Fishing guru Al McGlashan joins Mercury Pro Team

Fishing phenomenon Al McGlashan is the latest big name angler to join the Mercury Pro team.

Like millions of other Australians, Al fishes from the back of his trailer boat. Unlike the rest of us, Al does it for about 180 days a year and has earned a global reputation as an angler, photographer and conservationist.

“As a kid my old man had a Mariner outboard which was as tough as nails and then I had a MerCruiser in my first ever boat, a 23 Bertram,” Al said.

“But that was 25 years ago, and Mercury have obviously come such a long way since then.”

Al now has a Mercury 250hp Verado on the back of his six metre Evolution which tips the scales at two tonnes when he goes deep offshore.

“I’ve knocked up 6,500 nautical miles in just two and a half years so the engine’s going to get a real workout and the Mercury’s fuel efficiency is going to be massive for me,” he said.

If you’re into fishing at any level, the chances are you’ve seen or read Al’s work.

Al’s audience stretches around the world. He’s currently producing the TV Series Al McGlashan’s Fish’n with Mates for Channel Nine, which is the number one rating fishing show in Australia and also airs in NZ and to millions of households across the USA. He has a global social media following of well over 100,000. He writes and provides photography to dozens of magazines such as Modern Fishing, Club Marine Magazine and Bluewater Magazine and has a weekly article every Friday in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph with his articles republished online.  He’s written several books including The Complete Fishing Bible and works tirelessly with regular fishing seminars and school visits.

Given that Mercury engines are used across the globe, Al is well aware of the brand’s heritage and technical prowess.

“Just recently I was fishing with mates in the States where everyone had Mercury engines except one person; these big triple and quad rigs on centre consoles. They all drive pedal-to-the-metal and the engines were awesome but still surprisingly quiet,” he said.

 “Then I was in the Coral Sea with Big Cat Reality and they were using Mercury FourStroke 40hp outboards on these tenders we were fishing off and the fuel economy was just unreal.

“So I am genuinely proud to get involved.”

The first thing Al’s going to do with his new Verado is go after some swordfish for the US cable network the Outdoor Channel, hoping to tag a couple for research purposes.

“Then we’ll follow the Bluefin tuna as they push up the east coast, and after that it will be Kingfish and Marlin,” Al said.

“What we do that’s different, we don’t just fish, we get in the water with the fish and show people a new perspective, show them what we see when we’re out there. I can’t wait to get into it.

“As I always say - If you love what you do, you will never have to work a day in your life!”

Melbourne delivers for exhibitors and buyers

Following four days of showcasing the latest in boat and watercraft models, the 2017 Melbourne Boat Show, held from 16-19 June at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre has concluded on a positive note.

This year the Show attracted just over 21,000 visitors that included serious buyers of boats and watercraft, marine electronics and equipment, fishing gear and those looking to be informed and knowledgeable on a range of boating and boating lifestyle areas.  It also served as the platform for a number of product launches including Honda, Quintrex and Whittley.

“All in all we’re very happy with how the Melbourne Boat Show went for us,” said Paul Savage, co-director of Streaker Marine.  “There were lots of people consistently coming to our stand, and we were particularly busy on the weekend of the Show.  We sold a lot of product and did exceptionally well on sales.  The Melbourne Boat Show is an essential part of our yearly calendar and keeps us busy during the winter months which is important for us.”

Terry Raymond, manager at Crawford Marine also expressed positive results from the Show.  “It was one of my best Melbourne Boat Show results for some years, with it being responsible for over 30 percent of our turnover,” said Raymond.  “We experienced high quality customer leads and the Show had a great positive and active atmosphere.”

“We worked really hard as a team on all aspects of the Show to be able to deliver for our exhibitors and the boat buying public and are satisfied with the result” said John Temple, CEO of BIAV.

“For next year’s Show we are looking to create an approach that will help us capture more of the dollars being spent on other recreational activities, to help advance boating’s market share in this area.”

Highly regarded for providing a family fun atmosphere, the Show catered to a number of family visitors with various activities including fishing casting clinics, sea life touch tanks, as well as stage show presentations from various boating and fishing personalities, cooking demonstrations and talks from champions and professionals of the world of watersports and sailing.

