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AMF 610 Boat Review

The name of this boat is its least memorable feature; it deserves something more gripping than AMF 610. But just about everything else about it stays in the mind without any ...
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AMF 660 Hardtop Cabin Boat Review

AMF must be the only boats whose options list does not include a choice of colour. In fact they are not even painted: their naked aluminium is finished with a coat of ...
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Aristocraft Searover 2.9 Boat Review

 One of the current best selling categories of boat is the small rigid inflatable, and not just for the traditional tender role. People with no space to park a trailer boat can ...
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Arvor 215AS Boat Review

The Arvor is not a run of the mill boat, and given its French origins that is not surprising. It is the kind of boat that people either dismiss out of hand or become fascinated with. The ...
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Azimut 62S Magellano Boat Review

Azimut is an almost unknown brand in WA, but this Italian company claims to be the world’s biggest builder of luxury motor yachts. There is no hard and fast ...
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Bar Crusher 670HT Boat Review

The Bar Crusher 670HT does not have drink holders, carpet or a glove box, and not because the builder is paring the dollars: items that do not help, or even impede, a good day’s fishing do not get a guernsey here. Not that you ...
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Bar Crusher 760HT Boat Review

The Bar Crusher 760HT was the first boat I have driven powered by the completely new Yamaha V6. Offered in 225, 250 and 300hp forms (we had the 250), this is an impressive motor. It has a capacity of 4.2L compared with ...
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Bar Crusher 780HT Boat Review

Where some fishermen practice catch and release, the trailers for all Bar Crushers do the same; but not with fish – the trailers have an excellent system allowing easy one-man drive off, drive on of the boat.
There is much ...
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Barcrusher 730 HT Boat Review

If ever a range of boats stayed true to a theme it is Barcrusher, and clearly it is a theme that has struck a chord with boat buyers; this range is enormously successful across Australia.

Aimed squarely at the fishing buyer, ...
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Barcrusher 730HT Boat Review

The Barcrusher’s main selling point – that of all of the boats in the range – is its ability to punch above its weight as the sea conditions worsen. It copes exceptionally well from the comfort point of view and also ...
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Bavaria Cruiser 32 Boat Review

If I had not been told, I would not have known I was boarding a Bavaria: this one looked like something off the Farr drawing board. And it had more presence on the water than you expect a boat called a 32 to have. I was wrong about the ...
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Bavaria Sport 28 Boat Review

There are plenty of 28 footers that are considered trailable, but they do not have 2.99m beams, or weigh four tonnes even without the trailer. The Bavaria 28 is more suited to hardstand or rack storage, or to an owner ...
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Bayliner 175 Bow Rider Boat Review

Value for money is the key feature of the 175 Bayliner bow rider; $33,890 gets a turn the key and go package that ticks most of the boxes for the family buyer. And that is the typical buyer, particularly the first ...
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Baysport 545 Sports Boat Review

The Baysport 545 is one of an apparently dwindling breed: the Australian-built fibreglass trailable boat. Baysports themselves are far from disappearing: for years they have set the pace in value for money with sales to ...
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Baysport 585 Offshore Boat Review

When Baysport got their hull form right they stayed with it, essentially scaling up and down for different length boats. Scaling rather than simply shortening or lengthening. Doing it this more expensive way has resulted in a range of ...
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Baysport 600 Offshore Boat Review

It was the right sort of day to chug up the Murray or to find a jetty to fish off. Instead we took a Baysport 600 out on the ocean. There was a sizeable swell and plenty of wind to create a nasty sea on top of it; a boisterous day. The ...
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Baysport 640 Offshore Boat Review

Baysport’s range shares a strong family resemblance. This is understandable: economy of scale comes into it, but mainly the reason is the builder got his concept right and he is sticking with it. Getting it right and sticking is a ...
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Baysport 640 Sports Boat Review

This model of the Baysport 640 is called Sports; it might better be called Convertible. A combination of an extension to the Bimini, curtains and clears turns it from a competent fishing boat into a camper. This ability is as likely to ...
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Belize 52 Boat Review

Belize is the name Riviera gives to a new line of boats built in Taiwan (a country with a long history of first class boat building) but under Riviera’s direct supervision. The first Belize hull is a 52, available ...
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Belize 52 Hardtop Boat Review

Belize Motor Yachts, once an independent luxury boat builder, is now a member of the Riviera group. But unlike the tradition of the car industry they do not build disguised clones of the parent. The latest Belize, the 52 Hardtop, is ...
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Beneteau Sense 50 Boat Review

For the most part, monohull yachts do not have as friendly a set of accommodation as power boats of the same size. Entering is generally down a long and steep ladder, and you are then isolated from the outside world. Half or more of the ...
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Blackdog Cat 5.1 Boat Review

NZ aluminium boats are generally built to high standards, but the Blackdog Cat 5.1 sweeps the board. High structural strength is obvious even at first glance. To the more lingering look the welded seams are works of art, the list of ...
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Blue Fin 4.2 Discovery Boat Review

It is no surprise to anyone that boats currently selling in any numbers are at the smaller – and of course cheaper – end of the scale. Finance is not easy to ...
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Blue Fin 5.80 Bowrider Sports Boat Review

It was an experience I can’t recall having before – being in a boat with a motor bigger than the recommended maximum. There was an innocent reason: the dealer had reconditioned the motor and was taking the opportunity to ...
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Bluefin Blaze Ripper 4.5 Boat Review

The  Blaze Ripper 4.5 from the Bluefin stable is the size and style of boat that many people start out with, and that probably just as many finish up with in retirement. The reasons are simple: price, simplicity, ease of launch and ...
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Bluefin Bushranger 4.8 Boat Review

The Bluefin Bushranger 4.8 centre console is about as tough a boat under five metres as I have come across. It concentrates on the essentials and does without the rest – a windscreen for instance, and paint. It is ...
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Bluefin Mangrove Jack 4.25 Boat Review

The average size of trailer boat appears to be reducing; perhaps a temporary thing at a time of financial nervousness, but certainly manufacturers are paying a lot of attention to the smaller end of their ranges. The review boat from ...
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Bluefin Scoundrel 5.00 Boat Review

Purposeful boats, and the Bluefin Scoundrel 5.00 is one of them, are handsome in their simplicity. An unadorned and unpainted centre console, it screams out its purpose as a fishing machine. It was exactly the kind of vessel its buyer ...
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Bluefin Wrangler TT620 Boat Review

Launching and recovering the Bluefin Wrangler was almost a pleasure, which is saying something for the Deepwater Point ramp. Most of the reason was the Dunbier Glidon trailer. It did not lay on a glide, but it was pretty slippery. It ...
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Brig Eagle 780 Boat Review

Large rigid inflatables (RIBs) generally cost a lot more than conventional boats of the same size. Even RIBs with vinyl tubes - that sound like they should be cheap - are expensive. Which ...
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Brig Eagle 780H Boat Review

Brigs were square-rigged sailing workhorses, nothing like the current batch of vessels using the word as a brand name. The member of the new generation I reviewed, a Brig Eagle 780H is a 45-knot rigid inflatable – ...
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Brig Navigator 520 Boat Review

A boat certified to carry nine people, able to operate at speed in less than good conditions, and costing less than $50,000 is well worth a long look. The boat is the Brig Navigator 520. A fibreglass RIB, it is one of a trio of ...
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Brooker 420 XTD Boat Review

The initials that get placed after a boat’s name can sometimes be mystifying; the Brooker 420’s XTD triplet reportedly means ‘extended’. Not its length but rather the height. With sides measuring 720mm from ...
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Brooker 455 Stealth Side Console Boat Review

The Stealth side console is another in Brooker’s series of high sided vessels. With a deck to coaming height of 700mm it is a visibly taller boat than others aroud its 4.55 metre hull length, and to the occupants it delivers the ...
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Brooker 510 XTD Boat Review

Some people’s ideal big boat is an ex cray boat. There might be some minimal accommodation, but far more importantly there will be lots of open deck adaptable to whatever the owner wants to do. The Brooker 510 XTD puts the spirit ...
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Brooker 510C Boat Review

If a Brooker has C in its name it means it has either a side or centre console. The Brooker 510C I reviewed was the more common centre console.

