John Willis is aboard the Cruisers Yachts 338 Outboard on Port Phillip Bay. The sleek black hull paired with the vibrant ochre interior gives the Cruisers Yachts 338 Outboard a striking look to match its outstanding performance. It’s a perfect boat for entertaining, ripping through waves or even having a lazy day out on the water.
Mark Rothfield is aboard the Riviera 64, a stylish addition to Riviera's thoroughbred stable of Sports Motor Yachts; it offers plenty of on-water opportunities from sports fishing and diving to paddle boarding and kayaking, or simply pure relaxation when cruising the coast.
Published every two months, Club Marine Magazine captures everything boating for you to enjoy.
Including boating destinations, sailing adventures and boat safety articles, plus reviews of all the latest
and greatest boats, accessories and fishing gear!
John Willis is testing the new Merry Fisher 695 Series Two, which features a completely overhauled design. As an added bonus, it has also been rated to take a 200hp, Mercury V6 four-stroke that is capable of reaching speeds up to 38 knots.
Chris Beattie, editor of Club Marine Magazine, is at Maritimo Racing HQ on the Gold Coast. After an exclusive tour of the facilities, he speaks with Tom Barry-Cotter, winner of the 2019 UIM XCAT Powerboat Championship and as a bonus, takes his own turn in the driver's seat.
World exclusive - we drive Maritimo's 200km/h world-championship-winning XCAT and tour the team's Gold Coast headquarters. Ever wondered what it’s like to drive a high-speed XCAT racing powerboat? We certainly did, so when an exclusive opportunity to spend two days with Maritimo’s 2019 UIM XCAT World Championship-winning race team was offered to Club Marine Magazine’s Chris Beattie, he was there in a flash. Full video and magazine feature coming soon!
John Willis is onboard the first-ever Riviera 505 SUV off the production line. The SUV concept combines the hull of Riviera's true-blue flybridge cruiser and the one-level layout of a sport yacht. Every square millimetre of the 505 is optimised for cruising in cooler or tropical climates. John says the Riviera SUV has beautiful finishes with a general feeling of space, comfort, and luxury. Power comes from 1450HP Volvo-Penta engines. Cruise speed is 28 knots and top-speed is 33 knots.
John Willis is testing out the new Formosa 580 SRT Vision Cab at South West Rocks, New South Wales. This model features the extra high cabin, ideal for big blokes like John. It's a voluptuous boat with good internal beam, full-length bunks, wide shoulders and generous internal freeboard. The 580 is powered by a gutsy and quiet four-stroke 175HP Suzuki featuring troll mode and Humminbird Helix 12.
John Willis is on board the Jeanneau Merry Fisher 1095. John says it's the ultimate weekender for family boating or fishing. The layout has an alfresco feel and appointments include stand-up shower, U-shaped lounge, and walkaround for easy docking. John is a big fan of the twin Mercury 300HP V8 outboard motors fed by twin 400L fuel tanks offering a range of 160 nautical miles.
Club Marine editor Chris Beattie is on a trailer trip to South West Rocks. He's towing a Formosa plate boat behind a Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. Power comes from a V6, 3L turbo-diesel engine packing 570Nm of torque. Luxury appointments include a leather steering wheel and seats and a nine-speaker stereo system.
John Willis is smiling because he's onboard the Maritimo X50R. This model is set up with Maritimo's race-proven technology featuring twin 800HP D13 shaft-drive Scania engines. Top speed is just under 36 knots. The X50R is also dripping in luxury options including a beach club adjoining the aft cabin, cedar-lined cabins, fully-appointed kitchen, Miele appliances, caesar stone benchtops, leather finishes throughout, pop-up TV and a sunroof.
John Willis heads to one of his ultimate bucket-list destinations. He's at South West Rocks on the North Coast of New South Wales where there's plenty of great boating facilities, cafes, restaurants and accommodation. He's towing a Formosa SRT behind a Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. John also catches up with Matty from Estuary Charters to try and snag a jewfish or bream. Editor Chris Beattie even manages to catch a tuna!
