Jul 082016
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After taking delivery of our second Vindicator, we thought that it couldn’t be any better than our first one, But it is!

The new Vortex Design Hull sits higher in the waterway and produces less wake. This reflected in the fuel economy which is significantly better than our last model.

Our last model was powered by 2 x 115hp Four Stroke Yamahas, while our new 6.80m has two of the new 130hp Four Stroke Yamahas and they are a beautiful match for this hull. Economy is less than 1 litre per kilometre for both engines.

The boat is on the plane in its own length. The 20Deg dead rise hull gives as soft a ride as a Cruisecraft 680, with much more cockpit space and all the benefits of plate aluminium.

Vindicator’s usual attention to detail has meant everything works perfectly first time – total peace of mind.
A Watson’s Marine Tradition.

We believe Vindicator Quality Aluminium Boats are close to the pinnacle of plate aluminium trailer boat building, probably in the world and we have owned many other boats.

Yes, they are expensive, but you get what you pay for and after 50 years in business, they will be around to complete your dream project. We were more than happy to write this testimonial on these awesome boats and trailers.

John Hamilton-Smith & Richard Bernays.
Strike 2

Jan 072015
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We went to the Brisbane Boat Show in 2011 to have a look at what they had to offer in the way of new boats.

We had a 6.2 meter Quintrex Boat & were thinking of trading it in on a bigger one. We looked at all the boats at the show & kept coming back to the Vindicator site where we met Frank & Denise Watson. Denise explained everything we need to know about their Vindicator Boats & we were quite impressed with the quality & workmanship that had gone into building their Boats.

Sharon & myself took the brochures went home & read up on every thing we could find about the Vindicator Boat range. We really liked the 7.2 meter vessel. But we still had our boat that was doing the job for us at this time & for the next 2 years we kept talking about the Vindicator Boats.

Then in December 2013 Frank rang us to see if we were still interested in the Vindicator Boat range. Frank asked Sharon & myself to come up, have a talk & a look at their boats being built in their workshop. We were very inpressed at what we had seen & went home to do some serious thinking.

Well, on the 15th January 2014 – my birthday – we signed up for our new 7.2 metre Vindicator Boat. It was not long before Frank soon informed us our 7.2 meter boat had arrived at the shop. Here are just a few pictures of our new 7.2 metre Vindicator Boat starting with the Flat Pac and ending with the finished 7.2 metre Vindicator “Just 4 US” – what a beautiful boat. We also decided to go with the Vindicator Quality Aluminium Trailer – NO REGRETS THERE – what a great trailer, very easy to tow, load & unload. A truly great rig.

Thanks to Frank, Denise, Glen & all the Staff at Vindicator Boats & Trailers – it has been a wonderful journey with all of you, We would both love to thank you all very much for a
very well done job.

“Just 4 US”
Russell & Sharon Harvey
Bribie Island


May 062014
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I first met Frank Watson several years ago when I needed to upgrade my boat trailer and was impressed by the way the man does business and his knowledge of boats.

Later, when I began researching a replacement boat, and having looked at almost every brand and testing several I spent almost a full day talking to Frank and looking over the Vindicator range. I had decided that plate alloy was the way to go and wanted a fishing platform that could reliably perform in the changing weather and seas for near and offshore from Hervey Bay.

From the beginning Frank, Glenn and Denise treated us more like family than just customers and the planning and building process was stress free even when I asked for changes as the building proceeded.

The end result is a 5.8m Centre Console with twin 4 stroke 70HP Yamaha outboards which is without doubt the best performing boat I have ever owned (and I have owned quite a few over the years). It is a superbly finished construction, travels over a choppy sea without a bump and is super economical on fuel while carrying 6 blokes and gear.

The Vindicator aluminium trailer is a superbly designed and built piece of equipment and is a must for the serious boater. It will last a lifetime, they are tailor-made to suit whichever hull size you choose and tows perfectly. Even if you are only in the market for a trailer this is the best money can buy!

I cannot recommend too strongly the quality of the Vindicator product and the friendly committed and experienced service offered by the Watson family at Watson’s Marine.

Norm Hoffman – Toogum, Hervey Bay, QLD

May 052014
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My wife Joanne and I went to the Brisbane International Boat Show purely to look at boat trailers for our 660 Whittley as our old one was past its use by date. We had both decided we needed to find a trailer that would last the life of our boat. After looking at several trailers we came upon Vindicator Quality Aluminium Trailers, built in Gympie. Being directly involved in aircraft engineering I knew what exactly to look for in an aluminium trailer.