BIAV is focused on developing strategies to again improve on this year’s event, with planning already underway for the 2018 Melbourne Boat Show, which will again be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Catch - Fillet - Cook - Gummy Shark Masterclass at C.H. Smith Marine

Book Now!  Space is limited to first 40 applicants.

Cost:  $20 per person (pre-booking is essential, no walk-ins on the night)
Where:  189 Grange Rd, Fairfield, VIC
When:  July 12
Time:  7:30pm - 9:30pm

CH Smith Marine is teaming up with The Australian Seafood Show (Charlie Micallef,Con Panayides and Peter Hilcke) to provide the ultimate masterclass on how to catch, fillet and cook the good old gummy shark!  There's nothing like the thrill of catching a gummy shark, and we all love a good bit of flake - but once you bring it home for dinner, what's the best way to prepare it?

Come join us and learn all the best tips from the pros.  Session includes:

  • How to CATCH gummy shark with Charlie Micallef - All the techniques, tricks and which rigs and gear to use;
  • How to FILLET gummy shark with Con Panayides - Demonstration on the best way to prepare gummy sharks without wasting any meat; and
  • How to COOK gummy shark with Peter Hilcke - How to get the most flavour from your gummy shark.

There will also be exclusive deals on the night - 10% off all rods, reels, hooks, line and sinkers, special promo packs, and 5% off electronics (no rain checks).  Finger food will be provided.

To register for this masterclass, click and download the form below or email info@chsmith.com.au 

Stylish new look for smaller Bar Crushers

Australian plate aluminium boat manufacturer Bar Crusher, has introduced a new folding targa rocket launcher for its Wavecrusher series (490C and 535C).

Offering a stylish alternative to traditional bimini tops with polished alloy tubes seen on most boats in this size range, the new rocket launcher is available as an option with or without the forward bimini extension.  The targa rocket launcher is also stronger than most rocket launcher designs seen on smaller boats, so it can provide another secure grab rail for those onboard if conditions get rough.

The ability to simply and quickly fold down both the roof and the toughened safety glass windscreen of each model - to reduce on-trailer height by up to a metre for easy storage in most standard garages - is one of the many reasons Bar Crusher's C series is so popular around the country.  The new targa rocket launcher retains this functionality, at the same time adding some extra style to complement the on-water performance.

Built on the industry leading Gen2® hull with Delta Flare™, the Wavecrusher series incorporates all of the exclusive innovations and advanced engineering of larger Bar Crusher boats - such as the Waveslicer deep-V, non-pounding hull for an ultra-smooth ride, Rigideck engineered sub-floor system for maximum hull strength, and Quickflow water ballast technology for excellent stability at rest - albeit in scaled-down package (don't be fooled by their size, the 490C and 535C are very capable boats!).

Renowned  for quality construction, superior performance and maximum fishability (with a range of standard features other manufacturers charge as extras), every Bar Crusher boat is factory-packaged on a custom-designed trailer, which ensures towing, launching and retrieving is a breeze.  Self-centering and aligning perfectly every time.  Bar Crusher's innovative Bar Catch® system also allows for single-handed launch and retrieve.

C.H. Smith Marine Opens in Fairfield

C.H. Smith Marine, experienced dealers in marine and boat accessories and electronics, has opened the doors to its new super showroom in Fairfield, Victoria.

It's set to continue its long history of helping others with their love for fishing and boating, with the new store even bigger and better than before.  With a greater emphasis placed on providing a customer experience that is engaging, interactive and informative.

CH Smith Managing director, Rod smith, at the new store

CH Smith Managing director, Rod smith, at the new store

"Our goal in setting up this store is to make it an aspirational destination - to give our customers a reason to come back again and again," said C.H. Smith Marine Managing Director, Rod Smith.

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"The panoramic images around our walls featuring nine key brands, encourage customers to identify with the activities.  Our job is then to help them there with good advice and product selection."

Included in the store format, customers can use their smartphone in-store to scan a product's shelf label or QR code to access further detailed information on the item, without having to return to the sales counter.

