1982 Quintrex CC

Silveredition

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Gday guys
I thought I would do a bit of a write-up on my old Quintrex...
My Dad bought it in about 1986 from a professional fisherman who used it part of the year to fish for Spangled Emperor at Ningaloo, and for netting in the bottom of Exmouth Gulf for the remainder of the year. When Dad got it it was pretty knocked around, and unfortunately suffered from Quintrex putting in the wrong rubber compound in-between the hull and the ribs, causing a lot of corrosion. There were a couple of sections at the bow that had to be cut out and replaced. It originally had a 70 Johnson (or Evinrude), and over the years the outboard became a mix of both Johnson and Evinrude parts - until it eventually died, and was replaced with a 90 XL Yamaha, which required the transom to be extended in height....
I bought it off Dad around 2002, and did the transom, and Gunmetal Grey 2-pack paint. I started to get the Misssion Brown off the hull, but got bored, so it is still half there...
I have used the boat for Whiting Fishing in Albany, all the way up to Threadfin / Barra fishing up at Balla Balla, but it gets mostly used in Exmouth Gulf for Spearfishing nowdays.
The trailer is now running LT tyres, a 2T axle with 1.5T Landcruiser hubs, 1.25T eye to eye springs with Hilux shock absorbers, a drop-down spare, and full width rear slide. It has done the Ningaloo track plenty of times, Carrarang, Lucky Bay (near Kalbarri), and plenty of sand dunes to get to the bottom of Exmouth Gulf...
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Poppa

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Great story and even better photos. Classic lines never date do they - the new Quinnies look good but the flaring of bow and manner in which your boat sits in the water is true poetry (yeah, "poetry" to describe a boat!). No denying it though, it does look good and even better, it obviously does the job it is meant to do - judging by the fish it has scored.
I'm tipping that is one boat that will never be for sale. Thanks for the story mate, thoroughly enjoyed the photos.
 

Albynsw

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Nice mate
Was it always a centre console?
I have a Quinnie Topender side console, great little boats
 

Silveredition

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Nice mate
Was it always a centre console?
I have a Quinnie Topender side console, great little boats

G'day mate, yep - it originally had the aluminium Quintrex centre console, but years back Dad changed it to a fibreglass one out of a Yamaha UB (Banana Boat), which was larger- for more storage... I think the model is a Reef Raider (5m) - but could be wrong! The current comparable model would be a combination of the Top Ender and Renegade.
 

Poppa

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G'day mate, yep - it originally had the aluminium Quintrex centre console, but years back Dad changed it to a fibreglass one out of a Yamaha UB (Banana Boat), which was larger- for more storage... I think the model is a Reef Raider (5m) - but could be wrong! The current comparable model would be a combination of the Top Ender and Renegade.
Gee mate, please don't take it that I'm correcting you because I'm not - and after all, it is your boat. But I reckon the model of your boat is the original Fishabout - assuming it is the 5m model. At the time there were two other 5m models - the Cruiseabout (windscreen, runabout model) and the Fishmaster (a half-cabin type model).
Interestingly enough, the 4.5m models - two models - a centre console and runabout style were called the Fishraider and Lazeabout - the 4.5m Fishraider was my "dream" boat at the time (and still is).
That all said - I am more than prepared for someone to correct me because I am trying to recall info from virtually 40 years ago! Not that it all matter anyway, what does matter is that you have a damn good boat which I don't believe we will ever see the likes of again.
I wonder how many alloy boats made today will stand the test of time like your boat has.
My problem is - how the hell do I get to spend a day on the water in your boat!
 

Silveredition

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Gee mate, please don't take it that I'm correcting you because I'm not - and after all, it is your boat. But I reckon the model of your boat is the original Fishabout - assuming it is the 5m model. At the time there were two other 5m models - the Cruiseabout (windscreen, runabout model) and the Fishmaster (a half-cabin type model).
Interestingly enough, the 4.5m models - two models - a centre console and runabout style were called the Fishraider and Lazeabout - the 4.5m Fishraider was my "dream" boat at the time (and still is).
That all said - I am more than prepared for someone to correct me because I am trying to recall info from virtually 40 years ago! Not that it all matter anyway, what does matter is that you have a damn good boat which I don't believe we will ever see the likes of again.
I wonder how many alloy boats made today will stand the test of time like your boat has.
My problem is - how the hell do I get to spend a day on the water in your boat!

You could be correct with the model - I think I came up with Reefraider from one I saw advertised on Gumtree!! No-one at Quintrex could tell me!
It is spot on 5m - so I will now go with Fishabout!!!
It is in need of another refit - so there might be a few small changes in the next 6months or so...
 

