Sep 292016

Buying a boat is a very big purchase decision, whether it is a small or large vessel. For many people it is the fulfillment of a dream and a lifestyle that the whole family can enjoy. Watson’s Marine have a full understanding of that feeling, as for many years they have experienced that boating lifestyle within many boats on the water, from small tinnies to ski boats, fishing boats large and small, including a variety of cruisers.

Being life time boat lovers they are more than happy to pass on their knowledge, helping you to purchase the right vessel for you needs. Watson’s Marine has three generations in the trade and over 50 years of experience in the marine trade. That’s what you call a boating family!


Questions to ask before purchasing a boating rig for you & your family

Size of boat you need to accommodate people you wish to take boating?

Are you looking for a purpose-built boat or maybe an all-rounder?

Where would you like to use your boat, offshore or only in protected waters?

Will you be looking to go out for the day or are you interested in weekend trips or longer trips?

Are you looking for Glass or Aluminium?

Would you prefer a four stroke over a two stroke?

Which one of the different designs of boat interior suits you and your family? You can collect brochures & literature on boats, boating equipment and other advice from your local marine dealer.

Do you want a new or maybe a used rig? Pick the right rig to suit your budget. If you are looking to purchase a used vessel have it checked out by an authorized Marine Dealer!

Another important tip is to make sure you have the right hp engine to suit the vessel! Over-powered vessels can become a real problem in the event of an accident on the water. Under-powered vessels can also get you into trouble during bad weather.


When purchasing a boat for outside fishing, look for the following:

1 – Handling characteristics in various sea conditions.

2 – Crew comfort and safety – internal height of gun whale – available deck space.

3 – Four stroke engine, when travelling long distances, cheaper on fuel.

4 – A good trailer to get you to those far away fishing spots.

5 – Good electronics to help find the fish.

6 – Fuel capacity – to reach your favorite outside fishing grounds and enough to return.

7 – Good safe storage for rod, reels and fishing tackle.

8 – Lots of good shelving space to keep the vessel free of gear.

9 – Performance – perfectly matched engines and the correct propeller.

10 – Good set of trim tabs help when returning those long distances in bad weather.


Check out the Boat Warranty

Check out the warranty offered. Warranties are extremely important for your peace of mind.

Watson’s Marine offer a 5 Years Dry Storage Construction Warranty, but they offer more, having a close relationship with each one of their clients is very important to them. They run their business by the Code of Ethics and this is probably why they have been in business for over 50 Years.

1 – Act honestly and fairly in the business dealings with their clients.

2 – Maintain professional courtesy and integrity at all times in their dealings.

3 – Ensure all advertising and representations are truthful and accurate.

4 – At all times act in a environmentally responsible manner.

5 – Do all that is possible to promote safe boating and education practices.

6 – Render accurate, truthful & expert advice to their clients.

7 – Strive for excellence in quality of service and products to their customers.

There is a lot to think about when choosing a boat, but with a bit of thought and the right advice, you and the family will be out enjoying your boat for many years to come. For any boating advice, don’t hesitate to chat with Watson’s Marine.

Aug 292016
5.8m Vindicator Half Cabin

People often ask us the difference between our aluminum boats, so we have decided to take our readers through some of the specs and features of our pleasure craft range. Here’s a snapshot of the 5.8 metre Vindicator Half Cabin.

Facts and Figures – 5.8m Vindicator Half Cabin

The 5.8m Vindicator Half Cabin is 6.2 metres overall. Remember, when comparing boats check the overall measurement. Many buyers are amazed at just how big the Vindicator Range of boats are, compared to the Bar Crusher Range and other vessels. Frank has always believed it should be mandatory that manufacturers of boats measure their boats by Survey Length only. He believes that way everyone is on the same level, making it easier for the customer.

The Vindicator 5.8 metre has a cockpit length of 2.85 metres, a bunk length of 1.88 metres, and measures an overall 6.2 metres. This girl weighs in at around 950 kilograms and has a maximum horsepower rating of 150 hp. It carries six on board in smooth conditions. This is one of their most popular vessels for couples that enjoy outside fishing and  it is often used as a weekend getaway.

Full of Features

Watson’s Marine packs as many features into our standard package as possible.  They are all about quality, in both materials and workmanship, and they don’t skimp on either. They are seasoned boaties and they build everything based on their personal boating experience and the expertise they have gained over many years. This year marks their 50th Year in the marine trade.

The 5.8 metre Vindicator Half Cabin comes with a 5 Years Dry Storage Construction Warranty and standard features include, but are not limited to:

  • 3 Water Tight Compartments filled with Survey Foam
  • Front Hatch & Anchor well
  • Bow Sprit & Bow Roller & Bow Eye
  • Cleat on Front Deck
  • Cross Bollard on Each Corner at Rear
  • Sliding Glass Windows
  • Side Pockets with Edge Trim
  • Wide Side Decks
  • Split Bow Rail, Side Rails & Rear Rails
  • Hydraulic Steering & Stainless Steel Steering Wheel
  • Under Floor Fuel Tank & Deck Fill – Approx. 200 Litres – Larger Available
  • Survey Fuel Tank Sender Unit, Gauge, Hoses & H/D Hose Clamps
  • Fully Self Draining 4mm Aluminum Floor with 2 Alloy Scuppers
  • Under Floor Kill Tank
  • Fuel Filter / Water Separator, Hoses & Connections
  • 5 Large Welded Bung Bases & Bungs
  • 4 Alloy Rod Holders
  • Carpet Lined Hard Top with Rails, Ribbed Carpeted Floor, Carpeted Dash
  • Deluxe Two Pack Paint & Non Skid Deck
  • Swivel, Slider & Foot Rest- Helmsman
  • STD Seats, Deluxe Pedestal Seat with Swivel– Navigator with Foot Rest
  • Front Cabin V Berth Cushions
  • Front Cabin Storage Under Bunk & Shelving
  • Cockpit Under Floor Storage
  • Cabin Grab Rail & Hard Top Grab Rail
  • Overhead Console & Speaker Boxes for Radios
  • Battery Shelf, Batteries, Battery Box, Isolator Switch & Cover
  • Anchor Tube on Front Rail
  • Trim Tab Plates welded onto vessel
  • Custom Stripe & Registration Letters to match
  • Transom sutes Single or Dual Engine Application

All Things Electrical

Safety is a key priority in boating, which is why they ensure their boats are fitted with the best in lighting and electrics. The 5.8 metre Vindicator comes complete with Bilge Pump Hose & solid discharge pipe, LED Navigation Lights Port & Starboard, Led 360, Hard Top Anchor Light, 12 Row Switch Panel, Compass, 2 x LED Rear Deck Lights, 1 x Led Cabin Light, Cigarette Lighter Socket, Dual Batteries, Battery Boxes and Isolator switch.

The Vindicator range of boats & trailers are custom made to order, any extras you require can be added to your boat: that is the beauty of aluminium. Talk to Watson’s Marine about the extra features they offer and the optional extras you may require. They are always happy to extend their optional extra list. Many of their clients engineer great designed optional extras for the Vindicator range of accessories.

Call in to Watson’s Marine, 52 Wickham Street, Gympie Queensland. They’d love to talk boats with you!