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Answer: It is not recommended unless it is made specifically for boat transporting since the wind may blow it off or at minimum scratch your boat up. Answer: If you have your boat shrink wrapped for transport make sure it is professionally done. Alumacraft's 2072 Bay gets a Coastal Edition renovation that alters this monster of fishing boats into a delight. Practically every individual is aware of the fact that aluminum boats are built for fresh water sailing, isn't that so? One of the things most boat owners will do in the fall is change the lower-unit gear oil (gearcase lube) but this is also something you should do in the spring to check if there is any moisture or water in the gear case. To keep your boat looking nice and running well for as long as possible, you need a little dedication and apply a little elbow grease from time to time.
Sailfish powercats were top-five aluminium fishing boats at Australia’s Greatest Boats three years running. My first experience with the 216SSi was at the "Secret Men's Business" function (TrailerBoat #264) at Victoria's Lake Eildon last year. The Chaparral 216SSi is fitted with the MerCruiser 350 Magnum V8 with an Alpha One leg although there's also an optional Volvo equivalent. I took the Chaparral for a fun-filled frolic in Victoria's Port Phillip Bay, running fast through the chop as well as a few larger wakes and waves. Chaparral describes the hull as having "Extended V-Plane Performance" meaning the keel extends all the way to the back of the boat so as to provide full-length bight, ride and buoyancy. From bow to stern, the Chaparral has evolved into one of the most innovative bowriders on the market. Coming back through the walkway into the cockpit the first thing you will notice is the strength of the safety glass windscreen, as well as little extras like a snug cushioned latch to hold the opened screen and stop it banging. The contoured sidepanels show an absolute devotion to quality moulding that is evident throughout the entire Chaparral range. The combination rear lounge, enginebox, sunlounge and storage all match the rest of the boat for excellence in design.
Lifting the hatches and cushions to inspect the quality underneath, I was pleased to find non-virgin polyethylene frames, gas struts, thick acoustic liners and double French stitched trims. The side-mount table is conveniently stored under the rear lounge and my daughter loved the sunlounge at the rear.
Chaparral completes a premium presentation with a large bimini canopy made with Sunbrella canvass and a strong stainless steel frame, which featuressome innovative breakaway fittings for easy assembly.
Finally, if you're looking for the actual sound system (as I was), it's out of harm's way under the passenger console. Does the mere fact that Chaparral fits a fuel filler on each side of the boat - just for convenience - mean anything to you?
My family and I give the Chaparral 216SSi full marks for a terrific, tasteful, inspiring and exciting presentation. Now we all love our illustrious editor Bazz, but it's a well known fact that he's a bit of a klutz. Surprisingly, it happened while we were both gazing into the beautiful scene of glimmering reflections and early morning light that unfolded ahead. The item you are attemping to add to compare is a different subtype to the items(s) in your list. During a boat show, you can expect all of dealerships will be putting out their best deals.
Over a quiet beer on the waterfront of the Isle des Emebiez (near Toulon in southern France), I quizzed Beneteau's yachting development manager, Bruno Belmont, about the origin of the Sense design. Belmont explained that this concept had arisen in part from discussions with yacht, multihull and powerboat owners.
The Sense 43 and 50 are a totally new concept for Beneteau: high-performance hulls and rigs enclose interiors that are unashamedly designed to owner's specifications, with none of the usual charter-vocation compromises built into most cruising yachts. In addition, the shallow step-down from cockpit to saloon is indeed reminiscent of powerboat ergonomics; an impression heightened by a high proportion of glazing in the saloon.
The Sense hulls are state-of-the-art designs, with conspicuous aft chines that taper off mid-hull into quite fine bow sections. In most European marinas, boats are berthed stern-to, so a great deal of attention has been paid to making boarding as easy as possible.
Two upholstered steering benches, behind the twin leather-clad wheels, swing-up on gas struts when not in use, allowing unobstructed access aboard. The twin steering stations face binnacles with drinkholders, individual chartplotters and speed gauges, while engine instruments and controls are at the starboard helm. Both boats' glass companionway doors are set into sloping saloon walls that differ from conventional FRP construction: up to coaming height is FRP moulding, but above the waistline the walls are glass.
