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Spring has Sprung

If your boat has been stored over the winter, you’ll want to check a few things before the new season’s first outing …
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Spring has Sprung
If your boat has been stored over the winter, you’ll want to check a few things before the new season’s first outing …
Crowne jewel
When it comes to social boating and watersports, the Harris 250 Crowne pontoon cruiser does it all in comfort and luxury.
The class of 2016
Club Marine and Trade-a-Boat joined forces to select Australia’s greatest trailerable fishing boats.
Navigating at night
Boating at night is fun, but it’s vital to be well prepared and to navigate safely.
Ascension adventure
The tuna fishing at Ascension Island is unbelievable and getting to the remote island is an adventure on its own.
Surprising sedan
Evergreen Aussie fibreglass boatbuilder Caribbean has entered the sedan cruiser market with the launch of its 420 Express.
Rottnest rambling
Let the kids explore to their heart’s content on Rottnest Island, Western Australia’s family-friendly boating haven, where an abundance of natural wonders and activities await visitors.
Diving with a conscience
At Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, in the Philippines, environmentally conscious travellers dive one of the world’s most spectacular sites while supporting local coral reef conservation efforts.
Crowd pleaser
The smallest in Sea Fox’s centre console range boasts polished features that will please fishing fans and cruising families alike.
On a mission
You don’t have to be a Navy SEAL to appreciate the Zodiac Milpro SRA-750’s tough visage and serious seagoing credentials.
A family fishing affair
CruiseCrafts run in the family for Melbourne’s McNaughton clan.
The Mercury will be rising this summer
There was a buzz of excitement around Mercury’s local launch of its massive 350hp and 400hp Verado outboards and new sterndrives …
Sun struck
Whitehaven’s 6000 Sunbridge performed admirably on its delivery run, capably dealing with the rough conditions while the crew enjoyed the deluxe fitout.
Feeling a little horse?
You would be if you were a pygmy seahorse, the diminutive, supremely camouflaged darlings of the marine community.
Raise a glass
Fresh seafood and a cool beer … a match made in heaven.
Bon Voyage
New Caledonia, where sophisticated French flair rubs noses with laid-back Pacific island charm.
Power play
Fun ‘n’ games in the heart of old Dixie.
In a league of its own
Riviera continues to expand its flybridge range with a sophisticated, fully enclosed flybridge model that boasts a thoughtful layout, outstanding finish, and true bluewater credentials.
The collector
David Pagano is a classic powerboat collector extraordinaire, with countless specimens in various states of restoration.
Pre-season checkup
Proper boat maintenance is key to safe and enjoyable boating – ensure your boat is as ready for the boating season as you are with a thorough pre-launch check.
A life in boats
With a boating heritage that spans generations, John ‘Messo’ Messenger is a yachtsman, marine surveyor and salvage expert par excellence.
Delicacies from the deep
Need an excuse to serve the good stuff? Try these crab recipes from super easy to all-out finesse … they’re just as good made with precooked meat as they are with freshly caught crabs.
Ambitious amphibian
Add Sealegs’s amphibious technology to Stabicraft’s renowned hull and you get a one of-a-kind Kiwi craft – the Stabicraft 2100 Supercab ST.
The Fremantle Doctor’s antidote
Long recognised as capable, reliable and safe rigs for commercial operators, Naiad’s RIBs are gaining traction among recreational boaters tackling WA’s rough offshore conditions.
A good sport
UK-designed and German-built – Sealine’s new S330 sports cruiser packs superb handling and deluxe styling into a compact hull.
Premium model, budget price
Although billed as a ‘simplified’ version of its premium watersports boats, MasterCraft’s NXT22 is loaded with top-notch wakeboard and wakesurf features.
Captured by the Cooks
For most visitors, it’s impossible not to keep coming back to the Cook Islands for its great fishing, welcoming people and alluring lagoons and beaches.
Riviera revival
We catch up with Rodney Longhurst, who has breathed new life and a new culture into Riviera since he bought it out of receivership more than three years ago.
Ancient shape-shifters
Don’t be fooled by their simple appearance – sponges are intricate organisms perfectly adapted to their habitat.
Splendid isolation
Western Australia’s Esperance is a remote location with pristine waters and deserted beaches, where giant schools of hungry fish roam and nary an angler is to be seen.
Fintastic fathers
If you’ve ever thought being a father had its tough moments, spare a thought for some of nature’s finned and feathered dads …
Quality and quantity
Whitehaven’s 6000 Enclosed Flybridge packs a lot of luxury and lifestyle into its spacious and robust hull.
Classic cruising
What better way to explore Sydney’s spectacular northern waterways than on a pair of historic Halvorsen cruisers.
Owner onus
Maritimo drew on the feedback of its owners when it revamped one of its most popular models.
Living the dream
Riviera 51 owner Andrew Luxton celebrated his 50th birthday with a 10,000nm lap of Australia, keeping notes of the adventure’s highlights.
The Walla-beast
Everything’s bigger-than-big in the USA – including professional bass fishing. And there’s an Aussie starting to make his name in that tough, competitive business.
Coral Sea oasis
Far from the more accessible attractions of the north Queensland coastline, the Coral Sea harbours a smorgasbord of coral cays and islets.
Feathers and friends
Spectacular feather stars provide decorative sancturies to other marine organisms.
Flat out on flatheads
Flathead are one of the easiest species to catch just so long as you understand the basics.
Pocket cruiser
Jeanneau borrows from its bigger boat range to make this little cruiser a versatile package.
Laid-back Langkawi
A sailing getaway to Malaysia’s Langkawi archipelago promises gorgeous tropical beaches and stunning vistas at every turn.
A boat for all occasions
Haines Hunter’s 585R is able to handle serious fishing, cruising or watersports activities with aplomb.
In the footsteps of the woolly mammoth
Russia’s Wrangel Island is a pretty desolate place, once home to the woolly mammoth, now a refuge for another threatened species – the polar bear.
Multitasker
Designed as a luxury tender for top-end yachts, AB Inflatables’s Nautilus 17 DLX is also a versatile and safe family runabout.
Snacks and sangas
These tasty takes on the humble sandwich are quick and easy to make when hunger strikes on the boat or at home.
Take a bow
Crownline and Mercury deliver a winning combination that promises family fun in a compact, affordable package.
Pastry favourites
There’s something irresistible about fresh pastries … be tempted by these savoury delicacies wrapped in pastry goodness.
Pelagic paradise
It’s hard to beat this six-day trip to Samoa, one of the world’s great sports fishing hot spots.
Mud missiles
Originating in New Zealand in the early 1980s, jetsprint racing sees pocket rockets hurtling around a tightly winding track at incredible speeds.
The House of Horsepower
A peek behind the walls of the world’s premier marine racing operation.
On the money
Sea-Doo’s GTR 215 combines impressive performance and key features with a sharp price.
Wake supremo
Malibu has bolted some new wake-making innovations to the Wakesetter 22 VLX’s specialist hull.
From furnace to finish
A day in the birth of a new Mercury Verado.
Now you see them …
Paradoxically, the spectacular colours of the ornate ghost pipefish lets it camouflage perfectly with its environment.
Old-world charmer
Corsair Boats builds its handsome, hard-working Bass Strait 40 to suit owners’ requirements – Aranui is a bespoke version destined for Tasmania.
Wild waters
Deranged dogtooth tuna and monstrous Maori wrasse are just some of the prey that lurk in the uncharted waters of remote eastern PNG.
Wandering the waterways
Inland waterways come with their own set of challenges and, just as for coastal waters, preparation and safety are paramount.
All-round nice buy
EdgeWater’s deep-vee, centre-console 208CC has serious fishing credentials and is equally talented as a dive- or dayboat.
Keeping it simple
Integrity’s entry-level 320 Express Sedan combines all the ingredients for a safe and smooth cruise with a roomy, beach-house ambience in the saloon.
Vroom for Verado
Mercury unleashes its most powerful outboards ever.
Hydro dynamo
Victorian powerboat racer Grant Harrison is set to defend one of the oldest trophies in sport when he takes on all-comers for the EC Griffith Cup.
Put ‘em up!
With its stinging fists ready to strike, the pugilistic boxer crab has earned its name.
Whitsundays getaway
Sail into the sunset aboard a Queensland Yacht Charters bareboat charter in the Whitsundays.
Fast, fabulous tapas
Perfect as a light meal on the boat or as part of a shared plate when entertaining, these Spanish-inspired dishes are super easy to prepare.
Crafty cruiser
Fish and cruise in comfort in CruiseCraft’s stylish and practical Explorer 595 HT.
