We’ve designed and built a boat that marries exceptional materials with exceptional design. A boat that rides like a dream, performs, is safe and efficient, and looks the business. A boat that has evolved as much as fishing has. A legendary boat. A game-changer. A Maverick.
If you’re serious about your fishing or diving like we are, then you’re among friends here. Whether your thing is jigging or using soft baits, poppers or trolling, a spearo or into scuba, if you’re the kind of person who demands performance from your equipment, and can’t stand flimsy and cynical rubbish, then you’ll seriously get this.
A Maverick is an exceptional 4.5m (LOA 4.9m) boat crafted from tough marine-grade aluminium. This isn’t just another mono-hulled alloy boat either; a Maverick is an asymmetrical planning catamaran. No contest, twin hulls, twice as good:
A Maverick gives you all of this because its been painstakingly designed by us for maximum ride comfort, stability, performance and safety – and above all, for getting you out there and back, and doing what its meant to do. We reckon its a game changer.
At the heart of it is the age-old multi hull vs mono hull argument. For us, an asymmetrical twin hulled catamaran design puts far more ticks in boxes than any mono hull can manage. “Big call” we hear you say. Well here’s our argument.
When the chop is up you don’t want to get pounded any more than necessary.
A cat has a tunnel running between the two hulls (called sponsons). The faster the cat goes, the more air is able to enter the tunnel. This mixes with the spray from the hulls to form a cushion of foam and air. This gives the hull lift and reduces the area in contact with the water surface. A cat’s hull displacement spans less than one third of the beam, allowing it to slice through the water easily.
Because of its broad under belly, a monohull slaps and grabs at the surface of the water. Even with a deep-vee monohull, the displacement of water still spans a width equal to the beam of the boat. This equates to a lot of surface friction, and a much rougher ride.
You want to be as stable and secure as possible while fishing or prepping for a dive, to keep you and your mates safe, and stomachs intact.
The cat has two hulls spaced apart that sit down in the water when the boat is at rest. This provides an exceptionally stable and comfortable platform.
With monohull designs, the deeper the vee, the greater the rolling effect when at rest. When the vee is flattened to give more stability, including with the pontoons, you end up with a boat that will pound and slap like crazy through the waves. Sound familiar!?
The more stable the boat, the safer it is, and cats are definitely more stable than mono hulls.. Also, with up to 40% more usable space than a comparative sized mono hull, moving around the boat isn’t a potentially clumsy and dangerous activity. A free draining deck ensures any water that comes aboard is able to quickly drain away.
There are several watertight compartments built into a Maverick’s hull giving it ‘positive buoyancy’ – With over 1600 litres of reserve buoyancy, you get swamped or holed, it’s certainly a bugger, but a Maverick isn’t going to sink under you. And there’s no need for those bulky pontoon style “life-rings” around the gunwales to achieve this either.
A Maverick has a genuine planing cat hull, not a displacement hull, and the hulls are asymmetrical. They’re flatter on the inside. So there is as much as 40% less hull touching the water when under way, compared to a similarly sized mono hull. There is less drag and friction, so it takes less horsepower to achieve the same speed. This makes a huge difference to your fuel consumption, and of course the size of the outboard you need to invest in.
Coast guards, marine police, DOC staff and hard-working members of the marine farming industry often operate in the roughest imaginable marine conditions. They put in many hundreds of hours on their boats annually, and they depend on them to carry precious cargo, equipment and people. Their boat is the most important part of their operation. So what do they buy? Boats made of marine-grade, plate aluminium alloy. Always.
You may not log these kinds of hours on your boat because of that universal inconvenience called ‘work’. But when you do get some time to get out on the water, if you want to be able to always rely on it for many years to come, and you want to be able to push it hard and have it respond in tough conditions like it’s enjoying itself, choose marine-grade plate aluminium alloy like the professionals and we here at Maverick do.
