LEADING trailer boat manufacturer Horizon Boats has announced it has added iconic Aussie brand and long-time rival Stessl Boats to its stable.
Horizon has secured the rights to manufacture the full range of Stessl boats from retiring Stessl managing director Rod Sloane. Horizon’s general manager Scott James is looking forward to the new undertaking.
“When we heard that Rod was looking to wind back the production of Stessl Boats and to ease into retirement, we saw an opportunity to take on the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of Stessl boats alongside our Horizon brand,” Scott said.
“Rod was looking to step back from day to day manufacturing operations, so we came to an agreement to move the construction of the full range of Stessl models to our Horizon Boats facility in Currumbin Waters on the Gold Coast.”
Stessl is a household name with Aussie boating families, with the brand having been part of the Australian boating landscape since the late 1970s.
“In that time Stessl has produced some very innovative craft, including the Edgetracker V-nose boats and the Platerix series heavy-duty plate alloy boats,” Scott said.
“We look forward to manufacturing these time-proven craft and building on the Stessl reputation for innovation in design, layout and construction.
“We believe the addition of Stessl Boats to our model line-up will grow our business and complement our Horizon boat range.
“Our customers will benefit as we will now be able to offer them everything from lightweight car-topper dinghies to heavy-duty plate alloy offshore fishing boats.”
Horizon Aluminium Boats will be manufacturing the full range of Stessl models, including the popular Edgetracker open boats, Bluewater runabouts, Trophy centre consoles, Funseeker bowriders, Seahawk half cabins and Coastrunner centre cabins.
The Stessl boat range will continue to be available through the existing dealer network and Stessl will welcome new dealer inquiries. Horizon Aluminium Boats is one of Australia’s leading manufacturers of recreational alloy boats. The company was established in 1992 and is now approaching its 25th anniversary of continuous boat manufacturing. Based on the Gold Coast throughout this period, this family owned and run business prides itself on building strong, durable and well-designed aluminium craft with an emphasis on giving customers great value for money.