Tow, tow, tow your boat …
From the driveway to launch ramp – some pre-trip planning and safety checks will help get your trailerboat there safely.
New gen Yam 130
Yamaha launches a leaner, lighter and more efficient F130A.
Marina safety
More and more boat owners are using marinas. Safety and security are paramount.
Diving at Reef’s end
The Great Barrier Reef’s northern region boasts remote and breathtaking dive sites well worth the extended cruise to get there.
Pride of the fleet
The M65 Motoryacht raises the bar in luxury and fitout as Maritimo cruises into its second decade.
Sporting proposition
Aussie brand Skicraft’s Century RV hits the sweet spot with its comfortable, well-designed interior and sporty profile.
One with the lot
Imagine a place so full of fish that a day’s action will totally exhaust you … that’s Elizabeth Reef, 300nm off the NSW coast.
Star performer
Quintrex’s 690 Trident starred at the international launch of Evinrude’s new G2 outboards.
Genteel cruiser
Within its seaworthy exterior, the Integrity 380 Flybridge is a family cruiser that’s well-equipped for extended cruises in comfort, style and safety.
Ancient splendours
Cruising through Burmese history, along the Irrawaddy River.
Daring to differ
Spanish spice and Euro chic combine in the striking De Antonio 23.
On the level
Nauti-Craft’s remarkable vessel sports a unique hydraulic suspension system, considered by some to be a world breakthrough in marine design.
Let’s party!
For an event that everyone will remember, try this selection of easy-to-prepare party favourites that will have your guests asking for more.
March of the spider crabs
Every year, an army of spider crabs gathers in Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay ahead of the annual winter moult.
Marlin on the flats
Queensland’s Fraser Island is the only place on earth where marlin can be chased in the shallows.
Knight of the natural realm
Legendary broadcaster Sir David Attenborough reflects on some of his most memorable marine encounters.
Fishing, fun ‘n’ games Fiji-style
A Fishing Getaways trip to Fiji has something for everyone, whether you’re into fishing or just having fun.
No room for error
Situational awareness – it’s more than just knowing where you are.
Consummate all-rounder
Surtees’ 8.5 Game Fisher is the largest in its fleet of hardcore fishing boats and a classy trailerable overnighter.
Death from the sky
Traces still remain of the day World War II came to the skies over Broome.
The misery
Some say the best cure for sea sickness is to lie under a tree. We look at ways to 'ease the quease' when you're on the high seas...
In search of Murray monsters
They can grow to over 100kg, but even smaller Murray cod are a worthy quarry as stocks expand and river health improves.
Ticking all the boxes
Niue Island has it all, from leaping humpbacks to crystal-clear diving and world-class game fishing.
Global conquest
Red and furiously fast - meet Scarlet Runner, winner of the 2014 Pacific Cup.
Rise and shine
Breakfast can be so much more than vegemite on toast and a cuppa... start your day in style with this selection of healthy and varied choices.
Wake wonder-woman
Mildura's Bec Gange is flying high after winning the World Women's Wakeboarding Championship.
Thoroughly modern Moody
Moody's sleek new DS54 surprises under sail and at anchor, with luxurious comfort and a high-tech fit-out.
Safe and secure
There's more to anchoring than dropping the pick and hoping for the best - a few simple measures can help your pride and joy stay put at anchor.
Thoroughbred Theodore
Adelaide builder Theodore Marine has produced a consummate offshore trailerable fisher.
Inshore elegance, offshore attitude
Fresh off the drawing board, Queensland-based Elandra Yachts' first boat is a very impressive thoroughbred luxury sports cruiser.
Gimme shelter
The 'Stones asked for it in 1969 and Bar Crusher finally delivered with its new Hardtop Pilothouse range of hardcore fishers.
Meandering to Madang
What's the best way to deliver a powerboat to PNG? Earlier this year, Morrie and Petadelivered an Integrity 340 to its new owner in Madang.
Spring has sprung
Enjoy the change in season with these healthy and easy-to-prepare dishes made with fresh, seasonal produce.
Top of the range
Malibu's 24 MXZ Wakesetter flagship.
Beauty, brains and brawn
Riviera's new 6000 Sport Yacht is an elegant, sophisticated and capable addition to the company's stylish cruiser line-up.
A tomb teaming with life
These days the Yongala is a piece of protected history and a thriving marine sanctuary. Photography: Julia Sumerling, Mike Ball Dive Expeditions
Crafty Kiwi
Not having sampled any of Dickey Boats' products before, I was keen to finally have an opportunity to see what all the fuss was about.
Hawkesbury haven
Multi-award-winning Empire Marina Bobbin Head attracts boaties for its commitment to service and its tranquil setting.
Bridging the gap
Unmistakably Fleming, the all-new 58 offers everything expected from this long-range cruising specialist - and more.
Tuna on the troll
Trolling is absolutely deadly for catching jumbo bluefin and yellowfin tuna.
Battery basics
The positives and negatives of marine battery care and maintenance.
Destination Abrolhos
Western Australia's Houtman Abrolhos Islands are rich in history and wildlife.
The big easy
Stacer's 619 Easy Rider is a great entertainer for a family with a range of boating tastes.
Distinctive downwind flyer
Winner of the 2014 European Yacht of the Year, Performance Cruiser category, the Dehler 38 is a savvy sports model that's also great for touring.
Economy class - with extras
Bayliner's versatile, family-friendly Flight bowrider comes with new watersports features and bold graphics.
Tough customer
Kiwi boat builder Surtees revamps one of its most popular models.
Winter warmers
There's no better way to warm up on a chilly winter's evening than with a generous helping of cosy, nourishing comfort food.
Sophisticated entertainer
Building on the success of its 'crossover' SUV models - a fusion of sports yacht and flybridge - Riviera adds the 515 SUV to the series.
Fear and loathing at the ramp
Ramp rage is becoming more common as boating infrastructure struggles to cope with record boat numbers.
Deep sea deception
Don't trust what you see... or rather, what you can't see. These sea creatures are masters of disguise.
From the mountains to the sea
Wild-water rafting in New Zealand is one of life's great adventures, whether you're a young charger or looking for a 'bucket-list' challenge.
Chasing shadows
If you're a fly fisher, there is one place you must visit before you fling your final fly...
Fishing's high five
Fishing guru Paul Worsteling presents his top five Australian fishing hot spots.
Four-strokes to the fore
Mercury expands its FourStroke range of outboards and releases a new V6 sterndrive.
Two-stroke of genius?
Evinrude has launched a bold new range of two-stroke powerplants that raise the stakes in the outboard engine wars.
EntrÉe serve
Ocean Alexander's new 72 Pilothouse gives a whole new meaning to 'entry level'...
Dude food
Try these fast-food alternatives for a tasty treat or mouth-watering meal... they're moreish and finger-lickin'-good.
Lounge chair sportsman
European boat builder Arvor has branched out with a new sportsfishing range that doesn't compromise on comfort.
Yamaha's double act
Club Marine was recently given the opportunity to test two new Yamaha outboards. We came away impressed.
Glamour package
Maritimo's single-level luxury cruiser ticks all the boxes for glamorous entertaining and live-aboard comfort.
Wakemaker wow-factor
Another top-class boat from Malibu, the Wakesetter 23 LSV provides quality and versatility for the watersports aficionado.
Game on
Just released at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show is Stabicraft's all-new 2050 Supercab trailerboat gamefisher.
Now available: A slice of heaven
Conflict is something of a misnomer for a group of beautiful islands in the Coral Sea.
Island playground
Victoria's Phillip Island boasts abundant natural beauty and iconic native wildlife door-to-door with high-octane motorsports.
Venomous beauty
Beautiful but potentially lethal, some aquatic creatures are best admired from afar.
Double the excitement
There's something special about twin outboards. Mount them onto a RIB and you've got a recipe for fun.
Rig it right
The correct rig for the circumstances will help you catch just about anything from snapper to barra - and everything in between.
Fins ‘n’ fillets
Land meets sea in this selection of tasty dishes inspired by cuisines from around the world.
Aquatic playground
Sail, power and paddle; big boats and small, Lake Macquarie is a paradise for all.
Downeast Down Under
Back Cove’s Downeast 37 melds its classic Maine lobsterboat heritage with features well-matched to a cruising lifestyle down under.
Cruising chic
French marque Jeanneau brings Euro-cool to the Australian cruising scene.
South seas surprise
The world's southernmost continent is a unique destination, but getting there by boat opens up a fascinating array of natural riches.
Sedate Sedan
Integrity Motor Yachts merges old and new in its impressive new 440 Sedan cruiser.
