Boating

Procraft boats pack a punch on a budget

Even though these boats are price oriented, they still have a long list of standard inclusions. Things such as self-draining anchor well, carpeted floor, side pockets, raised carpeted casting platform with storage hatch, underfloor fuel tank, and upholstered swivel seats are all included in the price of the 4.7m model. In fact there is a lengthy list, with everything you need to hit the water including rego and safety gear. Obviously you can deck Procraft boats out a …

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Savage Fibreglass boat review

The 485C is a compact cabin boat that would be excellent for first-timers. Sporting quality stainless fittings, lift out rear quarter seats and generous cabin space, this boat will attract a lot of interest. With a 75hp Evinrude engine there was plenty of zip and zing across a relatively smooth sea and good range from the 65 litre underfloor tank. While the mechanical …

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Top value with Baysport 640 Fishing

And first impressions were good, with plenty of punch out of the hole and a nice low planing speed of around 21km/h at 3000rpm. Wide open it hit just under 70km/h at 6000rpm, and even though very stable and safe you wouldn’t run it at this speed for long as the fuel burn would be quite high. Instead somewhere around …

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Rosco Caninghi proves very capable

Although I don’t have top speed figures, it was relatively quick and much faster than you could paddle. The advantage of having a powered vessel is that you have both hands free for fishing. Whether standing up and hitting specific snags with lures or trolling the drop-off, both were easily done one up and even easier as the passenger. Another …

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Bluefin has car toppers covered

Trekka At first glance the Trekka probably isn’t as aesthetically pleasing with its sharper lines, but I personally like this type of boat. Retaining some of the more traditional features of a punt with the flat bottom and wide beam, the Trekka is a good choice for a car topper. Available in models from 2.95m through to 4.3m, it is …

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Sea Jay 6.0 Freedom review

There are a number of different reasons people choose to put twin engines on their rig and one is the added safety factor. However this doesn’t mean being able to plane, it means being able to hold or make headway against tide or wind and safely make your way to shore. This line of thought is quite different to what …

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Cruise Craft 595 Outsider review

Combining the decent fuel economy of the E-TEC at cruising and 190 litre underfloor tank, you have the capacity to travel wide offshore. And that is what this boat was made to do. Although a totally new design, concepts from the 685 and 625 have been used towards the stern of the hull, ensuring it remains stable at rest and providing …

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Clark 485 Dominator review

And while this might seem like a simple concept, the storage for the batteries is on the port side which balances the boat when driving onto the trailer. Other storage compartments can be found under the casting deck, with two large hatches providing access to the massive underfloor storage. A plumbed 100 litre live well is also positioned under the …

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