Boating & Aviation

Trade-A-Boat Issue 498

Established in 1977, it serves thousands of committed readers from all walks of life who have a passion for boating. Complementing its marine market place strengths are quality news articles, product reviews and the latest boat tests.

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in this issue

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steady changes

Last month I introduced our new owners and hinted toward subtle changes on the horizon. Hopefully you saw the start of these then, like the move to gloss paper. This issue, we head further into where we want to be soon, a buyer and seller’s bible. As most of you know, we operate a website for buying and selling boats, Tradeboats.com.au. For years the modus operandi has been to keep these two platforms distinct. One of our first missions is to break this paradigm and we start in this issue. From page 97, we have more classified ads than any time over the past year and would you believe it, next issue we will give you more! Our goal is to get the back of the book to what it…

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scibs 30th anniversary showcase

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) has officially launched its milestone 30th anniversary showcase, to be held from May 24-27, 2018. From November 21, marine brands were invited to join the 2018 edition of the southern hemisphere’s premier marine event, home to a stellar display of the latest products and innovations in one spectacular location. As well as attracting upwards of 40,000 visitors, SCIBS has grown to become one of the most important B2B events on the Australian boating calendar, hosting international delegations from every continent in the wake of the ASMEX conference and thanks to the support of the Gold Coast City Council and the Queensland Government. Celebrating 30 years alongside SCIBS is a loyal band of exhibitors who took a punt on a promotional concept, executed by the dynamic trio of…

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sealegs launches amphibious boat builders program

Sealegs International recently launched its Amphibious Boat Builders Program in Australia. The program has been established by Sealegs to give traditional boat builders outside New Zealand access to its patented amphibious technology, and was driven by the international demand for a greater variety of models and applications. “The launch of the Boat Builders Program will not only expand the market potential for amphibious boats, it will also focus Sealegs on its technology… the company will be able to leverage the skills and resources of existing boat manufacturers, working locally in international markets to bring new models to market faster,” said David McKee Wright, Sealegs CEO and co-founder. Boat builders who take advantage of the program and integrate Sealegs Amphibious Enablement Systems into their designs will benefit by differentiating themselves in their…

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mercury’s portable four-stroke revolution

Mercury Marine has introduced an ultra-lightweight and reliable 15/20hp EFI FourStroke platform, and launched an innovative new multifunction tiller handle – the world’s first portable outboard tiller that offers true ambidextrous operation. Designed for anglers, recreational family boaters and commercial operators, Mercury’s latest outboard features battery-free EFI for fast, reliable starting, instant throttle response and better overall performance. It is also among the lightest engine of its class on the market, improving acceleration, top speed and handling. On top of all that, it delivers exceptional fuel economy. “This is an engine that is easy-to-start, intuitive-to-operate, lightweight and fuel-efficient,” said Nicholas Webb, senior director of Engine Products (Aus, NZ & Pacific). “Our goal is to develop an intuitive product that enhances true customer boating experience.” This lightweight outboard platform starts at just 45kg, some…

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landing a ‘big angry fish’ in oz

The latest series of Big Angry Fish will hit Australian TV screens on 9 December – and this time there’s an Aussie onboard. Produced in New Zealand and now entering its sixth season, the show has developed a cult following across the ditch and in Australia. It will be shown at 4.30pm on Saturdays on 7mate. Hosts Milan Radonich and Nathan O’Hearn share epic fishing moments (both good and bad), stunning scenery and amazing wildlife, all while focusing on their speciality – showing people how to get big fish in shallow water. The sixth series features 13 episodes, with the BAF crew at their best fishing in New Zealand and Vanuatu. An Aussie, Lubin Pfeiffer, has joined the Kiwi boys, bringing with him his passion for chasing big, shallow water…

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honda coup for co-angler community

Honda Marine in conjunction with BASS Australia Nation are offering a Honda BF50 four-stroke outboard, matched to a TABS 4.2 Bullshark Boat and Trailer package, for the 2018 Berkley BASS Australia Nation Pro Series Co-Angler division. This generous gesture will give Co-Anglers an opportunity to compete at the top level of tournaments in Australia, and walk away with a package valued at over $20,000. The Co-Anglers will compete over six tournaments in ‘Season 5’ of the Berkley BASS Australia Nation Series in New South Wales and Queensland, and the best four results will be accumulated to their final score. “We are honoured and truly inspired about the contribution that Honda is offering to the tournament community, and we can’t wait to see the anglers pushing hard to achieve the goal of the…