Apes and grapes
Colonial history and Asian culture merge as the Mekong flows through Vietnam and Cambodia.
Great escape
Hervey Bay and Fraser Island provide a sheltered and relaxing alternative for bareboat chartering.
Mekong meandering
Colonial history and Asian culture merge as the Mekong flows through Vietnam and Cambodia.
Bright sparks
This Gold Coast business takes the world by storm with its award-winning LED lighting systems.
Fish ‘n’ chips ‘n’ burgers ‘n’ rolls …
Piping-hot fish and chips are pretty hard to resist … as are this classic dish’s counterparts from around the world.
A life in boats
A father passes his boat-building skills and nautical heritage on to the next generation.
Euro panache
New to Australasia, European brand Quicksilver offers a model that should win many friends.
Kids aboard
Having children doesn’t have to spell the end of your favourite pastime.
No frills, lots of thrills
Sea-Doo’s new Spark resets the mark in the PWC ‘bang for buck’ stakes.
Piscatorial pilgrimage
Titanic tarpon, a deluge of dolphin fish and a bruising broadbill test Paul Worsteling in the waters off the Florida Keys.
Sporting proposition
Malibu’s Wakesetter 20 MXZ is a watersports boat for all occasions.
Make it takeaway
With these fuss-free delicacies in the esky, your next trip on the boat or to a favourite picnic spot is sure to be a success.
Hardcore
Iconic Aussie sportfisher brand Bar Crusher offers innovative hull designs and hardcore fishing outfits.
Fighting spirit
Paralympian gold medallist Liesl Tesch has overcome the odds to claim one of sailing’s highest accolades …
Thunder 'Balt
Cobalt’s super-sized bowrider, the 26 Sport Deck, is the consummate entertainer.
Diver's delight
The water might be cold, but the diving around New Zealand’s northern isles is red hot!
The roosters of La Paz
Paul Worsteling wrestles the spectacular, but elusive roosterfish in the waters of Mexico.
Burning issue
With skin cancer incidence on the rise, boating enthusiasts need to take sun protection seriously while enjoying their outdoor lifestyle.
Working smart
Kiwi company Surtees has packed a lot into its compact 4.85 Workmate.
Bird of prey
Versatility and verve meet head-on in Crestliner’s 1700 Super Hawk.
Now you see me
For most marine creatures effective camouflage is a matter of life or death …
Home on land or sea
Amphibious boat specialist Sealegs continues to expand its range with the recent launch of the 7.7F Wide Console.
Runabout royalty
Greg and John Haines are chips off the Haines family block.
Driven to succeed
For comfort, fuel economy and value, Maritimo’s shaft-drive M45 is right on the money.
Top-up tips
On-water refuelling – it’s your responsibility.
Terrific Taupo
New Zealand’s Lake Taupo is rich in history and scenic beauty.
The write stuff
From humble beginnings, Rob Mundle has forged a career as one of the world’s leading sail writers and authors.
Coastal heroes
A fixture on Australian waterways, they’re the unsung heroes who work tirelessly to keep boaties safe: the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard.
His 'n' hers
Quicksilver’s 605 Open and 645 Cabin share genes, but target two very different markets.
Chocolate romance
A sensual celebration of chocolate to truly tantalise the senses …
Rebellious jellies and crafty crustaceans
Just because everyone else swims upright doesn’t mean you have to, especially if you happen to be an upside-down jellyfish!
Winterising your boat
With winter upon us, help ensure your boat is ship-shape when it comes out of hibernation.
To market, to market
Be tempted by these warming dishes full of flavour and goodness, made with fresh ingredients from the market.
Class warfare
The epitome of style, Regal’s 2300 bowrider has the performance to match the looks.
Anchors with attitude
Whatever the seabed, Anchor Right has an anchor to help most vessels stay put.
Extraordinary Exmouth
The appeal of Exmounth, WA, extends far beyond its annual Gamex fishing tournament.
Isles of smiles
Whether you’re into diving, fishing, surfing or just relaxing, it is hard to imagine a more rewarding destination than the friendly islands of Samoa.
Beautiful birds
Grilled, sautéed, poached, or roasted … there’s a reason why poultry is so popular, and it’s especially easy to prepare with these scrumptious recipes.
Autumn albacore action
They may be one of the smaller members of the tuna clan, but what they lack in size, they more than make up for in spirit.
High ’n’ mighty
The new Belize 52 Daybridge typifies ‘forward vision’ in every sense.
The science of speed
The innovative Vestas Sailrocket 2 has smashed the world speed sailing record, forever changing our notion of waterborne velocity.
Clever cruiser
Bar Crusher has massaged its tried and tested hull to come up with a new family-friendly cuddy cabin.
Hidden Treasure
It takes some time to get to the isolated Indonesian resort of Nihiwatu, but the superb sport fishing alone makes the trip well worth the effort.
Top Cat
‘Simply unbelievable’ is probably the best way to describe the ride and handling of Horizon’s new PC60 powercat.
Lightweight with grunt
The launch of Yamaha’s F200F four-stroke has been much anticipated.
Surf and turf
Sealegs’s 7.7m Cabin RIB ushers in a new era of boating versatility.
Weekend warrior
It’s difficult to top a consummate all-rounder like Haines Signature’s versatile 600C.
Family focus
Now in its 40th year, this family boat-building business is going from strength to strength.
Man on a mission
Whether manhandling marlin or struggling with sharks, TV identity Matt Watson has taken his fishing obsession from New Zealand to the world …
Powerboating in paradise
The 74 islands of the Whitsundays provide plenty of options for trailerboaters seeking to expand their boundaries.
Style and substance
Integrity’s new 380 Sedan is a sublime and value-packed cruising package.
Dressed to impress
These easy-to-prepare dishes get all dressed up with a splash of dressing, a dab of sauce or a few fresh herbs.
TLC
A little care and attention for your trailer can prevent a lot of aggrevation and lost time on the water.
A century of steam
Some 15,000 people recently ventured to Mildura, Vic, to celebrate the 100th birthday of one of the Murray River’s oldest paddlesteamers.
Personality-plus
Family cruiser or hardcore fisher? Crestliner’s 1850 SST is a boat with multiple personalities.
Over the moon
Its owners say Blue Moon is the most impressive Endurance yet – and our tester agrees …
Deadliest catchers
Full-time angler Al McGlashan shares his top tips to help you catch more fish this summer …
Power games
Got a serious need for speed? You need to investigate the high-velocity world of powerboat racing …
The Com Communion
The Com Fishing Festival, held on the far-eastern tip of Timor-Leste, was a landmark event for this fledgling nation.
Shapeshifter
Chaparral’s new 225 Sports Cabin is a true chameleon of the sports boat world.
Back from the brink
The famous Busselton Jetty has cheated death on several occasions, but with a recent restoration its future looks assured.
Bismarck bound
A cruise experience for those with a taste for adventure.
Class and comfort
German builder Hanse has done it again with its compact but surprisingly spacious 415 …
The Christmas menus
Spoil your loved ones with this light, elegant and waistline-friendly Christmas menu designed to excite tastebuds this festive season.
Mister Moxie
From life on the farm to heading one of the world’s premier boat builders, Riviera’s Wes Moxey hasn’t let much get in the way of a remarkable career.
Hallmark hull
With its new Signature 575RF, The Haines Group is giving hardcore fishos even more of what they want …
Bite-size Spanish moments
What started as a cover to keep insects out of a sherry glass has become a staple part of Spanish cuisine – tapas.
No excuses
Each year far too many boaters end up as statistics in reports of boating tragedies. Once you’re in the water, your chances of survival depend on a handful of critical factors. With warmer weather approaching, we look at ways you can improve the odds for a spectacularly good – and safe – boating season.
Hot times in Havannah
Regular Vanuatu visitor Rick Huckstepp discovers a new reason to pack his fishing gear for a trip to the island haven.
Into the night
Fishing at night is not something to be scared of so long as you prepare for it.
Quiet as she goes
Greenline’s new 40 hybrid is a clean, green and quiet alternative for those looking for a different cruising experience.
Space station
For entertaining and comfort, Bavaria’s Sport 43 Hard Top is tough to beat.
Try before you buy
An effective test drive is essential before you hand over your money for that used trailer boat …
Master stroke
A fusion of comfort, style and performance, MasterCraft’s X14v has everything it takes to get the watersport set rocking …
Blue diamond
Whether for sporting thrills or sublime relaxation day or night, Cobalt’s sparkling all-new 273 has it covered.
Finding fish
Being a good fisherman these days is all about being in control of your electronics. Getting the most out of technology will give you the edge.