After seeing the Vindicator Alloy Trailers and after talking to Frank, Denise and Glenn we both knew these trailers were built strong, reliably and built for the long haul. It was not long after the show our trailer was underway. We decided to go with the Stainless Steel braking system, stainless discs, callipers etc.

Frank, your choice of the American Braking System was definitely the way to go, rewarding us with a greater braking force than the steel discs not to mention less to maintain. I now have the brake controller slider set pretty close to minimum and still feel the pleasant sensation of the fully loaded trailer helping to bring the landcruiser to a stop”.

I also asked Frank if he could build a ladder in front of trailer for boarding the boat from the front as we have a Mercruiser Inboard, we have to sink well into the water when launching and retrieving.

Frank, WELL DONE! It is such a cleaver design and optimally placed, that before you know it, you are on the front deck. Even at home, we prefer to enter the boat using your ladder rather than the ladder on the back of the marlin board”.

Joanne and I find launching and retrieving the vessel by ourselves very, very easy due to your great trailer design. We are both 100% happy not only with your construction, service, the ease to launch and retrieve but also just how convinced we both are with how easy it is to tow at all speeds.

Thank you both for an excellent product which I am sure we will have for a lifetime.

Ray & Joanne Bissett, c/o TAE, RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland

May 052014

Pending Divorce from Cats
Chris catches a marlin
It’s now six months since the maiden voyage of my 6.8 hardtop Vindicator. My journey started in August 2012 when I went to the Brisbane Boat Show looking to replace my old 6.2 Kevlacat with a new hull, I didn’t want new motors as I had only just purchased two new 4 strokes the year before. I made approaches to a couple of cat builders and was told “Ours don’t go out without motors” and the other response was “You remove the motors and looms, forward to us and we will complete the fit up“, due to the remote area I live in, it increased the price by approximately $8k and an additional $10k to freight it back. So I started the search for custom alloy builders, twelve queries later to builders around Australia, I received two replies, one from Victoria and one from Watson’s Marine. Frank Watson followed up the email reply with a phone call and he convinced me to take a leap of faith, I have owned 4 Cats over the past 30 years and was in love with them, from early Markham Whalers, Webster Twin Fisher, and Kevlacat, the love affair was soon to end. I understand the position of the cat builders trying to protect their reputations in wanting to set their boats up, and I thought they would have sold that many, mounting of steering and motors would be a standard process as they would use standard templates to drill holes, however they would not budge on their decision, even the offer of cash wouldn’t sway their decision.
My decision to commission Frank Watson to build my new boat was based on 3 things:

  1. He replied to an online query
  2. He followed up with a phone call
  3. I had the wife’s approval to buy a new hull

I had some ideas which I raised with Frank, like side access, unpainted hull, very defined delivery date and the deal was done, Frank was always positive during the building process, sending photos at every stage. On the agreed delivery date, I turned up at Watson’s Marine in Gympie with a Fridge that I was going to fit under the port side seat box, Frank wanted to ensure that the fridge was going to fit and had to make modifications over night to ensure it fitted, including making sure that it worked and was able to be used for the 4 day journey back to the Territory. While we were going through the fixtures and fittings, Frank said to me “If you’re not happy, I will write you out a cheque right now“, I liked the man, He offered phone numbers to speak to other owners, here is a company that has no worries about their product, and he made a big claim, He believed it to be as good as my old cat.

6 Months on

Rolex on board
I’ve clocked up approximately 100 hrs in 6 months, due to my love of boating and fishing, the only thing I can say is these hulls are awesome. I will admit I was a little uncertain on handling having spent so many years in cats, but the Vindicator hull soon built confidence in all seas. I had to learn to drive a monohull to get the best from it, and I am thrilled with the handling, the build quality, and the ride is superb. The hull looks good, when I first arrived back in town with the boat, the first four weeks was spent fishing in the front yard, with mates, beer in the fridge and dreaming of fishing. I commenced fit out, clear coated the hull and mounted the motors. My wife loves the fact that I can load and unload the boat without her help, due to the heavy duty Vindicator custom built aluminium trailer it sits on, a new love affair has commenced.

Chris & Shelley Andrews – 6.8m Vindicator Half Cabin – NHULUNBUY, NT, 881

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Apr 302014
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We recently ordered a fully customised trailer from Watson’s Marine for our catamaran. Frank and his team went above and beyond in every aspect of making sure we were completely satisfied with our purchase. His professionalism, quality of workmanship, welcoming approach and ease of business were all exceptional. Our new trailer makes boating and towing even more pleasurable for our family and we would highly recommend Watson’s Marine for their friendly service and quality products.