There are also plans to host a series of information sessions at the new facility, on topics encompassing all things boating and fishing, regularly throughout the year.

The new showroom carries an expanded range of quality products, with all the top brands on display.  From marine electronics, to electric trolling motors, boating and fishing equipment, and award-winning products, some of which have been recognised at the 2016 International DAME Awards in Amsterdam.

Visit the new C.H. Smith showroom at 189 Grange Road, Fairfield.  You can also visit them online at www.chsmith.com.au. 

Wake Surfing Superstar to attend Surf Festival courtesy of Chaparral and Club Marine

World wake surfing sensation, Austin Keen, will be coming to Australia to attend the Noosa Festival of Surfing, in a joint promotion by Chaparral Boats and Club Marine.

Keen has impressed with his amazing surf stunts, exhibiting exceptional skills both behind boats and in the surf, where he has wowed an online audience of millions.   He is the 2013 world champion skim boarder and now pro wake surfer and will provide expert advice and mind-blowing displays of how to ride the wake.

Among his many stunts, he has hijacked a passing wake from a running start off the beach and bungyed from the beach behind one boat, to the wake of a second boat, travelling over 80 metres with nothing more than momentum powering him along.  Keen is also renowned for his impressive surfing skills. 

The Noosa Festival of Surfing organisers are excited to have Chaparral and Club Marine involved with the event and in particular having Austin Keen joining other legendary surfers such as Layne Beachley, Tom Carroll and Mark Richards, who are long term ambassadors for the event.

Sam Smith, festival organiser said; ‘this is the first time Wake Surfing has been on offer in the festivals 26 year history. Chaparral’s new surf boats are suited to saltwater, so we can now offer festival goers something new and we have planned an invitational event with our ambassadors and festival competitors.  Austin will be providing tuition, judging and doing demonstrations; we are stoked to have him here, he is a real showman and a brilliant surfer’.

Chaparrals New Surf Boats combine Malibu Surf Gate, Volvo’s revolutionary forward facing stern drive, Ballast, Surf Computer and Chaparral surf hull technology to create a boat suitable for fresh or saltwater surfing, but also wake boarding or slalom skiing and it comes with the understated style and quality that Chaparral are renowned for.

Austin Keen said; ‘I am really stoked to be coming downunder to hang out with some of the world’s biggest surf legends and can’t wait to rip up on the Chaparral Wake.  Club Marine have stepped up to get me there so I can meet my Australian followers and spend some time checking out Noosa and Queensland.’

When asked why the Chaparral wakes were so good he replied; the Chaparral is equipped to ride in saltwater, which gives you the familiar saltwater buoyancy of riding in the ocean. They also use the Malibu surf gate system, which in my opinion, creates the best shaped wake surf wave currently on the market. And after you're done practicing that front side reverse 20 times behind the boat, you could anchor it up and paddle into the line-up and try it on a real wave! 

The Noosa Festival of Surf runs from Saturday the 4th of March until Saturday the 11th March attracting upwards of 15,000 people covering all disciplines of surfing in what organizers describe as ‘8 days of Pure Stoke’. The festival is in its 26th year and is one of the world’s biggest and most respected surf events attracting professional surfers from all around the globe. 

You can find more information on the Noosa Festival of Surfing at www.noosafestivalofsurfing.com  and for info on Chaparral Surf boats go to www.chaparralboats.com or call (03) 9397-6977 for your nearest dealer. To see Austin Keen in action go to www.austinkeen.com

Coast Guard Redcliffe saving lives with new Mercury Verados

Redcliffe Coastguard’s primary rescue vessel is back in the water and keeping people safe in and around Moreton Bay, with a pair of brand new Mercury 300hp Verados providing the power.

The boat, a 9.8m Kevlacat best known as RSL Redcliffe, is in great shape having undergone a $200,000 refresh which also included an upgrade to its vital communication equipment, a rewiring of its electrical system, improved electronics and new paint.

Troy Wood from Brisbane Marine has been looking after the engine needs of Coast Guard Redcliffe for some three years and oversaw the new engine upgrade.

