Stej-Head Highlight Series #1

Stejcraft Monaco 610
Welcome to our first Stej-Head Highlight article. In this series, we’ll be chatting to our passionate fans and loyal customers about their experiences with boating and Stejcraft. 
If you’d like to be featured, please get in contact with us via our website, Facebook or Instagram.

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Name: Tim

Location: Canberra, ACT, Australia

Model: 610 Monaco Outboard Dleuxe, 2018

Stejcraft Monaco 610 Driver Shot

Interview

G'day, Tim! Thanks for making the time to chat with us.

No problem at all! I’ve just finished a 3-day camping trip with my daughter. It rained the whole time but she still enjoyed it!

Oh no! Glad to hear that you still had fun. Okay, let's start from the beginning. Is the 610 Monaco your first boat?

Yes, it’s the first boat that I’ve owned, but by no means my first boating experience. Boating was always a big part of my childhood. My dad and I started to hire boats when I was 8 or 9 years old, and I got to experience some bowriders when I was a teenager. 

Having those memories with my dad and my mates is why I wanted to get into boating once I started having kids of my own. I know the great lifestyle and friendships that you build when boating and I’ve got plenty of mates still waiting to get on board my Stejcraft!

What do you mainly use your boat for?

Mainly we like cruising around Bateman’s Bay and the Tollgate Islands. I love taking my daughter out on the water and going for swims or getting up close and personal with the wildlife. Experiencing dolphins and seals in the wild is one of our favourite things about boating.

We also love sleeping out in the boat. St George’s Basin is one of our favourite places to anchor up for a couple of nights. Having the option for both my daughter and I to comfortably sleep onboard was a huge part of why I chose the Stejcraft 610 Monaco.

Tim’s daughter absolutely loving life onboard the 610 Monaco.

Well, let's get into that. What were you looking for when buying your boat?

There were a few key features that I was looking for, such as a having 6ft cabin, a fibreglass build, a fuel tank with over 100L fuel capacity, and a bait tank. But really I wanted a boat that was flexible, so that we could use if for cruising, fishing and staying out on the bay overnight. Having a toilet and plenty of headspace was important because I needed my daughter to feel instantly comfortable onboard. If this was going to be something we started doing every weekend, it was essential she felt happy onboard.

I also wanted to get a boat that wasn’t just plain white and didn’t look too much like a shed. I wasn’t looking for a mansion, but I wanted to feel pride in my boat and not feel like its just a big piece of metal. 

Were you always looking at getting a Stejcraft?

Actually, no! I had intentions of buying another brand, but when I came to the Sydney International Boat Show in 2018, and visited the other brand’s stall, I was really underwhelmed by both the boat and the team there. They didn’t seem to appreciate how buying a boat is a life changing and lifestyle defining moment. 

I’m so glad that I was able to find Stejcraft as I may never have actually bought a boat otherwise!

So where did Stejcraft come in?

Well, I spent the rest of the boat show looking around, feeling quite dejected and most likely not going to buy a boat. And just as we were ready to leave, I saw the Stejcraft stand and – you’ll think I sound crazy here but – it was like an oasis in the distance. This incredible looking boat that literally made my head turn. 

Sydney International Boat Show – After struggle & disappointment, Tim finds his oasis.

What sold you on the 610 Monaco?

Honestly, it sold itself! It had all the features that I’d been looking for and I knew my family would be very comfortable onboard with such a big deck and cabin space. What really stood out to me though, was the quality finishes. From the upholstery, to the interior, and just the overall unique look and design. The finishes were comparable to that of a much more expensive boat. In fact, the 610 Monaco was $10,000 cheaper than what I’d been looking at previously and looked way better! 

My mind was made up. It was Stejcraft for me.

And we're glad to have you as part of the club, Tim. What are the best things about a 610 Monaco?

For me, it comes down to two things.

  1. How it rides (especially offshore).
  2. The quality finishes.

When I put my deposit down at the Sydney Boat Show, I hadn’t done a water test or anything, so I was banking on the Monaco performing purely from what I’d seen and heard. Thankfully, I was not disappointed. It’s very comfortable and I feel safe and confident taking it on bigger trips. One of the first times I took it out with my Dad, we jetted about 30kms offshore. On the way back, the weather turned nasty and the conditions were pretty scary. We were powering up waves and zooming down like a rollercoaster! From the outset, I felt really confident in the boat’s build and never felt worried, which is a huge thing for me when I’m going to be taking my family out on the water so often.

And then there’s the finishes. As I said, this is what caught my attention originally at the Sydney Boat show. Now my Monaco turns heads every time I take it out! One time, we were heading out early for a trip and I stopped at a petrol station at about 4:00am. Out of nowhere, this guys runs over and asks me, “mate where did you get this boat from?!”. That kind of reaction, especially at 4:00am, really stands out and says a lot about the beauty of the craft. 

What surprised you about the 610 Monaco?

The quality level at the price bracket. At the boat show, I was looking at boats well out of my price range just for inspiration, and the Stejcraft boats bring a lot of the same qualities for a much more affordable price.