Silveredition

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Poppa, I am blaming this on you - the refit in 6 months time looks like it started today... After looking at the old photos and your comment of me never selling (I had started looking at a new 530 Renegade or Top Ender), I decided it had been neglected long enough and if I was honest with myself - I could never go through with selling it, so it was time for a tidy-up...
Probably wrong timing, being the last day of holidays, but there is no turning back now!!
I just need to figure out if it will remain a centre console or become a side console??? Possibly a smaller centre console, new floor, re-wire, side pockets etc....
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Poppa

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Poppa, I am blaming this on you - the refit in 6 months time looks like it started today... After looking at the old photos and your comment of me never selling (I had started looking at a new 530 Renegade or Top Ender), I decided it had been neglected long enough and if I was honest with myself - I could never go through with selling it, so it was time for a tidy-up...
Probably wrong timing, being the last day of holidays, but there is no turning back now!!
I just need to figure out if it will remain a centre console or become a side console??? Possibly a smaller centre console, new floor, re-wire, side pockets etc.... View attachment 50006 View attachment 50007
Mate, I will take all the blame and proud to be responsible for the rebuild. May I be so forward as to suggest, please, please do not do such a classic boat the injustice of a side console. Centre console only. I know I should mind my own business but .... well a side console on that Beauty would be a crime.
All the best with the rebuild - mate, think of the feeling you will have when launching it for the first time (and every time afterwards) after the re-fit.
I hope you keep us updated with the rebuild.
I'm guessing you are from around the Geraldton area - hope so because if you are, I will be able to look in every so often at the boat when I'm over that way visiting my grandsons.
 

Albynsw

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I like the side consoles the best and love my Topender as they give you more clear deck area but have to agree with Poppa about keeping it old school and maintaining the centre console
My mate has the same vintage Quinnie a yours in a 14 foot tiller steer that he rubbed back and repainted to the original colours and bought the original decals for it too and it looks mint.
Look forward to seeing yours done
 

Silveredition

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Mate, I will take all the blame and proud to be responsible for the rebuild. May I be so forward as to suggest, please, please do not do such a classic boat the injustice of a side console. Centre console only. I know I should mind my own business but .... well a side console on that Beauty would be a crime.
All the best with the rebuild - mate, think of the feeling you will have when launching it for the first time (and every time afterwards) after the re-fit.
I hope you keep us updated with the rebuild.
I'm guessing you are from around the Geraldton area - hope so because if you are, I will be able to look in every so often at the boat when I'm over that way visiting my grandsons.

Thanks mate,
Centre Console it will remain! Looking and thinking all day, and decided 100% that a side console doesn't suit what I do... Always stand up when driving, and often move towards one side to adjust the list...
Used to live in Karratha - it was perfect for up there, but now in Binningup (near Bunbury), sonit mainly gets used once a year on our Exmouth trip....
Will keep updating as I go!
 

cam04

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G'day mate, yep - it originally had the aluminium Quintrex centre console, but years back Dad changed it to a fibreglass one out of a Yamaha UB (Banana Boat), which was larger- for more storage... I think the model is a Reef Raider (5m) - but could be wrong! The current comparable model would be a combination of the Top Ender and Renegade.
Reef raiders came much later it will be a 5.0 fishfinder with the console that far forward. Do a good check for electrolysis/corrosion pinholes before going mad on renos. I had a stacer sea master of a similar age. We loved it to death - literally haha.
 

Silveredition

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Reef raiders came much later it will be a 5.0 fishfinder with the console that far forward. Do a good check for electrolysis/corrosion pinholes before going mad on renos. I had a stacer sea master of a similar age. We loved it to death - literally haha.

Thanks mate,
Don't worry, there are plenty of pin holes!!! most were filled with Devcon about 15 years back. These were mostly due to swivels / sinkers etc, but some were due to the original Quintrex rubber issue... it has also had a small crack along the keel that has been filled with Devcon for the same amount of time without getting any larger... I am considering getting this welded, but am concerned about it causing more issues of cracking around the welded area... (the Devcon can be seen in the pics with the crack towards the bow)... This will certainly be a budget Reno - absolute max of $2000 (mainly on the marine ply, carpet, fuse box / cable / Nav lights / switch panel etc, ice box, and I have been looking at an inbuilt poly fuel tank to get weight a bit further forward, and clear up some deck space ( I am open for suggestions here!!)
 