We say, if its not fun then don’t do it! The Maverick’s design acknowledges the evolution of the way we fish. The number of recreational fishos using light tackle continues to increase, as does the popularity of the likes of live baiting, soft baiting and salt-water fly-fishing. People (you and us) simply are seeking more active and exciting forms of sport fishing.
The Maverick has up to 40% more usable deck space than a comparatively sized mono hull, maximizing the room for you to be agile and quick, and play the fish you’re targeting. The broad floor area and super stable bow-casting platform have all been designed with this style of fishing in mind. But hey, they work just as well for the traditional hook, line and sinker approach too, unless of course you think that requires being unstable, with limited room to move.
|Hull type||asymmetrical planing catamaran|
|Hull material||5083 Aluminium|
|LOA||4.93m LOA, 4.5m hull length|
|internal gunwale height at stern||495mm, 600mm at anchor bulkhead|
|Internal deck material||Raised alloy grip tread 3mm tread plate|
|Hull dry weight||468kg (no seat)|
|Reserve bouyancy||1.628m3 / 1628L|
|Recommended HP||60 - 90 hp 4 stroke|
|Steering||Cable steering with premium Uflex steering wheel|
|Seating||1x custom made premium swing back 2 person bench seat with chilli bin stowage underneath|
|Rod holders||6x aluminium inset gunwale rod holders|
|Storage||Anchor stow, self draining|
|Large watertight bow casting platform locker with top opening hatch|
|Battery storage compartment in centre console|
|Fuel tote tank storage under transom (x2)|
|Railing and access||Alloy bow rails|
|Stern grab rails|
|2 large stern duck boards with non-skid|
|Custom folding "T" section access ladder to port side duck board|
|Other||Premium custom cut non-skid pads to key locations|
|Self draining scuppers|
|Bow rope bollard (alloy)|
|Custom alloy bait station|
|Various optional paint finishes available|
|Boat & Trailer packages from|
|$29,500 + outboard|
NB – The above equipment list is whats included in our standard Renegade package. Talk to us about the available option upgrades such as hydraulic steering and paint finishes
When anyone says something is made from “aluminium” what they are really saying is that it is made from aluminium alloy. Various other metals are combined with the aluminium - chromium, copper, magnesium or nickel for instance. The resulting ‘alloy’ is either heat-treated or work hardened.
The alloys are divided into 6 series - 1000, 2000, 3000 and so on with the first number representing a family of alloys. The 5000 series of alloys is commonly referred to as marine-grade aluminium alloys. The defining mixture for this series is that no metals that are ‘less noble’, like copper, are involved in the mix.
Of the 5000 series the three most commonly used are 5052, 5086 and 5083 with 5058. 5083 is stronger and more corrosion resistant than the cheap, relatively weak 5052 used in the early riveted boats that spring to mind for most people when they hear the word.
We mainly use either 5086 or 5083 grades that are 30%-40% stronger for a given thickness than the 5052 that the old riveted sheet metal boats were made of. Add to that the fact that what we use is probably 2.5 times thicker than that used on those early aluminium boats.
Rivets are great for airplanes, but bad for boats. It’s a dumb idea to have hundreds of holes in a boat below the waterline! There is no substitute for a high strength weld.
No. And the Maverick’s 3 year hull warranty is your assurance. Boats like the Maverick, built from high quality aluminium alloy, properly wired and provided with a sacrificial anode, will last indefinitely. Here’s why.
Both stainless steel (an alloy) and marine-grade aluminium (an alloy) do corrode, but only a tiny bit, and that tiny bit actually prevents further corrosion. This is called passivation.
Passivation means that as oxygen reacts with the alloy as soon as it’s exposed, and the resultant surface oxide actually forms a protective, tight and tough layer that prevents further oxygen from reaching un-oxidized metal.
The oxide layer that forms on an exposed aluminium surface is the second hardest naturally occurring substance on the planet! Seriously, aluminium oxide is second only to diamonds in hardness. And it adheres. It doesn’t slough off like rust does. It forms and it stays put. The surface will then remain in this impregnable condition for its lifetime.
