More accolades for boat builders - Whakatane Beacon 20 May 2015

Proud team at Extreme Boats - Hutchwilco Boat Show Awards
Glenn Shaw - winner 2015 Hutchwilco Boat Show Awards

A range of new features on Extreme Boats' aluminium fishing boats paid off for the Whakatane business in the weekend when it picked up two awards at the Hutchwilco Boat Show in Auckland.  

It won best aluminium fishing boat for its 700 Centre Console in the 6-7 metre boat range, and best aluminium fishing boat for its 570 Centre Console for boats under 6 metres. 

The Thornton Road business has now won 14 awards since 2007, when it first entered the competition at the prestiguous boat show - New Zealand's premier boat show. 

Owner Glenn Shaw said the boats "featured a lot of stuff that had never been done in the industry before".  He said, for example, the 700 Centre Console had a bigger, higher and wider console to make better use of internal compartments.  He said the internal compartment could comfortably sleep one and perhaps two.  

The console also had a new seating design - bolstered seats with front seat sections that could easily be folded back to give the operators plenty of room when standing.  

Mr Shaw said the boats also contained new switching gear and new non-slip flooring.  He said changes were well received at the show and were "a big step forward" in boat design.