Boat Reviews

This is where you’ll find all the latest and archived Bush ‘n Beach Fishing magazine boat reviews. Read everything from pressed tinnie, bass boat, plate boat, cuddy cabin, open boat and centre and side console reviews to ultimate offshore fibreglass boat reviews. l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l  l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l 

Sea Jay 630 Vision review

630 Vision

An additional six rod holders can be found on the targa, which keeps them well out of the way, as well as a few more in each gunwale. As with all Sea Jay boats, the finishing and attention to detail is top-notch and I think the quality of Say Jays and the pride in workmanship is one reason why more …

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Portable Yamaha four-strokes perform on small Sea Jays

portable yamaha four-stroke sea jay

But with technological advances, two-strokes are not necessarily lighter than modern four-strokes. This is highlighted by the range of portable Yamaha four-strokes, which are becoming increasingly lighter and torquier. When run over the scales, the portable Yamaha 9.9hp four-stroke comes in at about 40kg (add an extra kilogram for the long shaft model), while the 15hp weighs a touch over …

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Sea Jay 460 Velocity Sports review

sea jay 460 velocity sports review

The full transom provides a secure feeling and would allow you to comfortably take this boat offshore on the right day. Storage wise, the front casting platform has a massive hatch, and if you have a look at our YouTube footage of this boat above, you can check out Sea Jay National Sales and Marketing Manager Garry Fitzgerald and I comfortably …

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Horizon 485 SunRunner boat review

horizon 485 sunrunner boat review

Four flush-mounted cup holders are a nice addition (plus two in the bait board), as are the four flush rod holders (plus two more on the bait board) arranged neatly around the gunwales and angled perfectly for bait fishing. The gunwales are at a comfortable height for leaning against too, which is ideal when tackling solid fish offshore. As mentioned, …

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Stessl 520 Bluewater boat review

stessl 520 bluewater

Once back in smooth water, opening the taps on the Yamaha F115 saw us tickle 66km/h at 5800rpm. Internally, the Stessl 520 Bluewater has a raised foredeck constructed from fibreglass, which makes for a tidier finish and nicer touch points than regular aluminium. The seats both fore and aft are excellent and overall layout is perfect. A ‘luggage rail’ runs …

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Horizon 485 Scorpion Cuddy boat review

horizon 485 scorpion cuddy review

A large, clear central hatch allows for natural light to enter the cabin, giving a greater sense of space, and provides access to the bow to make anchoring a breeze. The driving position too, feels airy and is up nice and high, giving a commanding view out over the waves. Heading out of the cabin and moving astern, a heavily …

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Aliweld Marine 8000 HT boat review

aliweld marine 8000 ht

Three tinted pop-up hatches, two in the hard top and one in the cabin, allow extra sunlight into the covered areas and can be opened to afford extra ventilation on those balmy days and nights spent moored in sheltered anchorages. Sitting in the super-comfy captain’s chair built by Relaxn, the outstanding all-round view is thanks in part to a 6mm-thick …

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Quintrex 510 Frontier boat review

quintrex 510 frontier

If it was my boat and I was starting with a blank canvas, I’d add the above options as well as a cutting board and deck wash and I’d be a happy fisho. Performance There’s no need to beat around the bush – the 510 Frontier with a 115hp Evinrude E-TEC on the back is a dead-set weapon. Holeshot was …

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Stacer Outlaw 469 – Boat review

The Moreton Bay 469 Outlaw had good storage under the front casting platform, accessed via two large hatches. There was ample room to stow safety gear and tackle as well as the battery for the electric motor. In addition, two big side pockets kept items out of the way yet within easy reach. The stern featured ample room for additional …

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Polycraft 4.55 stands the test of time

At the bow, I’ve extended the casting deck by about 70cm so two people can easily fish there. My side console setup is a little different to the normal ones as I have moved the seats forward. Traditionally, the seats in the side console are right at the back, but I’ve made a rear casting platform and put the seat …

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