Surtees Testimonials

Surtees 4.7 Workmate

“Our new Surtees 4.7 towed home to Huonville like a dream – didn’t really know it was behind the car, for most of the 360km. The trailer really is well-suited to it.
Launching was a dream – one little push and she rolls smoothly off the trailer – without having to dunk hot wheel hubs in the water.  Retrieving is equally easy.

In short, we are going to love this little beast enormously.  Many thanks for bringing them to the state and giving us the opportunity to experience and enjoy it.”

Paul & Merlene Abbott.


7.3 Surtees Gamefisher 05

Not a day past 60!

That was the plan, to retire before 60 and be living the good life on the beautiful east coast of Tasmania with a good sized workshop and a plate alloy boat suitable for the area and large enough for comfortable overnight trips to the east coast islands.

With the location found and the workshop and unit built it was now time to concentrate on the boat.

Having an engineering background with 40 years experience in metal fabrication and welding including aluminium I thought the perfect retirement project would be to build my own boat. I carefully considered all options available including pre cut kit boats and I soon realised the amount of time and effort involved and my retirement was sounding more like work and I asked the question do I want to be fishing or welding?

The decision was easy, leave it to the experts and find a manufacturer, who could supply the following wish list:

– A deep vee plate alloy hull between 6 and 7 meters Fully enclosed and lined lock up cabin
– Comfortable accommodation including toilet and hot water shower Provision to cook and wash up on board
– Electric anchor winch and full electronic package Easy launch and retrieve trailer
– Boat, motor and trailer fully laden to weigh less than 2800 Kgs

There are plate alloy boats built in every state in Australia, all quality craft with many award winning manufacturers offering a vast range of production and custom boats to suit every buyer. Now it was time to do the homework, a process lasting several years as I studied all makes and models, read all the reviews available and compared every detail including costs to ensure when I made the final decision on the supplier it would be without regret.

Many boats came close to the short list but one in particular kept ticking all the boxes and had an outstanding reputation, the boat was the 7.3 Gamefisher built in New Zealahd by Surtees Boats and there was a dealer in Tasmania.

The well established family business of Deegan Marine in Ulverstone operated by Hadley Deegan and wife Sandra had a similar model in stock and from the first of many inspections I was very impressed with all the boats features, the quality of workmanship, attention to detail and a design and build that can only be described as engineering excellence! A sea trial was arranged with Hadley which proved the sea going ability of the vessel and confirmed the Surtees claims of a smooth non pounding hull.

At last the decision was made and it was time for Hadley to contact Surtees Boats and prepare a quote to include all the factory and dealer options I wanted to complete the boat within the allocated budget. Having confidence in the dealer and pleased with the final costs I had no hesitation in signing an order to allow construction to commence.

Six months later the boat arrived in Tasmania and the team at Deegan Marine began the task of motor fit up and electronic installation with the same skill and high standards of the manufacturer to produce a finished boat package that is truly magnificent.

Hand over day was here and I was very keen for my wife to see the boat I had been talking about for years. The boat’s presentation was excellent and my excitement was obvious as I demonstrated to my non boating wife all the features on board. She was happy my dream had come true and was delighted with the very thoughtful gift of champagne and flowers from Sandra to mark a special day.

The team at Deegan Marine are focused on customer service and satisfaction and have been a pleasure to deal with throughout the entire process from our initial meeting to delivery.

I can recommend Deegan Marine to anyone interested in any of their boats on offer and I am sure they will receive the same level of quality and service that I have enjoyed.

John Hannon, Orford, Tasmania.


Surtees 5.5 Workmate

“I recently ourchased a Surtees 5.5 Workmate from Deegan Marine and after looking at other boats from other dealers, it was a pleasure to meet Deegans from first contact through to ownership – it was an easy and enjoyable experience.

Having not owned a boat of this size before, the experience of Deegans was invaluable. The boat is incredibly smooth riding and stable, making it extremely safe for myself and my grandkids, giving the whole family hours of enjoyment.

Thanks to all the staff of Deegan Marine.”

David McMahon.