cam04

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Thanks mate,
Don't worry, there are plenty of pin holes!!! most were filled with Devcon about 15 years back. These were mostly due to swivels / sinkers etc, but some were due to the original Quintrex rubber issue... it has also had a small crack along the keel that has been filled with Devcon for the same amount of time without getting any larger... I am considering getting this welded, but am concerned about it causing more issues of cracking around the welded area... (the Devcon can be seen in the pics with the crack towards the bow)... This will certainly be a budget Reno - absolute max of $2000 (mainly on the marine ply, carpet, fuse box / cable / Nav lights / switch panel etc, ice box, and I have been looking at an inbuilt poly fuel tank to get weight a bit further forward, and clear up some deck space ( I am open for suggestions here!!)
Welding the old tubs can definitely be a double edged sword. If the patch is good and the crack isn’t growing you might have your answer. Keep it light and simple and catch more fish. Under floor tanks can be great but in practice the long flat poly ones (we’ve had 3 polycrafts) require you to unhitch the boat at the servo to get a proper fill, and even then the breather line empties itself all over the boat and the servo slab. But the weight is in the right place and it buys room in the boat. The old Quinnys could get a bit broachy too so another double edged sword to think about. Side consoles are unrewarding bastards of things to trim after you’ve gotten used to driving a centre console which you obviously have. Trim is everything. Looking forward to the renos. There’s guys on eBay who do the old sticker decal kits for them now too.
 

Silveredition

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A bit of progress (a small bit).. I have ordered a switch panel, 12x fused Narva distribution panel, Narva combo USB / cig lighter volt meter, Narva main power switch, marineply floor, led Nav lights, etc.... I cleaned up the inside of the hull a bit and cut out the old broken floor tabs from the ribs, and cut out an area for the fuel tank (and am now looking for a custom made tank in WA if anyone has any contacts!?)
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Silveredition

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First trial fit of rear-most floor section... Have also decided to stay with portable tanks. Besides the cost, they have suited what I have used the boat for over the past (many) years.... I also stripped the console. All the holes will be filled from previous GPS and Sounder units, sanded and painted...
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I cut out a section and made a marine ply box that the original poly under-floor fuel tank was going to go in, so this will now be for storage...
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Poppa

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Hey mate, do you mind if I make a suggestion? Anyway, here goes. Consider putting Sea-Dek on the floor rather than carpet. Easy to clean, cool (as in "cool" on the feet, and in looks), doesn't smell, hooks don't get caught in it, sand doesn't build up under it, easy to install - that just about does it.
Doesn't matter though because I reckon the boat is going to be a ripper of boat!
 

muc the truck

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Gday guys
I thought I would do a bit of a write-up on my old Quintrex...
My Dad bought it in about 1986 from a professional fisherman who used it part of the year to fish for Spangled Emperor at Ningaloo, and for netting in the bottom of Exmouth Gulf for the remainder of the year. When Dad got it it was pretty knocked around, and unfortunately suffered from Quintrex putting in the wrong rubber compound in-between the hull and the ribs, causing a lot of corrosion. There were a couple of sections at the bow that had to be cut out and replaced. It originally had a 70 Johnson (or Evinrude), and over the years the outboard became a mix of both Johnson and Evinrude parts - until it eventually died, and was replaced with a 90 XL Yamaha, which required the transom to be extended in height....
I bought it off Dad around 2002, and did the transom, and Gunmetal Grey 2-pack paint. I started to get the Misssion Brown off the hull, but got bored, so it is still half there...
I have used the boat for Whiting Fishing in Albany, all the way up to Threadfin / Barra fishing up at Balla Balla, but it gets mostly used in Exmouth Gulf for Spearfishing nowdays.
The trailer is now running LT tyres, a 2T axle with 1.5T Landcruiser hubs, 1.25T eye to eye springs with Hilux shock absorbers, a drop-down spare, and full width rear slide. It has done the Ningaloo track plenty of times, Carrarang, Lucky Bay (near Kalbarri), and plenty of sand dunes to get to the bottom of Exmouth Gulf... View attachment 49917 View attachment 49919 View attachment 49920 View attachment 49921 View attachment 49922
How many kms off sure in fine weather do you get in this . I just started get some spear fishing gear together again after a 20 year absence . I bought a twin 16 mm rob allen 1200mm for $170 a couple of weeks ago and getting gear for the whole family . I wouldn't mind a boat I just cant spend a fortune .I don't mind the idea of OLD boat new motor .
 

Silveredition

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Hey mate, do you mind if I make a suggestion? Anyway, here goes. Consider putting Sea-Dek on the floor rather than carpet. Easy to clean, cool (as in "cool" on the feet, and in looks), doesn't smell, hooks don't get caught in it, sand doesn't build up under it, easy to install - that just about does it.
Doesn't matter though because I reckon the boat is going to be a ripper of boat!

Of course - I read this the day after buying 4m of grey marine carpet....
Been doing little bits each day - mainly filling up holes in the console and sanding the inside of the hull to get ready to paint....
Also - back to the name... looking again on Gumtree there seems to be a consensus on Fishfinder.... I have emailed a couple of sellers and just waiting on replies..
Here is one..
 
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