Leigh Wilson • Owner

G'day kiwis, my mate and I purchased a 540 osprey which runs a 115 yamaha and being from Devonport Tasmania we do a lot of fishing in Bass strait which is known to be the roughest stretch of water in the world and our Osprey handles these conditions a lot better than any boat that I have been in and owned previously.

I have no hesitation in recommending an Osprey to potential boat owners and are questioned frequently at the local boat ramp about all aspects of the boat, which are still uncommon here and I tell them not to buy an oppositions boat. Get an Osprey and a couple of them have.

Well done kiwis. Your tassie mate Leigh Wilson.

Chris Prattley • Owner

"When my wife and I have been by ourselves, we have found the Osprey a dream to launch and manoeuvre close to the ramp or beach - a real feature for husband and wife. Ease of access, particularly from the stern has been a real plus.

The boat's superior stability is a feature that really comes into its own, especially when fishing with extra numbers. A work colleague is in the process of updating his Osprey, and has been offered almost what he bought for it over five years ago. I would be only too happy to recommend an Osprey."

Grant Thorn • Fisherman

"Just a quick note to inform you how rapt we are with our 540 Osprey. Since purchasing it last year we have travelled extensively in her for our diving and fishing expeditions. Trips out of Kaikoura, Okiwi Bay and to Stephens Island and Cape Jackson are handled with ease.

With a mix of divers and fishos loaded, plus their gear on board, the handling and stability of the boat is exceptional. We often head down to the Sounds loaded with pig dogs and gear and find the Osprey perfect for off loading and boarding on beaches."

Rakiura Charters Ltd, Stewart Island

Matt Atkins • Owner Operator

When my family decided to build a boat to be based on Stewart Island, for me there was only one choice, having spent thousands of hours on Osprey Aqua Taxis in the Abel Tasman National Park. When it comes to stability, safety and confidence Osprey boats are the ultimate package.

We had a long list of custom features added to the build: the major ones being the extra long cabin and extended cockpit overhang, the boat had the potential to look like a dogs breakfast but Lloyd and the team got the lines right to build a great looking boat. It’s efficient to run and has great shelter from Stewart Island’s and Foveaux straight’s changeable conditions. The boat is so versatile that we now run it as a charter boat.

Abel Tasman AquaTaxis

Brett McFedries • Operations Manager

“Over the last 16 years we have tried and discarded many boats, looking for the perfect water taxi. We purchased one of the first Osprey’s, and have become a proving ground for Osprey, clocking up huge hours in all sea conditions, with maximum horsepower and heavy loads.

Our Ospreys have proved to be tough, safe and extremely stable and they give a smooth dry ride in most conditions. We now have seven Ospreys in our fleet”.