When we start out boating we generally have a pretty basic set up. Mine was a 13ft tinny with an old Johnson, no fish finder or even rod holders! But as we upgrade to bigger boats (and as we age) the more we appreciate those ‘press-of-the-button’ features that take the hassle out of boating and fishing. It’s about maximising that all important time on the water.
Batteries are are a vital component of any powerboat. Not only do they start your outboard, they also power all those electrics on board like your VHF, electric winch, bilge pump, lighting and fish finder. A poor performing battery is not only frustrating, it’s also dangerous, especially if you’re going out wide. That's why it’s good to be aware of the warning signs that your battery may be on its last legs.
My love of fishing and diving started when I was just a kid. I can clearly remember my first night fishing mission off Long Bay Beach when I was 13. A friend and I lugged all our fishing and sleeping gear around the rocks, threw out some lines and hoped for the best. Not even the lack of comfort or freezing temperature dissuaded me. I was hooked.
If you’re looking to re-power your boat with a new outboard, there’s plenty to consider from outboard type to horsepower, shaft length, warranty and ongoing servicing. While some of these decisions come down to personal preference, the size and make of your boat will also dictate things like maximum horsepower and shaft size.
However, people often forget to consider how and where you boat, which can have a big impact on your boating enjoyment.
More stern lift, improved stability, handling and fuel efficiency sounds amazing right? It is, and outboard hydrofoils like Permatrim can deliver that on the right boat and motor set-up.
When you’re at the boat ramp all geared up for an epic day’s fishing, the last thing you want is your outboard motor to let you down. We’ve received our fair share of calls from disappointed boaties in this position. Thankfully most issues can be resolved over the phone but here are some tips to avoid this situation.
Finding the right propeller for your outboard can significantly impact your boat’s performance and your boating enjoyment. If your propeller is too big or too small (in pitch and diameter) you’ll be frustrated by either sluggish acceleration or low top-end speed. The wrong size propeller can also cause wear and tear on your engine.
If you’re in the market for a second-hand powerboat or outboard only, it’s a good idea to arrange a pre-purchase inspection from a qualified mechanic. But before you do, there are some checks you can do first.
One of the most common repair jobs we’ve encountered this summer are burnt out water pump impellers. In many of cases I believe this can be easily avoided, as faulty ear muffs are a major contributor.