On March 14 2024 we released the Rayglass 3000, the next generation Legend. During the lengthy design phase we spent years talking to serious Rayglass users to find out exactly what they wanted from a vessel. One of those users was a Rayglass client and keen game fisherman who owns Manaia, a Legend 2800 we’ve previously written about

We built a 3000 for him, which you would have seen if you visited us at the Auckland Boat Show - this beauty, named Mana, is the ultimate ‘do-everything’ vessel. 

Introducing Mana - the ultimate 3000

 

When we were talking to Rayglass users to shape the 3000, what we found is that boaties wanted a truly multi-purpose platform. Matt Flanagan, Sales Manager at Rayglass explains: 

“They wanted a boat that was just as suited to serious, deep sea fishing as relaxed cruising with friends and family or comfortable overnighting. All this in a vessel towable to any coastline or lake in New Zealand.”

That’s exactly what Mana offers. 

This vessel fits on a trailer but it has the capability, versatility and comfort of a small launch. It’s got all the standard features that the Rayglass 3000 comes with including advanced Rayglass hull design, spacious deck, cabin and cockpit areas, plus full galley, hot water and a separate toilet that’s much more spacious than the 2500 & 2800 models. There’s also plenty of storage throughout, a two hob gas cooker, a fridge freezer and a luxurious sun lounger on the bow (perfect for drinks at sunset). 

New Zealand’s best equipped fisherman

Mana’s owner loves cruising and relaxing with his entire family and overnighting with his wife. They travel all over New Zealand, from Milford Sound and Lake Rotoiti, but predominantly off Whakatane and the Coromandel Peninsula.

But he’s also a serious game fisherman and he and his son spend plenty of time out in the deep chasing the biggest fish they can find. To help him find them and catch them we kitted Mana out with all the custom extras he could possibly need:

  • Seakeeper 1 gyro stabiliser
  • A raised bow rail to enable him to easily walk right around the vessel. 
  • The latest Minn KOta INstinct trolling motor with 100” carbon fibre shaft.
  • Removable leaning post on the bow so he can use it for a casting platform.
  • Removable corner rails to allow two people to fish off the duckboard. 
  • Dual 70L chilly bins on the duckboard.
  • Dual 1kw thru hull transducers to read depths of 1000 + metres of water.
  • A fishing station on the front of the engine box.
  • Built in, hidden & lockable rod lockers that fit up to four rods. 
  • 19ft carbon game fishing poles, swinger bases and kits.
  • Dual tuna tubes.
  • Electric reel outlets.
  • Extra rod holders in gunwales.

We also added some serious electronics to the vessel to enable him to stay away in comfort for longer. That includes a 230 volt inverter so that he can plug in standard appliances (including the essential espresso machine). 

Other electronic and mechanical features include:

  • A Mastervolt lithium battery package including a 480Ah lithium house battery and three 100Ah 12v lithium batteries which charge off the engine and combine to make 36v. This enables him to go away for a week at a time while running the Minn Kota and other electronics. 
  • Simrad 24” NSO Evo Display, Simrad’s largest and most advanced screen. 
  • An inverter charger and shore power connection. 
  • Simrad halo 20+ radar which can identify hazards up to 36 nautical miles away. 
  • Simrad S5100 sounder module, a high performance CHIRP sonar module that features three fully independent sonar channels that reveal fish more clearly, without noise. 
  • Hardtop spotlight
  • A bow thruster.

We also arranged a GFAB triple axle aluminium trailer built to a 6 tonne rating with COF specification, towed by the client’s 2500 Ram. What a setup!

The freedom to go anywhere

The Rayglass 3000 gives boaters the freedom to go anywhere and do anything. It's hugely spacious and capable thanks to its generous 30 foot length and high spec sheet, but it's also within towing limits.

That means Mana’s owners can keep her in the shed and head off for a trip whenever they like, towing east, west, north and south to any inland lake or coastline in New Zealand:

“You’re not fixed to one location, you’ve got the freedom to go anywhere. And when you get there you’ve got the full set up so you can do whatever you want. Relax, overnight, explore, entertain family and friends, or do some serious fishing,” Matt said. 

Like the look of Mana? The Rayglass 3000 is now available for sea trials - get in touch with Matthew Flannagan or Scott Little to enquire. 

 

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