Boating

Mercury’s stunning new 135hp FourStroke

MERCURY Marine has added another category-leading engine to its range with the release of a new 135hp FourStroke EFI outboard. Designed to provide reliability and durability, no matter what is thrown at it, Mercury’s compact 135hp also delivers tremendous performance and outstanding fuel efficiency. Mercury Marine Australia, New Zealand and Pacific director of engines and marketing Nicholas Webb said, “We’ve …

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New Mercury SeaPro range of commercial outboards

Its larger torpedo, combined with a bigger-diameter prop, can lift a heavy boat onto the plane more easily and hold it there at lower speeds without impacting top speed. All SeaPro models feature Mercury’s two-year/1000-hour commercial warranty and are backed by the largest service network in the industry. A pictorial owner’s manual and pictor-ial under-cowl maintenance decals also simplify ownership. …

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Iconic Quintrex Explorer refined and enhanced

These new Quintrex Explorers have received the first real update to the model line in about 10 years, with a host of changes made to try to improve upon the already stellar reputation of the range. So, what’s new? Well the most immediately noticeable feature when walking up to the boats bobbing patiently in the water was the forked bow …

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Current dictating offshore options

On a little 2m rise nearby there was a school of fish sitting vertically about 4m high over the east side of a ridge. A floated bait on an 8 ball sinker nailed good midsized snapper and all within less than a kilometre. Another kilometre away we placed the boat to drift along a little valley between two pinnacles. It …

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Procraft 5.8 well priced for punters

Procraft 5.8 Coastal

Again I was happily surprised by how level and true the boat remained, which gave a good indication of the performance of the hull. Having satisfied my curiosity about performance, I set about checking out the layout and how it worked. For a 5.8 model there is plenty of fishing room as well as a good amount of storage, with …

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CruiseCraft 595

CruiseCraft 595

My initial thoughts were that it was going to be a 175hp (which I think might be just around the corner) however I was wrong and a brand new light-weight 200hp 4-stoke Yamaha was sitting on the back. Obviously I was keen for a ride, so along with a few other media people we went for a run in the …

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Vindicator custom trailers pure quality

custom trailers

Vindicator trailers come with a spare wheel and spare wheel carrier, Australian jockey wheel, Timken bearings and bearing buddies. The ladder-rack system down the centre of the boat trailers has stainless steel spindles and split pins as well as Australian rollers with a Teflon entry cradle, providing the ability to drive a boat onto the trailer. Adjustable wobble roller racks …

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Good-quality catches around Cairns

large-mouth nannygai

We have experienced varying success on spanish mackerel, and mackerel numbers seem to be down a little. However plenty of large fish in the 15-20kg range have been reported. Our best effort was a monster 35kg specimen that gave one lucky angler a real fight. We normally put a floater or live bait out while at anchor and troll lures …

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Sea Jay 520 Velocity Sports

In terms of storage, there is a shelf in the console and room underneath to stretch your legs or stow anything that you want kept within easy reach. Side pockets on either side of the boat also make sure additional items are kept secure and out of the way, leaving your boat clutter-free for fishing. There is bulk storage under …

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