Boating

Honda BF30 20 years on

BOOKING my 30hp Honda outboard in for a service recently, I was asked the year of manufacture and surprised myself when I realised this engine had been sitting on the transom of my boat for 20 years. In that time, the Honda has pushed the boat around an extensive range of environments and scenarios along the eastern side of the …

Read More »

SeaPro a winner for Reef Sprinter

STEVE and Cathy Sherwell opened Reef Sprinter in Port Douglas in 2005 after spotting an opportunity to provide tourists with fast, fun snorkelling trips. It turned out to be very good idea, with the company now boasting a fleet of three custom-made RIBs, offering national and international visitors a range of tours to experience the beauties of Low Isles Reef …

Read More »

180 nautical miles all in a day’s work Mercury V8 Pro XS

TO most of us, Michael Guest has a dream job. As the host of Network Ten’s Reel Action, he gets to fish for a living, with his work taking him to some of the most spectacular angling spots across the country. But that doesn’t mean he and his crew – and his equipment – don’t have to work bloody hard. …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

The amazing little Shark Cat

WITH November around the corner, we might be in for an early flood or good rainfall soon. I am sort of torn – I want the rain because it fills my tanks, and flushes out the creeks and rivers. The fishing in close off Noosa and Double Island is great. Shark Cat But if we get a flood in November, …

Read More »

Mercury’s Jordan Grech named BIAV Apprentice of the Year

JORDAN Grech who works at Mercury’s Dandenong South facility is the new Boating Industry Association of Victoria Apprentice of the Year. The win came as a complete shock to Jordan, soon to be a fully qualified marine mechanic. “Honestly, I didn’t know anything other than I was nominated,” Jordan said. “I watched the announcement just to see what it was …

Read More »

Centre console car topper from Ocean Craft

CALOUNDRA based boat builder Ocean Craft has recently come up with a new design for their Car Toppa range. The range now includes the option of a removable or fold-down centre console, which is a first for car toppers. The unique design offers boaties the choice of whether to run a tiller steer or centre console for their car topper …

Read More »

Sailfish Catamarans sport and game fishing bonus pack

HALFWAY through spring and things have truly sprung at Sailfish Catamarans, with big deals on offer to celebrate. They say when the going gets tough the tough get going, and the dedicated team at Sailfish Catamarans has been enjoying enormous success through winter and strongly into the spring and summer boating season. In a twist of fate, Sailfish benefited from …

Read More »

MerCruiser Bravo Four S forward-facing drive with Smart Tow system

MERCURY Marine recently unveiled its Bravo Four S forward-facing drive with Smart Tow controls, a new drive system for MerCruiser engines that elevates the art of crafting perfect wakes for wakesurfing, wakeboarding and other tow sports. Digital controls that coordinate ballast, surf tabs and propulsion settings under a single and intuitive-user interface make it easier than ever before. Mercury vice-president …

Read More »

1st Mate – an amazing new ‘man overboard’ and theft deterrent system

ON the water, safety is an absolute priority, which is why Mercury has developed 1st Mate, the world’s first engine-integrated ‘man overboard’ and proximity-based theft deterrent system. Using wearable technology for up to eight people, 1st Mate turns the engine off or sounds an alarm during a ‘man overboard’ event, and can also send notifications to emergency contacts. If the …

Read More »