Boating Gear

On this page you’ll find articles relating to new and innovative boating gear tests and reviews as well as product releases and updates.

Yamaha launches next generation, fully integrated V6 Offshore outboard range

YAMAHA Marine kicked off 2021 with the release of next generation V6 Offshore outboards that deliver exciting new technology while continuing Yamaha’s proud reputation for legendary reliability and performance. The new V6 Offshore series features powerful 225, 250 and 300hp models, with premium options available in the 250 and 300hp range, including Yamaha’s new integrated digital electric steering and the …

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Lowrance launches revolutionary new ActiveTarget Live Sonar

LOWRANCE, a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957, announced the launch of its new, high-resolution ActiveTarget Live Sonar system recently, revealing live-action views of fish moving in and around structure as they respond to lure presentations. This new technology delivers top-of-the-line live sonar functionality to the high-resolution HDS LIVE Ultimate Fishing System, as well as HDS Carbon and Lowrance’s …

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C-MAP launches new chart range

C-Map Moreton Bay

C-MAP, a leader in digital marine cartography and cloud-based mapping, has launched a re-designed, simplified charting portfolio for Lowrance, Simrad and B&G chartplotter with the introduction of C-MAP Discover and Reveal. Replacing the MAX-N+ range, C-MAP Reveal charts display the very best of imagery. It boasts stunning seafloor and inland shaded relief, along with all the core features of C-MAP …

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Horizon offshore set-up

SUMMER is here and that means it’s mackerel time! It’s been a long year and I haven’t spent nearly as much time on the water as I’d liked in the Aquaholic. But after doing the full brake service on her, I thought I’d show off the baby of the fleet Banter. Banter is a 435 Horizon EasyFisher that terrorises creeks …

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Repowering your boat trouble free!

REPOWERING a vessel can make a great deal of sense for a wide variety of reasons – greater reliability, better fuel economy and improved performance being just a few. Nautilus Marine Insurance is able to accommodate the greater value that a repower can add to the vessel. However, it is not an open book and it pays to understand the …

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Moments of mayhem mess with the best

moments of mayhem

AS a charter operator, mess and disorganisation seriously get under my skin. Now, if you know me personally I am one of the messiest people about, and the console of my boat is a clear indication of many moments of mayhem. Lures with rusty hooks stacked on top of each other and hidden underneath is a pair of line clippers that …

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Useful boat maintenance tips from John Crawford Marine

Useful boat maintenance

AFTER your day out on the water, wash down your boat with a good-quality boat wash. Don’t forget the anchor well and winch strap/wire and to remove the bung plugs. Useful boat maintenance tips must include washing your trailer and inside the frame and under the mudguards with plenty of fresh water. Don’t forget the brakes (if applicable) and crossmembers. Flush …

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Boat camping around Cape York

boat camping

IT has been a great start to the year and we have scored cracking weather between wet season squalls and thunderstorms. Boating during the wet can be a gamble, let alone boat camping, because you simply can’t trust weather forecasts and it can turn nasty extremely quickly. The wet certainly came late, with heavy rain and thunderstorms on Thursday Island from mid-February. That …

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CZone and Raymarine collaborate to offer integrated digital switching solutions

raymarine czone collaboration

FLIR Systems Inc recently announced its Raymarine Axiom multifunction display line is compatible with CZone digital control and monitoring systems. The collaboration enables boatbuilders and system integrators to deliver custom CZone digital switching solutions with rich graphical interfaces controlled through Raymarine’s line of Axiom MFDs. CZone digital switching simplifies the installation of boat electrical systems through the replacement of complicated …

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Don’t let your boat ‘fender’ for itself

boat fenders boating and rv

LEADING marine products retailer Boating and RV, which has stores at Capalaba, Slacks Creek, Tingalpa and Townsville, has joined with Bush ‘n Beach to bring you a regular column with some serious information and news about general boating products. Here, director Aaron Hunt looks at boat fenders, what’s available, why you should have a couple and how some of them …

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