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 Active Trim now accessible through VesselView screens

active trim

MERCURY Marine’s amazing Active Trim system can now be controlled through VesselView information screens. Active Trim automatically and effortlessly trims an engine or engines. It doesn’t just make boating easier and more fun, it also improves engine performance and cuts fuel costs while delivering a better overall driving experience. Originally, Active Trim was controlled through a separate dash-mounted keypad. Now …

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Mercury has you covered for Christmas

mercury christmas presents

IF your family or friends are into boating, then Mercury has some terrific ideas for presents they’ll really appreciate this Christmas. Engine covers Made in Australia, these stylish outboard engine covers are not only good looking, they are practical, hard-wearing and very affordable. So if you have a Mercury or Mariner engine – whether it’s brand new or 30 years …

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Watersnake Shadow MK II electric motor review

watersnake shadow mk ii electric motor review

FISHING results, as many of us have come to appreciate, do not just depend on the luck of the draw. One key piece of equipment that can really change your results is an electric motor as a secondary motor on your boat or a stand-alone motor for your kayak. Recently I was fortunate enough to take ownership of a Watersnake …

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Garmin debuts GPSMAP 8400xsv series

garmin gpsmap 8400xsv

GARMIN Pty. Ltd. recently announced the GPSMAP 8400xsv series, an extension of its flagship GPSMAP 8400 series that brings premium features like built-in sonar and built-in Auto Guidance1 to smaller, more affordable display options. Available in 10-, 12- and 16-inch displays that feature full HD in-plane switching (IPS) screens with multi-touch control, the GPSMAP 8400xsv series is Wi-Fi enabled and …

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Tohatsu Outboards invests long term

tohatsu outboards

TOHATSU Corporation president Mr Isami Hyuga recently announced the completion of a new 5.5 billion yen research and development facility in Japan. As the first outboard manufacturer in Japan (1956), this new facility is positive commitment to product development into the future. The new facility commenced operation in September, covers a massive 7265sq m and is staffed by 100 R&D …

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Simrad Active Imaging Elevates GO series with superior scanning-sonar quality

simrad active imaging

ANNOUNCING Simrad Active Imaging Sonar – advanced new scanning-sonar technology that provides incredibly detailed, high-resolution imaging without sacrificing range. Replacing Simrad TotalScan transducers currently available with GO series displays, Active Imaging redefines what an angler can expect from sonar. Active Imaging Sonar provides incredibly clear views of fish-holding structure and cover with all-new levels of refined detail at a range …

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Navico introduces new cutting-edge information displays

navico digital information displays

NAVICO – parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and C-MAP brands – has announced the launch of a brand-new category of marine technology: the information display. Ushering in a new dawn of integration for boaters and marking the first significant evolution of the multifunction display, IDs combine a sleek design with a configurable interface that simplifies monitoring and control …

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Garmin introduces the inReach Mini Marine Bundle

garmin gps inreach mini mount

GARMIN Pty. Ltd. recently announced the inReach Mini Marine Bundle, a new addition to its popular line of satellite communicators with available two-way messaging, basic navigation and a 24/7 SOS function via the global Iridium network built with the mariner in mind. Designed for life on the water, the inReach Mini Marine Bundle includes a rugged mount and 12-volt power …

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Patriot Games takes its Stacer Territory Striker deep into Australia’s remote Arnhem Land

stacer territory striker

AFTER racing in the challenging Dinghy Derby, Patriot Games set out to Arnhem Land with a couple of 349 Territory Strikers for an overland tinnie tour. Patriot Games follows the adventures of outback experts and camping enthusiasts in a reality series. The savvy team push the limits of Patriot Campers, Stacer Boats and Supertourers in a gruelling Australian adventure. On …

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Lowrance goes ‘LIVE’ with new flagship fishfinders

lowrance hds live fishfinders

LOWRANCE recently announced the release of its new high-performance line of fishfinders/chartplotters, HDS LIVE. A significant leap forward in fishfinding technology, HDS LIVE delivers powerful real-time sonar, charting and connectivity features including Active Imaging, LiveSight, Genesis Live and LiveCast smartphone integration. Active Imaging sonar See structure and cover with a new level of refined detail and at a range unmatched …

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