Thank you for manufacturing such a great Rib. The 520 Strata goes beautifully and is well matched with the Yamaha 70hp outboard. The boat gets on the plane effortlessly and is exactly how I hoped it would be. Very stable, very quiet with superb build quality……I’m very glad I made the decision to go with Smuggler.
Proud owner of a Smuggler Strata 520 RIB, Whangapoua
We were delighted to take delivery of our new Amphibious Smuggler last November 2019. David delivered it to us on time at Opito Bay and provided detailed training in its use. The Smuggler is a great sea boat and ideal because of the limited boat ramp availability at Opito. No need to mess around with tractors.
After sales service has been superb and we look forward to owning it for many years.
Grant and Karen
Smuggler Strata 800 MC amphibious converts, Opito Bay
Having owned a Smuggler Strata 770 CC amphibian for seven years the decision to buy the latest generation model 800 CC was a no brainer. After 65 years on the water having owned many vessels both sail and power, I am firmly of the mind that Smuggler amphibious RIBs are safe, seaworthy, soft riding, dry, user friendly boats for all round family pleasure. Picnic days out at a secluded beach or fishing the bay or out wide my Smuggler delivers on all counts. When the going gets rough other boats are left in our wake.
There’s an old saying that goes “You only get what you pay for”. David and the team at Smuggler go the extra mile to deliver boats that are right up with the play and represent good value. They include up to the minute technologies in design, build strength and fit out all with an excellent standard of overall finish. Smuggler Boats stand out from the pack. Plus, the huge advantage that the wheels system offers. This has given added years to my lifetime on the water. I am absolutely delighted with my new boat plus the back up and after sales service delivered by the Pringle Family. I feel qualified in giving Smuggler amphibians my highest endorsement.
Smuggler Strata 800CC owner, Russell
“I’m really rapt with my new Smuggler Strata 800 CC Amphibious.
The complete 4WD system gives it far better traction in a range of conditions and the diff lock works well and I’m finding that I can get through even the trickiest sand conditions.
The control systems are simple and effective and the hydraulic speed of up and down of the wheels is very fast. The auto positioning of the front wheels works well and is a great feature. The auto up and down works very well, and its simplicity makes for fewer tasks when moving into and out of the water.
I’ve been surprised as to how fast it can go on the land on the way to the water and how quiet the engine is when running.
I love the wheel ladders, they get used the whole time – my fat mates love them!
The extended hardtop is great – way more shade on a hot day.
All electronics including the Furuno package work very well, structure scan is fantastic, fish finder works up to 22 knots. The 300hp Yamaha is a perfect match and sees the boat hit 50 knots flat out. The ride is very smooth, and the hull just eats up the rough stuff.
You have a very happy customer, I cannot recommend this boat enough.”
Smuggler Strata 800 CC Amphibious owner – Auckland, NZ.