Chris Beattie is aboard the Maritimo M64 Enclosed Fly Bridge. It's built for long-range touring and everything about this boat is big, including the spacious saloon that could entertain a dozen guests, the massive galley and a lazarette that can be reconfigured for a tender, stabilizer, fishing cockpit or storage. The M64 also features twin 13L, 1000HP turbo-charged diesel Volvo Penta engines and shaft-drives.
Chris Beattie is at Sanctuary Cove aboard the Focus Power 33. He’s with importer Rob McIntyre stretching the legs on the 520HP diesel-powered Steyr, capable of 37 knots. The 33 is a deep hull with lots of natural light and an elevated helm. It will suit a large family or two couples on weekenders.
For more information visit: http://www.mcintyre-equipment.com.au/focus-33/
Chris Beattie is at the Sunshine Coast testing the Sea-Doo GTR 230 for Club Marine TV. This is the most popular model in the Sea-Doo range featuring a supercharged 1630cc, 3-cylinder engine. The hull has a low centre of gravity improving cornering and stability.
John Willis is aboard one of his favourite Australian-made trailerboats. It’s the Northbank 750 Enclosed Hard Top. It has a work boat mentality but with a recreational finish. It’s powered by a Mercury V8 and capable of 70km/h.
Sheree Marris is on the Gold Coast testing the latest Stacer 709 Ocean Ranger. It features a fully welded hull, self-sealed floor and scupper system. This model has the Evo advanced hull and reverse chines offering a great ride and excellent stability at rest. Power comes from a 200HP G2 E-Tec. Price as tested is $102,590.
Sheree Marris goes for a spin on the super-responsive BRIG Eagle 6. She's with Tom from Brig Queensland who says the BRIG has evolved to become very affordable all-rounder. This model is powered by a gutsy 150HP Honda outboard.
Sheree Marris is on the water testing the new Quintrex 430 Fishabout Pro for Club Marine TV. This boat will suit couples buying their first boat, families who love riding biscuits or keen fishos chasing snapper and flathead. The 430 Fishabout can carry five passengers and is powered by a 60HP direct-injection two-stroke. Prices start in the low $20K.
Chris Beattie is on Middle Harbour Sydney for Club Marine TV. He’s aboard the Parker 850 Voyager with Dimitri from Nautilus Australia. The Voyager features lots of convertible spaces for entertaining, water sports or overnighters. The stepped hull is matched with a V8 Yamaha, capable of pushing the Parker to more than 50 knots. Chris says it’s a lot of boat in a 28ft package that includes sleeping for six, full sound system, bow thruster, shore power, fridge, TV, cold and hot water shower – inside and out, ski pole and BBQ.
Club Marine boat tester John Willis and Barney Friend from JV Marine are on board the Revival 560 X-Rider. It features a versatile layout for family fun, fishing or watersports. The Revival is built by Sam Catanese and tips the scales at 1600kg. This entry-level model is powered by a gutsy 135 Mercury outboard.
Club Marine editor Chris Beattie is aboard the Princess V65 with Scott Davis from Princess Yachts Australia. This boat encapsulates the sports motor yacht concept, featuring huge sun lounges, great walk around side decks for accessibility and saloon area opening up the galley. The V65 can accommodate eight guests in four beautifully appointed cabins. The interior features expansive use of glass, curved timbers and concealed lighting. There’s even a makeup station! Power comes from twin 1200HP MAN twin-turbo V8 and range is 1200 nautical miles with a 4100L fuel capacity.
Dom Wiseman is on Sydney harbour aboard the Beneteau Flyer 10 with Mark Chapman from the Chapman Marine Group. Dom says it’s one of the best day boats going around with exceptional visibility, plenty of room for entertaining and Mark says the new Beneteau has a top speed of 38 knots thanks to the air-stepped hull and twin Mercury 350HP outboards.
Club Marine boat tester John Willis catches up with Baxter Bolton from Telwater to check out the new Yellowfin 7000 Southerner fitted with 225HP Evinrude E-tec. John is particularly impressed with the fishing ergonomics and user-friendly features including the dive ladder, walk-through transom, fold-down rod holders, ventilated windows and mount for the electric motor.
