Kingfisher Multi-Species Boat Company Becomes Newest NPAA Marketing Partner
Nov 11th, 2011 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Nov 11th, 2011 at 12:00 AM
The National Professional Anglers Association recently announced their latest Supporting Partner, Kingfisher Boats, has joined the growing number of major companies affiliated with their organization.
Kingfisher brand manager Michelle Trudeau said, “Our team is very impressed with the NPAA and the professional anglers who want to help each other become better and improve the sport. We want to rub shoulders with their big team.”
Kingfisher is one of the oldest boat companies based in Canada; founded in 1959. The Kingfisher name is one with a long-standing, reputable history in the world of 25-foot to 35-foot off-shore boats. Soon to be unveiled is a completely new multi-species fishing boat line-up. “These new boats, designed with the input of people like company president Andrew Klopak (formerly president of Lund Boats), John Butts, tournament winner and district business manager for eastern Canada and central and eastern US, and other marine engineers are designed for value. Their heavy-gauge hulls are tougher, stronger and will last longer,” she said.
Four models will be available at boat shows this winter. Dealers are being signed, and the “new-company” process is underway. All Kingfishers are built with all-welded, one-piece hulls using the revolutionary “pre-flex” technology. The bottoms are an industry-leading 190 thousandths thick, and the sides are 125 thousandths.
The Warrior models in 1800 tiller and 1825 side console are rated for a maximum of a 75-hp outboard, with removable benches for large storage compartments and deck space. A full-length bow to transom delta keel provides better boat control.
The Trio 1800 tiller and 1825 side-console and 1825 walk-thru windshield models are versatile “transformer” boats. The modular concept provides a 77-inch deck platform with options to remove 12 inches of the storage deck extension, and also remove the next 30 inches with a quick release livewell for an even larger cockpit area. The Trio models are rated for outboards to 115-hp.
The 1925 Flex side console and walk-thru models (and tiller model to come) have been designed as hardcore fishing machines. “Expect to see some on the water at the AIM Can-Am in 2012,” Trudeau said. “They have an incredibly smooth and dry ride with a quick holeshot.” They’re rated for a maximum of 200 horses.
A new 1925 Accord sport series of models is currently being completed for winter shows. “The best thing about these boats is that they were designed by anglers who are passionate about the sport. Kingfishers were also designed to be indestructible, while providing the best value,” she said.
Trudeau can be reached at [email protected] “The WestWinn Group (parent company of Kingfisher) is one of the fastest-growing builders of all-welded heavy gauge aluminum boats. With 30 performance-leading models for river, lake and ocean fishing, we use modern technology and the highest ABYC safety standards,” reads their mission statement.
The NPAA is a non-profit organization focused on growing the sport of fishing and increasing the professionalism of its members. Supporting Partners include: Northland Fishing Tackle, Navionics, Mercury Marine, Evinrude Outboards, Yamaha, Lund Boats, Ranger Boats, The Next Bite, Toyota, Oahe Wings and Walleyes Guide Service, Outdoor First Media, Advanced Tex Screen Printing, Worldwide Marine Underwriters, FLW Outdoors, AIM, North American Media Group, Frabill, John Butts Outdoors, Prairie Pillow Sportsman’s Lodge, J.J. Keller Fishing Team, The Reel Shot, U.S. Forest Service, Great Lakes Sea Grant, FPS Financial Planning Services, Off-Shore Tackle, Fin-Tech Tackle, Berkley, Kingfisher Boats, Liddle Marketing, Do-it Corp., Optima Batteries, Simms Fishing Products, Pasha Lake Cabins, National Fleet Graphics, G2 Gemini and Fish On Kids Books. More NPAA member and association news can be viewed at www.npaa.net. Call Pat Neu, executive director, 920-856-6151 with questions.