In a test done by ALCOA (big producer of aluminium) a test plate was semi-submerged in Narragansett Bay (in the USA) for 30 years. The degradation was only microscopic. 30 years!
An important aside, the boat hull should not be used as a ground for the electrical system and a sacrificial zinc anode should be used whenever dissimilar metals (e.g. stainless steel ladders) are attached to the hull below the waterline.
No. Aluminium boats do not get overly or unusually hot in the sun.
What most of us think of when we think of a metal vehicle is a car. A car's body is made from sheet steel covered in paint. This covering of steel/paint acts like a heat sink building up heat and holding it. That’s why cars get hot in the sun.
Interestingly, Landrovers were the exception to the rule, because they had aluminium alloy bodies. If you ever put your hand on a Landrover in the sun you would be surprised at the difference between them and a Jeep, for instance.
Aluminium in general, and 5000 series alloy in particular, are both tremendous conductors of heat rather than accumulators of heat. The only metals better than aluminium for conducting heat are silver, gold and copper. That’s why high-end cookware and stadium bleacher seats are made from aluminium alloys.
For cookware the ability of the alloy to pass heat directly from the burner to the food is extremely important in cooking. More importantly when the chef turns down the heat the temperature in the pan goes down immediately as the alloy doesn't hold the heat. In a cast iron skillet for example you can turn down the heat but it will be very hot for a long time afterwards. Same thing but in reverse for bleachers. If they were made from steel or fiberglass you would hear a lot of shrieking women at the game as they effectively sat their butt on a heat sink.
With our boats the alloy sheds any heat it takes-on very quickly as the boat is residing in say 30-degree air and 18 degree water (up North more commonly than down South). The boat equalises with its surroundings.
No. You are actually safer in an aluminium boat than in a fiberglass or wood boat in a thunderstorm.
First, lets be clear, you are never ever completely safe in a lightning storm. You should do everything in your power to avoid being in one. Please avoid heading out if storms are forecast. However, if you are caught out in a storm, according to the experts you are safer in an alloy boat than a glass boat. Why?
Air is a great insulator and thus both glass and alloy provide the same shortcut that the lightning is seeking to ground. Once lightning has found your boat the metal boat provides a very good conductor for the lightning's current to go to ground whereas the fiberglass boat sadly does not.
The strike on a glass boat may well run through the boats electrical system which, unfortunately, runs back towards the operator – you. Lightning consultants encourage you to create a halo of metal or wires around the people on a boat so that when struck, the current will follow the metal halo (like a Faraday Cage) away from you and towards the boats perimeter where it continues along the hull and to ground. All of the Maverick’s superstructures are welded to the boat and thus provide excellent conductivity to ground.
We… have a dream. To design and build the ultimate trailer boat for what we like doing – one that excels in our conditions, one that flawlessly marries hard-core fishing and diving functionality with top-notch performance and design.
David is our main dreamer, drawing upon his own fishing and diving exploits and the memories of building boats with his Dad as a nipper. Being a shrewd businessman, a management consultant for some of NZ’s leading organisations, and the co-founder of a handful of successful start-ups, David is hell-bent on doing things right. That’s why he has assembled a team of New Zealand’s leading boat design and building talent to give the dream the proper treatment and make it a reality.
We searched far and wide for a boat designer who could marry aesthetics, performance and function flawlessly, and we hit the jackpot with Hall Marine Design. We reckon our design partnership with HMD will ensure that every Maverick designed will be nothing short of a revelation.
The axis of excellence would not be complete without equally impressive boat building capability. We openly admit that we can be a bit fanatical when it comes to attention to detail here at Maverick. To achieve this we’ve teamed up with one of New Zealand’s leading aluminium boat builders as our fabrication partner. This is a team with over two decades of alloy boat building experience between them, operating one of the few NZ Coastguard CPC certified boat building facilities in the country. These guys really know their onions when it comes to building alloy boats – and they signed up to produce Mavericks for us after taking one look at our game-changing design.