Auckland, New Zealand – Built Boats has created the new Tuff 540 for fishing enthusiasts. The boat is available for purchase from the Built Boat website from 19 May 2020.
The Tuff 540 is a 5.4-metre-long hardtop powerboat designed and built in Auckland, New Zealand from 15mm-thick Tuff-plate™ specifically engineered to withstand the harsh marine environment. Unlike their aluminium counterparts, boats built from Tuff-plate™ will not corrode. An excellent boat-building material, Tuff-plate™ floats, resists harsh chemicals and marine growth, and has a carbon footprint approximately five times smaller than aluminium plate.
The body of the Tuff 540 is filled with hundreds of so-called red cells—small, air-filled pockets that not only make the material shock and sound absorbant but also give it added buoyancy making the vessel robust, quiet and unsinkable, thus ensuring an extremely smooth, soft, and safe experience that aluminium built boats won’t give you as they pound through the water. With, its large foam side fenders, spacious stand-on rear fishing platform, and wide sit-on side decks, the Tuff 540 makes the perfect fishing boat.
The efficient 90hp Honda outboard motor and the 100-litre fuel tank allow fishermen to stay out on the water for extended periods. And, after a hard day’s fishing, there’s no need to hose her down because Tuff-plate™ built boats are not affected by saltwater, fish guts, and any of the other harsh chemicals you’re likely to encounter at sea.
Managing director Matt Gibson says: “The Tuff 540, puts innovation in the hands of the fisherman.”
Gibson founded the Auckland-based boat builders Built Boats in 2016. Back in 2005, after his graduation from Massey University with a degree in Boat Design, Gibson set out on a mission to become an influential boat designer and eventually started his own boat building business. With his great grandfather a former deep-sea fisherman and his father obsessed with sailing, Matt has fishing and seafaring in his blood—and both have had a huge influence on his design process. Before founding Built Boats, Matt’s boat building career included 15 years of experience as a lead designer for numerous new boat builds—everything from fishing boats and super yachts to amphibious and military craft.
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