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Evolution 500 Cuddy

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

The Evolution 500 is one of several excellent fishing craft within the Evolution line up. This Australian manufactured boat has been on the market since 2003 and is real value for money. Whether a total beginner or a seasoned angler this boat wont disappoint, with its superb features and smooth ride.

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KIWI QUALITY: AQUALINE 680 HARD TOP

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2010   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The Aqualine 680 Hard Top is a New Zealand made pontoon style craft that has a great reputation back home, where it’s known as Kiwi Craft, and has gained high praise since 1988.

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Sea Hunt a success

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2010   »  Regular Features / Boating /

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

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Boat Review: BLUE FIN 4.5 WEEKENDER

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2010   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The Blue Fin 4.5 Weekender is everything you would expect from a classic runabout style rig. Its sleek curved windscreen and comfortable seating for up to five people makes it an excellent craft for either the family angler or a group out to seriously test their tackle.

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Sea Hunt a treasure

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2010   »  Regular Features / Boating /

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

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Angler Cat 5.5

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2010   »  Regular Features / Boating /

I don’t get aboard powered cats very frequently but I’m always amazed and impressed with what these craft have going for them.

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Stessl Seahawk 5.6m Half Cabin

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2010   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The new Stessl Seahawk is very impressive. It's high, wide, and mighty handsome and combines plenty of on-board fishing features with enough sea keeping ability to see them put to good use.

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Clark 5300 Searanger

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2010   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Clark Boats have seen some interesting developments over the years; not the least their acquisition by Stessl, a company that has certainly undergone some transitions of latter times. In many respects it’s been an evolutionary process for the Clark line-up of fishing boats, and the new 5300 Searanger with its powerful 90hp Suzuki as a great example of that process.

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Plate Alloy Perfection: Origin Evolution 6500

Wayne Kampe | First Published: November 2010   »  Regular Features / Boating /

New for 2010 is the Origin series of plate alloy craft. While the name is new there’s a veritable wealth of boat building, fishing and general boating experience behind the Origin name. These craft are designed and built by none other than Col Svensson, a name synonymous with quality plate alloy boats.

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Allison Arafura 495 Side Console

Wayne Kampe | First Published: November 2010   »  Regular Features / Boating /

"Bring along a rod". Those were the closing words as we finalised arrangements to review the plate alloy Allison Arafura 470 side console.

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Blue Fin’s 4.5 Weekender

Wayne Kampe | First Published: July 2010   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The Blue Fin 4.5 Weekender is everything you would expect from a classic runabout. Its sleek, curved windscreen and comfortable seating for up to five people make it an excellent craft for the family angler or a group out to seriously test their tackle.

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BLUE FIN 4.5 WEEKENDER

Wayne Kampe | First Published: July 2010   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The Blue Fin 4.5 Weekender is everything you would expect from a classic runabout style rig. Its sleek curved windscreen and comfortable seating for up to five people makes it an excellent craft for either the family angler or a group out to seriously test their tackle.

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Attack 470 Tournament Pro

Wayne Kampe | First Published: June 2010   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Gold Coast built Attack boats have gained a strong following among the dedicated bass and bream angling fraternity since they kicked off a few years ago.

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Scout fish in the Scout 175 Sportfish

Wayne Kampe | First Published: June 2010   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The Scout Sportfish had to come a long way from where it was originally built to sit on the placid waters of Jacobs Well in southeast Queensland.

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Origin’s 4x4 4000 Tiller Steer

Wayne Kampe | First Published: May 2010   »  Regular Features / Boating /

You might be wondering how a boat can be designed as a 4x4. Origin Boats of Clontarf, South Queensland, make it easy with the 4000 rig, which is 4m long and constructed from 4mm bottom plate and 4mm side plate.

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Explore waters with Triton

Wayne Kampe | First Published: April 2010   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Imported bass boats have a strong following in Australia. The Triton range has won good favour for their high quality building, on-board features, performance and value for money.

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Plate Glass Ride: The new Allison Arafura 4.70

Wayne Kampe | First Published: March 2010   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Allison boats are renowned for their finish, ride and handling. For over two decades, Bruce Allison has been known for manufacturing quality fibreglass boats and now this builder is heading in an entirely new direction – alloy boats.

