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Kapten Waverider 490

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

The Kapten Waverider 490 is a highly seaworthy alloy boat with unique internal side flotation and a somewhat radical design. That’s not surprising, considering it’s the newest product from Pat Jones, the inventor of Boat Collar, an add-on stabiliser and flotation product.

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Boat Test: Procraft make a splash

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

Just released for 2013 the Procraft range of aluminium boats created quite a deal of favourable comment at their recent launch on the Gold Coast.

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Stabicraft 1410 Explorer

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

The Stabicraft 1410 Explorer will suit people seeking a stable and well performing runabout. It has huge reserves of buoyancy within pontoon and underfloor compartments and the craft’s high side coamings and hand rails offer just that bit of extra freeboard and all round convenience.

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Boat Review: Kapten Waverider 490

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

The Kapten Waverider 490 is a highly seaworthy alloy craft that has a unique internal side flotation and a somewhat radical design. Not surprising that it is the newest product from the innovative Boat Collar (a bow to stern floatation product) inventor Pat Jones.

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Serious about offshore fishing: Seacruiser 7000HT

Mark Gercovich | First Published: February 2013   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Serious offshore operations, particularly in the southern ocean, require a serious boat. Strength, stability and reliability are a prerequisite not an afterthought and the Seacruiser 7000HT is such a boat. Built tough, yet aesthetically pleasing with all the essential requirements in its well planned design, it is a boat anyone looking for a 7m offshore trailer boat should consider.

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In hot Pursuit offshore

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2012   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The largest of Sea Jay’s Pursuit range, the new 7.6 Pursuit is built for one thing – offshore fishing in comfort and style.

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REVIEW: 7.6 Pursuit - In hot Pursuit offshore

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2012   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The largest of Sea Jay’s Pursuit range, the new 7.6 Pursuit is built for one thing – offshore fishing in comfort and style.

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Haswing – don’t paddle!

Dan Trotter | First Published: November 2012   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Is it a bird, is it a boat, no it’s a fishing kayak with wings and an electric motor! Cheesy I know, but this craft sure got some serious inquiries when we were at the ramp and on the water.

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Mighty McLay Fortress 5.0

Wayne Kampe | First Published: September 2012   »  Regular Features / Boating /

New Zealand is the land of big fish and tough sea conditions, so aluminium boat builders can’t afford to skimp on quality.

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Super Stabicraft 2050 Super Cab

Wayne Kampe | First Published: August 2012   »  Regular Features / Boating /

New Zealand built boats have made a huge splash on the Australian market. The toughness and quality of their plate alloy boats makes them very appealing for anglers that love to get offshore into the rough stuff.

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Built for the blue: Offshore Marine Master 610 WA

Wayne Kampe | First Published: July 2012   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Premium plate alloy manufacturer Offshore Marine Master (OMM) has come up with another outstanding example of their ability to combine angling-orientated features with sparkling performance and handling. The 610 Walkaround Ultra Vee Allrounder matched with the 175hp Suzuki will be on ever angler’s wish list.

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YaltaCraft 1800 Allrounder

Wayne Kampe | First Published: July 2012   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Long established Queensland manufacturer YaltaCraft have achieved a handy balance of form and function in their 5.5m 1800 Allrounder. Not only is it capable of fishing offshore with a team of hot-to-trot anglers aboard, but it can also cater for a pleasant family day trip with a bit of tow sports on the side.

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Gold Rush Ultra Light

Wayne Kampe | First Published: May 2012   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Gold Rush Boats have specialised in infused glass craft since 2004. This is a totally different method to the normal fibreglass process that produces staggering results combining strength, rigidity and an amazingly light weight hull.

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Moda 4700 Elite Tiller

Wayne Kampe | First Published: May 2012   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Moda Marine of Clontarf Queensland are an established a name for really top quality workmanship.

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Ezy Toppers are light and easy

Wayne Kampe | First Published: May 2012   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Ezy Topper Boats at Toorbul, north of Brisbane, offer a range of infused fibreglass boats that are truly car-toppers yet perform remarkably well in estuaries, rivers or lakes with only modest engine power.