Mark Rothfield steps aboard the Palm Beach GT50. This is the sports derivative of Palm Beach capable of traveling at up to 35 knots, burning only 151 litres per-hour, combined. The GT50 is a warped, semi-displacement hull with a very fine bow, soft shoulder, and flat aft section. Entertainers will be impressed with the ice maker, Corian-topped wet bar, drinks cabinet and outdoor fridge. Mark describes it as a sports car outside and luxury saloon inside.
Club Marine tester John Willis is testing the new BRIG Eagle 10 rigid inflatable. The vessel is fitted with twin 300HP V6 Yamahas capable of pushing the Brig to 52 knots. This model features lockable cabin with double bed, full electric toilet, fridge, cooker and a custom T-top by Black Marlin Towers.
Chris Beattie steps aboard the Maritimo X50. This model features three large cabins, an airy saloon and beach club out back – a unique feature for a 50ft sport yacht. In fact, the X50 can accommodate more people than any other vessel in the same class. It also includes features normally found in a modern apartment or home, including upright refrigerator and dishwasher
Club Marine editor Chris Beattie steps aboard the stunning new Greenline NEO. A unique feature of the Neo model is the moulded solar panels generating 660Ah, capable of powering the appliances for two days without shore or engine power. This model features twin 300HP Mercury outboards capable of pushing the vessel to 46 knots. The motors are integrated with Greenline’s patented hydraulic boarding platform. Chris says the Neo would make a great day boat with plenty of entertaining spaces.
Ryan Campbell from JSW Powersports talks through the new Sea Fox 228 Commander. It features a soft dry ride with a large California flare. This model also features electric anchor winch, a console that can hold two 12-inch screens, hardtop, and port-a-loo. Outboard options include 200HP or 250HP E-tec G2.
Club Marine editor Chris Beattie is on the Gold Coast checking out Riviera’s new Platinum range. There are three models featuring two-level living and all-new refinements including platinum silver hardtops, silver teak corking, and gloss walnut timber. Each vessel features state-of-the-art boating for the 21st century.
Club Marine contributor John Willis is testing the Merry Fisher 895, built by one of the largest boat builders in the world, Jeanneau. It's got an amazing field of vision complimented by an excellent walkaround cabin. Inside it feels like an apartment with a whole bathroom, hot shower and ample storage. This model is fitted with a ripper pair of 200HP Mercury outboards fitted by JV Marine.
Club Marine editor Chris Beattie tests out the RAM 2500 Laramie. He reckons there’s better place to test it than in Gladstone – the heavy equipment capital of Queensland. Chris says it's a fantastic tow rig, designed to tow big boats. In this case it's the Haines Signature 788SF. The Laramie features a 6.7L turbo-diesel and almost 1100NM of torque.
Dean Miller and the Club Marine crew are in the port of Gladstone. Some say it's the engine room of Queensland. It's also at the doorstep of the Southern Great Barrier Reef in the Capricorn and Bunker Group. Some of the iconic destinations here include Lady Elliot Island, Lady Musgrave Island, Herron Island and North West Island. The crew fished North West Island and landed some tuskies, red throat and cobia. Greg Haines even whipped up some bread-crumbed cobia! Not far from Gladstone is Lake Awonga, one of the best sportsfishing impoundments in the world.
Dean Miller has found the perfect solution to sea sickness – the Seakeeper Gyro 2 stabiliser. To test the SeaKeeper the Club Marine crew head out from Gladstone on the central Queensland coast. SeaKeeper has fitted a unit to a Haines Signature 788SF. Simon Bochenski from SeaKeeper describes it as a flywheel weight spinning at 9000 RPM. The gyro “precesses” fore and aft putting torque through the hull of the boat, eliminating roll. It operates at rest or underway, is powered by 12V and can operate for up to six hours.
Club Marine contributor John Willis is in Eildon, Victoria, testing the MasterCraft X22 with Bob Soban. Mastercraft have been around for more than 50 years and this model features the Gen 2 surf system. There's seating for up to 16 people and power comes from an Ilmor 6.2L 430HP V8.
Jeff McNiven from JSW Powersports shares some great tips on towing with a PWC or jetski. He's on the latest SeaDoo RXTX 300. He covers all the thing you need to know including gear, signals, observers, hazards and general safety.
