Super-strong Stacer Ocean Ranger 679 with 225hp Honda a high performance package

Super-strong Stacer Ocean Ranger 679 with 225hp Honda a high performance package Stacer didn’t try to hide the fact that their 679 Ocean Ranger was designed and built to attract the serious fisher, those seventeen standard rod holders being a real give-away. We noted three holders on each wide side deck, five on the big […]

Kiwi-built Surtees 6.7 Game Fisher defines offshore strength, fishing practicality

Kiwi-built Surtees 6.7 Game Fisher defines offshore strength, fishing practicality Five years ago (Issue No. 52) we tested a Surtees and our abiding impression, that of the boat’s sheer strength, was reinforced recently off The Bluff aboard this Surtees 6.7 Game Fisher open hardtop, powered by a very willing 225hp Yamaha 4-stroke. It was also […]

Haines Signature 575F Lockup Cabin with 150hp Honda VTEC – first class throughout

Haines Signature 575F Lockup Cabin with 150hp Honda VTEC – first class throughout The appropriately named Haines Signature range, flagship of the Haines family’s stable of boat brands, was well represented by this stunning 575F Lockup Cabin. Courtesy of sole South Australian Haines Signature dealer Pacific Marine, we were able to conduct our first-ever test […]

Savage Blue Water will take you offshore without breaking the bank

Savage has recently released a budget friendly offshore fishing machine perfect for tackling blue water conditions. The beauty of these boats is that they come at a great price point while you can still option up this model to suit your specific needs. These boats will get you offshore quickly and safely with 5mm bottomsides, […]

Boat Test – Versatile Sharpcraft Scout 470 by SHANE SCHWARZ

Nick Sharp and I recently scored a lovely Autumn day down at Seacliff beach to test the latest Sharpcraft Scout 470. Nick is well into double figures with sales of the Scout 470 and justifiably so. The boat we used was actually built for Nick’s brother so it was great to see a fitout aimed […]

Whittley SL25HT with 200hp Volvo Penta inboard

Plenty of power from the V6 block is readily translated to the water through the six blades of the counter-rotating propeller, and the result is super mid-range torque and a fun boat to drive. Most recently I test drove a Whittley SL25HT, so named because it’s in the Sea Legend range (SL) with a hard […]