French fishing boat specialist Guymarine is to bring three new models to the market in 2015, with an exclusive UK specification and solely powered by Honda
The new models see the Guymarine range extend to seven metres, with the introduction of the Antioche 600, 650 and 700. The boats all feature a ‘Chalutier’ style wheelhouse, well suited to the UK market as it affords far better visibility in rain, with water efficiently washing off the screen. Key features of the new models are as follows:
– Highflex hydraulic steering
– Choice of blue or grey colour hull
– Double-skinned wheelhouse area
– High pressure deck washing system
– Stainless steel rod holders
– Steel rub rail/keel band
– Increased rod storage
– Robust folding seats and cushions in cabin area
– Exterior wooden bench
– Drinks holders
All Guymarine fishing boats sold in the UK are equipped exclusively with Honda outboards, the result of a strategic partnership between Honda (UK) and Guymarine which has recently been extended by a further two years. The partnership is part of Honda (UK)’s boatbuilder alliance programme, which sees Honda working with a small number of premium manufacturers to offer the complete ‘turnkey’ boat packages which UK customers are increasingly looking for. Guymarine is regarded by Honda as an ideal partner due to its strong and long-established reputation for innovative design and exceptional build quality, delivering the high standards that Honda customers have come to expect.
Handmade by craftsmen on the Isle d’Oleron, near La Rochelle, Guymarine boats are 100% French-built to the highest standards. A team of 30 currently manufacture around 120 boats each year.
Steve Morris, Head of Power Equipment for Honda (UK), comments: “Our partnership with Guymarine has been very successful and these new UK specification boats are the result of Guymarine listening and responding to feedback from both customers and dealers in order to further develop interest and sales of its boats in the UK. Our boatbuilder alliance programme aims to offer complete boating solutions and we work with who we consider to be the best partners in the market to deliver the very best product to our customers.”
The new Antioche 600, 650 and 700 will be sold exclusively through selected Authorised Honda dealers – those with the capability, capacity and expertise to sell and support the new boats – from January 2015. All three models will enjoy Guymarine’s six-year hull warranty.