Boating & Aviation

Trade-A-Boat Issue 485

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.
old or new?

THIS PAST MONTH I was reacquainted with an old favourite of mine. I shouldn’t say it’s old as it’s a new model, only out just over a year, but time spent on the Haines Hunter 565R had me wondering. New is better than old, right? I have firmly believed, since I first really drove our old girl that our everlasting project boat, the N19Rrr (Haines Hunter V19R) was at least as good if not a better boat than anything new in its class; admittedly it’s had tens of thousands of dollars poured into it and runs the latest and greatest in engines and electronics but the realities sunk in while aboard the 565R. The 565R had hardly been in the water compared to the 19R and more importantly it was…

1 min.
new garmin gpsmaps

Garmin has added four new GPSMAP models to its range. The compact 752xs (7in) and 952xs (9in) are equipped with 1kW traditional CHIRP sonar, CHIRP ClearVü scanning sonar for a near picture-quality view of what’s beneath the boat, plus support for Panoptix. A 10Hz GPS/GLONASS receiver delivers smooth on-screen navigation, while preloaded premium mapping features include Australia/New Zealand BlueChart g2 HD charts. If you prefer a keypad interface, the new 1022xsv or 1222xsv (10in and 12in) feature sunlight-readable screens coupled to keypad interfaces and a new multifunction rotary control knob for simple control of menu navigation, even in rough water, and user-programmable hot keys. Along with the GPS and connectivity features of the touchscreen series, these add built-in 1kW CHIRP sonar, CHIRP ClearVü and CHIRP SideVü scanning sonar, and come preloaded with a…

1 min.
honda’s mighty minnows

With Australia expected to adopt a version of the USA’s EPA10 from late 2017, Honda has replaced its venerable BF5 and claims the new version produces just 18.6g/kWh of nasty particles – a carburetted 5hp premix two-stroke can make 330g/kWh. The new BF4, BF5 and BF6 are all 127cc singles with near-identical specifications; different ratings come from a rev limiter on the BF4 and a restrictor plate under the carb on the BF5. Weighing 27kg, there’s a new carry handle, a new 1.5L fuel tank to give around 40 minutes of flat-out running, and an optional external fuel tank for the BF5 and BF6. We tested the 4hp version on a Sirocco inflatable and a 6hp on a small tinny. A decompression mechanism opens the exhaust valve when pulling the cord and takes the…

1 min.
scibs open for exhibitors

SANCTUARY Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) is now accepting exhibitor applications for its 29th event, which will run from 25 to 28 May, 2017. Boating and marine companies are invited to get on board for next year’s show, with 2016 exhibitors receiving a two-week window to secure their preferred positions in The Marine Village. One of the largest events on the Asia-Pacific boating calendar, SCIBS has up to 300 exhibitors on display. This year’s show welcomed more than 40,000 visitors to a spectacular display of boating and marine products across four days. Along with global and Australian launches, SCIBS presents a stellar showcase of the best the world’s marine industry has to offer in one spectacular location. Visit www.sanctuarycoveboatshow.com.au or phone +61 (7) 5577 6011 to register.…

1 min.
flying without wings

A year after dramatic structural surgery on the front third of her hull, supermaxi Wild Oats XI is facing further surgery ahead of the next Sydney-Hobart. The new forward section has proved so efficient that it no longer needs the horizontal hydrofoil wing that was added three years ago to prevent her nosediving when charging downwind under spinnaker. “The new bow shape has made a dramatic difference to the yacht’s speed both upwind and down,” skipper Mark Richards said. “Racing downwind offshore we can now sail at more than 30kt without any fear of nosediving. This means we no longer need the wing to provide lift so we’re going to remove it. “The decision was influenced by the fact we’ll save more than 300kg.” Wild Oats XI is aiming for an unprecedented ninth line…

1 min.
bia wants sa feedback

The CEO of the Boating Industry Association (BIA) is inviting industry members, boaters and other stakeholders to complete a survey that will inform the South Australian Boating Strategic Plan to boost boating participation and guide investment in maritime infrastructure across South Australia. The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) is leading the project and has engaged the BIA to help develop the plan and engage stakeholders. The plan will extend across the state’s four key boating regions – the Central, Western, South-East and Murray regions. Working with councils to identify what’s needed to improve boating over the next five years, BIA CEO Howard Glenn said local knowledge and user information are vital aspects in this new approach to funding boating in SA. “We need to hear from people who have an interest…