Peas, glorious peas
The humble pea heralds the coming of spring and is raised to celebrity status in these fresh dishes.
Desert delight
Steve ‘Starlo’ Starling visited Exmouth in WA to report on a trio of bluewater fishing tournaments, but couldn’t resist exploring the region’s many other charms…
On the level
The Clipper Hudson Bay 50 will impress with its easy layout and ageless, inimitable style.
Valuable versatility
Higher, bigger, better – that’s the mantra of MB Boat’s impressive new wakeboarding heavyweight, the B52V Wide Body 23.
Mid-range Mustang
Mustang plugs the gap in its new range with the launch of the very impressive 43 Sports Cruiser.
Space racer
German builder Hanse has pulled a rabbit out of its hat with its voluminous yet compact 445.
True grit
When God was handing out endurance and determination, the masochistic crews of the grueling Volvo Ocean Race came back for seconds…
In praise of pastry
Golden, crisp and moreish – pastry is a scrumptious addition to almost any dish.
The X-factor
Chaparral’s new 327 SSX takes the family bowrider to a whole new level.
Caravan of the sea
Ranger Tugs are becoming more popular Down Under as boaties experience their unique interior features.
Grand designs
Bob Baldwin recounts the exploits of a crew in search of legendary ‘grander’ black marlin in Far North Queensland.
Some like it rough
Bar Crusher’s 610HT is a tough boat for tough conditions.
Island idyll
Bareboat chartering in the Whitsundays is a dream for any cruising boatie.
Apple Isle album
Photographer Peter Hendrie captured the stark imagery of the Tasmanian coastline during a sailing circum navigation.
Jet-powered pocket rocket
Streaker has engineered a lot of fun factor into the DNA of its radical new Raptor.
The perfect boat … almost
When Barry and Toni wanted their ideal boat, they started with an Integrity 330 Sedan …
Fungi feast
With an abundance of variations and flavours, mushrooms feature in wholesome dishes all around the world.
Wowrider
Bayliner’s 215 Bowrider has everything needed for family fun and great times on the water.
Barra and batsmen – howzat for openers?
Cricket stars team up for a fishing contest to benefit indigenous youth.
Tough enough
Stabicraft’s big new 2570 Supercab ticks a lot of boxes as a long-range fishing platform.
A boat for all seasons
The Prestige 500S combines European design with universal practicality to offer a great boat for the Aussie boating lifestyle.
One with the lot
Build quality and buyer satisfaction continue with the CruiseCraft Outsider 595.
Worth the wait
Malibu’s stylish new Wakesetter VTX ticks a lot of boxes in terms of an all-round watersports platform.
Oriental spice
The mouth-watering flavours of Vietnamese cuisine are as diverse as the country itself …
Melbourne’s underwater wonders
A new book aims to encourage people to slip beneath the waves for a view of the natural features and creatures of Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay.
Barra on the boil
We target Top End fishing with a visit to the Arnhemland Barramundi Nature Lodge in the NT.
Run to paradise
If time is no longer of the essence and you yearn for an oasis far, far away, your ship has come in …
Dollar dazzler
The strong Aussie dollar may not be a friend to local boat builders, but it’s a boon for buyers looking for quality imported craft, like Bayliner’s 285 Cruiser.
Missile control
The Force F21S blends a world-class racing pedigree with luxurious refinement.
Going the distance
Thanks to some cutting-edge technology, today’s trailerboats are going further than ever before.
Built for the chase
The Pursuit C280 is a purebred fisher with serious long-range sports fishing credentials. It’s also not a bad commuter, according to one owner at least …
Time to float your boat
Get your boating season off to the safest possible start with these essential hints and tips.
Winter meets Spring
As the cold days make way for some warmth, enhance the robust flavours of winter with a dash of springtime vibrancy.
Float your boat
There’s always room for improvement when it comes to launching or retrieving your boat…
Diamond in the rough
Here is a polished performer unearthed from Australia’s harsh southern waters and worthy of some northern exposure.
'Balt from the blue
Cobalt’s new A25 bowrider offers a heap of space and no small degree of luxury…
Pacific bliss
As ET discovered, chasing marlin off the idyllic islands of Vanuatu is pretty hard to beat…
Fire and ice
For avid nature lovers, the remote coastline and islands of far eastern Russia are abundant with life.
The lucky island
Australia’s third largest island abounds with natural features that lure hordes of tourists each year to its rugged shores.
Eco warrior
The Secret Harbour 46 is a boating paradox – an extravagant cruiser with miserly fuel economy.
Top End terrors
With no shortage of monster fish and the idyllic backdrop of the NT’s Daly River, the 2011 Club Marine Barra Nationals was hard to beat.
Herb infusion
Whether you grow them yourself or buy direct from the market, fresh herbs are the secret to many of the world’s most memorable dishes …
Tough customer
It’s been a couple of years since Telwater relaunched the iconic Yellowfin brand, but judging by the merits of the 6200C, it’s here to stay.
Position, position
Designing and building a helm that keeps the skipper comfy, safe, informed, relaxed and entertained isn’t easy.
Black ops
Despite its sinister, stealth-fighter looks, the Spy Boats XS22 holds broad appeal for watersports hounds of all ages.
Tuna territory
Sometimes fishing tournaments don’t have to be all about the fishing …
Heart of the Hawkesbury
It boasts a pub with no bar, restaurants with runways, vast areas of wilderness and is just a stone’s throw from Sydney.
Maldiving magic
Delve into the tepid waters of the Maldives and you’ll discover an underwater wonderland teeming with life.
Spice up your life
Bart Beek serves up a variety of dishes that celebrate the diversity of spices and flavours freely available to today’s cooks.
Born-again thoroughbred
Bill Barry-Cotter has created an all-new Mustang. He let it out of its corral long enough for us to jump aboard.
The great entertainer
Mark Rothfield endures a test of Riviera’s new 61 Series II Enclosed Flybridge.
A class of its own
The New Ocean 640 Sport Yacht brings big-boat technology to a vessel under 21m – and creates a whole new category of ocean cruiser in the process.
Regal bounty
Beyond King Island’s ravaged coastline lies a treasure trove of sublime pleasures …
Great southern lands
Wildlife abounds on the remote islands between New Zealand and Antarctica.
Simply great
Bayliner’s 160 Bowrider crams a lot of quality family fun into a compact package.
Repowering right
Larger yachts don’t generally rely on wind alone. Engines are needed when wind is absent.
Top tricks for trophy trout
ET targets NZ in search of BT (big trout).
Sensational Sydney Harbour
Despite being our most heavily populated city, Sydney and its iconic harbour offer some of Australia’s best fishing.
Creative crustaceans
Bringing the subtle and elegant flavours of crustaceans to your home dinner table is easier than you might think …
New generation Explorer
CruiseCraft has gone back to the drawing board with its new 530 Explorer.
Too close for comfort – mako vs marlin
Al McGlashan hits the headlines with a once-in-a-life time mako/marlin encounter.
Slow and easy
Classic style meets modern technology in the Integrity 350 Euro Sedan.
Prepare or repair
As the cyclone season ramps up, Club Marine’s Peter Ryan draws on 30 years of experience to offer some storm preparation tips.
In search of the Holy Grail
Bonefish are held in awe by many fly fishers around the world. ET travels to Exmouth, WA, to investigate …
Life, camera, action …
Tony Karacsonyi travels to the Visayas in the Philippines and discovers a spectacularly diverse range of marine life.
Ourtime in the Kimberley
Adventure beckons for one couple who headed to the spectacular far north aboard their Clipper Heritage 40.
Cereal killers
Bart Beek serves up some new options that can make the most important meal of the day the most exciting.
Home away from home
Moody’s Decksaloon 45 offers a whole new lifestyle for those willing to cast loose their land-locked ways.
Docking demystified
Mark Robinson shows us the ropes.
Access all areas
The Haines Group has launched a new walk-around craft that will likely find a lot of interest amongst serious fishers.
Focus on Francolini
We chart a course through 10 years of the collected images of ace marine lensman and Club Marine contributor, Andrea Francolini.
Staying power
With the Endurance 750 Pilothouse, Hampton Yachts delivers a boat that truly combines first-class luxury and superior fishing capability.
Paradise found
A fascinating history and boundless natural beauty keep visitors coming back to tranquil Norfolk Island.
Adventure ahoy
Maritimo recently issued an invitation we couldn’t refuse …
Pride and passion
The Stabicraft formula for success.
Macho appeal
Tough, stylish, sophisticated – meet the 007 of Euro cruisers, the Hanse 545 …
A cracker Christmas
A few cool alternatives to the traditional Christmas roast, perfect for a searing summer’s day.
