by Steve Morgan •
Quintrex boats have a long history of innovative design and huge sales. Originally, their stretch-formed hulls and the shapes that they could make in sheet aluminium gave a look and ride that couldn’t be equalled in an aluminium boat.
Over the years, Quintrex tinnies have evolved. From the original flared bow to the Hornet, to the curvier Millennium hulls, all represented steps forward in ride, looks and durability. Enter the Apex hull in 2017.
It mightn’t look it, but the Frontier (with the new Apex Hull) is the new Top Ender – one of the most popular Quintrex models. The test model was a 590 fitted with the ballsy 150hp G2 Evinrude E-TEC and represented a full boat-motor-trailer package delivered from the Queensland factory.
You see, as well as making the hull and trailer in-house, Quintrex’ parent company – Telwater – is the Australian distributor for Evinrude outboards.
Quintrex’s Nathan Shaw explained the advantages of the Apex.
“The Apex hull has been developed over a two-year period. It’s super soft, there’s much more room inside, there’s more freeboard and it corners beautifully,” Nathan said as we dropped the test boat into the Gold Coast Broadwater.
The Frontier is designed with the same ‘pickle fork’ bow that was initially released with their F-Series Hornets, however it’s below the waterline where the new design really makes a difference.
Quintrex is now able to form the aluminium for the entire length of the hull sheets and the difference in ride is noticeable over its predecessor, the Blade hull.
For me, the true test was while we were filming running shots for the video review (that you can watch by scanning the QR code on this page with your smartphone).
Rarely can I shoot running shots boat-to-boat. We usually have to stop one craft and run the other boat past at speed to capture the movement smoothly.
Even on a windy bay on the Broadwater, the Frontier provided a stable, on-plane platform to shoot boat-to-boat while we were running. It was impressive.
Like its predecessor, the Frontier will be expected to perform everywhere from freshwater lakes to the open ocean and at first glance, you’ll be able to tick all of the boxes with the Frontier.
The layout cleverly combines ways to make this boat eminently suitable for anchored-bait or moving-lure fishing. For once, an anchor well and bow mounted electric motor work well, without getting in each other’s way when they are needed.
There’s a mountain of storage space underfloor and if you manage to fill it all with lure boxes, you’ll have as much money’s worth of tackle as you do boat.
Indicative pricing? Sitting on a Telwater-built aluminium trailer, the package as tested comes in at $57,790 (from Caloundra Marine in Queensland). For more information, like Quintrex on Facebook or visit www.quintrex.com.au.
RPM km/h km/L
Idle 4 5
1000 8 3.7
2000 12 1.7
3000 32 2.4
4000 47 2.2
5000 60 1.8
6000 72 1.5
6200 74 1.5
Length on trailer: 7.67m
Height on trailer: 2.09m
Hull weight: 708kg
Rec hp: 90
Max hp: 150
Capacity: 7 persons