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Switzer Wing started the Catamaran Concept

The Water Flying Wing. A Switzer Wing – without which the whole catamaran concept would never have come about. This was one of the very first cats. The motors are silver-band 1967 Mercury 1100s (110hp). The year I was bourn! Called the “hydro-cat” or more commonly “The Wing, ” the design put the Switzers at […]

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Kawasaki Jet Ski Watercraft 101, Your Guide to Serious Fun

Here is a great new video from Kawaski USA on safety tips, operation and handling advice. Note, please seek advice on the Australia regulations as they can vary from the USA regulations. If you have any questions feel free to give us a call at North Coast Boating, we will be more than happy to […]

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Man Overboard During The Volvo Ocean Race

Leg 4, Melbourne to Hong Kong. Luke Parkinson on the wheel with John Fisher and Grant Wharinton on board Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag had a hairy moment on Sunday (14 January) when they had to deal with a  man overboard situation. Crew member Alex Gough was washed overboard by a wave during a […]

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How To Buy Your First Boat

Are you thinking about buying a trailer boat? Great news, as boating enthusiasts ourselves, we have years of experience buying, selling and maintaining boats. First, let’s go through the process of buying a boat, which should start well before you stand looking at a boat with your finances in hand. Start with the basics: Choose […]

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Why you should not dispose your out of date Epirb in the Rubbish

  Just a few days ago there was a report of an Epirb activating because the owner discarded it in the incorrect way. A rescue team responding to an activated emergency beacon in central Queensland arrived at the source of the signal to find no emergency, but a pile of rubbish. The beacon, commonly used […]

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Chart Reading 101

Does it pay to have charts? Many recreational boaters in small boats don’t consider it important to have charts onboard. This can end up being a bad idea, even if you are just operating on your local lake. Perhaps you are not yet a navigator, but a chart onboard allows you to compare what you are […]

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2018 Kawasaki Jetski STX-15F

The Kawasaki Jet Ski STX-15F continues to justify its place among the competition. One obvious reason is power – Kawasaki simply offers significantly more than similar models at this price range. Yet another is handling. Rather than built from the ground up as a recreational model, the 15F was fashioned instead as a flagship, honed on […]

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Gearing Up for an Overnight Boat Trip. Ten Tips.

  When things are going well, nothing beats overnighting on your boat. Overnighting creates instant adventure; it feels like an exotic getaway, even if you’re just a few miles from home. But when things aren’t going so well, when you don’t have what you need or you have too much of what you don’t need […]

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Kids and Boats: Preparing children for boating this Christmas Holidays

Follow are a few tips on preparing children before and during a boating adventure this Christmas holiday season. If you take your children boating, teach them emergency procedures, it will improve their confidence and your peace of mind. Children under the age of 12 years must wear lifejackets in the following circumstances: At all times […]

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The all new Mercury 15/20hp EFI FourStroke outboard

Mercury Portable FourStroke Revolution The all-new 15/20hp EFI FourStroke outboard …and world’s first ambidextrous portable outboard tiller handle Mercury Marine is adding to its already incredible range of world-leading FourStroke outboards, with the introduction of its ultra-lightweight and reliable 15 and 20hp EFI FourStroke platform. In addition, Mercury is proud to launch its innovative new […]

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