“It was a straight swap, replacing two older Verados with two brand new ones,” Troy said.

“Everyone’s been very happy with the way the Verados have been performing, so when it came time to upgrade it was a pretty simple decision.

“The volunteers at Redcliffe – in fact all the coast guard volunteers – they do a fantastic job so we’re more than happy to help, and I know the Verados are going to give them the reliability, control and power they need to do their job.”

Approximately half of the money for the refurbishment of RSL Redcliffe came from the Federal Government, so the Prime Minister was invited to attend the re-launch ceremony.

Mr Turnbull praised the all Coast Guard Redcliffe volunteers for their dedication and professionalism, and also applauded the local community for its ongoing support of the organisation.

For any rescue craft dependability is obviously crucial, and Mercury Verado engines have a well-earned reputation for exceptional reliability. Made to handle bigger boats and bigger water, Verado engines are beefed up and better protected with a maintenance-free valve train, dual water inlets for consistent cooling, and superior corrosion protection.

SmartCraft Digital Throttle & Shift provides instantaneous throttle response, and the Verado’s automotive-style power steering ensures precision handling vital in rescue work.

RSL Redcliffe has already conducted a number of successful rescues since its return to the water and will be there whenever boaties get into trouble.

Win with Club Marine's Boatloads of Fun

Club Marine is giving away more than $250,000 worth of prizes in its Boatloads of Fun promotion.

All participants need to do to be in the running for Boatloads of Fun is have a Club Marine Pleasure Craft insurance policy and a Club Marine Magazine subscription in either Australia or New Zealand at the time of each of the six draws over the coming year.

The prize-giving begins when we launch Boatloads of Fun in Club Marine Magazine February/March edition with a cruise for two on iconic adventure cruise ship True North for a Coral Atoll cruise to the spectacular Rowley Shoals off the north-west coast of Western Australia.  There’s also a chance to win the first of six premium-quality Shimano fishing packs valued at $5000 each – including rods, reels and enough tackle and other gear to keep any family of fishos happy.

But wait – there’s more!

Throughout the year, Club Marine will also give away a True North Southern Safari cruise to Kangaroo Island in South Australia, and a True North Kimberley Barra Bonanza cruise for the ultimate Australian coastal exploration experience to the remote and wild Kimberley region in Western Australia. Each cruise is for two people and includes return flights from the winner’s closest capital city.

In addition, there are two great Falcon F360H tenders from BRIG to be won.

And just when you might have thought the prize pool had been exhausted, there is a premium prize package to be won – in association with Northbank Fibreglass Boats and Isuzu Australia, one lucky Club Marine policyholder and magazine subscriber with a sensational car and boat package to make the most of the incredible Australasian boating lifestyle.

Northbank has provided a feature-packed 600C family cruiser, powered by a 150hp Mercury FourStroke outboard and carried on a robust and dependable Mackay trailer – while towing the whole package is a 2017-model Isuzu D-MAX LS-T automatic ute.

To find out how you can be in the running for Boatloads of Fun, turn to the opening pages of February/March Club Marine Magazine, or visit: www.clubmarine.com.au or www.clubmarine.co.nz. Or you can pop in for a chat at any of the major boat shows and other events that Club Marine will attend across Australia and New Zealand over the coming year.

Unbeatable Mercury 75-115hp FourStrokes

Boasting less weight and high displacement these brilliant Mercury FourStrokes generate abundant torque and immediate power, so they accelerate better, get boats onto a plane faster, and provide optimal fuel efficiency at cruising speed.

Mercury engineers have also ensured these engines are significantly quieter and smoother than the competition - with up to 50% less vibration and 50% less noise than comparable outboards.

They are all also available in Command Thrust format. With a larger gearcase and gearcase torpedo, combined with a bigger-diameter prop, Command Thrust outboards provide greater leverage and control, lifting a heavy boat onto a plane more easily and holding it there without effort at lower speeds.

Twin rig boats can benefit as well, with Mercury’s 115hp FourStroke available in counter-rotating format.

Mercury’s 75-115hp FourStroke outboards are now even more attractive.