Humpback heaven
Swimming with humpbacks can be an unforgettably operatic experience …
Stabi as she goes
Stabicraft dared us to brave the Roaring Forties to prove that its boats deserve their reputation for ruggedness and safety.
All in the family
When it comes to choosing a boat that can be enjoyed by the whole family, the Quintrex 610 Freedom Cruiser is a prime candidate.
Big fish from small boats
As Al McGlashan points out, more and more anglers are realising you don’t need a big boat to tackle big fish.
Green machine
Hybrid technology finds its way into the boating world.
Off the hook
The practice of ‘catch and release’ is all about ensuring the fish lives to fight another day. But there are right ways and wrong ways to do it.
Compact convertible
Maritimo has managed to pack of lot of boat into its new 440 Offshore Convertible.
King of the cod
We go in search of the icon of Australia’s inland waterways, the mighty Murray cod.
What an outrage!
Boston Whaler’s 370 Outrage is a boat for all occasions, with plenty of performance to boot.
On a winning streak
Streaker’s 6100 Navigator excels in the sort of conditions that would challenge other craft.
Mediterranean magic
Celebrate the warmer weather in style with these Mediterranean-influenced marvels…
Dress sense – life jackets for all occasions
Marine safety authorities are introducing new standards and rules for life jackets that will impact almost every boater who takes to the water.
Neptune's Nirvana
Palau is a wonder of the natural world; a pristine example of what we stand to lose if we don’t look after our planet…
Taste gone to waste
Many Australians turn up their noses – and palates – at European carp. But with the introduced species now here to stay, we need to learn from other countries.
Lighter engines, bigger bangs
It’s all about size, according to Yamaha, which recently released its new range of Offshore V6 outboards.
Best of both worlds
Collaboration between the automotive and sail worlds has resulted in a stylish boat likely to find favour in Australian waters.
Bygone boating
A traditional displacement boat built with modern tricks, the Terrara 18 is as versatile as it is cute.
Suzuki's smooth sixty
The focus was on Suzuki’s new DF60 outboard at its 2010 product launch.
Missing the boat
Hundreds of boats are stolen each year in Australia, prompting a call for a national Hull Identification Number (HIN) database.
Diving with dragons
Famous for its unique and fierce wildlife, Komodo Island and its surrounds also provide spectacular diving.
Warding off winter
A few tempting treats to help keep the winter chills at bay.
Salt assault
We shine a light on corrosion – the natural enemy of all boats everywhere.
A boat for all occasions
The Brig Eagle 645 is much more than a big boat’s tender.
A new era of openess
Riviera’s new 43 Open Flybridge has already won plenty of friends since its launch just two months ago.
Rugged rig
Haines Hunter’s 650R is about as tough as they come, but has a softer side too.
And now for something different…
As usual, Maritimo charted its own unique path when it created the new 470 Offshore Convertible.
A refined American
The Chaparral 330 Signature cruiser proved more than a pleasant travelling companion for our lap of Port Phillip Bay.
At play on the Bay
Victorian boaties are spoiled when it comes to the many options offered by Port Phillip Bay.
One with the lot
Bayliner’s 320 Cruiser is a boat for all occasions.
Asian occasions
Hot, sweet, salty or sour – Asian dishes truly offer a taste for all occasions.
A visionary mission
A group of Australian volunteers is bringing sight-saving medical help to the people of a remote Pacific nation.
Burning issue
A recent rash of ski boat fires has prompted Club Marine to issue a call for owners of inboard petrol-fuelled craft to be more careful when using their boats.
A Rompin good time
Rick Huckstepp travels to Kuala Rompin, Malaysia, on the trail of the world’s most finicky sailfish.
Chasing the three Bs
The Australian Fishing Championships is a TV phenomenon. Steve Morgan takes a look at the series from the inside.
Mission possible
Briton Geoff Holt achieved a personal dream when he completed an Atlantic crossing aboard a specially-modified 60ft catamaran earlier this year.
Preparation is everything
When it comes to on board cooking, it’s all in the preparation, says Club Marine’s chef, Bart Beek.
In wood we trust
The art of wooden boat building is alive and well on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula.
Timeless elegance
Back Cove’s new 37 harks back to a simpler time, but still boasts many mod cons and impressive performance.
Rosman Ferries – history on the Harbour
Lisa Ratcliff explores the historic fleet of Rosman ferries, which have been an integral part of daily life in Sydney for nearly 70 years.
The culinary edge
Bart Beek proves that a great summer meal begins with good fish and a sharp knife.
Leaving the world in their wake
Queensland’s Teunissen brothers have propelled themselves to the top in the high-pressure world of competitive wakeboarding.
Communication breakdown
The correct use of marine radios is paramount to safe boating and in the right hands, a marine radio can save lives.
Power game
CruiseCraft has upped the ante for large offshore fishing craft with the launch of its V8-powered Explorer 685.
Penguin paradise
A remote land mass half way between New Zealand and Antarctica, Macquarie Island is Australia’s Southern Ocean ark.
Classic Clipper
'Classically stylish' would be an apt description of Clipper's Heritage 36.
Angler’s oasis
Armed with the proper tackle and a good guide, Rick Huckstepp discovers that few places in the world can compare with the fishing in New Caledonia.
Tactical tackle
With the currents warming and fish coming on the bite, we offer a few hints and tips to improve your chances over the summer months…
On the prowl
In either stern-or shaft-drive configurations, and across commercial or recreational applications, Markham Marine’s new 9800 cat is one versatile vessel.
Unbeaten
Tony Purkiss was blinded by a terrorist bomb, a heart attack and broken leg in the Sydney Hobart and survived a plane crash. His love for the sea and sailing remains undiminished.
South – in a hurry
A new Riviera 5800 Sport Yacht, a deadline and a weather window.
In the footsteps of Darwin
We travel to the Galapagos Islands where Darwin discovered the unique creatures that prompted his theories on evolution and natural selection.
Fast and simple
Just in time for summer, Bart Beek has prepared a new range of dishes that taste sensational and are quick and simple to prepare.
Fun factor
Avante Marine has celebrated 20 years representing the Bayliner brand with a versatile boat designed to make the most of family time on the water.
Smooth operator
American manufacturer Chaparral is a small player in the Australian market, but if the 216 SSi Wide Tech Bow Rider is anything to go by, its boats could become commonplace here in the future.
Indian Ocean odyssey
The archipelago nation of Seychelles and its amazing inhabitants.
Poetry in motion
The bar has been raised in Australian boat building with the launch of Maritimo’s breathtaking new 73 Motoryacht.
Skipper’s checklist
With the warmer months now approaching, it’s worthwhile making sure your boat is as ready as you are for a summer of fun…
Conservation goes to the dogs
Warrnambool’s fairy penguins make a surprising comeback, thanks to Coastcare and a team of oddly-named sheep dogs.
Smoke, flame and sizzle!
Using these three basic elements to the best effect results in delicious, full-flavoured grilled foods.
Plug and play
Riviera has embraced the pod drive revolution, using both Volvo Penta IPS and Cummins MerCruiser’s Zeus drives in its new line-up.
Ready to strike
For fishing stability and comfort when underway, Sea Jay’s 465 Viper ticks all the boxes.
When lightning strikes
Lightning is one of nature's most powerful forces. Although a thunderstorm may only last for an hour or so, its enormous power is something to be feared.
Back on the bite
Yellowfin boats are back, and striking fear into a whole new generation of fish…
Ningaloo rescue
Looking out for the marine turtles that nest on the beaches along the Ningaloo Reef.
Driven
Club Marine spends some time with Alf Barbagallo, one of the Australian marine scene’s quiet achievers.
Time for a transplant?
We spoke to a number of boat owners, who have upgraded their engines to breathe new life into older boats.
Surprise package
Riviera’s 3600 Sport Yacht packs primo luxury into a compact format.
The Groote escape
Whether you’re into fishing, nature or local culture, a very special part of the Northern Territory is ready to welcome visitors keen to explore the natural wonders.
Rev-olutionary
More input in technology has resulted in less output in emissions, as outboard engine manufacturers strive to create leaner, greener and meaner powerplants.
Feast on the beach
With winter well and truly upon us, Club Marine’s resident chef escaped north to weave his culinary magic at a pristine tropical hideaway …
Around the world in 60 days
Futuristic Kiwi wave-piercer Earthrace survived shootings and a fatal collision to become the fastest powerboat to circumnavigate the globe.
Wake-maker extraordinaire
Feature-packed for serious tow sports enthusiasts while also offering plenty of opportunity for simple family fun – that’s the Malibu Wakesetter VLX.