Three, very gently-sloped companionway steps lead to both saloons, which are of similar-size. Saloon equipment levels are high, with lift-top fridge-freezer (a front-opener as well in the Sense 50 galley), gimballed stove-oven, double sink, ample bench space and a chart table-electrical nerve centre with chartplotter and additional bench and cupboard space.
Both boats have bathrooms with separate shower and head recesses with individual access doors. The amidships doubles are almost identical in both boats, but the forward cabin in the 50 has an island bed, while the 43 has a conventional vee-berth double.
The extra LOA in the Sense 50 allows for a second head and an office cabin that can optionally be set-up with two single bunks, one above the other. Both Senses have similar rigging layouts, with twin furlers up front of both test boats, for standard overlapping headsail and optional gennaker. The Sense 50 was fitted with a tang just aft of the chain locker, to take an inner forestay for a staysail or storm jib and the 43 is designed to accept the same fitting. Sheet and halyard control is down to two forward coaming winches - portside powered on the 43 test boat and both powered on the 50. Mainsail control is done by a forward winch, with a mainsheet that runs from the boom, through two fixed blocks on the cabin arch, back to the boom and mast, then aft under the deck. The test boats had battened mainsails and one-line slab reefing, but in-mast furling is available. Beneteau has given much attention to engine installation and that, in combination with a saildrive rather than a shaft, keeps vibration and noise to an absolute minimum. In strong breezes both boats felt dry and secure, but crew comfort was compromised somewhat by the sheer size of the cockpits. Most Senses will be bought by the pure cruising fraternity, but the boats perform well enough to handle club racing. Berthing a large yacht with a small crew on hand can be stressful at best and dangerous at worst. ZF's Dock & Go system was fitted to the test Sense 50 and is an option on both Senses and an increasing number of Oceanis yachts. The system combines a saildrive that can pivot through 360 degrees and a bowthruster, with computer control via a simple joystick. During Beneteau's sea trials at the island of Les Embiez, I had the opportunity to check out the new Dock & Go system on the Sense 50 and on a GT Flyer 38.
Our first evaluation was done in calm conditions and the big Sense 50 slid sideways neatly into a tight portside berth that had only one-metre fore and aft clearance.
The Med' turned on its usual all-or-nothing weather and our test sail wind strengths varied from four to 28kts. The stylish Sense 43 is a two-cabin cruising yacht with a huge cockpit and very easy swimming and cabin access. In 25kts, with a partly furled headsail and a single reef in the main the Sense 50 romped along at 9.4kts hard on the wind and would have been better balanced with a staysail instead of a reefed gennaker. The stylish Sense 50 is a three-cabin yacht with all the luxury fittings you'd expect in such a classy-looking, cutting-edge French cruiser.
The advantage of this unit is that it can be quickly removed and put back to a standard Honda outboard should you so desire, giving you the overall choice between running a 135HP normal outboard or a 100HP Jet Drive motor.
Like Newton’s Third Law say’s, “For every force there is an equal and opposite force of reaction.” Water is drawn into the unit through an intake grill by an impeller driven by the engine driveshaft, water is then forced at high pressure and volume through a nozzle directed at the stern of the boat.
Ultimately a Honda outboard Jet will allow you to go where propeller driven craft cannot, making it a particularly attractive option to those surrounded by shallow waters, whether they be specific lakes, rivers or lagoons.
One of the more frequent sites in Knysna these days is Konrad Taeuber putting his all-new Robalo R247 powered by twin Honda BF150’s through her paces either on the Knysna lagoon or further out at sea.
