As the smallest model in New Zealand’s Stabicraft range of aluminium pontoon runabouts, the 1450 Frontier is available as a tiller-steer open boat, an entry-level side-console model called the Sportfish, as well as a feature-packed Profish version.
The subject of this review is the deluxe model paired with a 50hp Yamaha four-stroke outboard. While the hull is rated for longshaft outboards between 30hp and 50hp, it performs well with the maximum power.
During our test we recorded a top speed of 28.6 knots (53km/h), which is decently quick for a small boat. There was ample power through the low- and mid-range for the little Stabicraft to feel nimble and fast underway.
The boat is most economical cruising at 21 knots (39km/h) with the engine bustling along at 4500rpm. At this rpm the Yamaha burns around 10lt/h.