50 knot out
Having conquered the Everest of world speed sailing, the 50-knot barrier, an Australian team says there is even more potential in its radical craft.
On strike
Pioneering video producer and angling author, Al McGlashan explains how he captures his award-winning imagery…
Agile Aegean
Maritimo says its new Aegean 60 offers European style at an Australian price.
To use or not to use? That is the ethanol question
As Australia ramps up its production of ethanot blended fuels, boaties need to weigh up the potential hazards associated with its use.
Heart and soul
As the days grow shorter and cooler, the urge to invite friends over for a winter feast gets stronger. Club Marine’s resident chef, Bart Beek, offers a selection of recipes, perfect for an informal dinner.
Waterways of the Tzars
A system of lakes, rivers and locks, rich in history and culture, provides a nautical highway through Russia’s heartland.
Simple, n'est-ce pas?
The distinctly-styled Arvor 215AS is a boat with a lot to offer Aussie boaties.
Aquatic assassin
With space, power and stealth, the Stessco Mirage 540 is a fish’s worst nightmare …
Maple masterpiece
Graham Lloyd presents the story of the reborn Miss Australia…
Master-crafty
MasterCraft’s X2 is a consummate performer that delivers great performance in a stylish and user-friendly package.
The perfect pantry
It’s often been said that cooks are only as good as what’s in their pantry. With a well-organised pantry, you could be just one step away from greatness.
Patriot gains
Serious anglers will find a lot to like in the newest Haines Hunter to come out of the factory. We take to the water on the Patriot 760.
The Cover Story so far…
The Club Marine team has certainly experienced a bit of everything since we joined the game fishing tournament campaign trail …
Off the hook
Each year hundreds of seabirds and other wildlife become victims of discarded litter. Some mistake lures and baits for food, with painful results.
Thanks for the memories
We sample life aboard a Riviera 70 set against a backdrop of idyllic tropical islets and coral reefs …
Man overboard!
People falling off boats account for a significant number of fatalities around Australia every year.
Divers’ delight: islands of the Solomon Sea
Locals believe that magic controls everything in these exotic islands.
Lifestyle is what it’s all about
The X-7400 goes a long way towards achieving what many are looking for in a boat and a caravan, all in the one towable package.
A legend reborn
The legendary homebuilt hydroplane set records wherever it raced and has recently been rescued.
The secret herb garden
Herb gardens are decorative, useful, and, best of all, edible. They’re also an inexpensive and practical way to make your culinary dishes come alive.
Natural evolution
The new Haines Signature 485SF blends new technology with a fisho’s hard-won know-how.
Image conscious - a life behind the lens
Bill Bachman has criss-crossed Australia, and the world, capturing unique and thought-provoking images of wildlife.
Yangtze dreaming
Rich in beauty and legend, China’s Yangtze River is changing as man’s influence takes hold.
In the family way
The recent Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show provided an opportunity to sample Meridian’s impressive new 441 Sedan cruiser.
The Pod People
Everything about the Dolphin Research Institute is unique: its director, its methods and the dolphins it works so tirelessly to protect.
Style and substance
For serious wakeboarders, the Matrix Expression MVS is a big boat with big performance.
’Balt from the blue
Cobalt’s 302 Bowrider won’t fail to delight.
Salt in his veins
With 44 consecutive Sydney Hobart races to his credit, 81-year-old Lou Abrahams has seen it all…
Simple summer delights
In preparation for summer, Club Marine’s resident chef, Bart Beek, offers a series of fuss-free recipes ideal for the long, hot days to come.
Superheroes of the Supermaxis
Crosbie Lorimer talks with three of Australia’s premier bowman and finds that doing the impossible is just part of the job.
Generation X
X-Yacht’s new generation of Performance Cruisers strikes a balance between performance and style. The result: a competitive yet comfortable yacht.
A fresh approach
With new owners at the helm, Mustang’s latest IPS-equipped M43 Sports Flybridge comes packed with a host of improvements.
Magical Malapascua
The diving off the islands of Malapascua and Gato is the best in the Philippines and, arguably, the world.
Going to extremes
Sea Ray’s 175 Sport and 270 Select EX will satisfy day boat budgets both big and small.
A long way from Lake Okauchee
Evinrude celebrates 100 years of marine innovation, and changes the terms of the two-stroke/four-stroke debate.
Relaxation central
Beneteau’s new Swift Trawler 52 is a boat for all seas and seasons…
Honda four-thought
With today’s volatile fuel prices, Honda’s four-stroke outboards make sense…
A proud history
WA’s Australian Sailing Museum is a fitting celebration of Australia’s greatest yachtsmen and women.
Super Seventy
Riviera has exceeded expectations with the launch of Australia’s largest-ever production cruiser, the new Riviera 70 Enclosed Flybridge…
In the wake of the explorers
Patagonia’s wild coast remains an unspoilt wonderland for hardy adventurers.
Season to taste
Welcome in spring with food choices that are light, super healthy and delicious. With a little imagination and a few fresh ingredients, a great meal is just moments away.
Accidental Francophile
The Arvor 280 AS has Australian fishermen rethinking their attitudes towards la République Française.
Welcome back Cotter
When Bill Barry-Cotter’s Maritimo yard launched its European-styled C60 Sports Cabriolet, it took luxury boating to another level, reports Barry Trantor.
Diamonds ’n’ stones
When it comes to sport fishing hot spots, northern Queensland has two of the best in the world.
Complete rig
New technology, combined with tried and proven ideas, results in one competent all-rounder in Haines Signature’s new 675F…
Master in miniature
When it comes to remote control IOM yachts, Australia’s Brad Gibson is on top of the world…
Prowling on the Predator
Those with a taste for power, passion and performance will be right at home on board Sunseeker’s Predator 72.
Gone in 60 seconds…
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! We take a high-powered terror ride into the jaws of hell in one of Australia’s fastest V8 jetsprint boats…
Dynamic diva
With apologies to the late John Lennon, Mark Rothfield waxes lyrical on Riviera’s award-winning 4400 Sport Yacht.
Dragon quest
Meet one of Australia’s most bizarre and mysterious marine characters – the weedy sea dragon…
Some like it hot
For this issue, our resident chef, Bart Beek has some recipes to spice up your life.
Kangaroo Island? Naturally…
Whether you’re into boating, nature or history, Kangaroo Island has a unique and diverse range of attractions.
Visionary Viking
Fjord’s radically-styled 40 Open tends to polarise opinion. Some like its angular lines, some don’t...
Torrid Torres
When it comes to fishing wonderlands, Australia’s own Torres Strait is hard to beat.
Fire in the hole
Fire on a boat can be the most terrifying and potentially lethal situation you can face on the water.
Theodores galore
Six days, five Theodores and enough whiting to feed an army. We put the Theodore Coastal 720 through its paces…
Fun-filled package
Haines Hunter’s 640 Bow Rider Sport
All hail Zeus…
Zeus: the Greek god of the sky and king of the gods
One tough customer
Stabi-Craft was born in the treacherous waters of New Zealand’s Foveaux Strait. Mark Robinson puts the 609 Super Cab through its paces.
The languid lakes
Victoria’s Gippsland Lakes offer boating visitors a huge range of options for exploration and relaxation.
Rebels down under – the incredible story of the CSS Shenandoah
The story of the Confederate raider, CSS Shenandoah and its visit to Australia has all the makings of a first-rate movie.
Game on
Whether you’re after a no-frills fisher or a game boat on a trailer, Haines Hunter’s 585R is worth putting on your shopping list…
Rockin’ at The Rocks
The NSW north coast town of South West Rocks offers spectacular fishing for everything from billfish to cobia
Winter warmers
Chef Bart Beek offers an inspiring selection of dishes that put a new twist on the hearty comfort foods of winter.
Prime RIB
Fast becoming the “tinnie of Europe”, Rigid Inflatable Boats are gaining in popularity in the Pacific region.
Sailing for pearls
Tahiti’s Pearl Regatta is attracting more and more crews from around the world. And for good reason, according to Christine Retschlag.
Small wonders
Tom Stephenson’s boats can’t be found in yacht club marinas, but you will find them inside some very famous homes and boardrooms here and abroad.
Making the grade
After walking around, crawling over, riding and driving the Spy RX22, Mark Robinson could only think of one word: ‘flawless’.
Palatial performer
UK luxury yacht builder, Fairline, recently introduced its first Squadron 78 into Australia.
Beachcombing for all occasions
Savage has come up with an aluminium sterndrive package that offers the potential for family fun and fishing finesse in one compact and affordable boat.
