Never thought about a Pontoon Boat for rent, but that sure does look like some nice water fun . As has previously been said, “Perfection is worth waiting for”, and certainly based on the feedback from the all-new Honda BF250HP outboard launch, Honda Marine got that one 100% right!
The popular Port Alfred Marina, together with its landmark anchor tenant, namely the well-known Halyards Hotel, played host to the BF250 launch activities with a strong Honda Marine presence in evidence everywhere that one looked.
Following a series of presentations on all the exciting plans for the future, it was time to get on the water and to put the new flagship 250 outboard through her paces.
One could experience the phenomenal power and acceleration of the BF250 on the normally tranquil Kowie River, to feeling the overall performance, reliability and fuel efficiency of the twin mounts as one ventured out to sea through the extremely dangerous and often treacherous ‘Mouth’ at Port Alfred, where complete confidence in your means of propulsion is essential. It was incredible how the twin mount BF250’s could get the 6 and a half ton Magnum on to the plane so quickly and efficiently, and just how responsive the engines were in matching the pace of the following sea as one carefully negotiated ones way back through the ‘Mouth’. All those who had the opportunity to skipper or to catch a ride on the test boats were totally impressed by this dynamic all-new 250HP outboard engine, and how it now makes the overall range of Honda outboard engines so complete. For more information on boat package options and pricing details, please contact your local Honda Marine dealer. Renowned boat manufacturer, Avalanche Sports Boats in Krugersdorp, Johannesburg is to supply the Honda Marine dealer network exclusively with a number of dynamic new boat options. Avalanche Sports Boats is run through the family-owned business of Daelian Engineering, where the youngest son and current owner, Ian Hurlimann, purchased two moulds (17 and 19 foot Bowriders) from Malibu Boats in Canada and started production in 2006. One major plus is that all the Avalanche bowriders are unique, in that they’re not copies of American boats, like so many other South African produced boats. Ian has also applied all his knowledge and experience gained from his days as a Springbok waterskier, as well as from time spent racing in the South African Hard Bottom standard 200HP Class over the last 3 years, where he became the overall SA Champion in the Drivers standings out of a total of 30 competing boats. What’s more they all possess higher windscreens than the norm giving added protection from the elements, and have deck layouts made with waterskiing, watersports and family usage in mind. If it’s a Pontoon boat that you’re looking for, Avalanche Sports Boats offer you the flexibility to design your own individual boat based on your overall size requirements and the desired level of specifications. Whatever your boating requirements, please consult your local Honda Marine Dealer for more information and advice on the comprehensive range of Honda-exclusive Avalanche Sports Boats and potential Honda outboard combinations. Awesome prizes are on offer, so to enter the global campaign please share your ‘My Journey’ images, together with a brief story, a map (if relevant) and a Video link (if available) by tweeting #myjourney. The Honda Marine Team arrived in Durban on the Thursday before the Boat Show to gloomy, cloudy weather.
We got to the boat display area, and Craig began to tell me how it took them 2 hours to tow the floating gazebo from Wilson’s Wharf to the Yacht Club.
On the slipway close to our on-water display area, there were the guys from Versadock assembling their floating display. By this stage the rain is pouring down, and the tide is on its way out … you can just imagine how slippery the slipway was!
Friday was still cool, but that did not stop the Durban locals from coming out to take a look at what was on offer at the show. Honda Marine ran a competition over the weekend, for simply filling in a newsletter subscription form, you stood the chance to win one of two 4kVa Honda generators. The best part about the DBN Show is being able to take people out for demo’s, either in the Bluff or if requested out to sea.

We had dealers from Durban, Port Shepstone, Port Alfred, Klerksdorp and Johannesburg representing the brand at the show. The Show attracted 10,500 visitors, the numbers were down compared to last year, but the East Coast Radio Home & Garden Show was on the same weekend. One thing that we learnt from this year’s show was the unbelievable fear that Craig from HM Durban has for spiders.