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Plating Over Glass: The new Allison Arafura 4.70

Wayne Kampe | First Published: March 2010   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Allison boats are renowned for their finish, ride and handling. For over two decades Bruce Allison has been well known for manufacturing quality fibreglass boats, and now the boat producer is heading in an entirely new direction – Alloy boats.

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Gold Rush Aggressor

Wayne Kampe | First Published: November 2009   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The Gold Rush 5.5 Aggressor, with its 60hp Mercury four-stroke, is certainly a fair way removed from the run-of-the-mill rigs we come across on the water today.

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Something Special: Stessl Platreix II 520

Wayne Kampe | First Published: October 2009   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Stessl boats has undergone something of a revolution in recent times. Changes in overall design have introduced new models emphasising contemporary styling and increased fishability, while enhanced manufacturing techniques have ensured a strengthening of components within the under floor framework and bearers.

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Ally Craft 425 Fish Mate centre console

Wayne Kampe | First Published: May 2009   »  Regular Features / Boating /

This budget priced Ally Craft rig has a lot to offer when we look at the total package. The Fish Mate is versatile as it is offered in three different set ups; a centre console configuration (as tested), a tiller steer with fore/aft opposing seats or a tiller steer twin thwart dinghy style rig.

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Whittley 2150 with 150 Mercury Verado

Wayne Kampe | First Published: May 2009   »  Regular Features / Boating /

With 56 years experience in the boat building industry Whittley have more runs on the board than the South African cricket team.

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Savage Jabiru better than ever

Wayne Kampe | First Published: April 2009   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The number plate used to say it all: ‘Victoria: On the Move’. They moved alright, with thousands of them settling in warmer climes in northern NSW and southern Queensland and now one more famous Victorian has moved to the Gold Coast.

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ABBS 5.30 Runabout with 115 E-Tec

Wayne Kampe | First Published: March 2009   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The ABBS 5.30 Runabout was impressive, boasting an easy layout, a sweet ride, plus a plate hull construction featuring dual aluminium skins of 3mm outer and 2mm inner.

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Alloy Top Gun: Bar Crusher 620C

Garry Smith | First Published: March 2009   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Bar Crusher is certainly developing a good following in North Queensland, and with good reason. The boat’s fisher-friendly layout is simple yet extremely functional, the ride fantastic, and being built from 5mm pre-stressed bottom side and 4mm topside marine grade plate alloy they are designed to last a lifetime.

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Allycraft 445 Shadow Pro

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2008   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The Ally Craft 445 Shadow Pro is a sport fishing rig. No, it won't whip along at 100kmh but it can be towed with a four-cylinder sedan and could fulfil a lot of sport fishing requirements with its multifunctional 110L livewell and you get a lot of boat for your buck.

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Offshore Master Marine's 530 Walkaround: Great For Offshore Work

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2008   »  Regular Features / Boating /

There's no shortage of decent alloy crafts on today's market and I often reflect on how difficult it must be for newcomers to make a choice that will stand the test of time. The decision is not really about the initial outlay, but whether the owner can look back after a few years and still agree the decision to purchase was the right one.

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A Serious Craft For The Serious Angler: AMM 7.4 Weekender

Wayne Kampe | First Published: December 2008   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The AMM 7400 is built by an award-winning manufacturer and is the yardstick by which many other makers are compared. AMM have the runs on the board with 15 years in the industry and ongoing sales that inspire confidence in prospective buyers.

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Boat Test: Polycraft 4.80 Brumby Cuddy Cab with 75hp Honda four-stroke

Wayne Kampe | First Published: October 2008   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Polycraft boats have had a long and respected career within boating circles. The polyethylene construction makes the craft unbreakable, impervious to weather, and quite unsinkable due to their dual skin roto-molded method of manufacture.

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Olympic Gold: Top Gun 7m Sports Cruiser powered by 150hp Mercury

Wayne Kampe | First Published: September 2008   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The Top Gun Sports Cruiser is a craft that shows a great deal of potential for keen anglers. It exhibits a good standard of quality fittings throughout, and will fulfil all-round bay and offshore requirements.

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