Autumnal appetisers
As the days get shorter and the weather gets a little cooler, there is still something quite special about having friends over for a casual lunch-time barbie.
Turmoil to tranquility
The historic New Zealand town of Russell has been transformed from hell hole to tranquil seaside village and boasts some of the best fishing in the Pacific.
Dugong dreams
In an imaginative approach to community renewal, a Thai scientist is using the dugong as the centerpiece of his campaign.
Aussie paradise
Throw away your watch and step back in time with a visit to Australia’s spectacular Cocos Islands.
Hard to top
Bavaria’s new 37 Sport Hard Top brings together the best of European styling and performance under one roof.
A life well lived
A chance encounter with one of Club Marine’s longest continuous policy holders revealed a fascinating story of a life packed full of adventure.
Old man of the river
It’s been around for close to 26 million years, but battle lines are now being drawn over the future of Australia’s largest freshwater fish.
Polished performer
A solid, well-designed hull and plenty of power add up to an impressive fishing package in Grady-White’s Express 305.
Towing the line
Trailer towing incidents account for a big percentage of our claims. If you tow your boat, you need to sit down and pay attention…
Spirit of the Mediterranean
Beneteau asked the man behind Maseratti and Ferrari to design a sports yacht. The Beneteau Monte Carlo Open 37.
Demystifying depth sounders
A revolution in depth sounder developments has resulted in units that can produce an incredible amount of information for the serious angler.
Hellbent on winning
Having one thousand five hundred rampaging horsepower unleashed barely a metre from your face can focus your attention somewhat.
Spellbound
Australia’s answer to the Galapagos, Lord Howe Island casts a spell over anyone who visits its shores…
Great white wonders
The waters of Port Lincoln, in South Australia, are home to one of nature’s most awesome predators.
Perfection with passion
Gold Coast-based Pegiva’s Retro Sun convertibles have made a huge splash in the European boating market.
Civilised cat
Seawind Catamarans’ 1160 multi hull cruiser strikes a balance between straight forward sailing performance and civilised onboard living.
The right Formula?
Some boats are built for just one thing, while others have a couple of applications. Then there’s the Formula 240 Bowrider…
E-Tec 2008
The team at Evinrude has been busy preparing a big range of new engines and electronics packages.
From the mountains to the sea
Fast jet boats, shallow rivers and breathtaking scenery provide the ingredients for a uniquely Kiwi adventure.
A moment with Murray
Arguably Australia’s most famous sailor, Iain Murray explains how he finds time for it all.
Blue ribbon cruiser
Buizen is a name synonymous with quality and integrity. The Sydney boat builder has reinforced its reputation with the Mk II version of its pilothouse 48.
Mercury showcase
The world’s biggest producer of marine propulsion systems unveiled a war-chest of new products at the 2007 Mercury Expo on the Gold Coast.
Seafood celebration
Armed with these imaginative recipes and a little advance planning, you can create unforgettable dishes and still have time to celebrate with your guests.
Al’s Top 10 fishing tips
With the summer fishing season upon us, fishing journalist and documentary maker, Al McGlashan shares his top 10 tips to becoming a better angler.
Leggin’ it
What’s got three wheels, two engines, an aluminium hull and can travel on land and water? We put the amphibious Sealegs through its paces.
Tasmania’s other threatened forest
A diving exploration reveals the towering kelp forests of Tasmania.
A real head-turner
We took a pair of Princesses out to see if beauty really is, in fact, just in the eye of the beholder.
Sydney kingies
A self-confessed kingfish addict gives us the lowdown on catching Sydney’s resident hoodlums.
Catch and… relief
Failure is not an option for the fly-fishing guides of New Zealand, who tend to take their craft very seriously indeed…
Weathering the storm
In the after math of the monster storms that hit NSW in June, 2007 is a new appreciation of the importance of mooring lines and their maintenance.
Seafood with sizzle
Many people shy away from preparing and cooking seafood. With a little guidance and practice, your confidence will grow.
Crabs for Christmas
Armed with a hire car, an understanding partner and ill-suited foot-ware, Inger Van Dyke explores Australia’s “Kingdom of the Crabs”…
Timeless tides
In southern India, people continue to depend on the fruits of the sea as they have done for centuries past.
More is better
Whittley has raised the stakes in the trailerable cruiser market with the launch of its new CR2800.
Wake up
We look at the complex science of waves and the simple steps you can take for the protection of moored boats, especially your own.
Platinum performer
Streaker’s Platinum Series 6.35 Commander, is likely to find favour amongst serious offshore anglers. Mum and the kids haven’t been left out either…
Smooth operator
A great entertainer and family boat in one, Riviera’s new 45 is a consummate performer.
Bart’s boating banquet
As the old adage goes: ‘a good cook is never without friends’.
Messing about with Bob
We take some quality time out with the Parliamentary Secretary for boating, the colourful, larger-than-life Bob Baldwin.
Weekend escape
Club Marine escapes the clutches of the Big Smoke with Sea Ray’s 215 Weekender.
Northern rescue
In the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia’s sea turtle breeding grounds are under threat.
Tastes and temptations
Food, fishing and the great outdoors – you’ll find Tasmania a feast for all the senses.
Built to fish
Steber marks 60 years in business with the launch of its new 3800 Flybridge Sports Fisher.
Crafty carbon speedster
This lightning-fast carbon fibre creation doesn’t so much sail as fly…
Riviera throttles up
It’s full speed ahead for Australia’s premier boat builder, as it launches an all-new model line, unveils a majestic new 70-footer.
Suzuki unleashes the Big Vee
Suzuki has thrown down the gauntlet in the highpowered outboard stakes with the recent Australian launch of its new DF300 300hp.
Dropping the pick
Things to consider when you want to stay in one spot for a while.
Where the big fish fly
The 2007 Riviera NSW Interclub Tournament saw anglers descend en-masse upon Port Stephens, testing skills, rods and rigs to the limit.
Props-R-Us
Luxury yachts and competition sports fishing boats are knocking at the door of a Western Australian engineering company, demanding their high-tech propellers.
Things that go ‘bump’
When it comes time to get up close and personal, boats can get damaged and people hurt. We take a look at one of Club Marine’s most common claims issues.
Grand Banks – grand plans
With 50 years of boat building tradition in its wake, Grand Banks steers a brave new course with faster planing hulls and new models.
Over the moon at Aurukun
An air-conditioned houseboat, total seclusion and waters simply teeming with fish.
More is better
When it comes to feature-packed boats, they don’t come much better than Haines Signature’s new 600C and 632FDIx…
Ready for roasting
With cooler weather setting in, it’s roast time. And there are plenty of options to suit all tastes and appetites.
Following the Sun
Cruising or racing, Jeanneau’s Sun Odyssey 39 DS does the lot in style.
Speed thrills
Sea-Doo’s 2007 range of PWCs delivers even more bang for your bucks…
Naughty boats, saucy gizzards and challenging giblets
As David Pay discovered, cruising the canals of southern France can be a bit of a challenge, unless you understand the Rules of Engagement…
Night of the big reds
Melbourne boat ramps overflow each November as thousands of anglers wet their lines in search of the ultimate snapper.
Solo supremo
Club Marine caught up with veteran competitor and solo sailing great, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.
Hard ’n’ fast
Club Marine delves into the often muddied waters of anchors…
Harbour master
With history book in hand, Baz Tranter takes us island-hopping around Sydney Harbour on Beneteau’s stunningly stylish Flyer 12.
Recipes to the rescue
When time is tight, you need to be prepared. If you find yourself in the pressure cooker, we can help lift the lid…
Inside story
Who says you can’t take it all with you? Certainly not the creators of the spacious and luxurious Carver 43…
Spots the difference
Australian naturalist Brad Norman has created a global photo-ID system which enables others to help conserve these graceful monsters.
Amazing Amazon
When it comes to tropical wildlife, Ecuador’s Pastaza and Napo Rivers are some of the richest places on earth.
Sink or swim
Our editor conquers his fear of the deep as he bravely plunges into the shallow, secure and clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef.
American dreams
Whether you’re a keen angler or after something with some get up and go, these two Yankee imports tick a long list of boxes…
Lap of luxury
Don’t be fooled by its size, Sunseeker’s Predator 72 combines sleek looks and cutting-edge technology to produce a boat that handles like a 30-footer.
Off the beaten track
Papua New Guinea’s New Ireland Province offers the intrepid traveller the unique opportunity to experience its customs and culture first-hand.
Big fish country
Queensland’s Ribbon Reefs produce some of the biggest marlin on the planet. At least they were for us at the 20th annual Riviera Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic…
Performance-plus
Evinrude powers into 2007 with a range of cleaner, greener outboards.