With Honda Marine SA now as the exclusive distributor for both Chaparral Recreational Sports Boats and Cruisers and Robalo Offshore and Recreational Waterskiing Boats in Southern Africa and the West Indian Ocean Islands, as well as several Honda Marine dealers having close ties with the importers of World Cat and Glacier Bay, Honda Marine is now able to offer potential customers a variety of top end, superbly-crafted, imported from the USA boat packages. Chane Beukes has joined the Honda Marine Kya Sands team from the 1st of April 2013, and will be in charge of Service Reception and Parts. Tony Lindhorst, dealer principal at Honda Marine Vaal, received a concerned call from Giel Geldenhuis of “Nascer Do Sol” on Macaneta Island (just 35kms from Maputo), who had recently purchased a Unity Surfmaster 720 powered by twin Honda BF90HP outboards. To ensure that it was not a Honda problem, Tony decided to jump in his vehicle together with experienced technician, David Thenda, and travel through to the Lodge in Mozambique. Fortunately ‘International Rescue’ emerged in the form of a 4×4 tractor sent by Giel, then it was to the Lodge and straight to work.
The Surfmaster 720 under its temporary coverWith a bit of time now on their hands, Giel took Tony and David on a quad bike trip to visit his neighbour, Kestell Heyneke and his wife.
It was there that Tony and David had the pleasure of joining the group on a horse ride around the farm and then onto the beach where they witnessed one Horsepower (eg. Run through the auspices of the Southern Cape Deep Sea Angling Association in partnership with the Knysna Deep Sea Club, Honda Marine Knysna will be sponsoring the ‘Stokvis Derby 2013’ based out of Knysna on July 27. In addition to the Honda outboards, 1st Place will receive a cash prize of R35 000, 2nd Place an amount of R15 000, and 3rd Place a total of R5 000.
The Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency has opted for a number of Honda outboard engines for its craft doing duty on the Eastern Cape Wild Coast. Pictured here, Laurence Kemsley and Simphiwe Tsibani of Honda Marine Port Alfred, carry out the finishing touches to the fitment of a Honda BF40 LRTD to a Kingfisher 430 SM aluminium boat, as part of the line-up.
This particular rig, based at the Morgan’s Bay Reserve, Kei Mouth, will be used mainly for estuarine conservation and research work. Honda Marine is on the move again, last year they brought you the magnificent Chaparral and Robalo range of boats which were incredibly well received, and now, in conjunction with Powercat Group, the South African importers of World Cat and Glacier Bay boats, Western Cape dealer, Honda Marine Somerset West has a beautiful Glacier Bay 2780 in build destined for our shores in the near future.
One only has to look at the once-pristine lagoons alongside the Kowie River, now as green with pollution slime as Hartebeespoort Dam, to realise that soon, fishermen won’t be able to pump prawns from there anymore. Research has shown that one hour of operation by a 70hp two-stroke outboard motor emits the same amount of hydrocarbon pollution as driving 8 000 km in a modern car. Honda Marine Port Alfred stocks mainly genuine Honda four-stroke lubricants, but as Honda does not produce lubricants for two-strokes, Sierra lubricants are available for these engines, but for how much longer is the debatable question?
Jeremy Barnes from Honda Marine Somerset West recently introduced the Linder 445 Max Aluminium boat to the boating public at the Duivenshok river which lies between the Breede river (west) and the Goukou River (east) in the Heidelberg, Riverdale region. As Jeremy reported back, ‘All who took her for a test and saw her commented on just how good the finishes were, but the real head turner was the performance that she delivered.


Having sold a pair of Honda BF150HP outboards to his brother Gary who lives in Pemba, Mozambique, some 3 500kms north of Maputo, there was just one small request to Craig Wilson, Dealer Principal of Honda Marine Durban, namely to get in the bakkie and come and fit them!
Whilst up there they also fitted the trusty Lowrance HDS 10 with a Simrad autopilot which all went well following an installation crash course prior to departure from Lowrance SA’s Silan Naiker and John Minnie. Organisers of the 2013 Cannon Rocks Kiteboarding Classic looked to Honda Marine SA for support for their highly popular event that took place from January 3-6 this year. It just so happened that the Eastern Cape’s superb summer weather turned extremely windy during the competition and the Aquatrax was not only used for organisational duties, but also for rescue missions on a few occasions when the gale force winds blew certain competitors off course. The wind also caused the sea conditions to become pretty rough and that was when the superb handling of the Aquatrax came in to play.
