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Lazercraft Divemaster Review

Once a popular model in the Lazercraft line up, the 580 Divemaster is back. Freddy Foote checks out this functional diving and fishing machine targeted at the Kiwi bloke. When

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Everyman 1080 Review

If your passion is spearfishing, but you love your fishing and also family boating, then having a purpose built boat makes sense. Barry Thompson checks out one man’s answer to

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Commando Scout 3.9 Review

The 3.9 Scout is the first model to be released by the new owners of Commando Boats, and while unashamedly aimed at the niche rowing market, it should prove very

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Yamaha GP1800 Review

It seems as if one day at lunchtime, the design team at Yamaha paused between pizza slices and asked, “what would happen if we put the biggest engine possible into

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Adventure 1450D Review

The Adventure 1430D is a stylish, compact, uncomplicated boat, available exclusively through Papamoa-based Conder Marine. Barry Thompson checks out their latest tiller steer model. Adventure Boats started less than 12

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The Dickey Semifly 45 Review

Something extraordinary has arrived! Barry Thompson says it’s the only honest way to describe Dickey Boats, first Semifly 45, the latest addition to their Launch range. It has become very

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Cobalt R5WSS Surf Review

If there were ever a boat that I would unashamedly describe as perfection, it would be the Cobalt R5WSS Surf. This is a boat that bleeds attention to detail, from

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The Maclay 651 Crossover

We reviewed the Maclay 651 Crossover on the stunning Lake Wakatipu, in Queenstown. This boat combines aspects of a family friendly fishing boat, with the safety of a pontoon boat. See

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Breaking New Ground

Making its debut at the 2016 Miami International Boat Show, the Ocean Alexander 70 Evolution motor yacht brings a new look to the company’s line and is the first Ocean

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Amphibious Fishing Machine

Kiwi boat builder, Sealegs International has released its newest amphibious craft, the 7.7m Sport D-Tube. Designed and built in-house by Sealegs, the new 7.7m Sport D-Tube joins the company’s popular

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Improving With Age

The Cruiser Hardtop 701 Gen2 is the latest addition to the growing line-up in the Cruiser Series for McLay Boats. Barry Thompson went to the picturesque Lake Wakatipu to check

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The Powerplay 56 Powercat

Fiji-bound cat cleverly combines innovative custom interior with powerful proven hull shape. Mike Rose checked out this ocean capable powercat. Townsville-based designer James Dewing has been creating innovative, good-looking, ocean-capable

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Grady-White Journey 258

Stuart Arnold, a man who speaks with a distinctive English accent, has taken an American icon, Kiwi-fied it and created something very special. Or, as the young kid on the

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Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

The 4800 Sport Yacht is the latest in the ever improving Riviera Sport Yacht Series. Barry Thompson was so impressed with the 5400 Sport Yacht, that he went to the

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Frewza F18 HT

I occasionally come across a brand of alloy boat that I get a particular attraction to for whatever reason. Frewza is certainly one of those. Essential you wouldn’t call it

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SACS Strider 13

Founded in 1990 in Milan, the epicentre of Italian design, SACS focuses on the production of luxury rigid inflatable boats, which are supremely elegant design icons, fashioned by Italian craftsmen.

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49 Alaska Sedan Review

Since Leigh-Smith Yachts sold their first Alaska into Australia in 2003, the Leigh-Smith family have been near wholly responsible for over 90 boats being built in the 40-series alone with

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Raeline 185 Bow Rider

Rae-Line, built in Kaiapoi north of Christchurch is one of the countries quiet achieving brands. With a number of models in production, we sent Freddy Foote to test their 185

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Marco 650 Centre Cab

The Marco 650 Centre Cab is the first walk around aluminium trailer boat I have tested and it is also one of the very few available in New Zealand. Considering

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Everyman 650

Aluminium walkarounds are not common and that surprises me. They are great boats, very practical and perfect for fishing. However, Everyman Boats has taken on the walkaround challenge and what

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FC525 Review

Five years on the market since the release of their first model and over 650 boats later, the FC Boats brand is making its mark on the New Zealand boating

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Frewza F16

Barry Thompson went to Invercargill to check out the Frewza F16 Fisher Sport Jet. I have not done a lot of jet boating and what I have has mostly been

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McLay Cruiser 751

I have owned a McLay Fortress 4.8 now for a few years and I have always been impressed with the company, its boats and moreso owner Steve McLay. Steve is

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Maritimo 61

Meandering up the Gold Coast’ s Broadwater on Maritimo’ s new M61 Cruising Motoryacht, my mind began to wander. With boats coming and going in all directions on this busy

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Azimut 50

The designers of the Azimut 50 were tasked with designing a 50-footvessel reminiscent of the Azimut 80, the model that has proved to be incredibly popular on the international market.

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Smuggler Sting 570

First released as the Bonito Profisher 535, then renamed the Sting 550, the now rebadged Smuggler Sting 570 is very much the same boat, but with a few extra refinements,

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Grady White 228

In 1971 Grady-White released the world’s first trailerable walkaround boat. Forty-five years on they are still producing boats to this unique design, with five Walk Around cabin models. Barry Thompson

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White Pointer 1050 – Hardtop

In Predator, the owners were looking for a high-quality blue water fishing boat that delivered a comfortable interior for extended cruising. When you talk to experienced boaties about a serious

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Hill 18.3 Mystica

Some boats come together quickly and with apparently little effort. Others seem to struggle every step of the way. And some, like the latest Roger Hill catamaran, Mystica, just naturally

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Tristram 641 – Cabin

Now with a range of models targeting the fishing market, Tristram Marine has released its latest model to the Offshore range, the 641. Freddy Foote checks out this new model

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Surtees 5.5 – Hardtop

With 20-years of boat building under their belt in 2013, Surtees Boats continues to be at the forefront of alloy boat building in Australasia. We sent Freddy Foote along to

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Stabicraft 2600 – Hardtop

Officially released at the 2013 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show, the new Stabicraft 2600 Supercab is the new version of the previous 2570 Supercab. There have been a few changes

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Southern XP 816 – Hardtop

Southern Boats say that they pride themselves in presenting one of the finest handcrafted alloy boats available and after looking over the first of the new XP816 HTE models I

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Senator 650 – Hardtop

In one of the most crowded sections of the alloy boat market, the Senator RH650’s combination of good looks, performance and sheer fish-ability ensures that it will stand out. I’m

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Sea Ray 190 – Bowrider

Sea Ray’s mission statement for the 190 perfectly sums up this hot bowrider: To offer a well-built bowrider model to boaters who seek a stylish, powerful, well-equipped boat for comfortable

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Scorpion 610 HT – Hardtop

The Scorpion 610 HT is the biggest selling boat in the expansive Scorpion range and has been designed unashamedly towards the fishing enthusiast. As the hardtop evolution continues, so do

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