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KINGFISH ADVENTURE IN A 1850 STABICRAFT FISHER

KINGFISH ADVENTURE IN A 1850 STABICRAFT FISHER

Sometimes you’ve got to knock your head against a brick wall a few times before you realise you’ll get a lot more out of life — and fishing — if you chill out and take time to enjoy the ride. The Captain meets an experienced sea dog who now makes his living passing on...

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SAM GILCHRIST’S 520 SEA DEVIL CENTRE CONSOLE

SAM GILCHRIST’S 520 SEA DEVIL CENTRE CONSOLE

The Captain is back in Coffs Harbour, blasting around the spectacular Solitary Islands Marine Park, chasing kingies and getting acquainted with Sam Gilchrist and his deadly 520 Sea Devil centre console. Having been to the home of the Big Banana on the NSW Central...

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GRADY-WHITE 271 FITTED WITH A SEAKEEPER 1

GRADY-WHITE 271 FITTED WITH A SEAKEEPER 1

Grady-White has been building consoles for more than 40 years, but the model delivered by Short Marine — which they kindly permitted The Captain to abuse, er, test drive on Sydney Harbour — boasts several 21st-century smarts, including a Seakeeper 1 gyroscopic...

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BROCK AND CO. HEAD UP THE MID NORTH COAST

BROCK AND CO. HEAD UP THE MID NORTH COAST

Brock Harmer is a former bream fisherman, but don’t hold that against him. He and his son Braxy patrol the high seas in their tricked-out Sea Fox 236. Equipped with enough fishing tackle to sink a small tinny, we head up the Mid North Coast to do battle with...

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BOATING SAFETY TIPS WITH ROD FINDLAY

BOATING SAFETY TIPS WITH ROD FINDLAY

Maybe it’s a sign I’m getting older and more cautious in my late 30s. Maybe this thought process got triggered when I sat through months of courses doing my commercial skipper’s ticket. We talked about the possibilities for boat failure at sea — and how best to...

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CAPT ERIC SORENSEN EXPLAINS THE FINER POINTS OF DEADRISE 

CAPT ERIC SORENSEN EXPLAINS THE FINER POINTS OF DEADRISE 

Qualified American captain Eric Sorensen explains the finer points of DEADRISE. There are several concepts that explain why some hulls ride better than others in rough seas. Deadrise is one of them. The more deadrise there is, the smoother the ride. It’s simple...

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SEA LIFE WITH RICHARD FREEMAN

SEA LIFE WITH RICHARD FREEMAN

Richard Freeman has been a professional solo fisherman for more than 40 years. Spending so much time on the water in his trusty Shark Cat, his usual companions are dolphins, sharks and seabirds. Richard shares a few stories about his salty friends. The Portuguese Man...

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THE COOTACRAFT STORY | HOW TIME FLIES

THE COOTACRAFT STORY | HOW TIME FLIES

Things are moving quickly down in Mallacoota. Mark The Russian has turned over his whole line-up in less than five years. His previous beastie — the Bad Boy — is now considered a “family boat” and his new plaything is capable of a lazy 84mph. Blink and you’ll miss it!...

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THE CAPTAIN’S NOTABLE LIGHTHOUSES

THE CAPTAIN’S NOTABLE LIGHTHOUSES

Nothing screams “phallic symbol” louder than a lighthouse — OK, except, perhaps for a rocket. But lighthouses are more than just an opportunity for scenic dick pics and Instagram innuendo. For centuries, they have helped seafarers stay suitably separated from the sea....

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