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After owning several open run-a-bouts, we decided to upgrade. Since going to Brisbane boat shows, we kept coming back to Vindicator Boats. We talked to Frank & Denise and were invited to go to Tin Can Bay for a test drive.

We then knew a 5.8m Vindicator Half Cabin ticked all our boxes and after purchasing the vessel we have since re-located to Groote Eylandt, N.T.

Having owned it now for over 12 months we have over 230hrs. Our boat was fitted with twin Yamaha 70hp; 260 ltrs fuel capacity.

We are very pleased with the 5.8m Vindicator, with its dry ride, capability and performance of the Yamahas and biggest of all, fuel economy. We are very happy with the placement of handles inside the boat and rails to give safety for walking around to anchor. Going from open run-a-bouts to Vindicator was a huge step; we had many questions for Frank & Denise to answer.
They were more than happy to answer those questions and give us advice and knowledge of their boats, that helped us with our decision.

The attention to detail and workmanship is second to none; we would like to thank Frank & his Team for your ongoing support at a most remote location.

Rex & Maree Hood – Groote Eylandt, N.T.
5.8m Vindicator Half Cabin Boat “Y-Knot”

Mar 202014

Gary & Adells Boat LADY ROSE

We spent 12 months researching 5.5m boats both fibreglass and aluminium. My wife was very impressed with the style of the Vindicator aluminium boats. After a phone call to Watson’s Marine, we were advised they were delivering a 5.5m Centre Console to Bowen and staying overnight in Gladstone.

On board the Gypsy RoseFrank and Denise advised us a 5.8m Vindicator was in Tannum Sands, a meeting was arranged to view the boat just looking at the boat the words, WOW and very impressive, sprang to mind. We spoke for over 2 hours with the owners you could see they were very impressed with their boat showing us the many special features. The workmanship and attention to detail was incredible.

We rang and arranged with Frank to test drive a 5.5m vessel, I found Frank to be a very knowledgeable about his product. Any question that I put forward, his answer was precise. After an hour on the water, we were very impressed with the stability especially when we were all on one side, the comfort and just the way it sat on the water was amazing.
On board the Gypsy Rose
We decided that a 5.8m Vindicator Half Cabin Boat was the one. We made arrangements to visit for the start of the process; this was the first of many visits. In doing this you get a better appreciation of just how much work and passion goes into these boats. It was never a bother to take us for a viewing at any time. Receiving emails and photos of the boats progression was great, excitement built with each photo we received.

Frank had decided to build their own Aluminium Trailers and the next time we went to view the boat after seeing their trailers, straight away we decided to purchase one – GREAT TRAILER. We have had many comments from observers regarding our boat and trailer. The workmanship that had gone into the boat and the trailer was incredible and the painting was faultless. We left that afternoon with a load of confidence that we had made to right decision.
Gypsy Rose
Our experience working with Frank, Denise and the team from Watson’s Marine was very professional and more than friendly, nothing was a bother. At times you will forget that Frank and Denise are running a business, such is their enthusiasm for their boats and trailers, and we have found them to be genuine people. On many occasions they contacted us to see how the boat and trailer was going, whether we had any problems and how were we going with loading and handling the boat Normally you pay your money for your boat, hook your boat up and never hear from the dealer again, this does not apply to Watson’s Marine. Not only did we get what we wanted in a boat for our needs, we also made new friends. We wish Frank and Denise and the team of Watson’s Marine all the very best of luck for the future.

Gary and Adell Pengelly, proud owners of “LADY ROSE” – Gladstone

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Mar 182014

Having come to Noosa in 2002, we purchased a new boat to work the river and venture offshore. It soon became apparent that our 4.55mtr run-a-bout was not ideal for the Noosa Bar and the changing off-shore conditions.

We spent from 2004 to 2006 researching seaworthy boats in the 5.5 to 6.0mtr range – cuddy or half cabin.

We were frustrated with a lot of the major suppliers because we had to deal with sales personnel who really did not know a great deal about the product they were selling, nor instilled any confidence about the actual product that would be delivered at the end of the day. There was little scope for customizing to our own requirements or any assurance that requirements would be incorporated.

Therefore we set out trying to find a reputable boat builder, who had an operation the size of which would allow us to have input during the building process.

By pure chance, on a trip back from Hervey Bay, my wife sighted a boat from the Highway in a yard at Gympie that she thought was pretty good. I returned to Gympie some 3 weeks later and had a good look over the 6.2mtr and having had a lengthy talk with Frank and viewed his welding shop, I decided there and then that Frank was the man to build me a boat.

We decided on the 5.8mtr (really 6.3mtrs as everyone else measures theirs) with twin engine set up. The building process was a greatly satisfying experience as our own requirements were happily accommodated during the building process. Frank actually encouraged frequent visits during the building process.

The end product was superb; looks, finish, handling and ride and above all its seaworthiness. The seaworthiness has been put to the test on numerous occasions in some very ordinary conditions way out to sea and the boat came shining through.

Frank and his team stand behind their product and their after sales support and service is second to none. We have now owned the boat for two years and my decision to buy the Vindicator product has been greatly rewarded. I could not think of a better boat to buy. It will be the best we will ever own!

Well done Frank & Team

Fred & Elizabeth Van Vugt – “Jagger” – Noosaville

Vindicator 5.8m Half Cabin

Mar 182014

After finding the need to upgrade our boat, we weren’t sure whether we wanted to go to aluminium or fibreglass. So we set off one weekend to do some research, returning home Sunday afternoon, we still didn’t know what we were after.

I walked into Watson’s Marine on the Monday afternoon where Frank spent a good couple of hours showing me over a 6.2m Vindicator Plate Boat.

I immediately knew this was what we were looking for. Sandra & I went in to order a 5.8m Vindicator.

Having owned it now for over six months we have clocked in excess of 90 hours. Why so many hours? WE LUV IT.

The look, finish, attention to detail, the ride & the stability is absolutely superb. Throughout the whole contract Frank, Denise, Glenn & Co. could not do enough for us, answering all our questions & modifying the boat to suit our specifications.

On delivery day a water test was organised and at the end of the day we walked away extremely happy but also more as family rather than a customer.

Congratulations Frank, Denise, Glenn & Co.

Tony & Sandra Schmidt – “Sandra J” – Gympie

Vindicator 5.8m Half Cabin