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Club Marine Magazine's panel of marine journalists take boats of all sizes and makes through their paces to bring you top-quality reviews accompanied by stunning photography. We also preview new marine products, electronics and engines, along with fishing tackle and gadgets.

Here's a snapshot, as seen in 33.1 February/March 2018 Club Marine Magazine, along with an exciting sneak peek of Mercury's just-announced new V6 FourStroke outboards.

MERCURY V6 RANGEMercury new V6
Mercury Marine President, John Pfeifer, made a big call when he labelled the company’s new range of V6 FourStroke outboards as: “The most advanced four-stroke the industry has seen,” at the season-opening 2018 Miami International Boat Show recently.

The new 64-degree, 3.4lt V6 range, available in 175, 200 and 225hp models, boasts a combination of low weight and high-displacement, which Mercury says gives it many advantages over equivalent opposition outboards.

Pfeifer claimed the new engine platform was intended to be “the new benchmark for the industry” and also hinted at more significant product launches to come throughout the year. He added that the new engines are the “quietest, lightest, smoothest, quickest and most fuel-efficient engines we have produced in this range.”

Club Marine Magazine was among a select group of media invited to the unveiling of the new strikingly styled outboards in Miami and you can read all about them in the April/May edition of the magazine.

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QUINTREX 590 FRONTIERQuintrex 590 Frontier
Best bits

  • Big fishing platform with loads of features
  • Quintrex Apex hull with pickle-fork bow and cathedral-style entry
  • Large deck space with 2.35m beam
  • High freeboard creates enormous volume under the self-draining carpeted deck

The good folks at Melbourne Quintrex dealership JV Marine World provided us with a near-new Frontier 590 as we headed off for some offshore action off the coast of Cape Jervis. When not being towed to the wilds of South Australia, our particular boat spends much of its time in the company of Club Marine Magazine columnist and cricketing great, Merv Hughes.

Merv loves his sportsfishing – in particular freshwater and estuary sojourns, as well as extended northern safaris. He reckons the Frontier 590 is a perfect choice for his requirements and it’s not hard to see why – it’s a big, solid and exceptionally stable platform that could fish five or six keen anglers.

The pickle-fork bow helps to maximise the weight distribution for the 590’s large casting platform. It moulds into a ‘cathedral-style’ hull entry that blends to a slight vee as it runs aft. The combination produces a surprisingly soft and very quiet ride, even in the spine-splintering chop common to our larger waterways, and it’s confident in head and following seas.
The Frontier is all about maximising fishing space, with its large raised casting deck up front leading back to the cricket pitch-sized deck of the cockpit. The transom is very well laid out, with short steps out back, one with telescopic boarding ladder, plus a large plumbed livebait tank.

The helm is suitably compact, yet still has plenty of space for a 12in Raymarine Axiom 12 touchscreen multifunction unit with built-in RealVision 3D sonar, the all-new LightHouse 3 operating system, and fast quad-core performance. It displayed precise viewing of our underwater surroundings, plus full chart features.

A side-mounted digital throttle control and the switchgear for the accessories and Stressfree anchor winch are all easily at hand.

There’s plenty of foot room and a handy glovebox underneath the dash, plus a VHF radio for communications.

Steering the gutsy Evinrude E-TEC G2 150HO 2.7lt V6 engine was made easy with hydraulic steering and a three-spoked composite steering wheel. Engine diagnostics and fuel information are readily available via the Evinrude Icon Touch 4.3in digital instrumentation.

The engine offered truly impressive performance throughout the rev range, right up to a zesty Wide Open Throttle of 34.5 knots (66km/h) at 5300rpm, where the fuel-efficient hull and engine was returning a thrifty 46.6lt/hr. She popped up out of the hole nicely at around 2900rpm, but with a little more throttle travelled well at 21.5 knots (40km/h) at 3500 rpm, sipping only 19.4lt/hr.

Base price (incl trailer and 115hp HO engine): $61,000
Price as tested: $84,000

Read the full test in Vol 33.1 February/March Club Marine Magazine.