Mark Rothfield tests the new Riviera 395 SUV on the Gold Coast. It’s a very roomy one level boat for the family and also a surprisingly good sea boat. Mark also talks to Riviera Marketing Manager Stephen Milne on how the 395 came about.
Club Marine editor Chris Beattie tests the new Sea-Doo Fish Pro. It's a growing market segment and Sea-Doo have taken it to another level with Garmin fit-up, fishing cooler, convertible seat, rod holders and extended platform.
John Willis tests the latest Mercury-powered 750 hardtop from Northbank. It's fitted with the new Mercury 3L diesel punching out 270HP and 36 knots. John's a big fan of the layout, built-in fishing features and the hardtop.
Club Marine contributor John Willis tests the new Surtees 540 Workmate Hardtop in Eden, NSW. This model is powered by an 80HP Honda outboard and fitted with all the features Surtees are known for including a flooding keel, wide gunwales. John reckons the colour and hardtop are a hit!
Club Marine editor Chris Beattie tests the Isuzu MU-X on a trailerboat trip to Eden, NSW. It’s powered by a 3lt, four-cyclinder turbo-charged diesel engine delivering 430Nm of torque. Chris reckons it’s the quiet achiever of the touring world – anyone can drive it!
Club Marine contributor John Willis heads to Eden, New South Wales. It’s one of his favourite places! John checks out the facilities for trailerboaters, species to catch and local attractions for the family including whale watching aboard Cat Balou cruisers and visiting the old Davidson whaling station. Of course an Eden trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Killer Whale Museum.
In this video Alistair McGlashan gives his best advice for launching and retrieving from impoundments, lakes and river. Be sure to keep an eye out for low water levels, soft sand and submerged objects.
There's a few tricks you need to know before fitting braid to your reel. In this video Alistair McGlashan shows you how it's done properly, including how to tie a double-uni knot, ideal for joining mono and braid.
In this Club Marine TV video Al McGlashan highlights some areas of boating risk including the human factor. Being aware of the situation around you, clear decision making and good communication are key areas to focus on when reducing risk.
One of the key rules of boating is to keep a proper lookout. In this Club Marine TV video Al gives some invaluable tips on how to maximise your visibility and maintain a safe speed. He also identifies some important cardinal markers and isolated hazards.
The winners of Club Marine's 'Boatloads of Fun' competition have been drawn with a very excited family receiving the major prize. Watch the video of when we handed over a brand new Northbank 600c and Isuzu D-Max to the Butler family.
Appropriately enough, the name Ichi Ban in Japanese means 'No 1' and if your were looking for an ocean racing navigator to get you to No 1 in the race to Hobart, you'd be hard pressed to go past Will Oxley.
With a forecast that seemed to suit everyone, the focus of many crews on Boxing Day appeared to be on just how fast they could reach Hobart. Bow Caddy Media spoke to some of the skippers and navigators on the dock before they left for the race start to see what they made of the forecast, how they expected to fare and who they thought might be favourites for an overall handicap win to claim the Tattersall’s Trophy.
With over 1400 sailors competing in this year’s event and so much emphasis placed on the super maxis and the rock stars of the race it seems fitting we also acknowledge the families of all the sailors, wives, husbands, partners, children and parents who all make sacrifices to let their sailors compete.
With the growing predictions of a potential line honours race record for the 2017 edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht, you could have been forgiven for wondering how that could be when the fleet set off at a very gentle pace down Sydney Harbour and out to sea in light easterlies.
On a summer’s day when Sydney Harbour showed off its emerald waters at their sparkling best, a small but competitive fleet of four yachts engaged in an intense arm wrestle that lasted little more than an hour for the annual SOLAS Big Boat Challenge.
With Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban the current Clubhouse leader in the bid for the Tattersalls Cup we return to a conversation that we had with Matt Allen in the lead up to the race when he spoke about his new boat and his thoughts on the great race ahead.
As the media boats reached the Iron Pot just before sunset to follow Wild Oats XI and Comanche up the River Derwent to the finish line, it was hard to believe that the slow motion arm-wrestle playing out between the two super maxis, catching two and three knot zephyrs, was going to result in both boats smashing last year’s record breaking race time.
