Boating & Aviation

Trade-A-Boat Issue 501

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

2 min.
dry waters

In a bit of a change of tack, we feature one of Australia’s most popular boating events, the Henley-on-Todd Regatta. Full of life, one hell of a party and displaying some impressive boats, it has it all, apart from water and in fairness, real boats. Maybe a strange fit for some, the annual celebration held in the dry beds of the Henley river attracts thousands and runs for days with revellers donning nautical costumes from merchant navy uniforms to the ever-popular pirate costume. A hell of a lot of fun, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share the story with you. But if the lack of briney is an issue for you, fear not, John ‘Bear’ Willis penned us a wonderful piece on Mallacoota, a destination dear to his…

2 min.
new 150hp pro xs four-stroke outboard

Mercury has added a second model to its Pro XS FourStroke high-output outboard range, the new 150 Pro XS FourStroke now joining the successful 115 variant. Mercury says the new 150hp Pro XS “more than lives up to the legendary Pro XS reputation for superior holeshot, top-end speed, and durability”. This, said the company, makes the new FourStroke an ideal fit for performance-oriented boating, such as fishing and competition applications, as well as recreational use, “The new 150 Pro XS is based on one of Mercury’s most successful and widely adopted engine platforms – the Mercury 150hp,” said Mercury Marine's John Buelow. “Building on this solid foundation, we’ve engineered the new performance-tuned 150 Pro XS to be the quickest, lightest and most advanced high-output outboard in its class.” Mercury said the new outboard also…

3 min.
scibs’ power to the people

Strong growth in the fishing, family and leisure market will see powerboats in the 25 to 45ft range take centre stage at the 30th annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show from May 24 to 27, event organisers said. From fishing craft to recreational and family cabin cruisers, the premier marine event will boast an extensive on-water display of medium-sized powerboats, showcasing a diverse range of product that is expected to appeal to all market sectors. Among the line-up of international and Australian boat brands on display in the 25ft to 45ft range are: Arvor, Axopar, Bavaria, Beneteau, Boston Whaler, Cruise Cat, Fjord, Four Winns, Greenline, Hudson Bay, Jeanneau, Maritimo, Riviera, Sealine and Sea Ray. Offering versatility, comfort, style and affordability, powerboats in this segment have grown in demand, which SCIBS general manager Johan…

1 min.
sundance marine to represent prestige yachts

French motoryacht marque Prestige Yachts has appointed Sundance Marine as its new Australian dealer. Launched in 1989 as a luxury powerboat offshoot of Jeanneau, the Beneteau Group has now established Prestige as an independent operation. The new brokerage arrangement was announced jointly by Prestige Asia Pacific sales manager Paul Blanc and Sundance Marine director David Beck at the recent 2018 Düsseldorf Boat Show. Prestige offers a range of powerboats from 42 to 75 feet in Coupe, Flybridge and Yachts Division models, with Sundance Marine distributing the brand from its central Sydney office, adding that its service team will also supply parts and advice to support existing Prestige customers. With a large community of Prestige boats already in Australia, the builder and Sundance Marine said they are “excited to partner and continue to build…

1 min.
navico and garmin resolve patent disputes

Navico – the parent company of marine electronics brands Lowrance, Simrad and B&G – and Garmin International have ended a three-yearlong legal dispute relating to sonar and auto-guidance patents. The agreement includes a broad cross licensing of patents and other intellectual property, which will allow both companies to bring new innovations to the market faster and benefit all marine customers. “Research and development of game-changing technologies like our DownScan Imaging is the lifeblood of our business and the marine electronics industry,” said Navico CEO, Leif Ottosso. “We are very pleased with this resolution, which includes guidelines for the future cross licensing of technologies for the benefit of both of our customers.” Cliff Pemble, Garmin president and CEO, said: “This is an exciting time as new technology is bringing positive change to the marine…

1 min.
horizon premieres fd87 skyline

Taiwan superyacht yard Horizon Yachts has kicked off the New Year with some new motoryacht launches, among them the global debut of the brand-new FD87 Skyline. Featuring a design inspired by her owner’s lifestyle request, the FD87 Skyline motoryacht is a brand-new addition to the Cor D. Rover-designed Fast Displacement series. Springing from the Horizon FD85, which debuted at the 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and featured in Trade-a-Boat Issue 489, the FD87 Skyline boasts a striking blue hull and contrasting white superstructure. Most notably, in place of the raised pilothouse found on its FD85 predecessor, the owner of the FD87 requested a fully enclosed flybridge with a helm station to provide additional indoor entertaining and lounging options and allow for an extended boating season in colder climates. The FD87 Skyline retains…