Boat Reviews

This is where you’ll find all the latest and archived Bush ‘n Beach Fishing magazine boat reviews. Read everything from pressed tinnie, bass boat, plate boat, cuddy cabin, open boat and centre and side console reviews to ultimate offshore fibreglass boat reviews. l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l  l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l 

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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Stessco Fisherman 449 review

Trevor was driving an Extreme 545 Side Console (full review in the August edition) and playing up for the camera over the breaking waves, while I stood in the Fisherman and attempted to get decent photos and videos of his antics. Becoming somewhat absorbed in the filming, I didn’t notice until almost too late that I’d drifted into a shallower …

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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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Super-Solid Sea Adex Armour 55

With Adam driving, our speed was increased to 60km/h before Adam wound in full steering lock and mashed the throttle. We proceeded to do ridiculous doughnuts at full throttle, with our speed remaining north of 55km/h and the turning radius staying incredibly tight. I’ve never felt stronger G-forces (just remembering it is making me queasy) and our cornering forces were so …

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Harri Takes the Quadrella Backing AMM Boats

That voice-command computer is actually Harri’s wife and fishing partner Anna, whose track record is perfect when it comes to making great decisions (after all, she married Harri). Over the past six years and with the approval of his trusted computer, Harri has gone on to buy three more plate alloy craft designed and built by AMM. Harri followed up the …

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First Trip in the New Stessl

You may have noticed the vast majority of smart passengers will fight for the seat at the very rear of the boat because this is where the ride is smoothest. So when it came to configuration, I made it very clear I needed a big side console. The seating position on a centre console is still forward, which makes for …

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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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Sea Adex RMP 43 Review

These are big figures for a little boat, however a 60hp motor on a lighter, pressed alloy tinnie would surely result in even higher numbers. Though what a lighter boat couldn’t do is make a mockery of decent size waves created by passing boats. Even with its shallow 10-degree variable deadrise, the RMP managed to avoid the dreaded ‘tinnie slap’ over …

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Bar Crusher 575C review

In this instance, the F115XB fitted with a 13 1/8” diameter, 16” pitch Talon stainless steel prop punched out some impressive figures, especially in the 3000-4500rpm range. At 3000rpm, the Bar Crusher 575C was well up on the plane, cruising along at about 24km/h with an impressive 2.3km per litre fuel economy figure. And it only got better from there: …

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