Finally, do you have any recommendations for potential future Stej-Heads out there?

Definitely see boats in person. Some of those quality finishes (or lack thereof) can never come across on a website or a video. And don’t limit yourself to the big brands. Stejcraft proved to me that bigger brands aren’t always better. 

And as a general rule for buying a boat, know what you want ahead of time. From features, looks, to where you’re going to store it. All of this plays a massive part in making the right decision for you.

Stejcraft Monaco 610

Tim and his family standing proud with their purchase.

Tim, thank you very much. Hopefully, you can get back out on the water soon!

Thank you for tuning into our first article in the Stej-Head Highlight series. We’ll be looking to release these regularly with new stories, insights and opinions around owning a Stejcraft. 

Would you like to be featured? Or do you have a particular question or area that you’d like to know more about? If so, please get in contact with us via our website, Facebook or Instagram.

Happy boating, Stej-Heads!

Introducing… H₂O Industries!

If you have read our recent Stejcraft Business Update blog, you’ll know that plenty of change is happening within the business. We’ve got a new location, a new retail focus, social media channels…

But that is not all! Stejcraft has been providing fantastic flooring solutions for all Stejcraft Boats for over 10 years, we have decided to launch a brand-new extension to the organization. Introducing… HO Industries!

What is H₂O Industries?

HO Industries is a custom flooring solution provider for marine & lifestyle needs. Using EVA/PE foam, HO Industries can help you design, cut, fit, and install a flooring solution that not only looks great, but provides many practical benefits (more on that soon).

HO Industries also offers custom CNC solutions for those who already have a material in need of cutting or designing. With over 10 years of CNC experience, you can be sure that HO Industries will deliver on your design requirements.

What are the benefits of an H₂O Industries flooring solution?

As can be seen from our stunning Stejcraft boats, a PE/EVA foam floor offers a look and feel that is far superior to a standard marine carpet or boat deck. However, the benefits don’t finish there!

  • H₂O Industries flooring is easy to clean and maintain. You can use a hose or simply a bucket of soapy water and you’ll soon have a fresh feeling inside your craft. This means you can spend more time on your boat and less time scrubbing the decks.

  • PE/EVA foam is soft underfoot and non-slip, which means you can comfortably walk around deck barefoot. The softness also helps with any potential injuries from tripping or falling passengers. Nothing ruins a day on the bay like a scraped knee!

  • With so many colour and design options, make your boat stand out! What’s more, H₂O Industries flooring is built to be durable, with UV-resistant material, meaning it will maintain its colour and great visual appeal for years to come.

Why is H₂O Industries separate from Stejcraft Boats?​

Don’t panic, H₂O Industries will still be providing the flooring for Stejcraft Boats as per normal. However, we feel there are so many opportunities for H₂O Industries flooring that goes beyond fitting out Stejcraft boats. From other boat brands, to caravan flooring, even pool houses, there are so many great lifestyle areas that could benefit from H₂O Industries flooring. 

Where can I find H₂O Industries?

H₂O Industries will be sharing a physical location with Stejcraft Boats at 7/328 Brisbane Road, Arundel. The workshop looks out over the Stejcraft Boats retail space, which is quite a nice view!

Online, H₂O Industries can be found at www.h2oindustries.com.au

On Facebook, H₂O Industries can be found here.

On Instagram, H₂O Industries can be found here.

And if you have any immediate questions, please email info@h2oindustries.com.au

Thank you for tuning in! We’d love to hear from you so please visit our website or get in touch via social media. Until next time, happy boating!

History of Stejcraft – Part 1

Stejcraft Bowrider SS64

Welcome to Part 1 of the History of Stejcraft series! If you’ve ever wanted to know more about Stejcraft Boats, this is the perfect starting point. With over 50 years of history to explore, this series will be coming to you in weekly instalments.

What came first, the Chicken or the Boat?

The story of Stejcraft starts quite different to what you may eggs-pect. No, thats not a typo! In 1970, on a poultry farm in Kilsyth, Victoria, Sam Catanese, founder of Stejcraft, was just starting to dip his toes in the water of boat building. Using the extra sheds on his mum and dad’s chicken farm, Sam used the skills from his boat building apprenticeship to start his journey in boat building. This began with repairs and timber boat builds and would soon produce a great piece of innovation – something that Stejcraft continues to bring to boat building 50 years later.

Stejcraft's First Innovation

Sam’s innovation was to help with fishing boats that were, at the time, great on rough water but very unstable when stationary. The innovation was two-fold:

  1. Design a boat with a deeper V. Specifically, a 27-degree V that would help the boat cope easily with any rough water.
  2. Run a tunnel down the middle of the boat, which would flood when stationary. This would help the boat’s stability when stationary, with the water then flooding out the back of the tunnel when in motion.

This technology is now prevalent in the boating industry, but Sam used this design way before it became common practice.

Family Ties

With the design fire well and truly lit, Sam decided to start Stejcraft in 1971. Now you may be wondering, where does the name Stejcraft come from? It’s all about family.