From 28 January to 21 April 2017 these unbeatable outboards are available with stunning, free upgrades worth $1,541.

Specifically, anyone purchasing a Mercury 75-115hp FourStroke from a participating Mercury dealer will receive a - 

  • VesselView 502 multi-function touchscreen display upgrade from the standard VesselView 4, and
  • Mercury Active Trim – the industry’s only GPS based automated trim system.

The new VesselView502 has a larger 5-inch (12.7 cm) display and a multi-touch interface which can show data for up to four engines and is capable of interfacing with broadband sonar with CHIRP, DownScan imaging, and a full-featured chart plotter.

Equipped with a Micro SD card slot on the back of the unit for installing Maps plus gauge updates, it also comes with internal high-speed 10 Hz GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and is GoFree cloud-enabled. 

Mercury’s new Active Trim system automatically and effortlessly trims an engine or engines. Not only does it make boating easier and more fun it also improves engine performance and cuts fuel costs.

With a patented integrated GPS-based control system, Active Trim takes into account both the boat’s speed and engine rpm when deciding on the ideal trim position so Active Trim can be used on high-performance boats as well as family runabouts.

To learn more about this unbelievable deal on Mercury’s unmatchable 75-115hp FourStrokes, go to www.mercurymarine.com.au or visit your nearest participating Mercury dealer.

Chaparral introduces wake surfing at the Noosa Surf Festival

Chaparral has signed off on an exclusive sponsorship deal with the Noosa Festival of Surfing to launch their new range of salt water surf boats in early March.  

In a first for the 26 year Surf festival, Chaparral will be holding an invitational wake surf event which will see professional surfers pitch their skills against each other; international surf legends such as Layne Beachley, Mark Richards and Tom Carroll are all festival ambassadors and on the invite list.

Festival organisers are hyped about the connection with the new Chaparral Surf boats incorporating Malibu Surf Gate and Volvo Forward Facing drives, coupled with ballast & surf computer creating solid and sizable surf waves that go on forever, something that Mother Nature cannot always provide. 

Scott O’Hare from Chaparral Australia was excited by the opportunity to show off the new Surf Boats; ‘we will have three of the five new models running during the event and can’t wait to see the surf action, with the world champions but also dog surfing, couples, and all manner of surfing disciplines, carving up behind our Chaparrals’.

Sam Smith, the festival director said; ‘each year our team prepares for every eventuality; come rain, hail or shine, the show will go on. For grommets and grandmas, hipsters and holidaymakers, 8 Days of Pure Stoke are guaranteed for all; except for one small thing, WAVES, but with Chaparrals amazing wave making machines, built for saltwater, we are all set to get some action no matter what mother nature dishes out.’ 

‘Chaparral’s boats are unique, with an in-built ballast and ‘surf gate’ system, allowing you to change style, height and direction of wave, enabling it to break from either the left or right-hand side of the boat. Designed to produce waves as slow speed, it is the closest thing outside of a wave pool to emulating real waves, which only stop when the fuel runs out. As the only dedicated saltwater wake surf boat anywhere in the world, it produces a bigger, cleaner wave than any other wake boat and, with the slower speed and a reverse propeller, is far safer’; she said.

O’Hare added; ‘unlike other stern drive manufacturers, Chaparral have not just added the revolutionary Volvo FFD technology, extra ballast and standard trim tabs as an option, but rather have carefully selected 5 boats from three of their model lines, taking weight distribution, hull shape and deck layouts into account and then redesigned the hulls to specifically develop a bigger cleaner wave. Coupled with Malibu Surf Gate, the surf computer and ballast these boats are truly impressive.’

The Noosa Festival of Surf runs from Saturday the 4th of March until Saturday the 11th March attracting upwards of 15,000 people covering all disciplines of surfing in what organizers describe as ‘8 days of Pure Stoke’. The festival is in its 26th year and is one of the world’s biggest and most respected surf events attracting professional surfers from all around the globe. 

You can find more information on the Noosa Festival of Surfing at www.noosafestivalofsurfing.com  and for info on Chaparral Surf boats go to www.chaparralboats.com or call (03) 9397-6977 for your nearest dealer.

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