Haines Hunter SP635 Hardtop reveal

Haines Hunter released its new SP635 Hardtop at the Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show, the boat's first public appearance. Boating NZ took the time to talk with CEO Denis Kendall about the new model and its genesis.


Boat show awards a broad mix

The winners of the 2021 Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show Awards were a mix of traditional, first timers, imported and local.

Whakatane boat builder, Extreme Boats, 645 Centre Console (above) took out the coveted Boat of the Show Supreme Award as well as winning the Specialist Fishing Boat Up To 7m. It was also successful in winning the Specialist Fishing Boat Up To 8m for its 745 Walk Around.

Boat of the Show: Specialist Fishing Boat Up To 8 Metres - Extreme 745 Walk Around

Hamilton based Admiral Boats won the Boat of the Show: Launch with its stylish Admiral 10m Sport Cruiser, with Boat of the Show: All Purpose Family Boat Up To 8m going to the Jenneau Merry Fisher 795 Series 2.

Boat of the Show: Launch - Admiral 10m Sports Sedan
Boat of the Show: All Purpose Family Boat Up To 8 Metres - Merry Fisher 795 Series 2

Competition was fierce in all divisions with a record number of new entrants from alloy boat builders. First time show exhibitor Machina came away with the Boat of the Show: All Purpose Family Boat Up To 6m, with its Machina 551, with Whangarei builder, Offshore Boats, taking the Boat of the Show: All Purpose Family Boat Up To 7m for the very stylish Offshore 650 Hard Top.

Boat of the Show: All Purpose Family Boat Up To 6 Metres - Machina 551
Boat of the Show: All Purpose Family Boat Up To 7 Metres - Offshore 650 Hard Top

Purecraft’s 800 HT took the honours in the All Purpose Family Boat Open section, with Best New Model going to the Innovision 707 Explorer. Innovision made it two from two with their 585 Explorer taking out the Specialist Fishing Boat Up To 6m.

Boat of the Show: All Purpose Family Boat Open - Purekraft 800 HT
Boat of the Show: Best New Model - Innovision 707 Explorer
Boat of the Show: Specialist Fishing Boat Up To 6 Metres - Innovision 585 Explorer

In the Altus Innovation awards, the CTEK CS Free was judged best in the International section, with the local honours going to BEP for their Smart Battery Hub.

Altus Most Innovative International Product: CTEK CS Free
Altus Most Innovative Local Product: BEP Smart Battery Hub

Steve McLay, builder of McLay Boats, was the well deserved recipient of the 2021 Hall of Fame.

2021 Hall of Fame Inductee

Tenob Wholesale Marine Most Innovative Stand: U-Dek

Tenob Wholesale Marine Best Interactive Stand: Balex Marine

Tenob Wholesale Marine Best Small Stand: Beuchat NZ

Tenob Wholesale Marine Best Commercial Stand: Sea-Doo


Call for retro & ‘quirky’ boats

The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show is sending out a call to owners of retro and/or quirky powerboats or “oddities”.

“To give everyone a bit of a lift after the tough times of 2020, we would like to create a display a special, fun display for the 2021 show,” says general manager Dave Gibbs.

“We want to celebrate those who have beautifully restored some of the classic powerboats of days gone by, as well as those imaginative Kiwis who have created some of our more unusual floating oddities (floating caravans, outboard-powered bathtubs and the like).”

Those who have matched their retro boats with a classic vehicles of similar vintage are welcome to bring both and the boats will be able to be displayed with a for sale sign.

Anyone with a suitable boat or other quirky creation and who is interested in being part of this display is urged to email info@p-e.co.nz with a brief description and photograph.

The 2021 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show will be held at the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane Auckland on May 13-16. Tickets to the show are available at the gate or online at www.boatshow.co.nz.