I’ve always maintained that, just like a car, a motorcycle, or even a house, every boat is a compromise. Even with your ‘ideal’ boat (which I thought I had), there’s always a few things that could always be better. My mindset changed recently when I visited the team at Reef Marine in Mackay for a boat test.
Believe it or not, reviewing boats can be a tough gig. Most of the time, boats being reviewed are either the flagship model of a particular brand or have a feature that is the next big thing. Essentially, you are usually stepping onto something awesome, given the keys, told to go as hard as you want and then after a few hours - hand it back!
There’s something about the simplicity of small boats which makes them so enjoyable. Whilst they may not have the creature comforts of larger boats, the fact that we are often time and money poor means having a boating and fishing option which is inexpensive, easy to prepare and maintain, and most importantly simple to get on the water can make a big difference in terms of fishing frequency and experience.
Mercury Marine is excited to introduce its all new V6 FourStroke outboard family and the expansion of its SeaPro commercial line.
Just unveiled at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show, the new engines include 175hp, 200hp and 225hp FourStroke outboards and a V6 200hp SeaPro commercial outboard.
It doesn’t take long to learn that a Stejcraft review means an awesome experience on the water and the 610 and 640 Monaco models lived up to that expectation. Both boats were immaculately presented and both gained a lot of public attention at the ramp before and after the review.
The Haines Signature 495F is the new entry level cuddy cab from the Haines Group. Replacing the 493F, it has been redesigned and tweaked a little. Suitable for a family fun day on the water, fishing or even the overnight camping trip.
When I saw the weather report of 25-30 knots and 2m swells, I contacted Pat at Waverider Boats and said let’s postpone until another day. He replied, "The only thing that can stop us is fear. Fear not!" With a comment like that, what could I do but make my way to Mooloolaba to try it out?
Two things in life define me, my ability to dream and my penchant for expensive toys. I think I know where it started. I was 12 years-old. The location was K Mart at Wynnum West. Up the back was a glass cabinet that could only be unlocked by an appropriately trained staff member - like all expensive things in Wynnum, it pays to lock them up. In this cabinet sat 2 items that would mesmerise me: Alvey reels & fish finders.
A couple of editions back, you might remember I went through the process of installing a bow mounted electric motor on my tinnie.
Over the last few months, the electric has been such a welcome addition to "Big Bad Barry" that I decided to go next level and pimp my sounder.
So, why the upgrade?
It was love at first sight when we crossed paths at the Brisbane Boat Show. A good friend of mine introduced us, the next four hours were spent pawing over her and finding out as much as I could about this beauty. The Tracker Pro Guide V-175 SC had everything I wanted in a boat and more! The only question was, how did she ride?