We look forward to seeing you there – Johannesburg Boat Show, JHB Expo Centre, Nasrec, 8-11 August 2013. Honda Marine Southern Africa and their dealer network will once again have a major presence at the Johannesburg Boat Show to be held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec, from 8-11 August 2013. Some of the exciting offshore boats on display will be the Robalo R240 powered by twin Honda BF175’s, a 22ft Surfmaster also powered by twin BF90’s, a Benguela 17 with twin BF50’s and a Conqueror RIB with twin BF60’s. Recreational boats will include the superbly crafted Chaparral 226 SSi and 224 Xtreme models from the USA, as well as some top quality local builds in the form of an Odyssey 650 (powered by a BF250), a Unity Sunsation 202 (powered by a BF150), as well as Avalanche 17, 19 and 23ft bowriders powered by BF90, BF150 and BF250 outboards respectively. Throughout the show the Honda Dream Team will be running a competition whereby visitors to the stand merely have to complete a Honda Marine Newsletter Subscription Form giving them the opportunity to WIN one of two Honda 4kVa generators. Morse Boat Motor ENGINE CONTROL Shift Box – # B42924 – More Boat Parts Here!!!! Ugly Johns has locations in Oklahoma Arkansas and is your dealer for a full line of new Monterey's Nautique Sport Boats. During a memorable week in mid-April in the picturesque eastern cape coastal town of Port Alfred, the complete Honda Marine dealer network from all over Southern Africa, together with members of the boating, lifestyle and national Press, as well as a strong contingent of South Africa’s premier Boat builders, were exposed to and able to test Honda Marine’s new flagship 250HP engine on a wide variety of craft. The launch coincided with a 2-day Dealer Conference where Clinton Lambert, Honda Marine Southern Africa’s Divisional Manager, thanked his dealer network for their efforts in making Honda the fastest growing outboard engine brand in South Africa, a phenomenal success story that has taken only 7 years to achieve. Waiting in anticipation were two offshore vessels, namely a Two Oceans (Cape Town-built) Magnum 32 foot and an H20 Mechanix (Harare Zimbabwe-built) Raptor 27 foot, both rigged with twin mount BF250’s. Certainly this outstanding flagship engine addition not only strengthens the product line-up, but it will also give even more momentum to the growth potential of the Honda Marine brand. These will include 17, 19 and 23 foot Bowriders, as well as a Pontoon boat that can be built in increments from 20 to 29 foot subject to individual overall spacing needs. Since then, Ian and his team have extended the overall range to include an additional 23 foot bowrider, as well as 20 and 25 foot inboard versions.
Being a father and having young kids, Ian has put much thought into every single detail of each and every boat’s overall design, particularly when it comes to deck design layout. Their underfloor ski storage is the biggest available, and the walk-thru design on all the boats allows for easier on board movement, nullifying the need to stamp all over the seats making them wet in the process. Certainly they offer a very practical and highly affordable local-build option when compared to the high-priced imported alternatives.
With a fleet of 10 versatile models, there is sure to be a Sun Tracker that fits your family just perfectly. It could just be that day or weekend trip where you and your Honda undertook or experienced a special journey. As we drove into the city in our rental it started to drizzle, and I knew that today was going to be tricky.
By the end of the day all the boats were in the water, and we were ready to rock n roll the next day.

The competition was keenly taken on by the show visitors, it seems Eskom’s recent load shedding was a topic of discussion by many, and the thought of a standby generator turned many cold weather induced frowns upside down.
Wanda, Chloe, Chanelle and Michelle handled the competition side of things while members from the Honda Marine Dealer Network handled sales enquiries. Also the Sharks playing at home on the Saturday afternoon really led to a quiet end to that day for the show exhibitors.
We strategically placed some rubber toy spiders on his Raptor boat, but it was not him that discovered the spiders, rather a customer who quickly asked Craig if the boat came standard with the spiders.
With a vast array of primarily Honda exclusive entry level to top end offshore and recreational boats on display, together with many of the Honda 4-stroke advanced technology outboard engines from 2 to 250HP, a visit to the Honda Marine stand is an absolute must, especially if you want to enter the exciting competition! The ever popular Aqualounge 27ft pontoon boat powered by a BF250 will also be present, as well as a couple of the exciting new Linder aluminium boats which offer a whole new boating solution.
In addition a live game fishing experience will also be taking a place on the stand, so whatever you do make sure you get down to Nasrec and pay Honda Marine a visit.
On the leisure front there was a 23 foot bowrider from Avalanche Boats based in Johanneburg and an Odyssey 650 Sundeck from Austral Marine (Angler Boats) in Durban, both powered by single mount BF250’s. What’s most important is that all these boats have been very competitively priced to tackle the current economic downturn head-on, offering affordable, well-designed, dynamic quality products to a desirous and discerning boating public. Above all they continue to produce top quality boating products, an achievement that has enabled the Avalanche Sports Boats business to grow from strength to strength during extremely difficult market conditions. Cup holders are bountiful, more than you’ll find on any other boat, and most importantly all bulkheads and stringers are moulded sections and foam filled giving added peace of mind in terms of all the boats’ flotation capabilities. Cup of coffee at Honda Marine Durban with Dealer Principal Craig Wilson, and let’s face it, Craig seriously needs to get some decent coffee … Craig and I climbed in the Robalo R240 and took her from Wilsons Wharf to the Durban Marina.
Michelle created quite a stir when visitors to the show found out that she is the reigning Miss Beach Bikini SA and Miss Beach Bikini Universe. The best result of the show was the sale of the Raptor 820 Centre Console powered by twin BF175’s. It was interesting to see Craig’s whole body stiffen as he prepared to jump from the boat’s deck to the jetty.
Ugly Boat made in Perry Florida-The boat Motor Yachts Power Boats; Sail Yachts; Mega Yachts flush toilet and shower, VERY NICE BOAT!!! It was miserable out there as we rode alongside the Raptor 820 also on its way to the Boat Show mooring place. He then reached back to stabilise himself and his hand rested on the spider on the engine controls, which was then followed by a similar gasp that my 5-year old daughter makes when she gets a fright.
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