We have always had a very keen interest in fishing with our boats gradually increasing in size over the last 20 years. It was always our plan to one day purchase a larger ~ 6m centre console boat for use in our beloved NQ waters between Mackay and Innisfail. Having a young family that were growing before very our eyes we knew the time was right to start seriously looking for our new boat and get back out there with the kids.
We settled on the following criteria:
- Safety was number 1 so the boat needed to be constructed using the finest of materials including fuel and fire resistant buoyancy foam.
- Plate Alloy Centre Console layout for ease of fishing or crabbing Mangrove Creeks right through today tripping the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef when the weather was right.
- Be very stable and support a full length shade canopy from the NQ sun.
- Have a four stroke outboard ensuring reliability, quietness and economy.
After visiting quite a few boat shows and subsequent manufacturers we couldn’t shake the thought of one brand in particular that was simply a standout – Vindicator.
We contacted Frank and Denise and after a few lengthy phone calls discussing the details it was an easy decision that we either go a Vindicator or nothing! The rest is history and we are now the very proud owners of a new 5.5 Centre Console with a Yamaha F115a and custom Vindicator trailer.
Throughout the build Frank provided regular updates and progressive photos of the boat and trailer coming to life, this was very reassuring to see where our hard earned was being spent at each stage of the build.
My only recommendation if you are in the market for a top quality new plate boat is spend the time and do your research, these really are the best built, get what you pay for boats on the market. Don’t be fooled by it’s 5.5m badge, this very solid boat has a soft, dry and confident ride that doesn’t knock you around with a long day on the water.
A big thanks to the Vindicator team for this exceptional Aussie made product.
Aaron, Odette, Ryan & Mitchell Langham