Statistically, a 5.1 metre boat is very close to the current average length of ...
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Brooker 535R Cuddy Boat Review

For a hull length of a trace over five metres and sporting a roomy cockpit, the Brooker 535R Cuddy has a big cuddy indeed. The reason is simple: no foredeck, no side decks; everything in front of the wheel is cabin. This is one of those ...
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Campion 545 Allante Bow Rider Boat Review

Campions are built in Canada and, indirectly, that’s why their hulls have a 10-year warranty: the likelihood of meeting floating logs is so high in Canadian waters that large quantities of Kevlar ...
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Campion 825 Allante Boat Review

Air conditioning and an inverter to drive it were about the only conceivable items missing from the reviewed Campion 825 Allante, and they are both options ...
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Caribbean 2400 Hardtop Boat Review

Caribbeans are built in chilly Melbourne, but they speak to the souls of Western Australians: their cockpits are huge, and that of the 2400 Hardtop is no exception. Having a towing-unfriendly 2.69m beam helps here but, if unrestricted ...
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Caribbean 27 Boat Review

At one time if you bought a Bertram in Australia, International Marine would have built it in Victoria. They are the builders of Caribbean, and for a long time the names Caribbean and Bertram were interchangeable, as were the designs. ...
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Caribbean 27 Custom Boat Review

The 27 is Caribbean’s most-built hull, over the long lifetime typical of the brand. They have been built in a range of layouts but the review boat is in a class of one: the first to be powered by outboards.

The owner ...
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Caribbean 27 Runabout Boat Review

The Caribbean 27 Runabout is the sort of boat many owners of smaller sports cruisers probably wish they had bought instead, with its primary virtue of space. Going boating implies being out of doors, but getting outside ...
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Caribbean 27ft Boat Review

To some eyes a Caribbean looks old fashioned, and that’s just how the legion of Caribbean lovers likes them. In their view, if you build a boat to suit how ...
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Caribbean C40 Mk2 Boat Review

The Mk2 Caribbean 40 has the same hull the Mk 1 has had for many years, and that will make a lot of people happy: this hull has long been regarded as a bench mark in sea keeping. On ...
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Caribbean Cavalier Boat Review

Caribbean is probably better known for its larger boats, but there are plenty who remember their 21ft Reef Runner as the best all round trailer boat of its time. Caribbean has never stopped developing a trailable range, and the 20ft ...
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Cat Factory 46 Boat Review

Among the fleet of Rottnest cruisers a 46 footer does not loom large; but a 46 foot catamaran? It is enormous. Lloyd Powell of local builder The Cat Factory usually builds sailing cats, but he admits he willingly went over to the dark ...
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Catalina 315 Boat Review

With just a 9.45m metre hull the new Catalina 315 has far more internal room than such older and longer classics as the S&S 34 – and sails better than most of them too. All the usual reasons for the spaciousness: more beam ...
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Catalina 355 Boat Review

Catalina has a practice of making the cockpit side benches long enough to sleep on and the 355 seems to have added a few more inches. A great space for a twilight racing crowd, with a ...
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Catalina 445 Boat Review

Perhaps it is because Catalina yachts are designed in California, with such a similar climate to WA, that they work so well here. All models have an extra-big cockpit and an airy interior to cope with the warm to hot ...
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Chaparral 270 Boat Review

The Americans are strong on trailable boats with genuine cruising ability. They are often not pretty, and almost as often balance day and night use poorly; but they use every available centimetre to the utmost.

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Chaparral Wake Boarders Boat Review

I recently trialled Chaparral’s new wake board-ski boats on Victoria’s Lake Eildon, which incidentally gave me a taste of what Wellington Dam might be like if it was ever opened to recreation.

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Chivers 170 CC Boat Review

On Wednesday the Dockers will hold their annual auction at the Burswood Ballroom, and Chivers Marine will donate the star lot - as it has for many years. A very special donation: this boat missed winning ...
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Chivers 1900 Thresher Boat Review

The Chivers 1900 hull scored very well in the 2010 Boat of the year competition, performing brilliantly in the atrocious weather conditions nature laid on for the judging days. I was more than happy to revisit the hull ...
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Chivers 206SF Boat Review

The Chivers 206SF is the hard core offshore fishing version of the Hammer Head in Chivers’ shark series. Layout is raised deck runabout, which gives good protection to the driving position and ensures a big share of the length is ...
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Chivers 220WA Custom Boat Review

In Chivers Marine’s new Shark range of aluminium boats, the 6.6m or 220 models rejoice in the name of White Pointer. The review boat is a walk around version that was specially built for a customer who specified ...
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Chivers 232 Tiger Shark HT Boat Review

As the Chivers range of water-ballasted aluminium boats expands, the builder must be searching the reference books for more names of reputedly fierce sharks to name them after. The 232 Tiger Shark hull has been around ...
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Chivers 250 Great White Walk Around Boat Review

The latest in the Chivers Shark Series is the 250 Great White, and the first example of the model is probably the most thoroughly fitted out 25-footer I ...
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Chivers Bull Shark 156 Boat Review

Some months ago I reviewed a version of the Chivers Bull Shark retailing at around $34,000. If that seemed a bit on the high side for a 4.7m boat then just under $20,000 for this version is verging on a bargain.