Splendid isolation
Thousands of kilometres from anywhere, the Cooper Creek region has played a pivotal role in Australia’s history.
Built to fight
Riviera’s Fascination series was built to take on big fish. They have been fine-tuned to make the most of their gamefishing capabilities.
Power play
This is one Brit-built thoroughbred that is right at home Down Under. We cruise the Whitsundays on Fairline’s Targa 47.
On course
Club Marine recently enrolled in Yachting Australia’s national Powerboat Handling Certificate course.
Clear alternatives
Whittley has returned to basics, with two new offerings from its Clearwater stable aimed at the serious angler.
Summer sizzle
There’s nothing quite like the smell of a sizzling barbecue to signal the start of summer.
Hidden hazards
We take a look at one of our most common claims issues – hitting submerged objects…
Bruiser or cruiser?
Can a seriously competitive race boat double as a fully-equipped cruiser on its days off? Ray Borrett asked the question and Laurelle provided the answer.
Fishermen of Chile
The people of the coastal villages of Chile depend on the sea for their lives and livelihoods.
Weekend warrior
As a weekender getaway sportscruiser, Sunrunner’s 2800 has a lot going for it
Andaman sojourn
The Star Flyer offers its passengers a unique opportunity to explore the beauty of Thailand’s Andaman Sea islands.
That personal touch
If you’d prefer not to spend your weekends fighting the hordes this holiday season, why not stay indoors and make some of these tasty treats!
High expectations
The 800 Patriot comes from a proud lineage, most notably the much-revered 680 Patriot. We take the 800 out for a test run to see if it lives up to expectations…
Lord of the ring – Sea Ray’s 60 Sundancer
It’s a big boat with a big price tag, but Sea Ray’s new 60 also represents a lot of boat for the bucks.
A twist of limestone
Down in the south-east corner of South Australia lies some of the most rugged and striking scenery.
Leader of the pack
Cruise Craft’s 685 Outsider has seen little modification since its introduction some eight years ago. We take a look at why this offshore fishing machine continues to reign supreme.
Whitsunday escape
The dream of a charter cruise through the Whitsundays finally came true for a trio of intrepid Melbourne adventurers.
Secret shoal
Rowley Shoals is blessed with an abundance of spectacular reef structures and exotic wildlife, it takes a bit of getting to, but is well worth the effort.
A test of strength
Australia’s most famous jazz virtuoso, James Morrison has had a long and mixed association with the sea.
Tackle test
Taking the latest in fishing gear and testing it in remote parts of the world is a pretty good gig if you can get it…
Easy rider
It might be the baby of the range, but as we found, Powercat’s award-winning trailerable 2400 packs a lot of boat into a compact package.
Mangroves and mudcrabs
Our northern correspondent gets taken for a ride up the river and comes back with an esky full of mud crabs and barra.
Bulletproof
Boston Whaler has a reputation for building tough boats, but not so tough that they sacrifice comfort for utility. We spend some time in the new 205 Conquest.
Some like it hot
Here we sample some traditional and modern dishes guaranteed to please everyone’s tastebuds. And for the very brave, we show you how to make yours even hotter.
The Jones boy
In the hallowed halls of Australian game fishing, the name Bob Jones (‘Jonesy’) rates more than the occasional mention.
Kimberley uncut
Grinning crocs, ancient rocks and sacred spots… All aboard for an unforgettable adventure in one of the world’s last great wilderness areas.
Fabulous Fraser
The Toyota Fraser Island Fishing Expo is one of Australia’s biggest and best fishing competitions.
Help is on its way…
Digital EPIRBs save lives and boats. Apart from PFDs, they are arguably the most critical life-saving accessory you can have on the water.
A tale of two Tiaras
The Tiara 2900 Coronet is a distinctly American style of boat, with some solid engineering inside its gleaming gel coat.
Islands of Fire
The Galapagos Islands teem with wildlife, above and below the water.
On Tapas
Nowadays, you’re more likely to find a tapas menu and a comprehensive international beer list at your local bar. Here we sample some of these Spanish delights.
A Sea Ray day
It took a lot of persuading, but the folks at Sea Ray eventually convinced our editor to abandon the office for a day on the bay onboard two of its new luxury cruisers.
Consummate cruiser
Whittley’s stylish new 630 Cruiser fills a gap in the company’s line-up and will also fill a gap in many families’ weekend activities.
Sea-Doos and Sea-Don’ts
Sea-Doo’s 2006 range was built to perform. They are extreme machines that command respect and can punish the unfit and inexperienced. Like our editor for instance…
Viva la difference?
They’re unique, they’re simple and they’re French. But is the Arvor 230AS right for Australian fishos?
Bread made easy
Few smells delight the senses as much as freshly baked bread, hot out of the oven. A basic diet staple, bread is extremely versatile and comes in many forms.
Fire and ice
It could be straight out of a James Bond movie. Pershing’s new 62 has the red hot performance of an F1 racer, cloaked in the oh-so-cool styling of a an exotic sports car. And it even has a secret guest cabin…
Far and away
On the north-west corner of Australia is a place so remote you won’t find it on any map.
Building a better boat
Whether you're a building a dinghy or a super yacht, there are basic principles that apply to all seaworthy vessels.
One with the lot
Mustang Pleasure Boats’ new 2250 Bluewater packs a lot of boat into its proven hull.
A fresh approach
From the legendary barra to the golden perch there are enough fish to keep the most ardent angler entertained.
From prison to postcard
Today Sydney’s Fort Denison is a picturesque feature on Sydney Harbour. But its history is full of swinging corpses, big guns and surprise attacks.
Coral Sea Dreamin’
Looking for an isolated fishing spot where the fish are many and large and the anglers few and far between?
Pasta appeal
Pasta is one of the most versatile foundations for great eating. With the warmer months behind us, we explore a few dishes guaranteed to tease your taste buds.
Croatian cruising
Bordering the Adriatic, Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast affords an abundance of spectacular scenery, pristine waters, fascinating history and fine food.
Million dollar baby
A million dollars was a lot of money once upon a time, but what does it get you these days? In the case of the Jeanneau Prestige 46, it buys a lot more than you might think.
City slickers
A pair of stylish American sports boats that offer fun and performance. We put Bayliner’s 205SE and the Maxum 2100SD through their paces.
Territory Top Guns
There are some great remote fishing locations in the Top End. The trouble is, getting to them can be a bit difficult. Until now…
Clever coaster
A lot of thought has gone into the Theodore Coastal 720, resulting in a boat that packs a lot of features into its relatively compact hull.
Family friendly Executive cruiser
CruiseCraft has come up with a special boat to celebrate its 60th anniversary. And it’s got something for everyone.
Australian Classic
The Stylish Maritimo 52
It’s rigged!
A little time spent on inspection and maintenance can save a lot of heartache and angst out on the water.
Tiptoe through the tuna…
The Sydney Fish Market is one of the harbour city’s prize attractions and is also a source of fine seafood and dining delights.
Where the buffalo roam
If you love the great outdoors and fly fishing, there is nothing quite like casting a line in Big Sky Country
Top performer
Quintrex continues to refine its popular Top Ender fishing platform.
Memories are made of this
At first glance, this pair of Chris-Craft Corsairs might evoke memories of a bygone era. But closer inspection reveals there’s a lot more on offer than just classic design. We put the Corsair 25 and 28 to the test.
Lean, clean, green machines
Evinrude takes the wraps off its new E-Tec range
Linger longer
A South Pacific yachting odyssey.
The Golden Age Of Flying Boats In Australia
Lasting little more than 12 years, the golden age of the flying boat in Australian aviation history was as brief as it was dramatic.
The World of Marine Batteries
Batteries are an expensive item aboard any vessel, so every effort should be made to sustain their lifespan and optimise performance.
Corrosion
Christopher Murman delves into some of the causes and cures of metal destruction in the marine environment.
Trim your boat
Lots of people don’t understand what the word ‘trim’ means and, apparently, don’t even realise when their boat is and when it is not trimmed properly.
Stacer 525 Easy Rider
The traditional view of aluminium boats as rough, tough tinnies is seriously challenged by Stacer's 525 Easy Rider optioned with a Ski Pack.
Moor it Safely
It is amazing how many owners will spend hours maintaining their boat and then neglect one of the most important things - its mooring.
Cruise Craft Outsider 625
When Cruise Craft released their 6.85 metre Outsider 685 it quickly established a reputation as something special in offshore fishing boats.
Severe Weather Event Preparation
Most marinas will experience a storm event of some kind, at some time, with the potential to cause millions of dollars of damage in a short amount of time.
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