Another 10 top quality Linder Aluminium Boats have just arrived at exclusive distributors Honda Marine Somerset West. Linder aluminium boats are built with a freedom of simplicity in that they are stable, of a safe design and as a consequence seaworthy. The advantages of aluminium are huge, not only is it one of the most common metals to be found in the earth’s crust, but it’s a very light metal, high in strength, maintenance-free and fully recyclable – what’s more it won’t rust in normal environments.
Honda Marine Somerset West offers the ‘Sportsman’ range of Linder Boats which is made up of the 355, 400 and 445 models. Alongside the powered options, Linder aluminium ‘Inkas’ canoes will also be available, offering a light, highly manoeuvrable, exteremely robust option to get on the water and get close to nature.
Unless you’re an open-water swimming enthusiast, many might think of the Midmar Mile as just a fun swimming event where a few people get together for an annual race.
Swimmers descend on the Midmar Dam from all over South Africa, as well as many from overseas. Having seen both the size and marketing potential of the Midmar Mile event, Craig and Honda Marine Durban will be back in force in 2014. Honda Marine Somerset West recently sold the first of many, imported from the USA, Chaparral Boats, namely a 287 SSX, since Honda Marine SA became the exclusive distributor for Chaparral Recreational Sports Boats & Cruisers in Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands. Offering phenomenal performance, a great ride and luxurious fittings wherever you look, the Chaparral 287 SSX takes boating to another level. Laurence Kemsley of Honda Marine Port Alfred also commented that Hondas are well known for their quietness of operation, which renders them perfect for powering river barges where occupants don’t have to continually compete for conversation above the noise of an outboard motor. The ultimate in river pleasure cruising, Spirit of Adventure is available for hire for private functions. With 58kms of Breede River to patrol, the ‘Lower Breede River Conservancy’ (LBRC), the organization responsible for the Breede River needs to find a long-term solution to reduce their current overly excessive fuel costs.
Negotiations are well advanced with the most likely Linder boat model to be chosen for patrol use to be the Sportsman 445 powered either by a Honda BF20 or 30HP outboard.
Once everything is finalised we’ll keep you all up to speed on what Honda-powered Linder boat package they opted for, and also give you more direct feedback on fuel savings as they start their ongoing patrol work. Having already refurbished the Strand Surf Life Saving Club’s (Strand SLC) rescue boat and loaned them a Honda BF30HP which they subsequently purchased, Honda Marine Somerset West is now supporting them with the use of a Honda F-15X Aquatrax for specific Surf Ski events. Initially a Honda BF30HP outboard was loaned to them free of charge for 12 months, and then sold to them at a very special price.
This partnership has now been taken a step further with the Strand SLC using a Honda F-15X Aquatrax, Honda’s top of the range PWC, as an additional safety support craft for specific events.
Since their arrival in South Africa earlier in the year, Linder Aluminium Boats have made huge inroads into the local market based on their affordability and their superior quality and finish, hence the fact that many of the Linder boats pictured here are currently making their way to our shores.
Affordable, hassle-free boating enabling you to relax from the pressures of modern day life is increasingly becoming of paramount importance, and one definite solution is the range of Linder aluminium boats through the initiatives of Honda Marine Somerset West. Initially Honda Marine Somerset West and Knysna will be offering the ‘Sportsman’ range of Linder Boats which is made up of the 355, 400 and 445 models.
In some cases the shrink wrap comes apart during transport and causes more damage than good.
The Us coast Guard has put together a basic outline of the minimum requirements to follow for a safe boating experience.
The message is clear: if you’re looking for a top-line family boat, put this one on your list.
The occasion was a lovely summer's afternoon where I was hoping to refresh my product knowledge (in the selfless pursuit of business of course). At this event a navy blue and white Chaparral 216SSi was possibly the least conspicuous of five Chaparral configurations kindly on offer to a bunch of media maniacs.
