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Mojo 4m tiller steer punt

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

A few issues back I reviewed Mojo’s 4m twin console runabout. It’s an interesting craft, not merely because it was a smaller than usual plate alloy rig but also because the hull’s design features were different to what we usually see in a craft of this size.

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Euro styling - Karnic Bluewater 2250

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

Euro styling, long a big selling point in automobiles, now comes to boats. The well appointed and well finished Cyprian built Karnic Bluewater 2250 is a fine example of what European stying is all about in water craft.

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Morningstar Bay Rover

Gary Brown | First Published: January 2015   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Back in the November 2014 issue, I put together a review on Morningstar Boats’ 4.6m Offshore Cuddy Cabin. On the same day I had the pleasure of testing the Morningstar 4.6m Bay Rover G with a 90hp Honda on the back. If you are after a boat that has plenty of grunt to pull you out of the water on skis, plenty of speed to get you to where you want to go, while at the same time giving you and the family a extremely comfortable and dry ride, this is the boat for you.

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Review: Blue Fin Wrangler 620

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2014   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The Wrangler 620 is the largest boat currently manufactured by Blue Fin Boats. A massive all-plate alloy centre console featuring a raised foredeck and a powerfully built T-Top complete with rod holders, this is undoubtedly an offshore warrior with some serious attitude.

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Review: Nitro Z6

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2014   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The US-made line of Nitro boats are well known in Australian sportfishing circles. Sleek, very streamlined and fast, Nitro are one of several bass boats renowned for their low profile, impressive rooster tail wakes when under way, and their almost pontoon-like stability at rest.

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Boat test: Bluefin Tournament Drifter Pro 455

Simon Goldsmith | First Published: November 2014   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Bluefin Boats are synonymous with quality and attention to detail. The Tournament Drifter Pro 455 is a testament to their company motto of ‘Built with Pride’ and, as 4-5m sized aluminium lure fishing vessels go, it has few peers.

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Boat Test: 585 Blue Fin Storm Cat

Wayne Kampe | First Published: October 2014   »  Regular Features / Boating /

A brand new addition to their Cat series, the Bluefin 585 Storm Cat is a dedicated plate alloy tournament and sports boat set up to cater for the keen angler that prefers to invest hard earned cash in an Australian made product rather than an imported rig.

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Boat Test: Bar Crusher’s 780 HTP

Stephen Booth | First Published: October 2014   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Bar Crusher is well known for their sturdy and tough fishing craft that deliver in the worst of conditions and the addition of the pilot house range, especially the 780 reviewed, adds a level of comfort and fit out that will see this model being used for far more than just your average fishing trip.

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Boat test: Black Rhino 660 walkaround

Wayne Kampe | First Published: September 2014   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Black Rhino is a new name in boating circles, but they’re built with input from some very prominent New Zealand and Queensland based alloy manufacturers, and the quality is evident. From the eye-catching styling, angler-orientated features through to a ride and degree of sea-keeping that needs to be experienced to be believed, the Black Rhino is an outstanding craft well suited to the sort of long distance travel that many Queensland anglers enjoy.

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BOAT TEST: Streaker’s Navigator 4850

Stephen Booth | First Published: September 2014   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The Streaker Navigator 4850 has been designed with a user friendly set of goals and I am more than happy to say it meets and then exceeds a lot of these goals.

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BOAT TEST: Seacraft Profish 420 + Seacraft Navigator 350

Dan Trotter | First Published: August 2014   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Aluminium boats are as much part of Australian heritage and culture, as fishing and a cold beer with mates. The basic open tinnie is both a right of passage and a go-anywhere fishing machine. In fact, I’d go as far as saying that there isn’t many fish species in Australian waters that hasn’t been caught from one.

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Boat Test: OMM’s 610 Hard Top All Rounder

Wayne Kampe | First Published: August 2014   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Offshore Marine Master’s range of plate alloy craft are arguably up there with the best that Australian boat manufacturing has on offer.

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Boat Test: Sea Jay 6.8 Pursuit

Mark Ward | First Published: June 2014   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Bundaberg based Sea Jay boats have long had the reputation of being bulletproof, but when Jason and Simon from All 4 Adventure decided to do the entire top end of Australia by both vehicle and boat, even these boys were impressed with the durability of the Sea Jay 6.8 Pursuit.

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535 Bluefin Stormcat

Wayne Kampe | First Published: May 2014   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The 535 Bluefin Stormcat is another of the ‘Cat’ series of tournament-orientated punts from the Bluefin stable. These are powerful, well appointed boats combining a neat blend of luxury and fishing features with raft-like stability in a well finished alloy hull. And with a 150 Mercury four-stroke on the back, let me tell you that this cat can really storm!

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ProCraft 6.2 WA Hardtop

Wayne Kampe | First Published: May 2014   »  Regular Features / Boating /

ProCraft are fast gaining recognition within boating circles in South East Queensland. The well turned out fibreglass hulls are produced by a renowned southern Queensland manufacturer of many years standing, then transported to Coastal Powerboats of Burleigh on the Gold Coast where they are fully fitted out and equipped with motors.

