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

Leaving Watsons Marine Gympie QLDSunrise Central QLDNewcastle Waters NTThe start of the dirt Central Arnhem Road, NT 1 amGoyder River Crossing NTBreakfast NTThe end of the dirt Nhulunbuy NT 1pm
Mar 182014

After many years away from our favourite pastime of fishing my son Brett and I decided that the only way we could spend some quality time together with family and friends was to buy ourselves a good boat. We like offshore fishing as well as being able to put the grandchildren on board for a day on the water in comfort and safety.

The choice of boats on the market is mind boggling, so we set ourselves a few must have features for the boat we would purchase. We wanted a boat that we could go offshore safely set up by someone who understands fishing. We also wanted the option of towing and launching the boat off the beach at Fraser Island.

After a lot of useless research we found ourselves at Watson’s Marine in Gympie. I have known Frank, Denise and Glenn for a long time and knew from experience that Frank understands what fishing offshore is all about. We walked into Watson’s to have a look at the 5.5 metre Vindicator only to find that there was a 7.2 metre Vindicator on the yard as well. When we considered our options the 7.2 Vindicator was the boat we’d been looking for.

After having several trips offshore from the Sunshine Coast, Fraser Island and 1770 we are very pleased with the overall performance of all aspects of our Vindicator. The most surprising thing is the low noise level for an alloy boat. Fuel efficiency and fuel capacity allows us to do overnight trips with plenty of fuel in reserve. We also completed a bar crossing one day course with Bill Corten on the Stradbroke bar. This is something I could highly recommend to any new boaties, not only did we hone our own skills but we were able to fully test the Vindicator under some pretty severe conditions.

Owning our Vindicator is an enjoyable experience because we have the full package, a trouble free boat, excellent back up service and friendly advice.

Ken & Brett Mills Ken Mills Toyota
Ken Mills Toyota
Maroochydore, Nambour
Kingaroy & Mundubbera

Vindicator 7.2m Half Cabin

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