Its superb handling only surpasses its performance as a fast runabout, social ski and wakeboat, or as a refined entertainer.
The helm position is very comfortable with a fully adjustable, thickly-padded bolster seat dressed in a premium, stain-resistant marine vinyl called Duralife Max. We blew out the cobwebs, quickly reaching a very speedy 44kts (81.4kmh) at wide open throttle - just over the old 50mph - doing 4400rpm. Not only is it a solidly-built, foam-filled hull that transmits very little noise - it's a design that some of our bluewater experts should inspect for its excellent seakeeping abilities.
The Wide-Tech bow is designed to safely carry the added weight of thrillseekers, with all seating and upholstery made to the highest possible standard.
The windscreen is swept up right across the front, giving terrific wind protection and maximizing forward vision. At the helm, the square set combination analogue and digital instruments are easy to read, and they reek of a tasteful, distinctly American influence, something I meanin the nicest possible way. The switch panels, Ritchie compass, Clarion remote, key start and 12V accessory plug are neat and uncluttered.
To be honest, I don't think any other manufacturer does these small-but-important refinements this well.
The lounges stop short of extending across the entire beam to create a walkway on the starboard side, which means no more dirty shoes and wet feet on the nice upholstery. The lift-up back opens right up for the walkway; then tilts to 45° to form the chez lounge, or right back down for full-length sunlounge. It has a telescopic stainless steel ladder for boarding that's enclosed with its own moulding and hatch.
Nope - not just an impact of how good it was, I mean a real impact, with a bloody great log! You know the kind, sort of like the mad professor whose obvious dedication to his talents sometimes gets in the way of better judgment. We were powering along at a speedy 40.5kts (75kmh) when a silent submerged sea monster grabbed us by the tail. I climbed out to the big rear platform that had been the staging point for plenty of wakeboarding hijinks the previous day to inspect the leg, and to my surprise, it all seemed intact.
Sterndrive units are more forgiving than shaftdrives in situations where logs, submerged trees and all sorts of propmunchers lurk in waiting. With manufacturer rebates, a great selection, helpful dealers, and tons of other incentives, it really is a great opportunity to buy.
Always make sure you check out the seller or company before you complete any transactions or give out personal information.
The customer originally wanted faux teak throughout but decided to go with our two color laminated and embossed material. By abandoning the option of aft cabins or garages under the cockpit, the Sense would have a lower cockpit floor, close to water level and only a short companionway away from the saloon. Bulb keels have clean forward edges, to avoid catching weed or mooring lines and there's a shoal-draft option. A teak-faced swimplatform is recessed into each transom, only a short step from the cockpit sole thereby granting easy access.
A nice finishing touch is a powered 'fence' that rises from the aft edge of the cockpit, preventing littlies (or a bottle of champagne) from sliding over the stern of the boat. Between the wheels are an icebox and a walkthrough section, leading to the main cockpit, which is similar in layout on the 43 and 50. In the 50's even wider cockpit there's also plastic folding panels that create a narrow table top, with an oddments bin or additional icebox that converts into a folding bench topped with cushions.
Large coach-house glass areas, roof hatches and square hull ports complement the light from the aft window sections. In the case of the 43, there is one bathroom, located adjacent to the amidships double cabin and aft of the forward double cabin.
The forward section of each coach house has a moulded recess for a self-tacking jib track: the 43 was set-up for a self-tacker, but the 50 had no track fitted. The boom is set well above arch height, so it offers minimal threat to landlubbers in a gybe. Beneteau isn't keen on vertically battened furling mainsails because of wear issues with the batten pockets, so there's some performance sacrifice with the furling main option. Removal was pretty quick, which is just as well because folding the sail into its boom bag was much easier with the dodger off, or at least with the forward clear section unzipped and dropped onto the deck. Flat seats and large walking areas are great for lounging, but don't offer much resistance to slip-sliding away when the boat's heeled over.
