Boat Reviews

Maximising motor power with propellers

power

Hi crew, for those who read my articles in this publication, you’ll know that I recently purchased an older 5.5m Aussie Whaler as my new work boat. When I bought the boat, it had a two-stroke OptiMax on the back. Though it had plenty of power, at 2500 hours, it started to have a few issues. So, we decided to …

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Edencraft 6.0m Offshore at Australian Marine Centre

Edencraft

The Edencraft name is well known throughout Australia but more so in the southern states, with its cult-like following for being the pinnacle of offshore fibreglass trailer boats. The owners of the company are a husband-and-wife team who employ a group of highly experienced staff. They believe there should be absolutely no compromise in the build quality, performance and safety …

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Boat outfitters outdo themselves

What is 2023 going to bring? Hopefully, with a bit of luck, some good consistent weather, but I won’t be holding my breath. I managed only a couple of days on the water since writing my last article. The fishing was quite good, with a few nice flathead caught still, even though the water’s warming up. All the usual techniques …

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H2O Flooring delivers bespoke side combings

H2O

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

Stacer

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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Ocean Craft’s new multipurpose Camper Cruiser

Ocean Craft

ONE company that is always looking to develop unique multipurpose boats is Caloundra-based boat builder Ocean Craft. Its latest vessel is the 6000 Camper Cruiser and, as the name suggests, it can be used for camping, exploring, fishing and cruising. Based on the proven Beamy hull design with a Posi Lift bow, the new Camper Cruiser has plenty going for …

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Invincible 33′ Catamaran

Invincible 33

THE exhilaration of having 800hp at your disposal on a 10m fishing platform with gunwale-to-gunwale fishing space is an experience that many of us don’t often get. Recently, I was very privileged to be able to test such an incredible machine. Invincible 33 The Invincible 33′ Catamaran is not only one of the best fishing platforms I’ve ever been able …

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Hook a pearler with the 481 Top Ender

Quintrex Top Ender

Originally derived to suit Australia’s rugged Top End conditions, the Quintrex Top Ender epitomises the definition of strength in aluminium boating. Part and parcel with its solid build and durability, the Top Ender has comfortably established itself as one of the most popular and sought-after fishing boats in Australia – and for good reason. The barramundi bass tournament-style layout means …

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Bar Crusher 670HT review

It’s a very rare occasion that we manage to get three brand new Bar Crusher 670 Hardtops in the same place at the same time. A couple of weeks ago, the plan came together with the organisation of Rod Elliot from AMC and his staff to take these boats out for a combined water test and review to document their …

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Testing – Ocean Craft Posi Lift Hull

Ocean Craft Posi

Testing – Ocean Craft Posi Lift Hull – Not all boat tests or in this case boat reviews are the same. The main reason this one is a little different is because I tested the boat with an 18hp Tohatsu, even though the Ocean Craft 5900 is rated to 170hp. Ocean Craft Posi Why, you ask? Well, the new owner …

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