It’s all a ...
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Chivers Bull Shark 485CC Boat Review

The buyer of this boat had owned several previously, some large. When he analysed what he enjoyed doing on the water he realized that a lot less boat would do the trick. And while he was downsizing he might as well simplify too. He ...
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Chivers Bull Shark Special Boat Review

Chivers Marine continues to expand its Shark series of aluminium boats downwards in size to probably the smallest model of all, the 4.7m Bull Shark. It is also the only one without the water ballasting feature, and this is ...
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Chivers Hammerhead Custom 206 Walk Around Boat Review

Any of the Chivers Shark-series boats makes the basis for a class fishing boat, but the Hammerhead 206 has possibly the combination of size, affordability and capability to suit the most. The buyer of the review boat was more interested ...
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Chivers Rinker Captiva Boat Review

Wake boarding is definitely a growth sport, and wake board towboats are one of the hotter items in marine dealerships. It is possible to spend well over $100,000 buying one, and there is no question it would be a ripper, but more modest ...
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Chivers Thresher 190 Fore Cab Boat Review

The aluminium Chivers 190 Thresher hull has been around for some time in centre console and runabout form, which has suited the majority of buyers who want a fishing machine. But for those who take ...
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Chivers White Pointer 710WA/HT Boat Review

They were not the right conditions for a fun day’s boating whatever the boat: an onshore wind of 15 to 20 knots, probably nearer 20. On the other hand, if you decided to bite the bullet one of Chivers’ Shark series boats ...
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CNC 6.1 Cuddy Boat Review

WA, which used to export large numbers of aluminium vessels around the world, now sends far fewer completed ones but a lot more kits for assembly overseas. A minor trend is for local prospective boat ...
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Commodore Abrolhos Walk Around Boat Review

Commodore Marine are constantly coming up with new versions of their established boats – and no wonder: when you have a competent hull, you make the most of it. They already had centre console and cabin versions ...
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Concept 30 Sport Deck Boat Review

What put the Concept 30 Sport Deck’s top speed into context for me was the realisation that it was the same as my old Beetle managed in its youth – 65 knots or 75 mph. Still, the Beetle did it with 50hp ...
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Coraline 460 Centre Console Boat Review

Coraline finish their boats in two distinct styles. One has the bells and whistles, linings, upholstery and paint, and the other very much does not. It’s all about making boating affordable to a wider range of ...
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Coraline 460 Runabout Boat Review

If Coraline has a motto it must be along the lines of ‘Leave no niche unfilled’. Their vast range runs from 8m down to 4.6, with constant redesigns and refinements ensuring that few are the same. The range ...
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Coraline 475 Explorer Boat Review

With a range apparently as large as Quintrex’s, the relatively tiny builder Coraline has expanded it again to include a 4.75m runabout. There seems to be a small resurgence in the runabout’s popularity and, ...
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Coraline 480 Wahoo Boat Review

Wherever Coraline catch a glimpse of an unfilled market niche it seems they immediately fill it. The latest of their products I tried has to be the only self-draining plate aluminium dinghy on the market: the 480 Wahoo. ...
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Coraline 500 Centre Console Boat Review

Coraline build some very flash boats up to eight metres in length, so it was interesting to review the one the builder had made for himself: an unpainted five-metre centre console. It was not that he had a hair shirt complex – it ...
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Coraline 500 Wahoo Boat Review

Coraline modestly call their 500 Wahoo a dinghy. In the sense that it has no windscreen or steering wheel they are agreeing with tradition, but this is a dinghy par excellence. Five metres hull length, built of three and four mil plate, ...
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Coraline 520 Bow Rider Boat Review

There are not a lot of plate aluminium bow riders around. This is possibly a result of a bow rider’s need to be a bit flash; it is the boat style that lends itself to elbow on the doorsill driving, one ...
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Coraline 520 Side Console Boat Review

The side console layout is normally chosen for a hull that’s a bit squeezy for a centre console and, perhaps because standing to drive in a smaller boat is less of a good idea, it is normally set up ...
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Coraline 525 Bow Rider Boat Review

Many people associate the bow rider layout with sheltered waters. This is fair enough for many imported examples with low freeboard and not even a decent anchoring system, but the Coraline 525 is in a different class: ...
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Coraline 525 Explorer Boat Review

 Runabouts are not the most fashionable of boats, but they still account for a large share of boats under about 5.5m. And the reason of course is because they account pretty ...
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Coraline 525 Explorer Runabout Boat Review

Runabouts have the potential to be the most boring of boats because, over the years, they have probably been the most built of boats. Of course, most built has a suggestion of most popular and, certainly, their market remains ...
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Coraline 525 Explorer Series II Boat Review

Runabouts used to be the default style of boat for fishing or family fun. They have more competition nowadays from other layouts but they remain popular, and for good reason: they do the job. They also have benefitted from technological ...
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Coraline 525 Series 2 Boat Review

Recently we have reviewed boats with centre consoles in various positions on the centre line and, a current trend, side consoles. Here is a compromise: an offset console. This Coraline 525 Series 2 was built to the specifications of a ...
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Coraline 525CC Custom Boat Review

The Coraline 525 centre console Custom demonstrates how much easier it is to get the exact boat you want if you get it built in WA. The buyer of this one wanted a fishing boat that almost always would be beach launched and retrieved. ...
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Coraline 550 CC Boat Review

The hull plating of this 550 Centre Console Coraline is the standard item, but almost everything else was subject to some form of customising. Understandable with an owner who is single minded in his devotion to a narrow fishing ...
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Coraline 550 Runabout Boat Review

Like probably the majority of Coralines this 550 runabout was subjected to considerable customising. And, as usual, the owner is a strong minded fisherman.  His special requirements started with a complete absence of decorative ...
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Coraline 550 Series Centre Console Boat Review

There is nothing flash about the Coraline 550 centre console. It goes further and makes a virtue out of the lack. What it does have is immense practicality, and everything else it has works well.

Tinnies are often seen naked, ...
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Coraline 550 SF Boat Review

The aluminium Coraline 550 SF has a feature I cannot recall seeing on another centre console: side and front clears instead of a windscreen; brilliantly simple and giving much better protection than the average boat of this style.

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Coraline 550 Stealth Tournament Boat Review

Coraline has logic for most of the name of their new bream boat. The 550 is logical because it is 5.5 metres long; similarly the Tournament – this is a competition boat – but the Stealth inserted between ...
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Coraline 580 Ocean Runner Boat Review

 The hull of the Coraline 580 Ocean Runner has the re-design common to many of the brand’s newer models: more deadrise, and reverse chines to balance the low down buoyancy ...
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Coraline 580 Walk Around Boat Review

One of the endearing properties of a tinnie was that grazing alongside something hard seldom made any visible difference. But as aluminium boats grew up they started getting painted and that advantage largely disappeared. ...
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Coraline 600 Long Runner Boat Review

Paintwork on an aluminium boat probably encourages you to be more careful when parking alongside jetties, and perhaps it gives you a finer feeling of ownership. But a graunch in the two-pack would give you an infinitely worse sensation ...
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Coraline 600 Runabout Boat Review

Six metres is pretty large for a runabout, especially when the measurement is the genuine hull length. But the Coraline 600 Runabout gives the impression that it is half a metre longer still. There are several reasons. The volume ...
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Coraline 670 Ocean Runner Walkaround Boat Review

Coraline’s 670 Walkaround’s aluminium hull features an item from the builder’s seemingly endless list of options and continual improvements: a deep knuckle. The presence of this has allowed the ...
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Coraline 670FX Boat Review

The 670 in the Coraline’s name refers to hull rather than overall length, so this is a big trailer boat by most standards. Its size was one of the owner’s reasons for choosing it: to suit his tow vehicle he wanted as much ...
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Coraline 670SF Boat Review

The Coraline 670SF is at an interesting mid-point between centre cabin and centre console. There is no pretence of accommodation, but the level of shelter is infinitely better than a centre console normally provides.

