Boating & Aviation

Trade-A-Boat Issue 487

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.
name of the game

A LOT RIDES ON A NAME so when I first met Tim Stessl I was a touch apprehensive. However, a mutual respect for hard work and an appreciation for all things boating quickly had us chatting freely about his and his famous father’s pasts. With his background it came as no surprise that Tim doesn’t waste his time on poor quality boats or relationships, so when he joined forces with Jamie of Fishing and Leisure Boats who, among others, distributes and retails the Mako and Tracker brands there was a better than good chance the products were quality. Lo and behold, not only has Mako gone back to back at Australia’s Greatest Boats (from page 22) but last issue we saw one of the closest scores in Alloy with the…

1 min.
exhibitors inundate gold coast expo

New March dates have spurred unprecedented demand for exhibitor space at the 2017 Gold Coast International Boat Show & Marine Expo in Queensland. Organisers say they’ve been overwhelmed with bookings for display space and marina berths, with world-leading brands rushing to showcase their new releases. “We are the busiest we have been in seven years,” said marketing manager Emma Brown. “We have fielded over 120 enquiries from exhibitors who have never before exhibited at our show, on top of 100 returning exhibitors. “Everything tells us 17-19 March is right for enthusiasts and our industry.” Stefan Ackerie from Stefan Boating World said: “Stefan Boating World will have the largest range of boats under one roof in Australia, including the new Karnic SL and Morningstar ranges. The Morningstar – on display for the first time in…

1 min.
solo, against antarctica

Queenslander Lisa Blair will compete in the Antarctica Cup Ocean Race, after warming up with the Sydney-Hobart. Lisa will be racing the clock, attempting to beat the current speed record set by Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov in 2008. Lisa is the first woman to compete in the race and hopes to be the first to circumnavigate Antarctica solo, non-stop and unassisted. She began sailing professionally in 2006 and over the past decade has amassed more than 50,000 open-ocean miles, including 12 months and 40,000nm aboard winning yacht Gold Coast Australia in the Clipper Round The World race 2011-12. For Antarctica, Lisa will sail the 100 per cent ecopowered Climate Action Now. The 15.25m yacht was commissioned for the 2003 Melbourne to Osaka Yacht Race and has recently been extensively refitted for Antarctica,…

1 min.
new f90 from yamaha

Yamaha has released an all-new four-stroke 90hp outboard engine – the lightweight F90 model – to round out its line-up from F70 to F130. The model is important due to the huge number of Aussie-built boats rated to 90hp, but Yamaha claims it will deliver many advantages besides suitable power. The F90 is a four-cylinder, 16-valve inline SOHC 1.8L engine – bigger than the 1.5L engine it replaces – yet it weighs close to 10kg less, for improved performance and better balance. Based on the F115B’s four-cylinder unit, the lower weight and more compact dimensions were achieved via a single overhead camshaft design actuating the four valves per cylinder. This valvetrain design was first seen in the award-winning F70A and combines the weight saving of a SOHC with the smooth and efficient performance…

1 min.
something for everyone

The National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo is returning to the Brisbane Showgrounds from 31 March to 2 April. There’ll be entertainment for the whole family – you can learn about fishing, camping and 4WDing from the experts while the kids are mesmerised by awesome stunt shows in the Action Arena. With thousands of fishing, boating, camping, outdoors and 4x4 products from more than 200 exhibitors in one location, this will be your one-stop gear shop. For full details go to www.4x4show.com.au/BRI.…

1 min.
queensland bans plastic bags

The Queensland government’s announcement that single-use plastic shopping bags will be banned from 2018 is welcome news for marine life, the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) says. “AMCS welcomes the announcement by Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles that Queensland will ban single-use plastic by 2018. This is a hugely significant step towards reducing pollution and the severe impacts it has on our unique marine life,” AMCS Marine Campaigner James Cordwell said. “Plastic pollution travels easily from land to sea. It blows in from bins and garbage dumps, or flows through stormwater drains. Once in the ocean, it slowly breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces which are eaten by animals at the bottom of our food chains. “Larger pieces of plastic floating in our oceans are readily mistaken for food by marine life…