Boating

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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Quintrex Trident Hard Top review

I’m similar to Goldilocks I guess, I don’t like my boats too big or too small, so the 650 Trident HT felt just right. I spent most of my time in this boat and finished with a wealth of appreciation for the work that has gone into designing and making this range so impressive. Despite four blokes in the boat, …

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Moda Marine BV7000 Black Diamond

Summary The Moda Marine Black Diamond BV7000 is a superbly designed fishing and family boat with carefully thought out inclusions and a high standard of construction. www.modamarine.com.au

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Procraft 6.2 Walkaround review

Another thing worth mentioning is that Procraft fibreglass boats are backed by a five-year fibreglass warranty from The Haines Group, which should instil buyer confidence. As well as this you are getting an Australian manufactured boat designed for our conditions. Since my original test, there have been a few developments with the Procraft 6.2 Walkaround and it now also comes in …

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Refinements to Bluefin 4.8 Barracuda

While not specifically designed as an offshore boat, with the right weather and safety gear I would confidently head offshore, say out of Mooloolaba and chance a few longtails. Conversely, this boat would be even more at home on the inshore, bay and estuary scene. Other features I like include the large side pockets, big front casting deck, fully welded …

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Surtees 5.5 a Sweet Little Cabin Boat

I AM a very patriotic Australian but need to give credit where credit is due. The rear facing seats could double as a spot to put the kids when under way or a great place to sit back and relax while you fish. It has a rear bench seat that would probably be an even better place to put the kids or crew when under way. The internal design is pretty functional, maximising the room …

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