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Quick Quintrex F481 Hornet

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2016   »  Regular Features / Boating /

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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Cross Country’s 4.5 Island Hopper

Wayne Kampe | First Published: October 2016   »  Regular Features / Boating /

It’s not often that you come across fibreglass boats as light as the Cross Country range. Whereas conventional glass craft are manufactured via layers of hand-laid fibreglass bonded with resin, the Cross Country range are different, with vacuum-infused glass bonded to a very tough, sealed foam core. The unique construction imparts both lightness and superb strength, resulting in the 4.5m Island Hopper’s hull weighing only 135kg. Think of that: a bay/estuary rig with a length of 4.5m, beam of 1.8m and with a side height of 640mm tipping the scales so gently.

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New or used? That is the question

Wayne Kampe | First Published: September 2016   »  Regular Features / Boating /

A conundrum that usually confronts someone buying a boat is whether to buy new or used.

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Polycrafts punch above their weight

Stephen Booth | First Published: August 2016   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Polycraft Boats is a Bundaberg-based company that has been around since 2001 and is a branch of the very successful Poly Industries company.

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Boating made easy: the all-rounder

Wayne Kampe | First Published: July 2016   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Very few manufacturers classify their craft as all-rounders. However, quite a lot of boat owners refer to their craft as all-rounders because the like to do a range of on-water activities, not just fishing. Such rigs see a lot of family use, which can often involve nights spent aboard in a selected anchorage, and often combine tow sports and fishing with whatever else is going on. The same craft might be used within an estuary, out on the bay or even involved in an upriver or offshore run. Impoundment fishing? Certainly! The next 6m rig to launch at Lake Awoonga won’t be the last.

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Stacer 469 Outlaw

Wayne Kampe | First Published: July 2016   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Stacer offer a veritable feast of boating experiences these days, from small tender-sized punts and tinnies right up to offshore rigs with all the bells and whistles. It means there’s an alloy boat for virtually all fishing requirements.

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How to select an estuary rig

Wayne Kampe | First Published: June 2016   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Estuary rigs cover a whole range of boats, from the standard dinghy right through to the pointed punt style of rig. The most popular sizes are from 3.2m right up to 5m, which means there’s a great variety of boats to choose from depending on the kind of fishing you want to do.

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Horizon 525 Scorpion cuddy

Wayne Kampe | First Published: June 2016   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The Horizon 525 Scorpion has a family-oriented layout, so with this in mind we tested it with three aboard. Scott James of Horizon Boats showed how easily the craft could be launched, while Fishing Monthly’s Steve Morgan and myself enjoyed the ride.

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Buying the right boat – offshore craft

Wayne Kampe | First Published: May 2016   »  Regular Features / Boating /

This article is the first in a series designed to make things easy for the angler keen to own a boat for a particular style of fishing: in this case, heading offshore for a crack at the big stuff.

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G2 Tournament 2000 Bluewater with Suzuki 200

Wayne Kampe | First Published: May 2016   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The second generation 2000 Bluewater sits mid range in the Tournament range of pleasure craft manufactured by the busy Haines Group. At 6.29m in length and with a 2.34m in beam it’s a lot of boat, sure to be appreciated by many people – especially those who need to have a great all rounder suited just as well for family pursuits as for dedicated fishing.

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Evolution 552X with 150 Mercury four-stroke

Wayne Kampe | First Published: May 2016   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The 552 Evolution is the sort of boat every angler would be happy to own. Made in Bayswater, Victoria, it’s exactly right for Australian conditions. With an extensive legacy of fibreglass construction behind each hand-laid craft, the Evolution series of boats offer an outstanding ride, great stability, and a real sense of value for the dollar. They also come with a seven year structural hull warranty.

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Baysports 600 Offshore with 150 Yamaha 4-stroke

Wayne Kampe | First Published: April 2016   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The Baysports 600, turned out in a well-finished package by Glen Grams of Noosa in South Queensland, has every hallmark of a rig built to last. There’s 28 years of boat manufacturing experience behind each hull, while modern glass crafting techniques, the use of solid fibreglass mouldings throughout linked to a complete fibreglass under-floor stringer system, plus a complete absence of timber within the transom and centre board flooring on Baysports ensure longevity.

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Revival 580 Sports with 115 Mercury 4-stroke

Wayne Kampe | First Published: March 2016   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Revival Boats are built in Melbourne by Sam Catanese, who is well known in the boat building industry, and his team of fibreglass crafters. With four decades of boat building experience behind each Revival, and Sam’s pride in his product, buyers can be assured they are getting a quality, no-nonsense powerboat that will stand the test of time, deliver as good a ride as possible and provide plenty of comfort for those aboard. Above all, Revival boats represent great value for money and always seem to be in demand; used models are snapped up soon as they appear on sale’s lists.

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Stacer Proline updated: 449S Angler

Wayne Kampe | First Published: January 2016   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Stacer have made it their business to keep a close eye on customer demand, and they are always on the lookout for ways to make a good thing even better.

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Stabicraft 2400 Supercab and Yamaha 225 4-stroke

Wayne Kampe | First Published: January 2016   »  Regular Features / Boating /

New Zealand born and bred Stabicraft are alloy pontoon-style boats renowned for immense stability, toughness, longevity and easy performance from a given horsepower. In fact, many professional services rely on these attributes to carry out their work using these well-regarded boats.

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Morningstar 460 Bay Rover With 40hp Yamaha

Wayne Kampe | First Published: October 2015   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Morningstars are somewhat unique plate alloy boats, being manufactured in a Korean automobile factory. There are actually significant benefits to employing this technology, including some very innovative metal forming and rolling, the likes of which I’ve never seen in plate alloy rigs. This is particularly evident around areas such as the decks and underwater surfaces.