Best bits
  • Impeccable finish quality
  • Clever custom-made options
  • Combines roominess of a centre console configuration with protection of a cabin
  • Impressive performance, with dual 225hp Mercury Verado outboards

West Australian shipwright Fury Custom Boats has launched its new Fury 282 Dual Console (DC), a consummate offshore fisher, family dayboat and party platform rolled into one.

Crabbing on the Mandurah estuary system in the morning, entertaining family and guests in the evening, and on the next day setting recreational rock lobster pots before chasing dhufish on offshore reefs with mates – that’s what this model’s new owners use it for from their canal home in Mandurah, WA.

Fury Custom Boats has been in operation since 1999, building centre console fibreglass boats ranging from 26 to 28ft, mainly for keen fishermen and divers. In 2008, the new Fury 282 Centre
Console was launched, complete with bow thruster and powered by a single 300hp Mercury engine.

Customer feedback saw the introduction of a Sports Cabin model, giving more protection and sleeping space up front. Both models are fitted out to meet the needs of individual customer requirements.

Our review vessel is the first Fury 282 with a twin Mercury Verado setup on the transom, comprising two 225hp engines and super-slick digital throttle and gear-shift controls at the helm. Mercury’s new-generation four-strokes are quiet, with effortless gear selection, while the stainless tie-rod mechanism has both engines moving in harmony.

The Verados allow easy conversation as the Fury 282 DC smoothes out the slight chop with ease. Stability underway and at rest is excellent and will delight anglers during their drift fishing or if the pick is deployed. The rear awning, which is anchored to the stainless railing on the cabin roof, provides plenty of shade over the rear deck and the portable picnic table, which is fitted to the starboard wall.

Among the customisations made for its new owner, this model has a cockpit door on the port side to assist boarding at his floating berth.

During our test, we topped 45.5 knots (84.3km/h), with comfortable cruising at 26 knots (48km/h) at 3500rpm and consuming a combined 52lt/h. The boat was new, so those figures should improve with running in.
Fury 282 DC
Other features include cork decking, a mini galley behind the passenger seat, and a double passenger seat that’s split to incorporate a bolster cushion for a backrest in the rough. There’s also a false floor for the skipper and first mate that increases height for improved vision ahead, plus huge storage areas under the seats and a cavernous dayhead/shower in the portside console.

The large dash has room for twin flush-mounted navigation units – in this case 12in Simrad NSS evo3 units – as well as joystick control for the 2.2hp bowthruster. An optional thermal camera is also fitted.

Price from: $267,000

Read the full test in Vol 33.1 February/March Club Marine Magazine.

FLIR Systems, parent company of Raymarine, has announced its most advanced solid-state marine radar, the Quantum 2 with Doppler target-identification technology. Designed for integrating with Raymarine’s Axiom multifunction displays, Quantum 2 enhances boater’s situational awareness by intelligently identifying moving and static targets at both long and short ranges.

Using advanced Doppler processing, Quantum 2 detects the radar echo frequency shift returned by moving versus stationary targets. Quantum 2 then colour-codes moving targets to indicate whether they are getting closer (red) or moving away (green).

Quantum 2 also brings a new Safety Sector feature that highlights and colour codes any potentially dangerous static targets within 200m in front of the vessel, making it easier for captains to recognise immediate hazards to navigation.

Advanced users will appreciate Quantum 2’s 25-target mini-automatic radar plotting aid (MARPA). Developed originally for the United States Coast Guard and other fast-response craft, MARPA is Doppler-assisted, meaning inbound contacts can be acquired automatically by the radar display. This eliminates the need to manually acquire targets or define guard zones, thus reducing the workload on captains and easing navigation in congested waterways.

The radar also features CHIRP Pulse Compression technology, which uses compressed radar pulses to display targets like boats, marine marks, landmarks, rocks, and weather cells with unsurpassed resolution and separation quality.

Quantum 2 is Wi-Fi enabled and networks to Raymarine multifunction displays (traditional wired configuration is also possible), making installation easier and doing away with additional radar cabling or interface boxes.

At 5.6kg, Quantum 2 is said to weigh far less than traditional magnetron radars.

RRP from $2895

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