Boating News

Keep your boat’s hull clean

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BOAT owners are urged to keep their boat’s hull clean with regular maintenance to minimise any further spread of an exotic marine pest known as white colonial sea squirt, after it was found in Queensland. Biosecurity Queensland general manager John Robertson said the white colonial sea squirt (didemnum perlucidum) was an invasive species originating from the Caribbean. “Over the past …

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No time like the present for boat trailers

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WHEN it comes to marine insurance, ‘now’ is always the right time to be thinking about boat trailers. And that ‘thinking’ should take place at several levels including trailer security and trailer loading capacity as well as the more obvious trailer ‘condition’ in terms of towing compliance and road worthiness. Unfortunately, trailer theft is not uncommon. You head off with …

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Don’t let your boat ‘fender’ for itself

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LEADING marine products retailer Boating and RV, which has stores at Capalaba, Slacks Creek, Tingalpa and Townsville, has joined with Bush ‘n Beach to bring you a regular column with some serious information and news about general boating products. Here, director Aaron Hunt looks at boat fenders, what’s available, why you should have a couple and how some of them …

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Get your numbers right for boat insurance

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GETTING your numbers right is an essential part of insuring your boat – not just the numbers that relate to the price of the insurance premium but the numbers that will also keep you out of strife. One of the first sets of numbers you will need for insurance is the boat’s hull identification number or HIN. On Australian-built boats, …

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Quintrex releases seven new Top Ender Pro models

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AUSTRALIA’S premium open boat just got better with the release of the Quintrex Top Ender Pro. The Top Ender Pro is offered in seven sizes, 430, 450, 481, 500, 520 and 540, with maximum capacities of five people, while the 590 has a max capacity of six people. Designed to meet Australian marine requirements, the Top Ender Pros have horsepower …

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Sharp increase in whale shark injuries due to boat encounters

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ALMOST one-fifth of the whale sharks in Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef Marine Park show major scarring or fin amputations, with the number of injured animals increasing in recent years, new research reveals. Distinctive scar patterns strongly suggest many of the whale shark injuries are caused by boat collisions, says whale shark scientist Emily Lester from the Australian Institute of Marine Science. …

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Mercury powers All 4 Adventure

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MERCURY Marine is excited to announce its new partnership with the renowned All 4 Adventure team. Exploring the harshest and most beautiful parts of Australia for more than a decade, Jase Andrews and the All 4 Adventure team have continually pushed the boundaries of where they can go and what they can do on both land and water. And now, …

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How to avoid being short changed

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PREVIOUS columns in Bush ‘n Beach have detailed how as a boat owner, you may be held responsible for the costs of an environmental clean-up following a mishap involving your vessel. That’s yet another reason why insuring your vessel is so important, irrespective of how careful you think you are on the water. But did you know that unlike specialist …

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Personal watercraft popular for summer

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PERSONAL watercraft, which include jet skis, WaveRunners and Sea-Doos continue to outstrip all other types of powercraft in sales figures across Australia. This is due, in part, to the fact they are compact, easy to store, tow and launch, and can be great fun. Boating Industry Association President Darren Vaux said the trend in popularity looks set to continue this …

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Tides now coming in for fisherfolk and beach drivers

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COPIES of the definitive pocketbook guides for fisherfolk, four-wheel-drivers, caravanners and campers who go beachside on the eastern coastline, are now in retail outlets. The 2020 editions of the Tide Guide and Angler’s Almanac publications cover a 14-month period from now until December 2020. Since 1991 they have been informing people of the most likely times and tides to catch …

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