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Honda BF 50 – Gotta have one

Garry Smith | First Published: September 2008   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The all-new 50hp Honda electronic fuel injection four-stroke outboard is a very impressive piece of machinery. In today’s climate, fuel economy has become paramount and the BF 50 has nailed the opposition by reducing fuel consumption by a further 22%. It is in a class of its own with cruising speed, 3,000-4500rpm, fuel consumption around 50% of a standard two-stroke.

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

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

Polycraft boats have been around long enough that I probably don't need to explain much about their construction. 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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Value for money: Formosa 520 with Suzuki 90

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

The day for this review was a shocker. It was February, with a strong wind warning in place from forecasters and a massive cloudbank looming from the east threatening rain. But, as they say, the show must go on.

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Angler friendly Fisher 520 centre console

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

The 520 Fisher with 140 Suzuki four-stroke outboard is the sort of plate alloy craft that will fulfil a multitude of roles. There is room for five anglers to comfortably fish on board in nearly every type of environment – estuaries, bays or offshore. With it's high standard of finish, great paint job, and sleek hull design, the 520 Fisher is also one attractive craft.

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Neat Centre Console: ABBS 4.55m plate

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

Australian Boat Building Service (ABBS), Brumbsmarine, offer alloy crafts that are far from run of the mill. The south Queensland manufacturers make sure all their crafts are custom built and feature a unique 'twin skin' construction technique.

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Comfy Kiwi chop-tamer

Col Buckley | First Published: May 2008   »  Regular Features / Boating /

A few years ago when I first reviewed one of the New Zealand-made Aqualine alloy pontoon boats, I was impressed although I did note it was a bit bare-boned, lacking features which make it fishable.

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Boat Review: Makocraft’s Affordable Plate Fishing Rig

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

Available in standard and deluxe versions the Makocraft 610 Trophy Console is an alloy fishing boat that offers strength, lots of freeboard, a good ride and room for 4-6 anglers.

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Ozcraft Southern Cross 670 with 175 E-tec

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

Ozcraft are fairly new to the Queensland boating scene but buyers can be assured that they have a quality product thanks to construction by Albo Marine, long standing alloy manufacturers of craft such as Four Seasons and Stessco.

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Feelfree Moken Kayak

Tag | First Published: December 2007   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Feelfree’s ultimate fishing kayak, the Moken, was named in honour of the nomadic sea fishing people. The 13ft fishing kayak brims with features that will appeal to all fishers. It has been designed for the avid paddler wishing to do a little bit of diving, fishing and overall exploring.

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Amara 5.5m Bowrider

Col Buckley | First Published: June 2007   »  Regular Features / Boating /

A brisk southwester hit us as we rounded the harbour wall and headed into the open sea. A touch more throttle took the Amara over the chop and the heavy plate boat met the sea head on. Water sheeted wide and even in tight turns with the weather across the beam we remained dry. It was a crystal clear day with a strengthening northeaster, perfect for putting a boat through her paces.

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Be tempted by the Eden Craft 6.0m 

Lee Rayner | First Published: June 2007   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The old saying goes “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Nothing could be more true in the case of Eden Craft boats, which are made for the harsh and often rough southern Australian waters. As a testament to their toughness, they are used by many professional fishermen, especially abalone divers.

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Boat Test: Trailcraft 660HT with the works

Col Buckley | First Published: April 2007   »  Regular Features / Boating /

There are many small-boat builders in Western Australia, most of which supply only the home market. A few, however, have spread their wings and invaded the east coast.

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Tough as nails TABS 460 Territory

Wayne Kampe | First Published: March 2007   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The TABS 470 Territory is ideal for anglers who want a good boat for estuary and bay work, and even for offshore fishing when conditions allow.

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Cub Scout can rough it

Col Buckley | First Published: February 2007   »  Regular Features / Boating /

It was a picture-perfect day when Dean Hayes met me at Bayview boat ramp to put a newcomer from the bass/bream style boat through her paces, the Scout 145 Sportfisher.

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Makocraft’s Affordable Plate Fishing Rig

Wayne Kampe | First Published: February 2007   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Available in both standard and deluxe versions the Makocraft 610 Trophy Console is an alloy fishing boat that offers strength, lots of freeboard, a good ride and room for 4-6 anglers.

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Out with a Scout

Col Buckley | First Published: November 2006   »  Regular Features / Boating /

It was a picture perfect day after a week of rain when Dean Hayes met me at Bayview boat ramp to put a newcomer from the bass/bream style boat through her paces.

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Sensational Hooker

Garry Smith | First Published: September 2006   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The new Hooker 7m Walk Round Cabin (WRC), the first out of the Hooker factory, is a superb boat and a credit to owner John Margetts and his staff. The Hooker 7’s design, workmanship and finish are all world class.

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Trailcraft 660HT with the works

Col Buckley | First Published: July 2006   »  Regular Features / Boating /

There is a plethora of small-boat builders in Western Australia, most of which closeted and supply only the home market, but a few have spread their wings and invaded the east coast.

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CLASSY CARIBBEAN ADVENTURER

Wayne Kampe | First Published: June 2006   »  Regular Features / Boating /

The Caribbean Adventurer is a graceful craft manufactured by International Marine Pty Ltd of Scoresby, Victoria. The Caribbean brand is probably familiar to many boaters, given the length of time that these craft have graced Australian waterways.

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BUILT TO LAST: BELCO OFFROAD EXTREME BOAT TRAILERS

Wayne Kampe | First Published: May 2006   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Buying a boat is usually a major milestone in an angler’s life. It gives you the freedom to fish where and how you want. But before you buy your boat there are a number of decisions to consider. One is picking the right trailer.

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Polycraft 5.3m Warriors

Wayne Kampe | First Published: April 2006   »  Regular Features / Boating /

‘Innovation’ is the buzzword at Polycraft Boats of Bundaberg in Queensland. There are five hulls in their current range – from the 3m Tuff Tender through to the 599 Frontier – and Polycraft has built variations on these to create 13 different models.

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AMM 4.8m Runabout

Gary Howard | First Published: July 2005   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Most of the plate boats I’ve reviewed over the years have been of a reasonable size, mainly in the 5.8m to 7.0m category, and have been fairly specialised for a customer’s needs. With all these big, customised plate boats on the market, you’d be forgiven for thinking that plate boats are available only in these larger versions. Times are changing, however, and some of the larger plate boat builders are now producing smaller models as a standard addition to their range.

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Tahoe Q4SF – a family boat you can fish from

Steve Morgan | First Published: May 2005   »  Regular Features / Boating /

Australian boat manufacturers are facing stiff competition from imported models. It’s not just the strength of the Aussie dollar at the moment (though that’s a factor). It’s the fact that there are plenty of other countries where people enjoy the great outdoors as much as we do, and they have developed machines that fulfil that desire to get out and about on the water.

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5.30 Zulu time

Col Buckley | First Published: December 2004   »  Regular Features / Boating /

At the end of last year I decided to sell my Cruise Craft (which I bought over 25 years ago!) and invest in a platform that would complement my style of fishing, mainly working baits offshore, a bit of estuary fishing and trolling out wide.

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Correction: Quintrex review

Tag | First Published: November 2004   »  Regular Features / Boating /

In our review of the Quintrex CruiseAbout and Quintrex 450 Top Ender in the October issue of QFM, some of the information was inaccurate.

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A sneak peek at new Mercs

Tony Zann | First Published: November 2003   »  Regular Features / Boating /

“Imagine a four-stroke outboard motor, four years in the making, totally 3D-computer-designed and virtually run on a computer for thousands of hours, long before engineers touch the first piece of aluminium to build a prototype. Imagine an outboard engine so totally rethought that the only ‘traditional’ design concept is the propeller nut. Don’t imagine, it’s here now.”

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A sneak peek at new Mercs

Tony Zann | First Published: November 2003   »  Regular Features / Boating /

“Imagine a four-stroke outboard motor, four years in the making, totally 3D-computer-designed and virtually run on a computer for thousands of hours, long before engineers touch the first piece of aluminium to build a prototype. Imagine an outboard engine so totally rethought that the only ‘traditional’ design concept is the propeller nut. Don’t imagine, it’s here now.”

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Bar Crusher 560C

Col Buckley | First Published: October 2003   »  Regular Features / Boating /

A few months ago I gave the 6.7m New Zealand built Bar Crusher a good workout off Sydney and was impressed by the way it performed on blue water. Its smaller relatives, the 5.3m and 5.6m versions, were the next cabs off the rank for a review.

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