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Yamaha launches new 25 and 90hp models
Steve Morgan | April 2017

Not only is the Yamaha F25 lighter than its predecessor, but it’s only a two-cylinder and has a substantially smaller physical size.

At the recent Yamaha Dealer Conference and Media Launch at Couran Cove on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Yamaha proudly announced a suite of new products, but the highlight for media and dealers alike was the unveiling of their new 25hp and 90hp models. These outboards effectively complete their four-stroke range, which now offers everything from 2hp to 350hp.
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The job ready to go – tyres can be moved in exactly where the hull will touch the ground.

Boats are meant to go on and off trailers – at the ramp, that is. And while the boat is in the water, it’s pretty easy to give the trusty trailer a once over to see that all is well.
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SeaJay’s 550 Velocity Sports is a big, beamy boat. With near-maximum allowable beam (for towing) and a mile of deck space, this rig covers a pile of inshore and offshore applications.

It’s a real lucky dip when we get to take a boat out for a test. Sometimes we’re cursed with billiard-table flat seas. Other times we are blessed with a bay that looks like a washing machine. It’s these rough days where you can really find out what a hull can do. After all, there’s no such thing as a crappy ride on a calm sea.
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That’s a decent live well. Optioning for one that large would be great.

So you’ve got your own boat. As it’s coming from the factory, there are options aplenty. Customisation of features is something that a lot of makers are putting across the table these days. The options can be highly attractive too, with factory spec sheets showing such goodies as live wells for bait and catch (plumbed or otherwise), extra seats with accompanying spigots, drink holders, berley buckets, custom wraps, a bimini, storage bins, rod lockers, rod holders, rod racks, cleats and rails, cockpit lighting, deck wash and side pockets.
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Don’t overpower that boat!
Wayne Kampe | December 2016

Here we see a small craft lifting it’s bow to plane. Within a few boat lengths the craft returned to a normal, flat attitude.

It’s a strange thing about human thinking: bigger seems to be better and faster seems to be more fun! Maybe it harks back to primitive times, when brute strength and fleetness of foot ensured survival.
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New Zealand plate boat manufacturers McLay Boats continue to make inroads into the Australian market with their quality aluminium trailer boats. Their range includes everything from tiller steer styles to cuddy cabins and hard top cruisers. All are manufactured with fishing and recreational boating in mind.
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Tame those boat ramp terrors
Wayne Kampe | December 2016

In contrast to purchasing a first motorcar, boat ownership seems to involve a bit of stress. First there are new rules to consider. There’s the boat ramp – the place where the boat will enter or leave the water. Who would believe that boats pass each other on opposite sides to cars? Or that a beacon’s shape and colour dictates on which side the boat should pass, when moving towards or away from a major port. These scenarios both seem to cause worry, especially for the new boat owners in our ranks, so we’ll look at ways to overcome those concerns.
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Quick Quintrex F481 Hornet
Wayne Kampe | December 2016

The Quintrex Hornet Trophy is a rig with ample freeboard, a nice forward casting platform and great style.

Quintrex offer so many fantastic boats that it can be difficult to nominate a particular rig most suited to a specific task. If there’s a need for a rig that will double as a competition craft fully ready to hit the starter line, or ready to be used by sports anglers to test their skills wherever the opportunity presents (in estuaries rivers or impoundments), the four person F481 Hornet Trophy will fit the bill nicely. It’s 5m in length with a 2.3m beam and a feisty 90hp Yamaha four-stroke on the transom.
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Tinny pimped to fish
Patrick Morgan | December 2016

The author’s new tinny showing off its lines.

Finding the perfect boat to suit your fishing style can be a real challenge, especially if you have budget constraints. If you are satisfied with the performance of the hull, yet your vessel is missing the fish-ability factor, then maybe it’s time to pimp your tinny.
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