The console ...
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Coraline 700FX Oceanrunner Series II Boat Review

Like every other Coraline the 700FX Oceanrunner Series II, before it is anything else, is a fishing boat. That it is also a comfortable, sea kindly boat is due to the builder’s opinion that fishing boats should be that ...
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Coraline 750 Outsider Boat Review

Most builders with a large range, and that of local builder Coraline rivals Quintrex’s, sell a very small share of it at the big end. Coraline is different: their seven to eight metre range has a sizeable following that mostly ...
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Coraline 750 Series II Boat Review

Add a couple of metres length to the average sized boat and you have doubled its effective size. The Coraline 750 is a lot of boat and with a standard layout its cockpit area would have been even bigger. The owner though wanted a 100mm ...
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Coraline 750 SF Boat Review

The review boat, a Coraline 750 SF, is a fine example of how far this builder will go in customising to suit a buyer – he even increased the beam by 350mm.

This boat is destined for a life in the Kimberley and a prime need ...
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Coraline 750 Special Boat Review

To some extent almost every Coraline is different to every other one, but this 750 special is very much a one-off.  Coraline built it for as dedicated a fisherman as you are likely to find. For instance, the bow rail-mounted Jabsco ...
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Coraline 800 Outsider S Boat Review

Plate aluminium trailer boats are enormously strong. They typically have 3mm decks, 4mm sides and 5mm bottoms – which is the same as a 30 metre ferry would have. The Coraline 800 goes beyond the ferry with a 6mm bottom. The owner ...
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Coraline Dominator 780 Boat Review

A financial curiosity is that as builders of trailer boats withdraw into their shells, new builders of luxury craft get introduced into Australia. The latest is new only here: Dominator has been a major player in Italy for many years, ...
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Coraline Long Runner 700 Boat Review

The ‘long’ in the name of Coraline’s Long Runner 700 does not mean a stretched seven metres; seven metres hull length is what you get, but an unusually narrow beam gives it a long boat’s ...
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Coraline Oceanrunner 620 Boat Review

Coraline builds such a huge range of hulls in a variety of styles that every one of them delivered is virtually a custom boat. The review Coraline, an Oceanrunner 620, is no exception.

The 6.2 metre hull length is one of ...
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Coraline Outsider 750 Boat Review

A great advantage of buying a WA-built boat is the opportunity to have it finished to your specifications. A high proportion of Coralines are built to order, and the review 750 is a distinct one-off for a buyer with a clear idea of what ...
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Coraline Outsider 800 Boat Review

You see very few trailer boats bigger than the Coraline Outsider 800: 8.6m overall and massively constructed with a 6mm plate bottom and a forest of framing, which made me wonder what would be needed to pull it. A weighbridge ...
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Coraline WA 700FX Boat Review

The walk around Coraline 700FX is probably the definitive fisherman’s version of this much built hull. It gives all the rail access of an open boat but a lot more of civilization’s comforts. Its beam allows decent foot ...
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Cygnet V: Water Police’s New Vessel Boat Review

 ‘Cygnet V’ is the first large patrol boat to be built expressly for WA Water Police, and over a seven month planning period they made sure that she would redress the shortcomings of earlier vessels. Multi functional is ...
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Epic Captiva Boat Review

The Epic Captiva is a rarity among plate aluminium boats: it has barely a straight line in it. It seems it is a foible of builder Todd Lubbock, who gives his glazing contractor nightmares with double curves ...
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Explorer 465 Centre console Boat Review

The Explorer 465 fits several unusual features into its 4.65m. Fibreglass yet, possibly unique for its length, it has a self-draining deck. With a hull weight of only 350kg, it has closed-cell foam buoyancy of 923kg. ...
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Explorer Sea Cat 565CC Boat Review

The Explorer Sea Cat 565 Centre Console is an off the beach power cat from South Africa’s east coast. Which means it is tough because they literally launch off the ocean beach ...
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Fairline 58 Gran Turismo Boat Review

It’s curious that Fairline, building boats up to 85ft long, should choose to build them in the geographic centre of England. Perhaps the cost of oceanfront land outweighs the ...
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Fairline Squadron 42 Boat Review

The first impression of the Fairline Squadron 42 is of the space it contains. Compared with the Fairline 48 of a few years ago there is little or no visible difference in elbow room in the public areas. Admittedly it ...
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Fairline Squadron 58 Boat Review

One of the most welcome features in the latest generation of big boats is the large windows in the hull. It’s extremely pleasant to lie in bed and look at the sea, and just as pleasant to have ...
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Fairline Squadron 60 Boat Review

The Squadron 60 is Fairline’s latest model. To some extent it is a development of the 58, but has a lot of clever new ideas. I particularly like the midships master suite. Full beam with windows both sides, and mirrors in most ...
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Fairline Squadron 65 Boat Review

Who would have picked earlier this year that an English boat costing $3.7m would drop to $2.85m in time for Christmas 2009? For most people it’s entirely academic, and the price is still going to ...
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Fairline Squadron 65 Series II Boat Review

The Squadron 65 has been one of Fairline’s most successful boats in WA, and to sell any $2.7 million boats at all in the current economy suggests the builder must have got it ...
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Fairline Targa 50 GT Boat Review

 

In their Targa 50, Fairline are reversing the trend of recent years. The model this boat replaces, the 48, had the master cabin amidships; the 50 has it forward – to the benefit ...
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Falcon 575SRX Boat Review

At 5.75 metres this Falcon RIB is smaller than the maximum Rottnest tender length, but there is an advantage in the more modest size. The typical garage is 6m x 6m; the Falcon will fit in it, reducing deterioration from the sun and ...
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Falcon 760 Sportfish Boat Review

One of boating’s growth segments is RIBs: rigid inflatables. Once regarded as inshore tenders or as boats for eccentrics, they are now in boating’s mainstream: RIBs are used for everything conventional boats are. A lot of ...
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Formula Cruisers Prowler 10.4 Boat Review

The description ‘power cat’ generally brings to mind a boat built with speed in mind, and that is not at all what the Prowler 10.4 is. And a 35ft cruiser powered by outboards is not main stream either, but this boat ticks an ...
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Formula Icon 54 Boat Review

It takes courage to introduce a $2 million-plus boat into today’s marine market, but this entrant looks the part. And having once overcome all those zeros, it is easy to see value for money ...
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Fountaine Pajot Lipari 41 Boat Review

When you plan to build 250 boats a year it pays to make sure the design is right – scrapping and rebuilding moulds is expensive. Fountaine Pajot, the French power and sailing cat specialist, spent a year getting ...
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Fury 280HT Boat Review

The owner of the Fury 280 Hardtop had just taken delivery of it, and was towing it to Shark Bay soon after he had got rid of me. Buyers of Furys seem ...
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Fury 282 Boat Review

The Fury 282’s 2.7m beam has been a stumbling block for some prospective owners. These are the people who tow their boats to far flung locations, and for whom a boat too beamy to tow after dark is a no-no. For them, the good news ...
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Fury 282 Custom Boat Review

Those who thought fibreglass boat building in WA was dead and about to be buried will be surprised to learn the news from Fury Custom Boats. Not quite beating customers away with sticks, but busy enough to move to bigger ...
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Fury 282CC Charter Boat Boat Review

 Due to complex survey rules it is difficult to make a centre console legally acceptable for commercial work. When On Strike Charters of Exmouth wanted such a boat for their big-game tag and ...
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Fury 282DC Boat Review

The Fury 282 DC in common parlance is a bow rider. Builder Scott Fury calls it a double console (hence the DC) and, fair enough, this boat deserves a special name. A year in creation it oozes quality and thought; this is a worthy ...
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Fury 282SC Boat Review