Jib sheeting angles are wide, but a barber hauler is easy enough to rig up and there's ample winching power to cope with an asymmetric or spinnaker.
When the Dock & Go system is activated the helm is locked and boat direction is achieved by moving the joystick in the direction the helmsperson desires. It worked better and less noisily on the Sense than on the powerboat, because the yacht pod has full rotation capability, allowing the engine to work in forward gear all the time it's docking. Then we took it out into the bay during a 28-knot blast and aimed it sideways, across the wind, at a concrete fuel wharf. The Senses were beautiful to sail in breezes up to around 15kts with gennakers hoisted, but above that we shortened gear.
It's an ideal craft for daysailing and entertaining, but, at only two-thirds the weight of the Sense 50, could make a competitive club-racing boat as well. It's an ideal craft for daysailing and entertaining, but can just as easily be equipped for an around-the-world voyage.
Honda Marine Vaal is confident that once more people see how well this unit performs, especially in rocky rivers that the demand will increase. The velocity imparted to this mass of water creates an opposite force, and drives the boat forward.
Ironically this photo of Konrad’s Robalo was taken by his next-door-neighbour in Knysna who himself is the proud owner of a twin Honda BF150 powered World Cat. She follows in the footsteps of her mother that’s been involved in the boating industry for over 12 years. Giel had been extremely impressed with the performance and fuel economy of his Honda’s, so why the call, what could possibly be the problem?
Crossing the Mkabati River on an old and run down ferry which could only transport 6 vehicles at one time, the trip concluded in torrential rain and slippery roads and an eventual ‘off’ into a roadside ditch.
Arriving at their home, namely “El Paso”, Tony thought he’d landed in the Wild West proper, the whole property adorned with fit looking horses cantering about, most of whom had been rehabilitated from abused homes.


With a special prize of a pair of Honda 4-stroke BF50HP outboard engines (valued at R135 000) on offer to any competitor who catches a fish over 6kgs, a huge number of entrants are expected.
She will be officially launched in South Africa at a gala function to be held at the Honda Marine Somerset West dealership which will coincide with the celebration of their third year of operation as a Honda Marine Franchise. As a displacement hull she offers an unrivalled ride and is gentle on the environment, requiring only a pair of Honda BF150HP engines to propel her to a very respectable cruising speed. Honda’s wisdom with its four-stroke only policy, is now of more importance than ever.
Partnered with her Honda BF30HP 4-stroke she caused quite a stir amongst the local boating community who had never seen any of these dynamic, highly practical Linder aluminium boats up close and personnel before. Towing the boat back to Cape Town was a non event as the rig is so light that the only way you know you are towing anything is to look in the rear view mirror. Most importantly Gary Wilson has now got a state of the art boat fitted with twin Honda 150’s together with a navigation system where it will be hard to get lost. It came in the form of the high performance Honda Aquatrax F-12X, which they collected from Honda Marine Port Alfred prior to the event.
The kiteboarders, being the spunky individuals that they are, took it all in their stride (or should we say in their curl!) and revelled in the challenging conditions. Above all the event was well attended and major sponsors included Dakine, Vanhunks, Peter Lynn and the Halyards Hotel. These much in demand craft offer affordable, hassle-free boating and are proving ever popular as a great way to relax from the pressures of modern day life.
It has an overall philosophy of building ‘smaller, cost-effective craft which are gentle on nature, and which will sustain the original environment for future generations’, a passion that shares much with Honda’s overriding thought process in manfacturing environmentally-friendly engines. Above all they’re light allowing them to be fast with much less horsepower required to power them. With over 18 000 swimmers entered it’s become a huge event, one that Craig will be getting far more involved with next year. Well that’s not the case at all, it’s now become the largest open-water swimming event in the world and is a whole weekend affair where these 18 000 swimmers fight it out for line honours watched over by a huge spectator support base.
