Re: New to boating, but what a mine feild!!

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Fishy Bishy
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I bought mine off T/Me from ChCh and had it transported to Wellington where I received it off the ferry.
I had John Butler of Butler Marine view the boat, a Reflex Contra, appraise the package, and took his word that it was “not a pig” and was worth a punt.
He was 100% right, we love it and it is absolutely ideal. I would recommend a Contra to you if you are wanting a first boat and they are on T/Me from about $11000 to $16000 mostly depending on age of motor and equipment.
(This model boat was recommended to me by John about 8 years ago and he was spot on!)
Ours owes us just over $12000 including a full service at Butlers before it came up plus some additional gadgets (GPS/Fishfinder) and a new battery.
The Contra is built on a redesigned hull mould bought from Sea Nymph and was the original 16ft 6 hull but the transom was reshaped and strengthened. Still a gull wing deep vee hull and very stable, very easy to handle and room for up to 5 and engine rated to 120hp.
There’s my two cents worth but realistically if you want to spend less, try a Fleetline Sapphire (pre 1981 hull). Again an awesome starter boat! :wink: