Ben Collins

Formosa 660 Tomahawk Offshore Hardtop review

formosa 660 tomahawk offshore hardtop

The two seat boxes have loads of storage space and could even accommodate a tackle tray compartment. At the rear of the test boat, the folding lounge was a cinch to lower and raise and the large bait board provided a practical work station at a good height in addition to being fitted with four solid rod holders. More rod …

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Formosa Tomahawk Classic 520 Bowrider boat review

formosa tomahawk

In terms of fit and finish, as with other Formosa boats I’ve tested, this rig was top notch in all areas. Fully welded side decks ensure a high-end finish as well as adding strength and 4mm smooth plate alloy bottom and side sheets continue this theme. This is not a massive boat in terms of length, however the super-generous beam …

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Sea Jay 4.88 Avenger Sports review

While under 5m in length, the Sea Jay 4.88 Avenger Sports felt like a big boat, which I partly attribute to the clean layout but also the substantial 2.3m beam and 1.22m depth. Overall, the Sea Jay 4.88 Avenger Sports is a sweet package. It’s big enough to go almost everywhere, including offshore on a good day, yet one person …

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Fully Optioned 520 Sea-Rod Review

I DON’T need a lot of incentive to get away from the computer and onto the water for a boat test, so whenever possible I jump at the opportunity. This is especially so for Australian designed and built models because I’m fairly patriotic. I recently had the chance to go for a run in a fully decked-out 520 Sea-Rod Deluxe in …

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Toyota Fortuner Review

In addition, you just have to push a button to engage the rear diff lock. Combine this with Toyota’s Downhill Assist Control and you end up with a capable off-roader. Internally, the Fortuner had plenty of room, especially in the front seats and first row of rear seats. Even with the driver’s seat positioned well back, I could comfortably sit in the …

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New Toyota HiLux Review

Interestingly, the new HiLux doesn’t sound that different to the old one, but on-road noise was definitely lower. I had to keep an eye on the speedo because it was easy to find the car hovering around the speed limit, even though it didn’t feel like I was travelling that fast. A feature of the new HiLux and something I …

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BlackWolf Turbo Lite 450 Tent Review

You then open the side poles so they lock and there you have it – a solid, light structure that can easily be moved around while erected. To fit the fly and front awning assembly you just slide it over and click it into place with the attached straps. Then all that’s left is setting up three poles for the awning …

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Zenec Z-N720 Navigation System

A handy favourites tab means you can store regularly used phone numbers. Now I finally had a setup that worked well and could be used legally. In addition to the Bluetooth hands-free system, the Zenec offers a detailed navigation system with a heap of preloaded information on the micro SD card. The navigation system is very easy to use and …

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Stessco Bowrider 490 review

Another standard feature of the Stessco Bowrider 490 is a rear lounge with backrest. The rear lounge offers not only comfortable seating but doubles as a large storage area where you can keep a variety of items in easy reach. Two large side pockets provide extra storage, as do the compartments under the bowrider section. The driving position was fairly good and …

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