Boating

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

all 4 adventure mercury partnership

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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Don’t be fuelled – you are the last link

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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 how to reduce the likelihood of a fuel contamination problem stopping you at sea. Electrical, …

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How to avoid being short changed

nautilus short changed boat wreck

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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Ocean Craft Buccaneer review

ocean craft buccaneer

WHILE probably better known in the commercial dive and fishing segment, Ocean Craft, a Caloundra-based boat builder, is making a few waves in the recreational sector with the Buccaneer. Ocean Craft’s recently redesigned 7.6m Buccaneer   has been purpose-built for recreational anglers who want a vessel that can handle pretty much anything the wind and water can throw at it. I …

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Tohatsu MFS3.5C makes boating easier

tohatsu mfs3.5c portable four-stroke

SIMPLIQ Technology is a key Tohatsu philosophy and the MFS3.5C four-stroke has a couple of features portable outboard users have been looking for. The first is the three-way storage and transport capability achieved through a unique engine oil breather system. The benefit is storage without oil leakage when positioned on a flat surface, such as in the boot of car …

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Rollashocks – a new era for trailer boats

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A FEW months ago while working at home I noticed a boat preparing to pull into the motel next door. I found myself watching and waiting for the inevitable clatter of the boat on the trailer as it crossed the driveway and speed bump. Anyone who tows a boat would be familiar with the noise I’m talking about. We’ve all …

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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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Safe boating essentials

boating essentials

GETTING out on the water in your own boat is one of life’s simple pleasures. It can be very pleasant on calm days and is even more enjoyable when you bring home a nice catch of fish. In some families, boating knowledge is passed down through the generations and as a result some young boaters are well prepared when they …

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Boaties warned of hidden dangers at lakes as SEQ’s water level hits 60 percent

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BOATIES heading out on southeast Queensland’s lakes this summer are being reminded to be vigilant for hidden dangers under the water with the region’s combined dam levels at 60 per cent capacity. After a drier than average year, Seqwater advises that lower water levels at some of their lakes have increased the danger of submerged and semi-submerged hazards in the …

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