FLAGSHIP: The new Freestyler 630 with its revolutionary new forked bow design which Quintres says offers greater stability and a smoother, drier ride. HAS the pressed alloy tinnie reached its zenith in Quintrex’s new forked-bow Apex hulls? That’s the question on every trailable boat angler’s lips after the unveiling of a new range of Freestyler bowriders and Frontier console hulls.
Quintrex reckons the new hull shape is as revolutionary as its first flared design in 1968 and the Millennium series in 1999.
With wider chines and an additional 80 millimetres of freeboard, it’s said to deliver a smoother ride and greater stability at rest or underway, greater grip when cornering, and a 20 per cent increase in internal volume.
There’s more flare forward in the forked bow, up the stem line, to improve rough water performance and create extra room for bow seating or casting. The stem itself has a gentler angle than the Quintrex Blade hull, while the vee flare now extends further back down the hull.
In choppy water the Apex apparently rides very comfortably. It is drier too, with spray being deflected well clear of the bow. There’s a nice degree of controllable slide in fast turns but it can also grip tightly when required – a trait that will endear the hull to tow sports enthusiasts.
“We released the Apex to our dealer network at a recent conference on the Gold Coast and were overwhelmed with their response,” Quintrex account manager Nathan Shaw says. “Our dealers love the new design and we’ve already received great orders and customer inquiry. It is a truly great design.”
The Freestylers are available in five sizes, ranging from 5.1 to 6.3 metres, all featuring the new Quintrex ‘Raised Side Decks’ which make the cockpits safer for kids.
Construction comprises 5-millimetre bottom sheets in the flagship 630 model – the remainder have 4-millimetre bottoms and 3-millimetre topsides, with reinforced ribs in some cases.
All are fully carpeted and equipped with roto-moulded helm and dash consoles, side storage pockets, anchor wells and sub-floor lockers. There’s a fold-down and removable rear lounge, twin helm chairs and spacious bow seating.
The Frontier models, meanwhile, are open fishing platforms built upon the same six Apex hulls. They’re targeted at anglers who mostly ply lakes and rivers but also go coastal when conditions allow.
You can choose between side and centre console configurations and there’s lift-out pedestal seating for greater flexibility. Forward is a locker for trolling motor batteries and provision for optional Evakool ice boxes.
The cockpit is again nice and deep, with live bait tank, underfloor plastic storage bins and kill tanks, four stainless steel rod holders, battery locker plus an optional under-gunwale rod locker.
Quintrex has also bolstered to its popular Hornet range, with the new Stealth models sharing the pickle-fork bow section of the current series but adding larger casting decks and a single row of seats amidships.
Available in 470, 510 and 530 sizes, the Stealth Hornets are said to perform beautifully. The 530 is rated to carry an Evinrude 175 outboard on the transom, ripping along at a top speed of 45 knots.
UPDATED: The Stealth Hornet has a larger casting deck and a single row of seats amidships.