Alloy Boat – Winter / Spring 2015 – Out Now!

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Cover – The White Pointer 730 Sports Cruiser

In This Issue of Alloy Boat Magazine

Regular Columns

6 Point of View
Big fish in shallow water– Barry Thompson

News & Notable
News, new products, new releases and happenings.

20 Electronic News
The latest new releases in the electronics market.

122 Aluminium Boat Guide
Looking for an alloy boat, then check out our comprehensive listing of over 65 manufacturers and more than 600 models.

Features

22 Big Fish on the Hokianga
Mathew Hewetson goes north to the Hokianga Harbour, where the fishing on offer is very good for the adventurous boatie looking to explore new grounds.

34 Winter Boating in NZ
Why should you park your boat up at the end of summer when some of the best boating can be had during the winter months?

48 Drum Winches
If you thought you could never get a drum winch into the anchor locker of your boat, then think again. There are now some very compact models available that are designed specifically for trailer boats.

60 Winter Fishing
It’s time to get out the woollen beanies and the Swandri; winter’s nearly here but so are the fish says fishing guru Mike Broome.

72 Going Down Deep – Compact Fishfinders
In Part One of a two-part series on fish finders, we look at units up to 7”, from the most basic 3.5” grayscale standalone fishfinder, to 7” multi-function, colour, networkable chart plotter combos.

88 Towing Big Rigs Part one
In part one of a two-part series on towing big boats, Shane Kite looks at some of the things you should known if you are towing a large rig.

100 The Progression of Fishing Line
Paul Walker looks at fishing line, and some of the dramatic changes over recent years that have seen it develop from flax to braid.

114 Buying Second Hand – Baby Hardtops
We look at some of the smaller 6m hardtop models from 10 years ago; many of which are still much sort after in the second-hand market and some are still available new.

 

Boat Reviews

28 Bluefin 665HT
The new remodelled Bluefin 665HT ticks all the boxes says Mike Rose.

42 White Pointer 730
Freddy Foote checks out White Pointer’s feature packed production hardtop.

54 Bluewater 550 Cuddy
This new Blue Water brings all the core attributes of a big boat performance in a smaller, affordable package. Text by Freddy Foote.

66 Seanator 1700 Pro Sport
If you are looking for a mid-sized sports boat for fishing & diving, this may well be the one. Text by Freddy Foote.

82 Everyman 750 Diesel Gamefisher
If you are serious about blue water fishing, then this big boat from Everyman is worth your attention. Text by Barry Thompson.

94 Marco 550 Br
Based on a well-proven hull, Marco’s first foray into the bowrider market could prove a real winner. Text by Barry Thompson.

108 Stabicraft Carbon Fibre Series Frontier & Fisher 1600s
Stabicraft’s new 1600s are believed to be the world’s first aluminium trailer boats to feature carbon fibre in their construction.

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