Vessels from Fury Custom Boats have typically been thought of as the epitome of the centre console style, and with good reason: centre consoles were all they built. Until now, with the ...
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Fusion 40 Boat Review

Catamarans generally need plenty of breeze to give stimulating sailing, conditions we did not have on the review day, but probably the majority of people who buy them are more interested in their other qualities than in ...
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Gemini Elite 650 Boat Review

At 6.5m the Gemini 650 rigid inflatable (RIB)fits the size rule for a Rottnest tender, and the review boat’s equipment level suggested that was where it was destined. Genuine seats for half a dozen – plus untold numbers of ...
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Gemini Elite 675 Boat Review

South Africa’s population of leisure boats has one of the world’s highest percentages of rigid inflatables; the South Africans appreciate ...
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Haines Hunter 600R Boat Review

There are a lot of automotive brand names that stir the blood, but just a handful of boats. Haines Hunter is one of them. They have the pedigree and the mystique, they all have hulls happy to work on the ocean, few fishermen ever found ...
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Haines Hunter 650 Classic Offshore Boat Review

Nature laid on the right weather for our boat, bearing one of the revered offshore names, to show us its mettle. The boat was a Haines Hunter 650 Classic Offshore, and the weather a 20-plus knot breeze ...
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Haines Hunter 760R Boat Review

 

When a boat has the 7.6m length of the Haines Hunter 760R a lot of the compromises typical of trailer boats disappear. Despite being essentially a roomy fishing runabout, it still has ...
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Haines Signature 632F Boat Review

The 6.3 metre Signature 632F is the current stage in the evolution of one of the Haines Group’s most popular fishing boats. All the accoutrements expected in an angler’s special are here, but one that particularly appeals to ...
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Horizon 65 Motor Yacht Boat Review

$2.975m is a lot of money in outright terms, but compared with what you get in the Horizon 65 it looks more like a bargain. The builders call it a motor yacht and it is hard to argue with them: the ambience is more small ship than ...
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Hydra-Sports 2300DC Boat Review

There are bigger bow riders around than the Hydra-Sports 2300DC, but I doubt that any of them contain more ingenuity, capability and surprises. Whoever heard of a bow rider whose toilet is equipped with a standard magazine rack?
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Hydra-Sports 2500CC Boat Review

Perhaps the biggest reason why more centre consoles are not sold is the partner will not give buying permission for a boat without a toilet. That reason is a non starter with the Hydra-Sports 2500CC: its console houses an ...
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IMG 400 Boat Review

On the face of it the IMG 400 is the boat for a buyer who does not much like boating – at 60 knots the experience is over pretty quickly. On the other hand it could also be the boat for someone who wants to spend ...
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J-70 Boat Review

There is a steadily growing number of sports boats on the Swan; sail craft around six metres long, essentially big racing dinghies with ballast keels. Terrific fun, but needing athletic dinghy-style crews to sail them well. And they are ...
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Jackson 47 Boat Review

The Rottnest Boat Par Excellence. The best way to test a big boat designed for how West Australians most use their boats is to take it to Rottnest. And since the Jackson 47 emphasises space, you ...
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Jeanneau 41DS Boat Review

The Jeanneau 42DS is an unashamed cruising boat, and it is good to know that the owner of the first one in the state has serious plans for it: a year of familiarisation, then a leisurely year circumnavigating Australia. ...
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Jeanneau 44i Performance Boat Review

Jeanneau yachts have traditionally been seen as cruising boats that get raced rather than racing boats that get cruised. Enthusiastic racers would buy something else. The 44i Performance Jeanneau changes things, and the ...
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Jeanneau 855 Merry Fisher Boat Review

Jeanneau is best known for its sailing vessels, but has also been a long time builder of power boats. They named their 855 a Merry Fisher although most people would call it a cruiser. The ability to sleep six in comfort (seven at a ...
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Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379 Boat Review

While most builders are marking time Jeanneau, the world’s largest builder of yachts, is steadily revamping – and in many cases replacing – its entire line. The latest new model had its worldwide release at the last ...
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Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41DS Boat Review

A new yacht hull is a complicated and expensive item to put into production, but Jeanneau keeps producing them – perhaps that is why they are by far the world’s biggest builder of yachts. Their latest is the Sun Odyssey ...
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Karnic 1851 Open Boat Review

Karnic calls its 1851 (5.65m) an Open. The rest of the world would call it a centre console. Names aside, it is an exceptionally well thought out and fitted out boat. Unlike the majority of this style of boat it appears intended less ...
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Karnic Bluewater Line 2050 Boat Review

The Karnic 2050 is very much a part of a family of fibreglass boats; the hull design and proportions are closely related throughout the range. All share the pleasant feature of value for money.

The 2050 is one of the bigger ...
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Karnic Smart 1-48 Boat Review

At the small end of the Cyprus-built Karnic range of fibreglass boats, the Smart 1-48 is offered in no less than 20 claimed versions. You can have this 4.8 metre boat tiller steered, side console, centre console midships or aft. Then ...
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Karnic Smart 1-55 Boat Review

Cyprus is known internationally more for ship owning than boat building, but the country was producing boats before Euclid drew his first triangle. Nowadays they build them in fibreglass, and are confident enough in them to give a ten ...
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Kirby 10 Metre Naiad Boat Review

There was a time when the idea of inflatable fishing boats was in the same category as inflatable dart boards; perhaps the prejudice had more validity in the era of the hand line, but it is long since extinct. Large rigid inflatables ...
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Kirby 10m Naiad Boat Review

The Kirby 10m Naiad is the fastest boat I have driven: 58 knots. That’s what a pair of 350hp Yamahas can do for you, but only on the right hull. This hull has a 27deg deadrise, a pair of steps in the bottom, and ...
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Kirby 10m Naiad 2012 Boat Review

Kirby Naiads are for the few who both lust for them and can afford them. And it is probably as well that the numbers are not large because they take an astonishing number of man hours to build. Every buyer has strong ideas on the detail ...
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Kirby 8.5 Naiad Boat Review

8.5m might not seem small to a leisure boat owner who had to pay for it, but to a rescue boat crew that has to take it to sea in all weathers it can feel tiny. That 8.5m needs to be ...
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Kirby Marine 6.7 Naiad Boat Review

The customer for the Kirby Naiad RIB (rigid inflatable) wanted it within the Rottnest tender limits, but he also wanted a Tardis – bigger inside than out – something particularly difficult to achieve within ...
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Kirby Naiad 12.5 Boat Review

The Esperance Volunteer Sea Rescue Group has a huge area of responsibility, including the whole of the Recherche Archipelago and as far east as Israelite Bay. Their boat needs range and speed, and the ability to use both of them in ...
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Legacy 12 Boat Review

The boat I learned to sail in, early in the 20th century it feels like, had a standing lug rig and a timber hull; very Swallows and Amazons. That is why the Legacy 12 struck an immediate chord with me: this is a ...
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LeisureCat 350 Sports Cruiser Boat Review

Not a lot of 35-footers are powered by outboards, but the review LeisureCat 350 Sports Cruiser makes a convincing case on catamarans at least, cost being one of the more striking reasons. Fitting a pair of Volvo diesels – the more ...
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LeisureCat 350 Sportscruiser Boat Review

