Testimonial from George Metaxas I purchased a 5.5m centre console aluminium boat by Evolution Boat Builders in October 2005 and since the first test run in the river I have been extremely happy with the boat. As previously mentioned, we decided to publish a three part series with the aim of assisting the first timer, the complete novice intending to 'get with it' and become a boater. This series will be split into three parts; those purchasing an aluminium trailer boat, those who want the fibreglass equivalent and those who believe bigger is better and intend to skipper at least a 30-footer or larger. I'm not going to just hand out my opinion, I'm calling on expert assistance across the board, from boat builders to engine mechanics, outboard technicians to boat brokers, all aimed at ensuring the advice is 100 percent accurate. To start the series off, we're here to help out the first timer who sees him or herself at the helm of a trailerable aluminium boat, either new or second-hand. You will find that nine out of 10 boat owners love showing off their boats and are more than happy to talk about them. Ask questions, look at the different styles of vessels, note the horsepower of the various engines and their relevance to the size of each craft. As promised, I stated earlier that I would call on expert advice to aid the would-be boat buyer.
The man only too happy to help is none other than Ken Evans, a man who is as familiar with boats and marine engines as, well, as Hugh Hefner is with Playboy centrefolds!
Ken also points out that aluminium boats are much lighter in weight than similarly-sized fibreglass boats. Some of Ken's advice might seem rather simplistic, but it's always possible for a novice to get 'carried away' with the excitement of a new boat purchase.
Ken also recommends that intending buyers seek out a marine dealership that is a member of its relevant boating industry association.
Of course, that ugly word mentioned earlier, 'budget', could mean the first time boat buyer is in the market for a second-hand or 'pre-loved' boat.

When you have successfully completed your purchase, there are some relatively simple points to always be aware of. Firstly, don't be ashamed of being a novice or boating beginner; even the experts started out that way.
Be aware of tides, current and wind and the effect they can (and will) have on your boating. I recall two incidents which left apparent beginners with embarrassment and expensive repairs through not being aware of tides and winds; one boat was seemingly tied correctly by a bow line off a wharf. However, the wind changes, the boat swung 360 degrees which out it beneath the wharf, the tide came in and the wharf structure smashed the vessel's windscreen and bow rail. The other incident was a boat tied tightly to a ferry wharf at high tide; the tide dropped and the boat was left hanging mid-air, two-metres clear of the water's surface! Many manufacturers produce boats 'just made' for anglers as is the case with this highly-efficient 459 Barra Pro from Stacer. Ken Evans also recommends that very boat owner ensures the correct equipment is on board at all times. Finally, make yourself totally aware of the 'rules of the road' as applied (and enforced!) by the maritime authority in your locality. If you are not sure what a bar is, generally speaking it's a sandbar which forms where a river empties into the ocean; depending on tidal and wind conditions at the time, they can be very nasty and many highly experienced skippers strike trouble on bars. Some of the aforementioned points may seem difficult to the complete novice; believe me, they're not. If buying from an authorised marine dealership, admit freely you're beginner and they'll be only too happy to assist in every way imaginable. So come on, make that decision, but the boat and come out and join us, it's a move you're unlikely to regret.

A quick glance at the latest creation by Heesen yachts might leave you wondering which Bond villain ordered the polished alloy submarine, but on closer inspection, it's a ground breaking new design in super yachts.
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The Australian V8 Superboat Championship could be settled this weekend at Allcott Hire Park in Temora where Australia's fastest drivers will look to unseat reigning champion, Victorian Phonsy Mullan.
Garmin's game-changing Panoptix all-seeing sonar technology is now available with a thru-hull transducer for simple installation on larger fibreglass boats. Garmin has received the honour of being the most recognised company in the marine electronics field by the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). After a ten week sabbatical, the Australian V8 Superboats Championship will return to action this weekend at the Tweed Valley Jetsprint Club at Cabarita Beach on the north coast of New South Wales for the fourth round of the season.
The Walk Around configuration allows easy access to all areas of the boat but offers more storage than a centre console. The Half Cabin configuration allows full protection from sun, wind and spray and the fitment of full screens and side windows.
The result of a custom design, we have moved the console back and added a casting deck with storage underneath. Don't delay, buy that boat and join the happy throng like this crew aboard a Savage Ranger.

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