Innovative Kiwi builder teams up with Mercury
New Zealand boat builder Nicholas Fenton has created a boat that is certainly turning heads across the ditch.
Fenton's Tino 570 HS centre-console/bow rider is a boat which is being noticed for both its unique lines and finish.
“When we took it to the Auckland boat show I think 75 per cent of the people passing stopped, came over and said ‘wow’, which really felt great because it means we did something right,” said Nick, the man behind Tino Marine in Papamoa, on the Bay of Plenty.
Featuring solid-core buoyancy modules on each side, the 570 HS looks like a RIB at first glance. These modules, which are pproprietary developed by Tino, are actually an un-puncturable, impact absorbing alternative to inflatable pneumatic tubes, and provide increased stability with minimal maintenance.
Based on high end tenders, the craft is decidedly multi-functional. Ideal for fishing, tow sports or diving, the 570 HS has a sleek GRP hull which makes for a manoeuvrable, dry and very well-behaved craft. A flush deck, plenty of storage and truly impressive design characteristics provides room for up to six people, while the wing-like bimini top, sculptured framework, LED lighting, wi-fi, Bluetooth, four-speaker sound, stitched upholstery, and teak trim all speak to Nicholas’ pursuit of excellence.
The 570 HS is the result of seven years hard work and sacrifice, so to complement the package the builder chose Mercury’s new 115hp Pro XS FourStroke outboard to power his creation.
“The ProXS 115 is a perfect match for both performance and style,” Fenton said.
“The 570 has a huge demand for electrical power as the entire vessel is touch screen controlled with dual multi-function displays, so the engine’s ability to monitor the charge output and compensate if the power draw becomes too high eliminated a big worry.
“Initially I was looking at a 150hp engine, but Dean Harris from Mercury was absolutely certain that the 115 would be enough and he was spot on.
“The 570 is a big volume boat for a 5.7m craft, but this Mercury engine paired with the Command Thrust gearbox powers it easily and efficiently. The power honestly surprised me.”
With fuel, water and several people aboard, the 570 HS tips the scales at 1.1 tonnes, which the 115hp Pro XS FourStroke can drive to 34 knots (63 kph) at WOT.