May 152016

Recently my son Glenn & I travelled together to Fraser Island for a very special event. We were both towing one of our 7.2m Vindicator Quality Aluminium Boats, Glenn in front with last year’s model and I travelled behind with our new 7.2m Vortex Design Hull.

We recently introduced this design to our 7.2m & 6.8m models in celebration of Watson’s Marine 50th year in the Marine Trade; 50 years of dedication to our clients. You would have to think, we must be doing something right to have lasted this long. Our family of three generations have enjoyed the ride with its up’s & downs, for we have a passion for what we do. No matter what you do, you would be astonished with what you can accomplish with passion.

I must say there is no better way to cap off the 50th year than with the new design for the larger boats in our range, it has proven to be truly amazing.

vindicator hull design

Here we are at Inskip Point, heading over to Fraser Island with last year’s design in front and the all-new 7.2m hull design behind. Both boats were powered by twin 115hp Yamaha Four Stroke Engines.  Please give us a call if you would like to know more on the difference the new hull delivers – 5482 2135.

It has been an awesome trip to have both of these two fine hulls side by side to compare. Running both boats side by side offshore was a great way to demonstrate the performance of the new hull design, Both Glenn, myself & our crew were very impressed with how the vortex design worked so well.

I suppose you could say the one thing that sets us apart from many boat builders, is the fact we love and have experienced offshore boating & fishing – at its’ best & worst. It‘s a shame at times that work has to get in the way, mostly when the weather is at its best. Beyond a shadow of doubt I am sure you all would agree!

Setting off for our destination

The testing of our boats & trailers on Fraser Island is critical to the success of our boats’ performance and a great test of the strength & durability of our trailers. Setting off for our destination, travelling down the road, up the beach, over rocks and over some pretty ordinary sand tracks, just getting to Orchard Beach is a test on its own. It’s a breeze when the beach is good but a bit ordinary when the beach is bad and the sand is soft and powdery.

Going Fishing

Unloading successfully off the beach, driving out through the surf to our fishing grounds, experience catching good quality fish with each cast, returning in not so good weather and wild seas, coming in through the surf, reloading the boat onto the trailer at the end of the day or evening – what a trip! And then, enjoying a drink or two while all gathered around the cleaning table to clean our catch of the day, and of course telling a few tales and taking the mickey out of some of the crew. “A Champion Day – All you can say – out of this world.”

aluminium boat

The all-new 7.2m Vindicator Vortex Hull Design. Vindicator Quality Aluminium Trailers are built out of structural aluminium materials, Australian running gear where we can, and gusseted for strength. They are strong, durable and very easy to tow.

Testing on Fraser is the best way to make sure our Vindicator Quality Aluminium Boats deliver the performance, stability, crew comfort and most importantly, are very safe for our crew members & family. All of our Vindicator Boat designs & trailers are tested in this way.

I have included a few new great optional extras in this new 7.2m Vindicator: A side entry door with a swing opening, a great asset for bringing in those big fish but a real blessing when loading & unloading, making the job of loading the ice boxes and heavy gear so much easier; the new Garmin 7412 GPS/ Sounder/ Auto Pilot was remarkable, so clear and easy to use, the Garmin Auto Pilot, was my favorite, especially for the long trips out to our fishing grounds and back home, particularly when coming home in 25kt winds just amazing. We had 40ft boats with auto pilots, this pilot runs the boat very straight it is almost like set and forget, to a certain extent of course, keeping in mind someone must be at the helm at all times. You never know what’s out there on the big blue ocean.

All in all, our trip was a great success. We put the boat through her paces for 5 solid days of action. We experienced all kinds of conditions from a totally flat sea to a storm with 25 knot winds. The Vindicator performed excellently in all situations. The Trailer got us there & home again with no complications. We couldn’t be happier. Can’t wait till the next trip up the Island! I

f you would like to take a look at the new design, pop in and see us at Watson’s Marine. We’d love to see you. We recently finished a new 6.8m with the new Vortex Design that was on Fraser around the same time, watch for their testimonial on our website and check out their photos soon on Facebook.

There is a new 6.8m at Watson’s Marine being fitted up for delivery soon and another at the painters, both have the new Vortex Design Hull. We also have one of our 5.8m Vindicator Quality Aluminium Boat & Trailer combination on display and a 6.2m waiting to go to the painters, great to see in its raw state. A second 6.2m is being constructed at the moment, great opportunity to see the construction under floor. All clients have purchased Vindicator Quality Aluminium Trailers to complement their boats.

To celebrate our 50th we are giving away a loads of prizes each month and on the 1st December, 2016 we are giving one lucky shopper a great free boat, motor, trailer, fishing tackle & crabbing package. Call into store, plenty of specials and a chance to win some great prizes. In the meantime, click here to see the new Vindicator in action.

Apr 152016
boat manufacturing

Time flies when you’re having fun!

Watson’s Marine has been in the marine industry for 50 years and we can honestly say we  have enjoyed every day of it. Because we are passionate about boats, coming to work has never been a chore for us. We love what we do, and luckily for us, our customers do too.

50 Years in the Marine Trade

On the 28th March 2016 we started to celebrate the fact that our family have been involved in the marine trade for 50 years – but who’s counting?

During this time we have worked out of three Gympie locations and been able to employ 20  staff members. Many of our team started with us as apprentices and went on to become fully qualified Marine Technicians & Aluminium Sheet Metal Welders. We have constructed two purpose-built buildings – one for our retail operation and one for our manufacturing operation.

Boats & Outboard Motors

Boats are our business. Over our time selling boats we have sold seven different boat brands and three brands of outboard motors.

16 Years Manufacturing Aluminium Boats and Boat Trailers

For the past 16 years we have been designing and manufacturing our own Vindicator quality aluminium plate boats and trailers.  Our clients tell us  our boats are one of the best  and safest boats  in the marketplace today.  We are committed to keeping up this reputation. We complete our boat packages with a range of the four stroke Yamaha engines.

You could WIN, WIN, WIN

To celebrate this very special occasion we are giving away some great prizes!

On the 1st of December we are going to give away:

  • 3.7m Sea Jay Nomad Boat with a vinyl wrap
  • Redco Galvanized Trailer including registrations
  • 15hp Two Stroke Yamaha Outboard
  • Safety Equipment, Fishing & Crabbing Package
  • 6 months Subscription from one of our Queensland Fishing Magazines

To qualify for a prize –

  1. Spend $20 or more in the store and go into the draw to win the boat, motor & trailer package.
  2. Each workshop invoice (after a boat, motor or trailer service) will go into the draw for a monthly prize.

Prizes are donated by –

  • Fisherman’s Warehouse – Rods, Reels & Fishing Tackle
  • GME Electrophone  – New VHF Radio & Aerial
  • Hydrive Steering – 50% discount off Steering
  • Austain Fasteners – Boxes of Self Tappers Stainless Screws
  • Fish & Boat Magazine Subscriptions
  • Century Batteries – Marine or Car Battery – Promotional gear – Hats, Torches, Carry Bags
  • Bush & Beach Magazine Subscriptions
  • Tonic Eye Wear
  • Hummingbird Sounder
  • Fishing Monthly Magazine Subscriptions & 13 brand graphite Fishing Rod
  • Marine Accessory packages to suit all sizes of boat packages
  • Promotional gear – Hats, Shirts, Caps, Key Rings etc.

Just to name a few!