LeisureCats have always practically defined the active side of boating, and the review boat more than most. The owner of this 350 Sportscruiser is now on his fourth built to order LeisureCat and is confident he has achieved his version ...
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LeisureCat 8000 Boat Review

LeisureCats come near the top of any offshore angler’s wish list. That not all end up buying one is more the shallow-pocket syndrome than the wish drying up. Like all power cats, LeisureCats are more expensive to build than the ...
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Leisurecat Islander 6000 Boat Review

Probably every Leisurecat ever built had a fisherman for an owner, but the Islander 6000 is the purist’s fishing boat. This is the boat that can head offshore in almost any ...
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LeisureCat Kingfisher 9000 Series Boat Review

A few weeks ago the West ran a news story on a boat that broke loose off the metropolitan coast and was next seen, still in excellent shape, the other side of Madagascar many ...
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LeisureCraft 240 Lagoon Boat Review

The 240 Lagoon is called a LeisureCraft, even though renowned boat builder LeisureCat produces it: because it is not a cat. It is actually about as far as it could get from a cat, being a Pacific-style ...
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MacGregor 26 Boat Review

Here is one trailable sailing boat whose most distinctive attraction is not its ability to sail. Instead it is its great ability as a fast power cruiser. That it sails well ...
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Magnus Craft Aeron 31 Boat Review

The builder describes the Magnus Craft Aeron 31 as a unique luxury waterjet sports cruiser, and I cannot dispute a single word. The boat is 9.5m over all, but only 2.48m beam so it can be towed anywhere at any time (or more likely kept ...
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Mako 470 Runabout Boat Review

Occasionally I get the chance to review a boat with its owners already in place. Lots to be said for this: you find out about reasons for buying; about views on how well it does its job; their opinions on ...
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Mako Craft 450 Fisherman Boat Review

The first thing to say about the Mako Craft 450 Fisherman is that it is good value for money. The package, with a 40hp four-stroke and a respectable amount of fruit is $28,500. With the same power provided by a two-stroke the price ...
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Maritimo 470 Offshore Convertible Boat Review

The Maritimo 470 Offshore Convertible is a modest vessel: masquerading as a 47-footer its hull length is actually 54ft. And being Australian-built it uses a well-judged share of that for the cockpit; local preference is some open air ...
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Maritimo A50 Aegean Enclosed Boat Review

The Maritimo A50 Agean Enclosed is an impressive boat in its own right, but the really special feature of the review boat was its manoeuvring system: the new Twin Disc ...
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Maritimo C50 Sports Cabriolet Boat Review

A 50-footer is a lot of boat but, just the same, Maritimo seem to have created disproportionate space in their C50 Sports Cabriolet - an achievement considering the saloon also has to ...
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Meridian 441 Sedan Bridge Boat Review

The Meridian 441 Sedan Bridge is fairly unusual among American fly bridge boats: it has just a single, outside driving station. The builders have clearly woken up to Australian ...
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Millennium 760 Boat Review

People who buy an Air Rider hull are looking for very special performance. Abalone divers, sea rescue groups, and discerning private owners seek out these designs by naval architect Gavin Mair; they are looking for ...
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Montebello 12.5 Power Cat Boat Review

40ft catamarans, power and sail, seem to have suddenly become fashionable. There are excellent reasons why it should be so, ranging from the ability to use shallow water moorings to a lot of useable space within the ...
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Morningstar Bay Rover 498R Boat Review

Taiwan has long been a prolific builder of commercial vessels, but in the leisure market only a few one-offs have made it to Australia. Morningstar, a new brand of trailer boat retailed locally by Searano Marine, might change ...
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Mustang 43 Sports Cruiser Boat Review

The Mustang brand name has had several homes over the years, but is now securely in the hands of Maritimo. The review boat, the Mustang 43 Sports Cruiser, has no links at all with any previous models; this is a completely new design by ...
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Mustang 430 Sports Coupe Boat Review

At a time when other Australian builders’ sales were faltering Mustang actually increased sales. The model that led the way for them was the Flybridge 43, and its very successful hull underpins ...
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Northstar 640RW Boat Review

In not too vibrant a market, rigid inflatables (RIBs) seem to be doing better than most, and the choice in these craft has widened with the introduction of the Northstar brand to Western Australia.

Northstars are built in fairly ...
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Oceancraft 6.5 Custom Boat Review

Custom Oceancraft have long been on the WA scene, building both commercial and leisure aluminium boats. Their latest product, one of the most eye catching boats of the past few years, is a new departure in design.

The design ...
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Plaka 4.6 Centre Console Boat Review

Sometimes simplicity can be more impressive than ingenuity, and Plaka boats fit into that category. Half a dozen or so roto-moulded pieces of polyethylene, variously welded and bolted together, some ...
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Princess 39 Sports Cruiser Boat Review

 

The newly introduced Princess 39 is the smallest vessel in the British company’s range, yet once on board only the name indicates its real size; the 39 is a marvel of space efficiency.

It is also a very ...
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Princess 64 Boat Review

64ft is a lot of boat, but the Princess 64 packs in an abundance of features and still manages the open spaces of something larger. A dozen people could sit in the saloon and it would not begin to look crowded.

And that only ...
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Princess Yachts V85S Boat Review

Princess Yachts is one of Britain’s big three luxury boat builders. It is in the same corporate group as Louis Vuitton, Moet and Chandon, and De Beers Diamonds, so it should ...
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Quintrex 490 Escape Boat Review

The vast Quintrex catalogue includes boats of over 7m-hull length, but illustrating the current tight financial times they are currently building hardly anything over 5m. Not only that, but the big ...
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Quintrex 510 Freedom Sport Boat Review

Freedom Sport is the name Quintrex gives to bow riders, perhaps their most popular type. The review 510 Freedom Sport is modestly named, as its hull length is 5.33m.

...
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Quintrex 610 Cruiseabout Boat Review

Cruiseabout is Quintrex’s house name for bowriders, which tend to be a polarising type. Some offshore fishermen worry about the exposed open forward cockpit; serious fishers, inshore and off, may not be rapt with the divided ...
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Quintrex 630 Freestyler Boat Review

Here is an unusual combination: an all new Quintrex teamed with a nearly all new Evinrude. Traditionally, Quintrex announces new models that take an expert to tell apart from those they replace. The 630 Freestyler, though, is blindingly ...
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Quintrex Renegade 460 Boat Review

Probably the best selling model range in Quintrex’s vast portfolio is the Renegade. These are boats for the fishing purist and built with an eye on holding down price: buy a standard Renegade and it will have no paint on ...
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Reef Hunter 510 Runabout Boat Review

If you want a boat offering decent shelter combined with maximum room then runabout is the style for you. It is not terribly chic – currently walk arounds seem to have cornered the market in chic ...
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Reef Hunter 5700 Boat Review

 

WA-built plate aluminium boats seem to be unstoppable, or more accurately the people who build and sell them are. At a time of a less than vibrant marine industry, a new brand has appeared: Reef ...
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Reef Hunter 630 Boat Review

The Reef Hunter 630 is a beefy boat, both the bits you can see and gauge and those you can’t. The 4mm sides and 5mm bottom with all frames fully welded to it you have to take on trust, but ...
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Riviera 48 Offshore Express Boat Review

