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Boating & Aviation

Trade-A-Boat Issue 483

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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12 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
loss of control

BACK IN ISSUE #480 I mentioned a report out about a lack of training and competency on water by a New Zealand-based commercial operator operating a ferry that led to prosecutions for the operator and owners. It seems New Zealand is not alone in on-water drama with fare-paying passenger vessels. This issue it’s closer to home, with reports out that Manly Fast Ferries have suffered loss of control in more than one vessel, more than once. Whenever I see these words together in marine news I fear the worst. Luckily, this time the report doesn’t include loss of life or even loss of property but it prophesies the chance of both at a catastrophic scale. Head down to the business end of this book and you will find the popular Commercial…

11 min.
yamaha reintroduces gp waverunners

GP1800 The GP name has been missing for a few years, but Yamaha is banking on plenty of folks remembering its performance-oriented model. The new GP1800 uses the VX hull design, featuring modified strakes, softer bow chines and a performance-driven keel shape. Yamaha’s NanoXcel 2 hull material has kept overall weight down to 349kg, maximising the power-to-weight ratio. The hull works with the SVHO (Super Vortex High Output) engine, a 1.8-litre, supercharged four-cylinder unit designed specifically for the extreme demands of personal watercraft. This powerplant has dominated the race scene in Australia and overseas since its introduction, and the addition of the 160mm high-pressure pump allows the SVHO to transfer big power to the water. With RiDE dual-throttle controls and electric trim, Yamaha is pitching the GP1800 as an incredible all-rounder that will win…

2 min.
the shopping cart

STEREOACTIVE FUSION’S GENIUSES HAVE DONE IT AGAIN, THIS time re-inventing the portable Bluetooth speaker with their StereoActive. As expected, it’s marine-focussed, waterproof and able to float, but not to the detriment of sound quality. With two 40-watt speakers and a 20-hour battery, it pumps out the tunes. A USB port that can also charge your phone comes standard, and it can be controlled by Garmin’s smartwatch. Those wanting a better-secured sound will give thanks for Puck-it, a simple and easy system that solidly attaches the unit to paddle boards, hot-tubs and more. FOR MORE INFO RRP A$399 Visit stereoactive.com AVIATOR SHADE ROSWELL’S AVIATOR SOFT TOP BIMINI SEAMLESSLY ADDS on to your existing Aviator Tower with easy-to-mount clamp arms and a collapsible frame design. Made with Sunbrella, a boaties’ favourite for its durability, it comes with…

11 min.
magnificent obsession

It is hard to imagine where Australian luxury motoryacht builder Maritimo can go, having arrived at the gates of perfection with its stunning new M65. This hugely capable performance cruiser has the pedigree and build to cross oceans safely, and the contemporary styling of a city apartment. The M65 leans towards the classic with an exterior shaped by practicality and safety, the essential hallmarks of a genuine oceangoing vessel. This yacht that blurs the line between ship and cruiser. Ship-like with high bulwarks, walkaround decks and redundancy in critical systems and long-range reserves, this cruiser presents an interior that’s practical, yet modern and stylish, with an exceptional level of finish and detail. The M65 is a masterstroke, representing a Herculean leap over the M60 that it replaces and reinforces the Queensland builder’s reputation…

9 min.
no sweat

“Humphries’ design creates easy shorthanded sailing options and an excellent cruising layout that is comfortable and functional” Elan Yachts has enjoyed a renaissance in Australia since Vining Shipbrokers and investor David Hawke acquired distribution of the marque in NZ, lifting the Slovenian manufacturer’s profile Down Under by putting new boats on the water. Against a backdrop of virtually no local sales for some years, we’ve seen several new models landed in the Southern Hemisphere recently. These include the new E4 and E5 – impressive performance-oriented designs that show some form in the company of more established European brands. But the latest arrival from the Elan stable is the new Impression 35, the yard’s entry-level yacht in the Impression line-up and a design range that promises cruising comfort rather than performance or the cutting…

8 min.
prize tracker

“The wide-open fishing decks comfortably fish two to three people on board and are particularly well-suited to lure anglers” If you ever thought alloy side consoles were only worthy of tackling calm to moderate conditions within the confines of dams, rivers and bays then think again; Tracker’s latest Pro Guide V-175SC is a force to be reckoned with. It’s in a class of its own and tackles all four fishing seasons with ease. Falling under the Bass Pro banner, Tracker Boats produces a wide range of quality aluminium craft in the US, from car-toppers to dedicated tournament boats, with a wide range of multi-purpose family/fishing boats suiting fresh and saltwater in between. Dealer Fishing & Leisure Boats has added the Tracker brand – in particular, the V-175SC – to its import range and…