Peter Harburg’s RP 100 Black Jack continues to show good form in her preparations for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, winning the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge on Sydney Harbour last week. In September this year the Bow Caddy Media was given the opportunity to join some of the luminaries of Australian sailing aboard Black Jack (including Tom Slingsby, Chris Nicholson and Tom Addis) for their early work-up
Despite having raced across many of the world’s oceans and taken part in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race aboard Team SCA, when experienced British navigator Libby Greenhalgh leaves Sydney Heads on Boxing Day aboard Lisa Blair’s Climate Action Now it will be her first Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
A few days out from the start of the big race south to Hobart and the weather modelling is suggesting a relatively benign track, with a high over Tasmania blocking the normal pattern of southerly fronts, while still promising some strong downwind running.
For some time now Peter Harburg’s Black Jack – the lightest of the super maxis racing to Hobart - has been touted as the one to watch, particularly if the race turns up some lighter air phases, as it frequently does. In this interview, recorded just after Black Jack’s win in the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge, skipper Mark Bradford explains the thinking behind the foil design for the boat, how it’s used and why it needed to be
Across all sports what often takes the winner to next level is the strength of their competition, so it was no surprise to hear Matt Allen, the new holder of the Tattersall's Cup paying tribute to the crew of Bob Steel's Quest and acknowledging just how hard they had to sail to beat their rivals for the much-coveted trophy.
Appropriately enough, the name Ichi Ban in Japanese means 'No 1' and if your were looking for an ocean racing navigator to get you to No 1 in the race to Hobart, you'd be hard pressed to go past Will Oxley.
Doug King talks about the correct procedure for flushing the cooling system on an outboard engine. Flushing on a regular basis will ensure correct operation at appropriate temperatures and give you longer engine life.
Ex professional fisherman, Tony Barber, talks about anchoring length. He discusses scope (length of rope and chain in the water) and how much to let out under various weather conditions. He also talks about what not to do!
Parker Siegele and Bec Gange discuss some of the common wakeboarding problems on the water including power turns, running out of fuel, wrapping the tow rope around the propellor, friends that don't help out, leaving riders behind, and sticking to the right.
Paul Worsteling shares his favourite knot for tying mono leader to braid. It's called the slim beauty as it slides beautifully through the guides of a fishing rod – perfect for long, tangle-free casts.
Paul Worsteling shows how to tie a Cairns quickie, one of his favourite knots for joining a double to a leader. It's ideal for tying quickly, when you're in a big boat in big seas! Paul has caught some monster fish using a Cairns quickie...
Paul Worsteling reckons this is one of the greatest fishing knots ever invented. Originating in Japan, it's ideal for joining monofilament top shot to braid backing. Paul uses it when fishing for goliaths of the sea like swords and bluefin tuna.
Of all the knots Paul reckons this the most beautiful looking. It transforms one main line into a double for attaching wind-on leaders. Pay attention though because this one took Paul twelve months to master!
Don't take loading your boat for granted. In this video Al shares his tips for storing gear including rods, camera gear, safety gear, sounder covers, etc. These great tips will help keep your gear safe, dry and out of the way.
Club Marine is working with the experts to develop a comprehensive series of boating videos covering all types of boats – from runabouts and sailboats to cruisers and PWCs. At Club Marine TV, you’ll find useful how-tos, tips and safety advice from fishing celebrities such as Paul Worsteling and Al McGlashan, champion wakeboarders Parker Siegele and Bec Gange, plus safety expert Doug King. From novice to experienced skipper, Club Marine TV has got something for everyone.
Safety expert Doug King discusses how to effectively use GPS and chart-plotter systems.
Doug covers how to use waypoints, go-to functions, plotting routes and zooming.
Please note: GPS units and plotters are no substitute for keeping a proper look-out and monitoring progress at all times.
Doug King talks about safe operation for an inboard engine. It’s an area overrepresented in fires and explosion on vessels.
Doug discusses correct installation, components, maintenance and inspection procedures to ensure a safe boating experience.