In the same way that fly bridge cruisers developed hardtops and eventually converted the fly bridges into a second storey saloon, some express cruisers have converted their upper deck areas into backless ...
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Riviera 53 Flybridge Boat Review

The Riviera 53 Flybridge had been fitted out to order and it showed: this boat has as nearly everything as I could think of. More, actually - I had never before come across a Riviera with a gyro stabilising system. One item the owner ...
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Riviera 56 Boat Review

Enclosed flybridges, that are currently all the rage, add interior space but automatically reduce open-air opportunities. Not to worry because this one is Australian, almost definitively ...
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Robalo R160 Boat Review

For a boat of only five metres the Robelo R160 centre console is equipped with exceptional completeness. Every part of the internal space is well and cleverly used, but there is no suggestion of crowding: this is a roomy centre ...
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Robalo R222 Boat Review

The flood of American imports has reduced to a trickle, probably influenced by the shrivelling Aussie dollar, and for the most part only the long established brands are turning up. The review boat, a Robalo 222 centre console, is the ...
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Sea Ray 220 Sundeck Boat Review

A 20-odd footer may be your idea of either a big or a small boat, but the Sea Ray 220 Sundeck crams an almost impossible quantity of features into its 6.71m. Many of them require a search before ...
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Sea Ray BR 205 Boat Review

The Sea Ray 205 is what many would think of as the archetypical American boat: a sterndrive powered, thoroughly equipped bow rider, with an emphasis on getting numbers on board. A difference is that this is not a boat ...
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Sea Ray Sundancer 285 Boat Review

The Sea Ray Sundancer 285 fits an astonishing amount of liveability into eight or so metres. It’s not a boat the dedicated fisherman would buy, but for the growing number of ...
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Seacat 510 Boat Review

One of the Seacat 510’s key features is its extremely good value for money, although that is only one of its strong points. This 5.1m catamaran gives you tough construction, twin motors, ...
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Seacat 520CC Boat Review

The 520 is the smallest in the Seacat family imported from South Africa but, in the way of cats, still has the characteristics of a larger boat. The price though, especially for a twin engined boat, is modest: $49,900.

For the ...
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Seacat 565FC Boat Review

An 18ft power cat for under $63,000 is good going, and it does not have to be a stripped-out Spartan job to reach that figure. The Seacat 565FC is anything but bare bones and still achieves it, ...
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Seacat 636 Boat Review

One of the magnets at the Hillarys Boat Show was the Seacat 636. A power cat is the boat every fisherman is going to buy one day, and this one was more affordable than most as well as very much looking the part. It is the big brother to ...
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Sealegs 7.1 Boat Review

The bad news first: this 7.1m boat costs $129,000. It is the only bad news, though, and the good news is very good. The boat is the Sealegs 7.1, the only brand offer genuine amphibians in Australia.

...
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Seascape 18 Boat Review

In the heyday of trailer sailers, 30 and more years ago, cheapness and internal room with a few exceptions took priority over high quality and sailing ability. In particular, a minimal cockpit for a ...
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Seaswirl 1851 Striper Boat Review

The Seaswirl 1851 Striper, at 5.64m overall, is probably a bit small for all the features it has built in. They are quite impressive, but since the main purpose of a walk around is ...
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Signature 542F Boat Review

When Signature put an F in a boat’s name, they are saying this is a boat designed around fishermen. Our review 542 had an F, but it also had a lot more comforts built in than most ...
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Signature 575 RF Boat Review

Creating a new model fibreglass boat costs a great deal of money, and currently also faith plus crossed fingers. Being a Signature, the 575RF does not look especially new; once Signature established its hull design ...
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Signature 600 Bow Rider Boat Review

Bow riders have a lot going for them, but one thing they generally don’t have is genuine offshore capability. The bottoms are usually on the flat side of sharp, with freeboard sacrificed for ...
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Signature 602F Boat Review

With a hull length a whisker less than six metres the Signature 602F is not a big boat in outright terms, but measured by its presence on the water it definitely punches above its weight. Making way or at rest there was nothing flighty ...
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Signature 632F Boat Review

The Signature hull, and the shape is consistent throughout the range, ensures that the bit that is deepest in the water gets the most deadrise: 33-deg. The bit that barely touches ...
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Sirocco 310 Aluminium RIB Boat Review

The Sirocco 310 Aluminium RIB is an ideal tender/runabout.  It is more than just a ship to shore inflatable.  With a 10 or 15Hp engine the Sirocco 310 is a strong, practical, seaworthy vessel capable of those extra surf, dive ...
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Sirocco 350 Air Hull Inflatable Boat Review

The Sirocco 350 Air Hull is an innovative inflatable tender which overcomes many of the storage problems associated with dinghies on cruising yachts.    With a 10 or 15Hp ...
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SmartWave SW4200 Boat Review

The New Zealand-built SmartWave SW4200 is that most durable of small vessels: a roto-moulded, double skinned boat with foam between the skins, skins that have colour all the way through them. Since the “Titanic” builders ...
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Stacer 489 Bay Master Boat Review

$30,000 is the line a lot of boat buyers will not cross, and today’s review boat, the Stacer 489 Bay Master, offers an attractive package for – just – under that figure.

The 489 is a runabout, and the Bay is ...
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Stacer 649 Ocean Ranger Boat Review

The name Stacer brings to mind smallish pressed aluminium boats, which is reasonable because that is what most of them are. The review boat, though, is something new and different: 6.49 metres long in plate aluminium, with 5mm bottom ...
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Stagg 7.8 Custom Boat Review

Peter Stagg builds only custom boats, with lines and scantlings individually crafted by naval architects. This inevitably means nothing cheap comes out of ...
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Stessco 420 Catcher DLX Boat Review

The usual progression with boat ownership is to start small and then replace with progressively bigger boats until the reverse process takes place. The reverse can be just a single step down to something ...
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Stessco Renegade 550 CB Boat Review

I seem lately to have been reviewing a high percentage of fairly stark boats; boats to be worked, boats to not need a lot of attention. My sort of boats, frankly, an attitude earned from an early history of varnished timber boats. The ...
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Stessco Tornado SFX 470 Boat Review

The Stessco Tornado SFX 470 is technically a dinghy, and that is what its builder calls it. The dimensions are right for a biggish dinghy – hull length 4.7 metres, beam 2.2 – but the structure is pocket battleship tough and ...
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Sunseeker Manhattan 52 Boat Review

To many Australians the greatest shortcoming of imported big boats is the small size of their cockpits. The English Sunseeker company has fixed that with an Australia-only version of their new Manhattan 52. They removed ...
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Sunseeker Predator 64 Boat Review

It’s no wonder the Sunseeker Predator 64 has a 13KVA genset, considering the number of electrically operated devices on board. From the obvious air conditioning ...
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Surtees 6.1 Centre Console Boat Review

One of the stars on Aquasports Marine’s stand at the Fremantle Show is the New Zealand-built Surtees 6.1 Centre Console. New Zealand imports generally ...
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Surtees 6.7 Workmate Boat Review

The review boat has the same aluminium hull as the 2011 Imported Boat of the Year. The upper works, though, are abbreviated to make more cockpit for fishing; hence the blokey name Surtees 6.7 Workmate. It works for ...
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Surtees 7.3 Sports Fisher Boat Review