Some of those who grabbed Craig Wilson’s attention were Craig Dietz from the USA who has no limbs and is a motivational speaker, together with SA Olympic swimming stars, Chad le Clos (with his dad), Cameron van der Burgh and Ryk Neethling, who were all there to raise money for charity.
The Spirit of Adventure has an upper sunbathing deck which accommodates 16 passengers and it is also equipped with a swimming deck at the rear. It could just be that Jeremy Barnes at Honda Marine Somerset West with his Honda-powered aluminium Linder boats has given them the answer. Once the new more fuel-efficient patrol boat is in place, the savings made on overall fuel costs can then be more appropriately utilized on higher priority conservation issues affecting the Breede River.
Pictured here catching a ride is Fishhoek local Dawid Mocke, one of the world’s top surf ski paddlers. It’s for this reason that Jeremy Barnes, the Dealer Principal of Honda Marine Somerset West, didn’t hesitate to get involved with them when their previous 2-stroke outboard started to give up the ghost. In the interim Jeremy and his team refurbished the existing rescue boat and continue to both service and repair it at no cost on an ongoing basis. Certainly at the recent Surf Ski Series event which the Strand hosted, monster swell caused several problems for some of the competitors where the Honda Aquatrax was called upon to play a crucial role in the ensuing rescue operations. With its appearance dripping with modern luxury, enhanced by a distinct lashing of good old Yankee balls, this truly is the southern belle of the boating industry. My family has been spoiled by access to boats of all shapes, types and sizes, including some multi-million dollar offerings, so I was very surprised when both wife and daughter asked "can we buy one?" at the end of the day. The rest of the boats were the realm of the youngster or speedster, with flash paintjobs, high impact graphics, transformer waketowers, mobile bars with drink dispensers and ice machines, and thumping boom boxes that woke the spirits of the dead (as well as a few old boat journos). The Chaparral has the solid feel of a Cadillac or Buick but with the sophistication and performance of a BMW.
The swivel locks and slide adjusters in the Chaparral are on the leading edge of the seat armrests so you don't have to fiddle around blindly under the seats to find them.
My 15-year-old daughter was thrillseeking in the roomy Wide-Tech bow and loved the feel of the wind in her hair. There is a separate anchor locker in the bow to keep muddy ground tackle out of the seating area, as well as storage under the seats and a couple of waterproof speakers for the Clarion remote-controlled stereo. The doorway to the large storage compartment under the passenger dashboard conveniently doubles as a wind barrier in the companionway, stopping unwanted airflow through to the cockpit. There is a stylish leather-look sports steering wheel with tilt adjustment and very smooth and responsive power steering. Just take a look at the badge inserts, stainless bar and tailored upholstery at the rear of the front swivel seats.
As with the entire cockpit, the rear platform also has a convenient stainless handle in the right place.
How many other companies do you know that display their historic balance sheet on their website? Editor Bazz and I were kindly invited by Scott from Chaparral Australia for a few days on beautiful Lake Eildon in rural Victoria. There was no visible damage to the skeg or prop, and no leakage from damaged hydraulics, drive unit or gearbox.
Both have with U-shaped seating around a table on the starboard side and a straight bench to port. In the case of the Sense 43, the door folds and concertinas to open, with the roof glass sliding into a void in the cabin top.
The Sense 50 has two bathrooms: one for the forward cabin and one for the amidships cabin, doubling as a dayhead. However, with a tuck in the main and self-tacker sheeted home there's not much need for crew on deck anyway! In the powerboat, the twin units' transmissions need to switch from forward to reverse during manoeuvres. It obviously took more fiddling with the joystick, to combine engine and thruster power in the correct proportions to keep the boat aligned with the threatening dock, but the boat nestled gently alongside the tyre fenders without drama and held position while we rigged mooring lines. Having imported the unit direct from the manufacturer in the USA, the Jet Drive is very simple to install, it’s really just a matter of removing the gearbox assembly and re-installing the jet pump unit.
