Boating & Aviation

Trade-A-Boat Issue 482

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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2 min.
young people

YOU ARE PROBABLY EXPECTING me to go on some rant about how young people are ruining this world with their backwards hats and noisy PWCs, but actually I’m going to do quite the opposite. I had a chance encounter with Trade-a-Boat’ youngest fan (that I know of), 10-year-old Cam from just north of Sydney. It turns out Cam reads the book front to back and even reads with the rest of the family, particularly delighting in big game boats. His collection of magazines runs deeper than mine and he even did his school book report on what we proudly put together every four weeks. Aside from being genuinely humbled by Cam and his interest, something really intriguing came up. His favourite boat is a Viking – a game boat not…

1 min.
bar crusher launch new range

Bar Crusher have launched its latest range of hardtop Fishing Weapons. The new designs in the HT series have been carefully considered to further improve boating and fishing experience. Bar Crusher’s newly-designed Game Lock coaming incorporates a 45-degree angle on the inner edge, which allows you to lock yourself into an extremely comfortable and secure position while fighting big fish. It is also narrower than previous gunwale/side-deck designs. New hard-top designs are complemented by redesigned rocket launchers and slide-opening side windows as standard (670HT, 730HT and 780HT). Bow rails and grab rails have also been upgraded, and the newly-designed bowsprit adds further strength and smoother anchoring. At the helm, Bar Crusher has redesigned the dash of the 615HT, 670HT, 730HT and 780HT to accept up to a 16in multi-function display. The new dash…

1 min.
mercury makes life saving donation

Mercury Marine has donated seven Mercury outboard motors to Surf Life Saving groups, so more Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRBs) will be available for performing rescues and helping keep beachgoers safe across Australia and New Zealand. The seven new Mercury outboards were presented to Life Saving Victoria by Mark Schwabero, chairman and CEO of Brunswick Corporation, Mercury’s parent company. The engines will be widely distributed to maximise their benefit – one 25hp engine to each Australian state and a 30hp engine to New Zealand. Volunteer surf lifesavers and lifeguards perform more than 10,000 rescues each year in Australia and New Zealand, with at least 1,000 conducted in IRBs. “I’m very proud to hand over these powerful and reliable engines on behalf of the Mercury team at Dandenong in Victoria,” Schwabero said. “Surf lifesavers do an amazing…

2 min.
surtees expands base

Whakatane boat builder Surtees Boats is undergoing a major expansion of its current production facility with the addition of a new 900sqm building. Surtees Boats CEO Adam Dyck said the expansion of the factory is a strategic move to further streamline the company’s manufacturing process and to decrease the lead-time for customer orders. “The brand is enjoying very strong sales across all of the markets in which we operate in, this expansion will give us the ability to increase our production output,” Dyck said. “This ability to increase our production will allow us to expand into new sales markets and to meet the demand we expect to experience once those markets are established.” Surtees Boats produced over 400 boats in 2015 and expects a 20% increase in the upcoming year. The company currently produces…

1 min.
team comanche breaks transatlantic record

Jim and Kristy Clark’s world-beating Team Comanche crew have set a new monohull transatlantic record of five days, 14 hours, 21 minutes 25 seconds, though its is still to be officially ratified by the World Speed Sailing Council. On Thursday 28th July, Comanche passed the UK’s Lizard Point to complete the 2,880 nautical miles from west to east across the Atlantic Ocean. The record had been held by Mari Cha IV since 2003 at a time of six days 17 hours 52 minutes and 39 seconds. The talented crew of world class sailors beat the previous record by one day, 3 hours 31 minutes 14 seconds and travelled at an average speed of 21.44 knots. The 100ft Supermaxi was built by Hodgden Yachts in the USA.…

1 min.
navionics expand capabilities

Navionics continues to expand its award-winning SonarChart Live and now includes real-time display on the screens of Raymarine MFDs. It has also made it easier for boaters to plan their outings using Dock-to-dock Autorouting on plotter and mobile. On plotter, SonarChart Live works with Raymarine multifunction displays allowing boaters to create personal 0.5m HD bathymetry maps and view them in real time conveniently from their console. Raymarine users can easily engage their sonar to survey new areas or places where bottom conditions may have changed, then create new bathymetric charts that appear on the plotter instantly. They can upload sonar data automatically and download updated charts via the Plotter Sync capability of Navionics Boating apps. Now available for plotters, Navionics Dock-to-dock Autorouting make it easier for more sailors, anglers and cruisers to…