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Marine Radars Explained

Marine radars are the best collision avoidance system ever developed for the recreational boater, but do you know the difference between pulse and solid state or RF output and target

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Buying a VHF Unit

Nick Cohen takes a look at buying a VHF, aerials and provides a comprehensive list of VHF units available in New Zealand and Australia. There are a couple of basic

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Knowing Your Anchor

Have you ever really considered the anchor that holds you fast when moored in a bay or over your favourite fishing spot? We look at the different types of anchors

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Understanding Propellers

Of all the items on an outboard motor, seemingly the most unpretentious and uncomplicated, is the propeller. Yet amazingly, despite the fact they are such an integral part of an

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Propeller Shoot Out

We took eleven different Mercury Marine propellers and tried them all on our McLay 4.8 Fortress powered by a Mercury 75 4S, to see what difference to performance and fuel

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Sportcraft Marine

Sportcraft Marine has built an enviable reputation for producing customer-focused, practical boats for family and fishing at incredibly affordable prices. PPB met company director Jamie Black in their Mt Maunganui

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Modern Anchors

Modern designs and state-of-the-art engineering have made anchors not only better, but lighter, too! In a lot of cases the best holding anchors are actually the lightest! Anchor design has

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Choosing Pontoon Boats

Mention a pontoon boat to a Kiwi or Aussie and they will immediately think about a monohull with tubes. However not so in the US, where a pontoon boat is

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Lock it or Lose It

EVERY YEAR, MORE BOATS, BOAT TRAILERS, PERSONAL BOATING ITEMS, ELECTRONIC AND BOATING SAFETY EQUIPMENT ARE STOLEN. FREDDY FOOTE INVESTIGATES THE LOW DOWN ON VESSEL SECURITY AND EVERYTHING YOU CAN DO

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Decked Out

If you like the classic look of teak on your decks and floor, but don’t want to go to the expense of real teak, then maybe you should take a

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The Truth about Sinkers

The Truth About Sinkers Paul Walker looks at the wide world of sinkers and how we have come from using rocks and old bolts to some very sophisticated ‘lumps’ of

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Greener & Meaner Outboards

WE LOOK AT WHAT THE OUTBOARD MANUFACTURERS ARE OFFERING IN THE LARGER HORSEPOWER ENGINES AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO MAKE THEM MORE EFFICIENT. Outboard technology has probably moved ahead faster than any other power system, with the

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The Truth About Hoses

HAVING THE RIGHT HOSE FOR THE RIGHT JOB IS PROBABLY MORE IMPORTANT THAN MOST OF US REALISE. THE LAST THING ON YOUR MIND IS THE THOUGHT OF YOUR BOAT SINKING,

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Choosing your Fishing Reels

HERE’S THE SCOPE ON REELS, THEIR USES AND THEIR PRICE. HOWEVER, IF YOU ARE THE SORT OF BOATER-CUM- FISHERMAN WHO THINKS SPENDING $80 ON A ROD AND REEL IS ‘SMART

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Buyers Guide to Sterndrives

The debate has raged for years over what is the best power configuration for your boat; inboard, outboard or – petrol or diesel sterndrive. If you aren’t sure, just like the people who you

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Inside Formula Cruisers

Formula Cruisers was established in 1981 by Alan Young who was previously trading the company under the name Alan Young Boats. In 1987 it was sold to John and Greg

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Buyers Guide to Alloy Boats

One of the biggest sectors of the trailer boat market is unquestionably in the small alloy boats. Over the years, the market has developed from very basic pressed ‘tinnies’ to

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Choosing the Right Helm Seat

Having the right helm seat can make the difference between a comfortable or uncomfortable trip, be it in a 35m cruiser or a 6m trailer boat. David Palmer looks at some of the options.   THE

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All about boat insurance

The implications of boat insurance can be vast if we take into account the multitude of stages our boats encounter. From keeping your boat at the dock, lifting your boat

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Diesel Outboards Growing in Power

Ever since Yanmar stopped production of their 35 hp diesel outboard there has been a demand for a replacement. Military operators and super yacht tenders owners want diesel power because of its safety and

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Kit set Boats

of the boat that can then be unrolled onto flat panels for cutting. b; CNC machines capable of cutting out these parts as accurately as they have been drawn. And c; the

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Guide to NZ Boat Builders

The deep south of New Zealand has always been a strong boat builders area but none more so than aluminium trailer boats. We took a look at some of the more successful builders from the ‘mainland’ and

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Cabin Boat Buyers Guide

There’s no doubt that one of the most popular sizes and designs sold for production alloy trailer boats is cabin boats around 5.5m. We look at some of the many options available on the market, with an

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2015 PWC Buyers Guide

Yamaha Waverunner New Products, Innovations & Technology Yamaha has introduced its 2015 line of WaveRunner personal watercraft highlighted by Yamaha’s new RiDE dual throttle handlebar controls for forward and reverse; the first complete rework of

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