After all, they make so much sense in that they are safer than conventional outboards as there is no propeller, but how do they work? With two great boats and 600HP between them, it gives a clear indication of Honda Marine Knysna’s strong presence in the area, achieved by offering superior Honda 4-stroke advanced technology coupled to some of the most dynamic and exciting boats out there. Tony and David quickly discovered that the positive wire had taken in water in the extended loom and caused a short, so they replaced this together with the damaged starter motor and soon all was hunky-dory again.
Finally a hose down with fresh water back at base and she was looking like new again, ready for her next outing, and clearly showing that she is the epitome of low maintenance boating. The same cannot be said for Craig and Pat who are still on the road somewhere but hope to back in Durban by June in time for the Boat Show…! A large, centrally-located pub with seating all round, more than caters for the needs of thirsty guests. However, with the power from the Hondas, her manoeuvrability has been significantly enhanced and we are able to use her also when wind conditions are not so favourable. Offering an extremely strong, resistant to the elements, low maintenance boat, powered by a quiet, easy to operate, high performing, ultra-reliable, environmentally-friendly Honda 4-stroke outboard, the LBRC’s current fuel usage will immediately be reduced by two-thirds. It hails out of Nashville, Georgia and the company's patriarch, a lil' ol' fellah called Buck Pegg, certainly has a very fitting name. It employs the latest in safe, strong manufacturing techniques and is loaded with high-tech but easy-to-operate equipment. There's also an armrest combined with the flush throttle controls to make things considerably more comfortable on long cruises. The 21in propeller bites hard both through immediate acceleration and in tight turns without a hint of cavitation and there was absolutely minimal bow rise from rest.
The passenger dash has a large glovebox with separate 12V plug for accessories and a stainless Jesus bar. Under the cockpit floor is a huge wet storage area that will take skis, wetsuits, fenders and all manner of boating accessories. He's the bloke who gets into the wrong car in a car park, scaring the daylights out of little old ladies (note: this really happened). The last thing on my mind was a swim in the icy Eildon waters that combined High Country runoff with melting alpine snow.
In the Sense 50, the sliding top is the same, but the glass roller door power-glides downwards to open, disappearing into a horizontal slot beneath the cockpit floor, above the engine bay. A central island bench houses a fold-down seat in front of a dining table and the bench can also house a power-raised flatscreen TV. The helmsperson is better catered for, with bum and foot wedges and drop-down foot braces fitted to the coamings.
We carry an additional $200,000 insurance policy to protect you from any unforeseen events.
The name, the company and the entire Chaparral presentation spells good old Yankee strength and know how. Chaparral incorporates Dupont Kevlar (yep, the same stuff they use for bullet proof vests, motorbike and chainsaw pants) in the Quad Radial lamination process, as well as fully foam-filled hulls, and you can instantly feel and hear the difference. This even provides added support to critical speed control when powering fast through choppy waters, something that was certainly done during the test. The wake is quite suitable for some family skiing and the engine probably has the power for multiple slaloms, provided the maximum recommended 10 adults aren't partying onboard.
The passenger seating position has its own armrest, the same deluxe bolster seat, plenty of leg room, and more speakers and drinkholders. The Lake had risen from almost empty to 70 per cent full in a matter of months, and while we were eternally thankful for the rain, we had to be wary of floating logs and branches uprooted by the rising water levels - all obstacles lurking just under the surface to snare unsuspecting speedsters. I should have known I was taking my life in my hands by getting him to drive the wonderful Chaparral 216SSi. I chose to ignore his highly stressed response of "which button is that?" Eventually, the leg was tilted back down, the engine restarted and off we toddled, albeit somewhat relieved and surprised. If you notice any suspicious activity please report it to us so we can do our best to assist you with a safe purchase and prevent future fraudulent activity.
Trim her out a bit and add some weight and the wake height will rise for boarding and surfing. I quickly jumped back to inspect the bilge, fully expecting it to be filling quickly with icy water. The impact was that hard that I thought the MerCruiser Alpha One leg was somewhat behind us, firmly lodged in the teeth of the 18in diameter, 20ft long submerged hobgoblin that had just attacked us.



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