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.

Mercury Marine launches Avator 20E and 35E electric outboards


Mercury Marine introduced the Avator 20E and 35E electric propulsion systems recently. The new models join Mercury’s electric propulsion line-up alongside the award-winning Avator 7.5E outboard, which launched in January at the annual Consumer Electronics Show. Two more electric outboard products will be unveiled in the coming months as Mercury advances on its commitment to be the leader in electric …

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Garmin unveils Force Kraken trolling motor


Garmin has announced the Force® Kraken, the most powerful trolling motor1 the recreational fishing market has ever seen. Coupled with Garmin’s most precise anchor lock technology, Kraken is designed with longer shaft lengths and a pivot-style mount for easy installation on boats where bow space is limited. Kraken’s brushless motor uses a high-efficiency propeller to produce 100 pounds of thrust …

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Why aluminium trailers are better than galvanised steel


With the growing demand for trailers, it’s important to choose the right material for the job. While both aluminium and galvanised steel have their own unique benefits, aluminium has proven to be the superior choice for many reasons. One of its biggest is durability. Aluminium is a lightweight and corrosion-resistant material, making it perfect for trailers that are exposed to …

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Yamaha expands award winning outboard line up


Yamaha Marine has launched into 2023 with the announcement of exciting new models. Increasing on a commitment to fully integrated powerplants for modern boating, Yamaha has announced new F150, F175 and F200 models, featuring innovative integrated steering and sleek new design. Yamaha also adds to the powerful XTO Offshore line up with the addition of a new 450 horsepower model …

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Lowrance HDS Pro

A world leader in fishing electronics since 1957, Lowrance recently rolled out its next generation of fishing electronics. The new HDS Pro chartplotter fishfinder, highest resolution ActiveTarget 2 Live Sonar and ultra high-definition Active Imaging HD provide anglers with the complete package of the latest fish-finding technology. HDS Pro forms the heart of the ultimate fishing system – offering full …

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H2O Flooring delivers bespoke side combings


Thinking of new ways to improve the boat is something we all enjoy doing. Over the cooler months, I noticed that the side combings of my Bar Crusher were a little hard and cold on the legs when leaning on them fighting fish. After being on other people’s boats, I had several ideas in mind – including having upholstered pads …

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Stacer 589 Crossfire Centre Console hits the mark


When it comes to fishing, I love it all. It doesn’t matter whether I’m surface popping for whiting in the shallows, chasing barramundi on lures in impoundments or bottom bashing for pearl perch in the deep – I want to be able to do it all. For that reason, I have a soft spot for dedicated sportfishing boats that are …

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New Mercury Marine four-stroke outboards


Mercury Marine recently introduced its next generation of 25 and 30hp four-stroke outboards – the lightest and fastest three-cylinder engines in their class. The new engine platform, which made its local debut at the Sydney International Boat Show, is engineered from the ground up to be lighter, faster and easier to operate and maintain. Starting at just 60kg, these new …

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School mackerel tactics

Autumn is an interesting time of year for anglers fishing the coastal waters of Queensland and northern NSW. School mackerel tactics Common targets include bream, luderick, tailor, blue salmon and mulloway – depending on your location and inclination. School mackerel tactics A personal favourite – which is also popular with many state-wide – is the sprightly school mackerel. School mackerel …

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Finesse fishing the flats

Hi everyone, May is when big numbers of arrow squid start to show up in the Gold Coast Broadwater as the waters cools and clears. Finesse fishing the flats These tasty critters are usually caught on vibes and squid jigs and are found in sandy channels that have drop-offs. Finesse fishing the flats This month however, I’ll talk about fishing …

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