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Grady-White Fisherman 180

Wayne Kampe | First Published: May 2014   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Grady-White fibreglass boats have a long standing reputation as being well made and great performing fishing boats. These US-made craft have been renowned for seaworthiness, a quality finish and top-shelf ride since 1968. Built from the keel upwards as high-end fishing boats, they can also double as great family craft. Comfort and features sit side by side in the Grady-White, with the 180 Fisherman Centre Console being an ideal sized boat for bay, estuary and offshore fishing.

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Extreme 610 Game King: a fishing battleship

Martin Auldist | First Published: May 2014   »  Regular Features / Boating /

As the Extreme 610 Game King slipped off the tandem trailer and into the drink at the main Inverloch boat ramp, it occurred to me that this 6.1m of red and metallic awesomeness looked near damn near indestructible. In fact, if it wasn’t for the bright red colour, this ruggedly impressive vessel wouldn’t have looked out of place with an anti-aircraft gun either side and a machine gun turret on top!

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Sensational 6400 Yellowfin Synergy

Wayne Kampe | First Published: April 2014   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Telwater’s Yellowfin plate boats have a very interesting history. They gained a popular following in the 1980s, were discontinued for a spell, then resurrected in late 2009 as value for money, well finished and strongly constructed plate craft with a ‘modern as tomorrow’ design.

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Boat Test: Kapten 610 Waverider Centre Console – X

Wayne Kampe | First Published: March 2014   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Previously I reviewed the Kapten Waverider 490 powered by a 40hp Titan outboard. In the seas off Mooloolaba the Waverider’s radical hull – with its remarkable similarity to the successful features of the very well received Kapten Boat Collar – proved itself as a soft riding straight tracking craft with enormous potential.

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Boat test: Whittley SL22 with Volvo Penta 200hp

Wayne Kampe | First Published: March 2014   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The Whittley heritage goes back 6 decades. Timber construction in the early 1950s gave way to fibreglass, and with the company’s emphasis on best possible finish and presentation it didn’t take long for the Whittley name to become synonymous with quality boating.

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Boat Test: Clark 545 Challenger

Wayne Kampe | First Published: February 2014   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Clark Boats have been around for about several decades and have earned a reputation for toughness and reliability that has gained this alloy manufacturer a strong following. And the recent release of the 2014 Clark 545 Challenger Cuddy Cab is sure to gain interest from the public and industry.

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Boat Test: Plate alloy with class: McLay 671

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2013   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Brand spanking new from McLay is their mighty Fisherman Hardtop, 6.7m of fishing excellence. Hailing from New Zealand and designed to handle that country’s very tough fishing conditions, McLay boats are now sold through selected Australian retailers.

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Boat Test: Trailcraft 500 Pro Fisherman with 75 Mercury 2-Stroke

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2013   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Trailcraft Boats have earned a name as very seaworthy and tough craft. Who could forget the exploits of the late, great Malcolm Douglas and his trusty Trailcraft? He’d park the boat on a reef overnight on a remote beach and wait for the tide to lift it next morning so he could continue his adventures. Stirring stuff!

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Boat Test: Stejcraft Islander 580

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2013   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Stejcraft power boats have enjoyed a long connection with the Australian boating fraternity, having originated in Victoria in 1972 and being manufactured there for many years.

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Boat Test: Sure footed Surtees 6.7 Gamefisher

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2013   »  Regular Features / Boating /

I always enjoy time spent in a New Zealand-made Surtees plate alloy craft. The heritage behind these rigs is pure fishing, pure boating excellence; any boat that does well in the Shaky Isles is certain to gain wide acceptance in our boating conditions. With 20-odd years involvement in the boating industry, Surtees certainly know what makes a good boat and are happy to back it with a 6-year world wide hull warranty.

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Boat Test: Hammerhead 5300 Dragon Fly with Mercury EFI 4-stroke

Wayne Kampe | First Published: November 2013   »  Regular Features / Boating /

On a recent trip to Townsville I was offered the opportunity to test one of the renowned Hammerhead plate alloy craft. I came away with some very favourable impressions of the 5300 Dragonfly/150 Mercury 4-stroke combination. The 5300 Dragonfly was a very large ‘small’ boat and was in many respects a big step up from what I expected of a 5.3m long craft.

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Boat Test: Yamaha F200 – the Italian Stallion

Kelly Hunt | First Published: August 2013   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The new Yamaha F200 is an outstanding development in high capacity outboard engines.

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Boat Test: Bluefin 4.25 Scoundrel Side Console

Wayne Kampe | First Published: July 2013   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Bluefin appear to be covering quite a few bases with their range of Scoundrel open alloy boats which, incidentally, share their basic hull design with the Rogue series. The main differences are the interiors and options lists.

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Yamaha F200 – the Italian Stallion

Kelly Hunt | First Published: July 2013   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The new Yamaha F200 is an outstanding development in high capacity outboard engines.

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Bluefin 4.25 Scoundrel Side Console

Wayne Kampe | First Published: July 2013   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Bluefin appear to be covering quite a few bases with their range of Scoundrel open alloy boats which, incidentally, share their basic hull design with the Rogue series. The main differences are the interiors and options lists.

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