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.

Tides now coming in for fisherfolk and beach drivers

tides coming in

COPIES of the definitive pocketbook guides for fisherfolk, four-wheel-drivers, caravanners and campers who go beachside on the eastern coastline, are now in retail outlets. The 2020 editions of the Tide Guide and Angler’s Almanac publications cover a 14-month period from now until December 2020. Since 1991 they have been informing people of the most likely times and tides to catch …

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Don’t get into a knot over rope types

rope types

WAY before Tarzan started swinging his way through the African jungle canopy on natural vines, seafarers had crafted magnificent ropes from all sorts of materials including hemp, manila and cotton, specifically for use in boats. Coupled with a clutch of great knots like the bowline, the figure eight, the rolling hitch, the sheet bend and others, they quickly learnt some …

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Evinrude’s underrated iSteer and iTrim systems

evinrude e-tec isteer itrim

EVINRUDE’S iSteer and iTrim are underrated systems available on all G2 outboards from 115-300hp including the recently launched 115H.O, 140hp and 150hp engines. iSteer has two parts: a fully integrated hydraulic steering system (no messy cables) and a power steering assist pump with three settings that adjust automatically while under way. The integration of hydraulic steering into the power steering …

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New Mercury Racing 450R delivers unrelenting outboard performance

Mercury Racing 450R

MERCURY Racing’s new 450R outboard is a supercharged 4.6-litre V8 thrill machine that provides unmatched power density and the latest in engine technology. In other words – it’s purpose designed for people who crave high-performance and unrelenting power. Steeped in Mercury Racing DNA, the 450R’s 4.6-litre V8 FourStroke powerhead is boosted by an exclusive Mercury Racing supercharger to produce 450 …

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AMM Sea Class 4900 centre console the principal’s choice

amm sea class 4900

INTERVIEWS can be daunting for many people, but according to former school principal and assistant regional education director Jeff Munce, the one he underwent recently was an excellent lesson in how to decide which boat to buy. The Brisbane-based retiree has owned a small flotilla of boats over the years including those under the brand names of Sea Jay, Quintrex, …

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Mercury sale now on – save up to $1500 on 75-150hp FourStrokes

THE amazing Mercury sale event has just gotten bigger and better, with savings of up to $1500 now available on a selected range of outstanding 75-150hp FourStroke outboards. Following the positive nationwide reaction to this summer’s 40-60hp FourStroke sale, Mercury has now decided to go further by offering higher horsepower and higher savings. That means customers who already own a …

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Mercury Racing expands MAX5 prop range

mercury racing max5 propeller

MERCURY Racing has expanded the MAX5 propeller family – now offering a larger 15.25”-diameter version as well as the all-new MAX5 ST. The MAX5 lab-finished propeller is a proven performer, delivering tremendous results in both single and multiple-engine applications, including Mercury Racing’s 400R outboard and 600 SCi sterndrive, with a reduction in propeller slip of up to 12 percent. In …

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All-new Mercury 400hp Verado outboard

mercury 400hp verado

MERCURY Marine is introducing an all-new 400hp Verado outboard – the most powerful Verado on the water. Since the launch of Mercury’s 350hp Verado and Mercury Racing’s 400R four years ago, boat owners have been asking for a higher-horsepower Verado engine. Now, those requests have been answered. Mercury Marine president John Pfeifer said, “The acceptance of the 350hp Verado has …

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Lowrance offers free software upgrade for HDS Carbon displays

software

LOWRANCE, a world-leader in fishing electronics since 1957, has released a new software update for HDS Carbon displays. Offering significant new features, the Lowrance 18.3 software update includes support for Active Imaging, StructureScan 3D with Active Imaging enhancements and the LR-1 Remote Control, as well as a simplified user interface and new Dual Mode WiFi capability. Active Imaging Perfect for …

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Mercury Marine celebrates 80th anniversary in 2019

mercury 80th anniversary

MERCURY Marine will celebrate its 80th anniversary throughout 2019 with events around the world, reflecting on its strong heritage of innovation and leadership in the marine industry. On January 22, 1939, E. Carl Kiekhaefer bought a bankrupt engine manufacturing plant in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Now, 80 years later, the business that emerged from those modest beginnings – Mercury Marine – is …

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