S – Sam Catanese
T – Tim Catanese (Sam’s son and now Owner/Operator of Setjcraft)
E – Elizabeth Catanese
J – Julia Catanese

In fact, the family association doesn’t stop there! Tim’s grandfather, Jack, first measured and drew the Stejcraft logo into the kitchen table at the chicken farm. Using those measurements and the elongated ‘S’, the Stejcraft logo has never changed and is still used today. Tim had a close bond with his grandfather, and so Stejcraft continues to use this design to honour his memory.

Introducing... Tim Catanese

With Stejcraft now up and running, quickly becoming one of Australia’s biggest boat producers in the 70s, family was again involved in the next step. Having grown up seeing his dad build boats, Tim was infatuated. At an early age, Tim left school to pursue an apprenticeship of his own in outboard engine mechanics. This worked perfectly as the business expanded. Boat yards were also starting to join the Stejcraft empire and this gave Tim plenty of opportunities to work and develop his skills as an engine mechanic.

And it was lucky too that Tim was getting all this work experience! Just as he finished his apprenticeship, already with an astounding level of knowledge and experience in the boating industry for such a young man, Tim was thrown in at the deep end. Stejcraft’s factory manager went rogue, leaving Sam in the lurch and in need of a new factory captain ASAP.

In steps, Tim Catanese. And that was just the beginning.

Thank you for reading part one of our deep dive into the history of Stejcraft. Stay tuned for our next installment by liking our Facebook and Instagram pages! Or if you prefer the story straight to your inbox, please feel free to sign up to join the Stejcraft Club and keep up to date with all other news and updates in the Stejcraft world. 

Stejcraft Business Update

Stejcraft Bowrider SS64

Hello! Welcome to the first Stejcraft Business Update, where we will keep you posted on the news and developments of Stejcraft Boats. Whether this is your first time hearing of Stejcraft or you’re a seasoned Setj-head, we want to give you the most up-to-date information about Stejcraft and help you in your boating pursuits as best as we can.

Stejcraft Retail Now Available

Over the last few months, we have been preparing for this big shift in our operations. Stejcraft Boats are now available to be purchased directly! This means that we can help you every step of the way in your Stejcraft purchase. From choosing the right model for you and your family, to selecting add-ons and upgrades, right through to final purchase.

As part of our recent factory move (more on that soon) we have now opened a retail space to showcase Stejcraft Boats in all their glory. So, if you’re local to the Gold Coast or fancy a drive from Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast, please stop by and we can walk you through some options. We also have factory tours coming soon, so if you’re looking to see how a Stejcraft goes from drawing to mooring, please sign up for the Stejcraft Club for more information and updates. Stejcraft owner, Tim Catanese, will be both on the floor and leading tours, so you can get to know the man behind Stejcraft.

If you’re not able to come visit the factory, don’t worry! We can happily help with your enquiry and would love to hear from you. Please get in touch with us via this link.

All Stejcraft boats are also available inter-state, thanks to our fantastic dealers Australia-wide. With our new retail operations, Stejcraft is able to combine with local dealers to ensure every customer is given the best service possible. This includes helping answer factory-direct questions and recommending dealers to best suit our customers’ needs and location. If you’d like to check out your local Stejcraft dealer, please check out our website via this link.

Changed Location

As mentioned before, we have a new factory space! Our new location is 7/328 Brisbane Road, Arundel, 4214. Our new space is help accommodate our brand-new retail space and ensure that we can continue to build boats to an even greater capacity.

There is ample customer parking directly outside the factory. Once here, please come on in and walk to the left, where you’ll find our office area. Or feel free to look at the boats on display, we’ll be sure to help you with any enquiry as soon as you need.

If you have a specific issue or enquiry that you’d like attended to straight away, please feel free to get in touch with us and we can book an appointment time for you to meet with Stejcraft Owner, Tim Catanese.

Social Media Pages Live

With our business shifting to service you more directly, we have decided to go live on social media! We’ll be starting with Facebook & Instagram pages to begin with but will be starting a Youtube Chanel too. We may also look at other platforms in the future!

Our Facebook page will be helping keep you informed and updated about everything Stejcraft. From sharing our blog posts and business updates, to behind-the-scenes videos, and even sharing events that we’ll be hosting or attending. Keep up to date with everything Stejcraft on our Facebook page here.

On Instagram, we’ll be showcasing beautiful images of Stejcraft Boats to provide a visual introduction to the amazing lifestyle that owning a Stejcraft will bring you. There may also be the occasional thought-provoking discussion or boat-related dad jokes, so don’t miss out. Follow us on Instagram here.

With Youtube, we’ll be bringing you informative and insightful videos all around Stejcraft’s business, brand and lifestyle. If you’re looking for more information on a particular model, or some tips around caring for your craft, our Youtube page will be the place to be.

If there’s any content that you’d like to see on our social pages, please let us know! We’re open to suggestions and want to provide you with the best and most helpful content we can.

Thank you for tuning into our first Stejcraft Business Update. We’ll be sending these out regularly, so we hope that you’re looking forward to hearing from us soon. In the meantime, happy boating