New Zealand does many things well, sauvignon blanc effortlessly springing to mind, and plate aluminium boats are up there with the wine any day. The review Surtees 7.3 Sports Fisher is a ...
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Tattoo 515 Navigator Boat Review

The Tattoo range of pressed plate boats, produced by a long-established Australian builder, has not a single rivet between them. All boats over 4.3 metres are in 3mm plate, completely welded inside and out. They are all bulky boats, ...
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Tattoo 550 Centre Console Boat Review

You mostly see the skippers of centre consoles standing up to drive, and the designer of the Tattoo centre consoles presumably made a note of that because the 550 I was in had no seat. That’s not the whole truth: there is a wide ...
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TMS 7.6 Boat Review

Transcontinental Maritime Services is a big name (although usually shrunk to TMS) for a builder of small leisure craft. It fits better with what the company mostly does: ...
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Tournament 1800 Boat Review

Tournament is the current name adopted by the boat builder formerly called Mustang. This at least clears up the confusion there used to be when two separate companies were both called ...
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Tournament 1900 Bluewater CC Boat Review

The Tournament brand name is getting known in its own right, but anyone wondering about its provenance should be reassured by hearing that it is a re-badging of the well-known ...
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Tournament 2250 Walk Around Boat Review

Tournament boats are the successors to the trailable Mustangs, most of them using the original moulds. Mustangs made themselves a lot of friends and that amiability has carried over to ...
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Trailcraft 485 Freestyle CV Boat Review

In many ways Trailcraft is the Quintrex of the plate boat world, building a model and a length to suit almost any trailer boat buyer. They are no longer the old Ford equivalent, though, ...
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Trophy 2152 Walk Around Boat Review

The lightweight 1.9L Mercruiser, putting out 120hp, started a minor trend a few years ago for diesels in trailer boats. The current 2L motor, with no significant difference in weight but 30 more ...
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Ultimate by Design 640BR Boat Review

This week’s review boat is something very special in bow riders. Custom built from the first line on paper, it was designed to be at home on the ocean, to be versatile even by bow rider ...
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Velosity 580 Boat Review

There is a sameness about many of the plate aluminium boats built in WA – inevitable when most are very similar Jackman designs. The Velosity 580 rings the changes by being a Dennis ...
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Wakemaker 7000 Boat Review

At first and second glance the Wakemaker’s hull looked like almost any run of the mill WA plate aluminium boat, and the judges of the Boat of the Year were expecting a similar performance on the lumpy ocean. It ...
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Waust Shockwave Boat Review

Almost everyone looking at the boat for the first time said variations on the same theme: ‘what a great fishing boat’. And they were right. Apart perhaps from some cold storage, all the ingredients were there. But, more ...
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Waveline Ocean 5.8 Cross Over Boat Review

Fibreglass construction in WA has been an endangered species for some time, but now a fresh face has appeared on the scene – Waveline Custom Motor Yachts of Pinjarra. With their first vessel a 5.8m the Motor Yacht in the title ...
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West Wight Potter 19 Boat Review

A 21st century trailer sailer. It might not have the catchiest of names, but I found everything else about the West Wight Potter 19 delightful. The concept of trailer sailers has always struck me as a good ...
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Westerberg 5.2 Barra Boat Boat Review

Westerberg is one of the oldest, perhaps the very oldest, WA plate aluminium leisure boat builders, and until a couple of years ago it was run by Mr Westerberg himself. New owner Paul ...
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Whaly 370 Boat Review

The name Whaly is not too exciting, but it is the one owned by perhaps the most accomplished of 12 footers: the Whaly 370. As the number suggests there are Whalys of other lengths, all of similar layout. The form resembles a RIB but ...
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Whaly 435 Boat Review

The concept of building in moulded plastic a boat that otherwise resembles an inflatable is not new, but the Whaly has a whole set of design features that make it unique. One possibly unique feature is its place of origin: I can’t ...
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Whittley 1650CL Boat Review

Aluminium’s share of the trailer boat market is dominant, yet the fibreglass builders continue to introduce new models despite the significant cost of producing the moulds. Queensland builder Whittley has come up with a boat that, ...
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Whittley 2180 Cruiser Boat Review

Cruiser might seem an adventurous title for a boat with an 18ft hull length, but the Whittley 2180 Cruiser uses the space within that hull very well, and ...
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Whittley 22 Boat Review

The Whittley SL22SD is biased towards fishing, but can fairly make claim to be a genuine all rounder. The internal finish, quality of furnishings and choice of materials should appeal to any family member. Divers not only have a ladder, ...
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Whittley 22 Sea Legend Boat Review

Whittley are probably best known for their excellent cruisers, but they also have a parallel line of boats for more active pursuits: the Sea Legends.  Unlike many builders Whittley give them completely different hulls to similar ...
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Whittley 26 Sea Legend Boat Review

Whittley’s Sea Legend range is a little less well known than the builder’s cruisers but, like their stablemates, they are superbly well fitted for their intended task. They are about as close to the epitome of all rounder as ...
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Whittley 2600 Cruiser Boat Review

The Whittley 2600 Cruiser is the smaller sister of the 2800 Cruiser, the boat that won the national award for Trailable Cruiser of the Year in 2008. And like the 2800 it is genuinely trailable: no ...
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Whittley CR 2600 Boat Review

The Whittley CR 2600 is called a cruiser, but it could also be a beach shack or caravan on other occasions; or all three on the same holiday. It provides comfortable sleeping for four, has a bathroom, kitchen and dining space. A useful ...
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Whittley CR 2800 Boat Review

I have always thought the Whittley CR 2800 was a first class combination caravan and cruiser. The more usual compromise of caravan and roof top tinny works for inshore fishing experiences, but this vessel gives nothing away in ...
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Whittley CR2080 Boat Review

The Whittley CR2080 is one of a dwindling family: the Australian-built fibreglass trailer boat. This brand, though, seems to be here to stay, winning awards and staying at healthy levels of production. Within its hull length of 5.3 ...
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Whittley CR2600 Boat Review

The Whittley CR 2600 offers genuine week long on-board living for four in a package, with full load and trailer, that weighs in under 3.5 tonnes. This is a rarity. To fit that much accommodation into a boat with just 6.75 metres of hull ...
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Whittley Cruiser 2080 Boat Review

A hull length of 5.3m and a beam of 2.2m is not much to accommodate the trappings of a cruiser, but Whittley’s smallest cruiser, the 2080, makes a good fist of it. Using ...
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Whittley Sea Legend 2600 Boat Review

Whittley are probably best known for their trailable cruisers. Their range of more fisherman-friendly boats, the Sea Legends, features a sharper deadrise hull, a finer bow, a lot more cockpit, and a mass of features to make anglers ...
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Yalta 2000 De Luxe Boat Review

One of the quieter achievers of the 2011 Boat of the Year awards was the Yalta 2000 De Luxe. It was the winner of the Imported Fibreglass category, and it won handily. The word ...
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Zodiac Pro Open 650 Boat Review

There are still many people who refer to any RIB as a Zodiac, in the same way that an earlier generation called any vacuum cleaner a Hoover. Both of them dominated their market. Neither does now, but after a period in the doldrums ...
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