NZ Fishing World home
NZ Fishing World

Is this the dream boat that you can actually afford?

December 19, 2019
Is this the dream boat that you can actually afford?

Fledgling boat brand, Prodigy Boats, claim to offer a high performance aluminium boat range that deliver performance, safety and most of all unbeatable value. How much value? Up to 30 – 50% cheaper than competitive brands.

How is this possible considering the other boat brands you might know well that are already in the market?

Quite simply, the boats are built to New Zealand specifications, imported fully constructed from a factory based in China.

The only thing added once the boats are landed are the customer’s choice of outboard and electronics, and perhaps a custom decal wrap.

Thomas Pfenniger, Director of Prodigy boats, a carpenter by trade, with a lifetime of experience owning some twenty or so trailer boats, conceived of the concept to bring in boats when he was struggling to find exactly what he wanted out of a boat at a price he was prepared to pay.

Researching the overseas market Tom found a factory that offered a solution that he felt worked for him, and might well work for others.

What is different about the Prodigy boat range?

Primarily, the boats feature a unique deep V hull with twin chines, that Pfenniger claims offers a smoother, softer ride than shallow draft alloy boats that tend to bang and slap in even a mild sea.

The deep V is certainly quite obvious when the boat is viewed on its standard twin axle trailer.

Prodigy have specified 5mm alloy used throughout the boat, hull, sides and top, with fully welded girders at 300mm, so the boat is not compromised at all for strength, rigidity and hull integrity.

The hulls carry a 3 year factory warranty.

The other key features include huge self-draining scuppers and sealed float chambers for safety.

Specification wise, Prodigy boats are available in a range of layouts including walkaround or cabin models, in sizes from 5.8metre to 7.5metre and larger on request.

There’s a fair amount of personal customisation available at build time, so you have the opportunity to create the boat fit specifically to suit your intended purpose.

NZ Fishing World spent a day at sea with the flagship 685 Offshore demo model, fitted with twin 115 Honda outboards.

We loved the boat.

Without doubt the boat’s ride was certainly comparable or better than many of the other big brand boats as claimed by Pfenniger.  It was stable at rest and provided a superb fishing platform with the walkaround a welcome facility when flinging soft baits and lures with a couple of fishos on board.

What’s not to like?

We are really keen to see the best out of the hull’s ride delivered with the help of trim tabs, which fitment of the twin Hondas did not allow room for on the demo model.  A big single would likely offer a better dynamic and additional element of control on the boat we tested.

Buyers can specify single or twin engines in any brand they like, so it might pay to bear this in mind.

To have such a massive cost saving there is also a cosmetic compromise when closely inspecting some of the finish detail around some welds and other fittings.  To be expected, you can’t have everything at a cheap price, so you make a call as to what is important to you.

Overall the boat was very impressive, and it’s plain to see that it should find a good number of fans in New Zealand that are keen to get the performance offered at the extremely competitive price point.

If you’re interested in more detail check out the Prodigy website  https://www.prodigyboats.co.nz/

Related posts

How to correctly flush and clean your Yamaha outboard
Boats
Here's the Yamaha factory recommendations for correct flushing and cleaning of your Yamaha outboard. Are you doing it right?
Twins vs single outboards.  What's best?
Boats
Here's a good video from US of A that outlines the pro's and con's of single vs twin outboards. If you are in two minds ;-) check it out.
Huntsman Boats Centurion Elite Angler
Boats
Huntsman Boats showcasing their incredible Centurion Elite Angler and introducing brand ambassador Flyn Jack. Check out Flyn and the boat in action chasing tuna in the north Island, and take a look at the Huntsman factory in operation.
True Kit inflatable boats
Boats
True Kit boats make very cool little fishing platforms, at much the same cost as a kayak. Check out a few features and benefits with owner of the company Rod Dawson.
Innovision 585 Explorer
Boats
Making waves in the alloy boat market, or rather, cutting through them, Innovision boats offers a genuine point of difference with its unique bow design and customised build quality. Take a look at the attention to detail on this particular 585, just completed for a discerning customer who wanted everything fully loaded. There are some unique and very nice details and features on this boat. From rear deck winch, to retractable rod leashes, there’s not much more you could wish for on a mid-sized alloy rig. Simon Minoprio, founder of Innovision boats, takes a walk through the boat’s features and benefits, and shows you just what this boat builder can achieve if that is your brief. The 585 sits in the mid-range for Innovision, and should be on your list of boats to look at if a stable, smooth riding platform, with lots of fishing space, is what you want.
The INNOVISION 656 Explorer
Boats
The Innovision 656 Explorer is an alloy boat with some really unique selling points, particularly in its bow design. A boutique boat, manufactured to order, the Innovision 656 sits in the mid to upper range. Check out Innovision owner Simon Minoprio, and one of his 656 customers, talking about the 656 and the Innovision difference.
All Related

See Also

The lateral Line - Episode  #3
Land-based
Milan and Nathan, are on the hunt for a giant King Fish. They are fishing spots that they have talked about fishing for 15 years but for what ever reason just haven’t done it.
How the moon and tides affect fishing
Hints & Tips
How the Moon and Tides affect bite times for fish like snapper, trevally and kingfish.
Big Browns on small flies
Fresh water
Stunning landscapes and epic fishing. Check this out.
The Lateral Line Episode #2
Land-based
Milan and Nathan are back on the rocks. king fish are again the target. Milan hooks a good king fish on his bait rod and some how he manages to land it.
The Lateral Line - Episode #1
Land-based
Episode #1 of The Lateral Line. Kingies on the Rocks. Nathan and Milan ( ex Big Angry Fish) are producing a purely online series filmed on their phones at this stage. Take a look.
How to use the all new Catch 'BOSS SQUID'
Gear
The all new Catch 'BOSS SQUID' inchiku lure combines the best of two Catch lure favourites to create a new beast that's deadly on just about all predatory fish species. Check out the new lure and how to use it, it's surprisingly easy.
All Posts

Drop NZ Fishing World a line!

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.