fishing boats.

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