To celebrate its 70th year in business, highly regarded Australian boat builder, Quintrex, is preparing to unveil a substantially upgraded fleet at the Gold Coast Marine Expo in Queensland, Australia.

New Quintrex Explorer 420

A sneak peek at the new Quintrex Explorer 420.

Quintrex specialises in open aluminium runabouts and fishing boats, powered by modestly sized outboard engines – and although the range runs from just three to seven metres in length, there are an astonishing 100 model variants available. All of them are manufactured at the state-of-the-art Telwater boat-building factory within the Gold Coast Marine Precinct itself and with a huge, 8.6-hectare footprint, this single facility is the most prolific producer of aluminium boat packages in the whole of the Southern Hemisphere

Quintrex factory

The Quintrex factory is the most prolific aluminium facility in the southern hemisphere

As things stand, exact details of the fleet’s new designs have been kept under wraps, but it is understood that the popular Quintrex Explorer line is to receive its biggest makeover since its release back in the early 90s. National Account Manager, Cameron Wood, explains: “For the past two decades, Quintrex’s Explorer range has offered boaties an affordable and reliable tinnie. It’s versatile enough to fish creeks or use as a tender, or even a car-topper for the keen camper - and it’s about to get even better. With a new forked bow design, the Explorer range now features wider chines generating better stability at rest and extra storage room for your fishing gear, while the sharper entry point creates an even softer-riding hull. The new Explorer range also features stronger side sheets and sleek new looks thanks to a new pressing process which increases strength by up to 50 per cent compared to previous models.”

With extra space, resilience and stability dialed into all nine craft in the Explorer line, the uprated practicality of these effective little runabouts is likely to prove very attractive indeed. If you fancy checking them out first hand, a trip to the World debut on the Gold Coast this May would be a great way to get acquainted – but failing that, UK distributor, Gower Marine in Carmarthenshire, will be happy to step into the breach.

For more news and reviews on small, practical open boats, see: Quicksilver Activ Open: an ideal starter boat or our round-up of 5 new powerboats under £5,000.

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is an ex-Naval officer, with extensive experience as a marine journalist, boat tester and magazine editor. Having raced as a Pilot in the National Thundercat Series and as a Navigator in the inaugural Red Sea RIB Rally, he has now settled in the West Country, where he lives and works as a specialist marine writer and photographer from his narrowboat in Bath.