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Amara Centre Cab 6.55

Dan Trotter | First Published: April 2012   »  Regular Features / Boating /

When Boab Boat Hire first came to existence it obviously had to provide boats for hire that met with strict regulations that all commercial boats do.

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Kitted out Cross Country

Ben Dark | First Published: April 2012   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Once upon a time there was a family in need of several new boats. One for deep sea fishing, one for estuary work and crabbing, one to teach the kids to ski and one to ferry them to picnic and swimming spots. The wife also wanted one for the Caribbean but the husband thought this was taking things too far. They all lived semi-happily ever after.

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Signature 502DF

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2011   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The Signature 502DF is marketed by the Haines Group as a smaller boat with big features and it’s a description that I find correct.

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Evolution Revolution continues

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2011   »  Regular Features / Boating /

This 2008 AMIF Boat of The Year award winner (Fishing- Trailerable, Fibreglass Under 6 Metres) six-person boat will appeal to both keen anglers and family boaters.

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Ocean Craft 4600 Diver

Wayne Kampe | First Published: September 2011   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Manufactured on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, the Ocean Craft 4600 Diver with a 50hp Tohatsu two-stroke motor is very much a basic rig straight from the factory. As reviewed it came with only two alloy quarter seats aft and a stand-to-drive centre console with a small storage space within it.

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Class Glass: Revival 525 Deluxe Cuddy

Wayne Kampe | First Published: September 2011   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Revival boats are relatively new to the Queensland boating scene, however if the 525 Deluxe Cuddy is anything to go by, I’m predicting it won’t be long till they have a very strong local following.

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Sea Hunt a treasure

Wayne Kampe | First Published: September 2011   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Sea Hunt has been manufacturing strong, well-built boats in Columbia, South Carolina, since 1995.

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Orange Roughy Part Three

Neil Grose | First Published: September 2011   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Doing complete re-builds on older boats isn’t for the faint of heart or the tight of budget.

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Noble International: 5.10 CC

Wayne Kampe | First Published: August 2011   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Despite the change of name, and relocation offshore, Noble International are still producing the same range and standard of plate alloy rigs that we’ve come to expect with the 5.10 Centre Console delivering on useful fishing features, a top shelf ride and sea keeping ability.

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Pursuit of Happiness

Dave Magner | First Published: July 2011   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Anyone chasing a classy plate alloy craft for serious offshore fishing would be well advised to check out the 6.8m Pursuit from Sea Jay.

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Goldstar Sailfisher Series 6500 White Line

Wayne Kampe | First Published: July 2011   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Solid all plate alloy construction and good lines are hallmarks of the Goldstar Sailfisher series 6500 Whiteline centre cabin. It’s a pure and simple offshore craft, and has the features and ride to match its sea keeping ability.

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KIWI QUALITY PROFILE 545C

Wayne Kampe | First Published: July 2011   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Finally the New Zealand range of Profile alloy crafts are here in Australia! These extremely well made kiwi vessels are highly regarded in their home region of Napier and soon Aussies can see what all the fuss is about.

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Surtees 5.8 Gamefisher Hardtop

Wayne Kampe | First Published: July 2011   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Even though they may not be well known in Australia, Surtees are a household name in New Zealand. They have established a solid reputation for producing top shelf plate alloy craft in the Shaky Isles for many years. And they build them to last.

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Sleek styling and smooth ride on Moda Marine BV5000

Wayne Kampe | First Published: June 2011   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Moda Marine, based at Clontarf on Brisbane’s northside specialise in plate alloy craft. While comparatively new to the Queensland boating scene my initial impression of the finish, performance and overall comfort of their BV5000 side console craft was quite positive; an indication of good things to come.

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Feature Packed Offshore Marine Masters 600 WA

Wayne Kampe | First Published: April 2011   »  Regular Features / Boating /

I’ve reviewed several craft from Offshore Marine Masters in the past and have been impressed with their combination of high standard finish, excellent sea keeping ability and quality ride and handling that makes them such good value for money. And their new 6m offshore rig didn’t disappoint.

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