The Hatchett Family

Mar 202014
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We recently took delivery of our new 6.8M Vindicator after involving ourselves in fit-out decisions and being welcomed at the Gympie factory regularly during construction.

The build experience was great from start to finish. These are superbly built boats by craftsman fabricators, overseen by Frank Watson personally, every step of the way. Don’t be fooled by price/length comparisons with other brands. Vindicators are measured how boats should be. You get every centimetre you pay for and more.

The attention to detail is superb. Every item in the boat is double tested to ensure that when it is handed over, everything works as it should. The sea-keeping and on-water performance is outstanding, and well suited to the open and rough water environment in which we use it.

We were sceptical about ordering the custom alloy trailer built by Vindicator to match the boat, as we had problems with other brands’ alloy trailers previously. No problems here. Over-engineered, no flex, no sway, hundreds of kg saved. Decision vindicated.

You do feel part of the Watson family of boat-owners with a Vindicator, and you are treated as such by Frank, Denise, Glenn and the team. Unlike a lot of other plate builders who are no longer around, when you order a Vindicator and stump up your hard earned dollars, you know you are going to receive a superb Australian made product, from a proud family business.

Richard Bernay & John Hamilton-Smith – Bardon, Brisbane
Vindicator Quality Aluminium Boat & Trailer “Big Vinnie”

Mar 202014

Jason & Ngaire's Roller on Trailer

I had been on the search for a trailer for my new roller, looking from Darwin to Sydney. We could not find something that would do the job, so we decided to go down the path of building one.

I needed something to suit the specifications due to the load it was going to carry, the durability and tare weights. So we decided to go with alloy and that in itself was a real challenge.

For one we had to find a trailer that would stand up to the task, due to long trips over bad roads. The products out there are somewhat flimsy and the costs go through the roof for what you get.
I was down in my shed where I normally go for a bit of time out, polishing my other love, my Vindicator Boat – “Sonar”. This boat is a product of great design, finish and quality for anything I have ever bought.

Our Vindicator Boat & Trailer – What great products!

So for a while I thought of having a trailer like what is under my boat. Maybe I could have a trailer like that under the combo roller – How good would that be! The call was made to Watson’s Marine and like always, spoke to Frank, and the question was asked.

Frank, can you build me a trailer, which will do what I need and will carry what I need to carry?

Frank replied, “We will do that for you Jason, no worries”.

So once a few design and engineering requirements were spoken about, it was on the drawing board. As always behind a good man there is a good woman. Denise works really hard to achieve the best for you, find the best possible products for your Boat & Trailer. Always keeping in touch with us, throughout the building of our Boat & Trailers with photos & phone calls which was very much appreciated.

Our Boat & Trailers are very well made and also well executed throughout the construction. Once again Frank Denise & Team at Watsons Marine – Thanks very much for great products.

Curtis Coast Driveways – Jason & Ngaire Benvenuti – Tannum Sands, 4680
Vindicator Quality Aluminium Boat & Trailer – “Sonar”

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Mar 202014

My wife and I now sit at home, some 3700 kms from Watsons Marine in Gympie, outside the house sits our new 6.8 Vindicator on a Vindicator alloy trailer.

Not that remarkable except for the fact that we towed the boat 3700 kilometres to our home town of Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory, with 600kms of corrugated dirt road thrown in. We managed to cover the last 600 kilometres of dirt in 13 hours with requisite stops for checks, attending to other travellers who had rolled their car and an hour and a half breakfast on the side of the road with friends.

When I first ordered the boat and trailer, I got the feeling Watsons’ tradesmen were a bit concerned that I intended to tow the boat across a dirt road with numerous river and creek crossings. On the other hand Frank was not concerned and was confident with his trailers’ design and build quality. As I drove out of Watsons Marine in Gympie with the boat in tow, I commented to my wife, “If this tows this well all the way we will have a dream trip“. My wife, who has not driven and towed a trailer that much, took her turn and although nervous, made the comment, “you hardly know the boat is there“. By the time we got a third of the way home, she had no hesitation in taking over and driving her share of the way.

Beside the expected minor stone damage, the trailer performed without fault and it has not suffered in any way from the journey, a testament to the design and build quality, I can’t wait to get the boat in the water, if it performs as well as the trailer, we will be happy people. Would I tow the boat across the road again? Of course I would! Would I recommend the Vindicator alloy trailer? My oath I would!

Chris & Shelley Andrews
Nhulunbuy NT

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