Re:Kiwi Kraft 720 Hardtop
My brother-in-law and I purchased the above vessel as a demonstrator in March 2003. It was fully equipped with radar, GPS, colour sounder and powered by a 225hp Evinrude Ficht.
I have previously owned several alloy boats including Fyran, Starcraft, AMF and Lazercraft. I have also owned a couple of glass boats including a 24ft Marlborough and a 20ft Glasscraft Centurion.
My main criteria in purchasing this vessel was safety. I wanted to be able to travel long distances from my base in Whangarei and at times stay overnight and be confident that I can get home I can get home the next day no matter how much the conditions change.
Since March 2003 we have used the vessel on a recreational basis at least twice a month all year round.
For anyone who hasn't owned a pontoon boat before, they have some remarkable benefits. Going into a head sea, the bouyancy in the forward pontoons act to lift the nose as it cuts into a wave, substantially reducing any pounding that is so common in alloy boats. The pontoons also act to give lateral stability and there is some lift benefit when first getting onto the plane from the pontoon extending past the transom. She is remarkable going into a head sea.
I have already stated that safety was my number one priority.
Hilton Leith and Kelly Wright
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