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Stabicraft releases signature model

Stabicraft’s latest open boat offering carries the endorsement of New Zealand extreme fisherman and popular Fishing Show presenter, Matt Watson.

The open-style centre console boat Matt Watson Signature 1720 is an evolution of the 389 Matt Watson Limited Edition launched in 2008.  Stabicraft says the MWS 1720 has everything an extreme fisherman could ever want. Like casting platform, over 600L of stowage, auto bilge pump, live bait well, 105L Ice-Tek fish bin and hydraulic steering, just for starters.

The real benefit of the feature packed boat is that all the deck space is usable – making it perfect for both fishing and filming, Matt Watson said.

“On its first trip we had four people; two lots of dive gear; camera gear and underwater camera gear. The 75HP E-tec motor had plenty of power and we were never crowded for room. Basically, the whole floor is available, right from the front to the rear of the boat. All the space is available for soft baiting or bait fishing.”

The larger centre console of the MWS 1720 delivers more protection from the elements – although it’s essentially an open boat, Matt’s version has an impressive range of top of the line electrics from GPS and 19 rod holders to fish finder to a Stress Free electric winch.

Stabicraft Marine pioneered positive buoyancy boats, turning out the first rigid-hulled aluminium pontoon boat from a back street workshop in 1987. Today, they’re New Zealand’s largest trailer boat manufacturer.

MWS 1720 Specs:

Length: 5.25m
Max Adults: 5
Recommended HP: 75HP
Fuel Tank: 100 L
External Beam: 2m
Internal Beam: 1.4m
Deadrise: 17.5 degrees
Hull Thickness: 4mm
Tow Weight: 950kg

Fishing World will feature a review of the Stabicraft 1720 in its December summer-long issue out early November.

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