Boating Gear

On this page you’ll find articles relating to new and innovative boating gear tests and reviews as well as product releases and updates.

Mercury Racing expands MAX5 prop range

mercury racing max5 propeller

MERCURY Racing has expanded the MAX5 propeller family – now offering a larger 15.25”-diameter version as well as the all-new MAX5 ST. The MAX5 lab-finished propeller is a proven performer, delivering tremendous results in both single and multiple-engine applications, including Mercury Racing’s 400R outboard and 600 SCi sterndrive, with a reduction in propeller slip of up to 12 percent. In …

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All-new Mercury 400hp Verado outboard

mercury 400hp verado

MERCURY Marine is introducing an all-new 400hp Verado outboard – the most powerful Verado on the water. Since the launch of Mercury’s 350hp Verado and Mercury Racing’s 400R four years ago, boat owners have been asking for a higher-horsepower Verado engine. Now, those requests have been answered. Mercury Marine president John Pfeifer said, “The acceptance of the 350hp Verado has …

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Lowrance offers free software upgrade for HDS Carbon displays

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LOWRANCE, a world-leader in fishing electronics since 1957, has released a new software update for HDS Carbon displays. Offering significant new features, the Lowrance 18.3 software update includes support for Active Imaging, StructureScan 3D with Active Imaging enhancements and the LR-1 Remote Control, as well as a simplified user interface and new Dual Mode WiFi capability. Active Imaging Perfect for …

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Mercury Marine celebrates 80th anniversary in 2019

mercury 80th anniversary

MERCURY Marine will celebrate its 80th anniversary throughout 2019 with events around the world, reflecting on its strong heritage of innovation and leadership in the marine industry. On January 22, 1939, E. Carl Kiekhaefer bought a bankrupt engine manufacturing plant in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Now, 80 years later, the business that emerged from those modest beginnings – Mercury Marine – is …

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Mercury SeaPros perfect for Melbourne charter operator Matt Cini

mercury seapros

IT’S snapper season, so Matt Cini is flat-out busy. But then Matt Cini and his whole crew at Reel Time Fishing Charters are always flat-out busy, showing anglers the best spots in Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay and surrounding waters. “Reliability for me is an absolute because my boats are in the water every day, and I can’t let people down,” …

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FLIR launches next-generation Raymarine VHF radios

raymarine vhf radios

FLIR is excited to announce the launch of its next-generation Raymarine VHF radios. The compact Ray53, full-sized Ray63 and the multifunction Ray73 with AIS are all full-function VHF marine radios with Class D Digital Selective Calling (DSC). All the new VHF radios are equipped with a built-in GPS receiver and connection point for an optional GPS/GNSS antenna, which improves the …

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Mercury Active Trim now accessible through VesselView screens

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MERCURY Marine’s amazing Active Trim system can now be controlled through VesselView information screens. Active Trim automatically and effortlessly trims an engine or engines. It doesn’t just make boating easier and more fun, it also improves engine performance and cuts fuel costs while delivering a better overall driving experience. Originally, Active Trim was controlled through a separate dash-mounted keypad. Now …

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Mercury has you covered for Christmas

mercury christmas presents

IF your family or friends are into boating, then Mercury has some terrific ideas for presents they’ll really appreciate this Christmas. Engine covers Made in Australia, these stylish outboard engine covers are not only good looking, they are practical, hard-wearing and very affordable. So if you have a Mercury or Mariner engine – whether it’s brand new or 30 years …

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Watersnake Shadow MK II electric motor review

watersnake shadow mk ii electric motor review

FISHING results, as many of us have come to appreciate, do not just depend on the luck of the draw. One key piece of equipment that can really change your results is an electric motor as a secondary motor on your boat or a stand-alone motor for your kayak. Recently I was fortunate enough to take ownership of a Watersnake …

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Garmin debuts GPSMAP 8400xsv series

garmin gpsmap 8400xsv

GARMIN Pty. Ltd. recently announced the GPSMAP 8400xsv series, an extension of its flagship GPSMAP 8400 series that brings premium features like built-in sonar and built-in Auto Guidance1 to smaller, more affordable display options. Available in 10-, 12- and 16-inch displays that feature full HD in-plane switching (IPS) screens with multi-touch control, the GPSMAP 8400xsv series is Wi-Fi enabled and …

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