Hi Jon, Thank you for the letter following the delivery of our new boat. I am writing a 'testimonial' via email as opposed to hand writing it and sending it back. You may want to take some parts out if it is too long. I purchased my first boat (a Quintrex 450 Topender) 9 years ago from Hunts Marine (John Padman was the salesman) and it has been a great boat that has seen many memorable captures. Due to the amount of time we spend game-fishing we wanted a larger boat for these long days on the water.

We have been looking at various boats over the last couple of years with the main contenders being Seafarer, Haines Hunter and Cruisecraft. We were impressed by the high standard finish in Cruisecraft Boats and the fully composite design (so we wouldn't have to worry about rotting timber). During the boat show we were also pleased by Cruisecraft's willingness to customise the vessel (we have an oversized 75L live bait tank and 250L fuel tank - two firsts for the Explorer 635 model).

We have been most impressed by the exceptional service provided by Blake. When we first started looking at boats (about 18 months ago) we were upfront with the dealers that we weren't going to be purchasing a boat for another year or so. Several other salesmen (from other dealers) brushed us off and would not give us much time knowing we weren't going to purchase immediately. This was not the case with Blake, he gave us plenty of time and liaised with the Cruisecraft factory regarding options and questions about the boat. When we were close to making a decision Blake took us out for a test run in some poor conditions (as per our request) to demonstrate the boat's performance in rough seas.

We picked up the boat in Brisbane (from the factory) as we were continuing on north for a fishing trip. Blake had everything sorted with the factory for a quick handover in Brisbane. The boat was comfortable and provided a stable platform for jigging, stickbaiting, livebaiting and trolling. The Yamaha engine is smooth and efficient. We were able to turn the key and get stuck straight into the fish. The new boat gave us the confidence to spend a night anchored on a reef 70km out from the mainland - an experience we won't forget.

We had a couple of questions about the boat throughout the Christmas to New Year period (as we had just picked it up) and Blake was once again available and attentive, demonstrating his exceptional post-sale service. I would highly recommend any other family/friends to deal with Blake should they be in the market to purchase a new boat.

Andrew D'Ambrosio
January 17, 2020 by Jon Hunt