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Surtees Gamefisher 610 and 130 Yamaha 4 stroke

Wayne Kampe | First Published: September 2015   »  Regular Features / Boating /

With a New Zealand heritage, a standard of alloy craftsmanship and overall finish guaranteed to turn heads on both sides of the Tasman, the Surtees brand has become so thoroughly established that these boats require little introduction. Suffice to say that this 6.1m craft with a beam of 2.26m and its ultra strong construction (there are 6 fully welded stringers under the floor) is as solid as a brick. The 5mm thick deep V hulls are water ballasted for ultimate stability both at rest and under way (a flap can be closed to retain water when necessary), and it’s reassuring to note the 610 Gamefisher’s below-floor section includes paired safety buoyancy chambers.

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Sea Adex Armour 45: combat ready

Mark Ward | First Published: September 2015   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Breaking into the boating market is a Brisbane-based company called Sea Adex. With so many fishing boats on the market, owners Adam Mortimer and Rex Willis knew that if Sea Adex was to be competitive they had to bring something new to the table. This is exactly what they have done.

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Horizon 438 Stryker with 50 Suzuki

Wayne Kampe | First Published: August 2015   »  Regular Features / Boating /

This neat 4.5m Horizon side console rig has a lot going for it. While a team of keen anglers could put the well turned out alloy rig to good use for some serious fishing in bay or estuary, there’s no denying the craft’s tremendous family boating appeal given the generously wide layout, ample interior work room plus a red hot price, at under $21,000 from the dealer’s yard. And that’s with electronics as well.

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Jackaroo 455 Tournament right on the money

Wayne Kampe | First Published: August 2015   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Coomera-based Jackaroo Boats aren’t as well known as some other SEQ manufacturers, but once word gets around I’m certain we’ll see more of these well-performing fibreglass craft on the water. These boats have an all fibreglass construction, even to the point of having a fibreglass stringer system under the floor plus a composite/fibreglass transom for maximum long-term durability. The hull warranty is 20 years!

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Savage 455 Scorpion

Peter Jung | First Published: August 2015   »  Regular Features / Boating /

On water boat testing can be and is a lot of fun. The opportunity to spend two or three hours putting a boat through its paces and getting to know the people that are putting the package together provides a great insight and knowledge of a great variety boats and what they are capable of.

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Revelling in the Renegade: Quintrex side console and 75 mercury 4 stroke

Wayne Kampe | First Published: July 2015   »  Regular Features / Boating /

There’s always lots to enjoy in a boat review; after all, who wouldn’t like running around in a brand new boat? But the review of the Quintrex Renegade 460 side console was extra special because we latched onto a feed of fish in the Jumpinpin Bar area before getting serious with the camera.

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Sea Fox 286 Commander and twin 300 Evinrude E-Tecs

Wayne Kampe | First Published: June 2015   »  Regular Features / Boating /

This big American import, with its 600 horsepower on the transom, makes a very bold statement. If the buyer wants a no-compromise fibreglass craft with a top quality finish, every conceivable fishing appointment and absolute practicality in their application, plus sizzling performance to match a ride that is simply in a class of its own, then look no further. The Sea Fox 286 Commander has it all.

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ProCraft 636 Centre Console with a difference

Wayne Kampe | First Published: June 2015   »  Regular Features / Boating /

This alloy craft is a radical departure from the norm. As a centre console rig powered by an 80 Suzuki 4-stroke, there’s nothing out of the ordinary there, but the Procraft 5.35 has a cuddy cab up front under the cast deck.

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Adventure bound with the Whittley SL 26HT SD Adventure

Wayne Kampe | First Published: June 2015   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The Whittley Sea Legend 26 HT SD Adventure is such a striking boat that it impressed me even before the hull hit the water at Pattersons Lake.

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What’s new from Quintrex in 2015

Tag | First Published: June 2015   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Quintrex is a household name when it comes to boating and their reputation for being at the forefront of boat design is exceptional. They once again proved that one of the keys to their success is staying in front by continually improving on their designs at a wet and windy media day on the Gold Coast’s Broadwater.

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Specialised sports fisher: Haines Signature 543SF with Suzuki 150

Wayne Kampe | First Published: May 2015   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Queensland made Haines Signature boats seem to have a boat for every purpose these days, and their new 543SF (the SF stands for Sport Fishing) model follows that trend to a T, delivering anglers a specialised, high quality, sportfishing rig.

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Grady White Seafarer 226

Wayne Kampe | First Published: May 2015   »  Regular Features / Boating /

I don’t know what it is about Grady White boats but every time I set out to review one from Game and Leisure Boats at Runaway Bay the weather takes a vicious turn to the windy side of the scale.

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Sea Jay’s mighty 6.8 Pursuit GS

Wayne Kampe | First Published: April 2015   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Big plate alloy craft always tend to impress me. It’s not just the overall interior size leading to plenty of comfort, the ample work room for those aboard, the sea keeping ability, the plethora of features mated to performance and stability. But when you take the time to sit down and think of all the work involved in putting together a fabulous boat like Sea Jay’s 6.8 Pursuit from mere sheets of aluminium…well, that’s what I call impressive!

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Haines Signature 650F Hard Top

Wayne Kampe | First Published: March 2015   »  Regular Features / Boating /

As the largest of the Haines Signature F series craft, the 650F Hard Top is regarded by many fishing and boating enthusiasts as arguably the ultimate trailerable fishing boat.

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