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GRANT SHORLAND ESCAPES THE FLAMES

GRANT SHORLAND ESCAPES THE FLAMES

Locals and tourists take to the water to escape the flames. Grant Shorland was one of them. When the shit hit the fan during the holiday season of 2019–20, it wasn’t just the CFA in fire trucks that saved the day. There were blokes in boats, in all shapes and sizes,...
UNITED STABIS OF AMERICA

UNITED STABIS OF AMERICA

The Captain’s crew is in Garibaldi, Oregon, on the US Pacific Northwest coast — on a trio of Stabicrafts. Huge mountain ranges covered in tall timber peer over the rugged coastline. Icy rivers meander out to bays where creaking timber trawlers and newer steel ones are...
SURFACE SLAYER

SURFACE SLAYER

Anyone can slide a pilchard onto a paternoster rig and pull hard on a snapper, but not many can lay claim to catching snapper on topwater stick baits. Mike Bonnici can. It’s time for The Captain’s crew to find out how this renowned surface slayer rolls. Yep, it’s time...
BRUCE ALMIGHTY

BRUCE ALMIGHTY

If John Haines Sr is the father of Australian monohulls then Bruce Harris surely owns the title for Australian Cats. What’s more, Bruce doesn’t owe anything to the Yank designers for his achievements — he did it all with good ol’ Aussie ingenuity, designing and...
GUAM’D & DANGEROUS

GUAM’D & DANGEROUS

Raf Vargas paddles the drop-offs around his island home of Guam, fishing to depths of 1500M. The day he captured a donkey dogtooth he become an instant yak god.      Guam, part of the Mariana Islands chain in the equatorial Pacific, is a top spot for kayak...
LIFE’S A VEITCH!

LIFE’S A VEITCH!

The numbers on Roger Veitch’s new 27ft Hardtop are so sexy we had to check the specs twice – and when it pulled into port it proved an absolute face melter! What’s more, beneath that white gelcoat is a laminate that leaves most Australian boat...
WAYNE’S WORLD

WAYNE’S WORLD

Down the Great Ocean Road in South West Victoria, we discover one of the natural wonders of the Australian coastline. Nope, it’s not the 13th Apostle. It’s the legendary lobster lover Wayne Hanegraaf, who has steered boats around these ancient stones for more than 40...
TASSIE DEVILS

TASSIE DEVILS

Few places get The Captain’s juices flowing like the East Coast of Tasmania. It’s raw, rugged and bustling with big bluefin – usually.        As loyal Captain readers have pointed out, we’re not always the most reliable sailor on the...
PART 7) FITTIN’ THE FOURFIE

PART 7) FITTIN’ THE FOURFIE

The Nub-Tub is finally ready for the fit-out phase. We take her to the experts at Johnson Bros Marine who say, “We’ve never seen anyone want to fit this much shit to a 4.5m boat in our lives.” Trav and his cohort of contractors have slogged away on the base for three...
MINI FLYBRIDGE CRUISER

MINI FLYBRIDGE CRUISER

Julian McGarry couldn’t afford to buy a flybridge cruiser, so he built his own mini version.   When Julian McGarry’s mate sold his flybridge cruiser, Julian lost his regular ride. Heartbroken, he couldn’t see the value in owning his own moored boat, so he took...

10 WAYS TO JUSTIFY A NEW BOAT TO THE MISSUS…

You need a new boat more than world peace — but not at the cost of war breaking out on the domestic front. Never fear the Captain is here… ATTENTION DADS: So you want a new 20ft (6m) fishing rig, but the missus says no. There are only two options: a. Divorce, or...
H: CRAFT SKIFF

H: CRAFT SKIFF

Earlier this year, the image of a strange craft popped up on The Captain’s newsfeed. It was narrow like an SUP, agile and fast like a PWC, yet kitted out for serious fishing. This thing stuck out like a pink Cosmopolitan cocktail among The Captain’s usual rum-fuelled...
TO KILL OR NOT TO KILL

TO KILL OR NOT TO KILL

Are you a bit confused about the catch-and-release code these days? What species are socially acceptable to fillet? What species should be set free? It’s enough to leave you holding your limp gaff in hand on the back deck, paralysed with uncertainty. Never fear, The...
PORN IN THE USA

PORN IN THE USA

The Captain’s phone rang earlier this year. It was John Haines Junior, boss man of Suzuki Australia and heir to the Haines Signature fortune. In his polite but matter-of-fact manner he asked, “what are you guys doing in June?” “Let me check my calendar, John,” I...
TUG OFF

TUG OFF

The Captain tugs hard over his tow machines. Here are his top 10 adventure rigs.   Did you just drop more than $200K for your deep-vee machine built with 37 layers of ‘glass in the transom and fitted with hardtop, commercial-grade sounder, radar, pie warmer,...
EYE FOR CURRENT

EYE FOR CURRENT

Rule one: keep your eyes open. Peter Pakula shares his wisdom on reading the signs and finding the fish. Electronic aids (sounder, GPS, temp gauge) certainly help you find fish, but they’re not the most important tool in your belt. They don’t tell you where you should...
ALLOY SHOOTOUT

ALLOY SHOOTOUT

Four pumping plate rigs fight it out bow to bow in the captain’s alloy shootout at Jervis bay.  The only good thing that comes in tin is beer, right? Some among the glass-lovin’ class still beat that drum on Facebook forums. Their opinion is probably based on...
COD CULTURE

COD CULTURE

A canny old cod hunter reminisces about golden days on the mighty Murray and rejoices at the resurgence of cod fishing, sport of champions. Growing up on the Goulburn and Murray rivers, it was inevitable that Murray cod, VB beer and sunburn would be a big part of my...
PART 3) FUEL TANK FOR THE PROJECT BOAT

PART 3) FUEL TANK FOR THE PROJECT BOAT

The Captain goes in search of a fuel tank for the Nub Tub, their custom Haines Hunter 445F project boat. In the backblocks of Williamstown they find a man of steel, Kane McQuarrie from McQuarrie Fabrications. Picking a fuel tank is harder than picking a good rum. For...
STABICRAFT 1550 FISHER

STABICRAFT 1550 FISHER

Ever since the Battle of the Big Vee, Matt Webb, owner of the Edencraft 233 Formula, has been nagging The Captain because he wants a 15ft boat for his 17-yearold son, Tom. Tom loves his diving and fishing, so Matt wanted something safe and indestructible, but also...
800HP AL DHAEN CONSOLE

800HP AL DHAEN CONSOLE

  Grahma Harris won a bridge-to-bridge in record time, Caressing the helm of a 1000HP Connelly. These days he mooches around the Hawksbury in a 800HP Al Dhaen. Yep, We had to meet this bloke…         The Captain’s crew are belting around...
BACK TO BASICS

BACK TO BASICS

  Two mates leave the bright lights of Brisvegas to follow a dream of adventure.        The Captain: A’hoy fellas. Tell us a little bit about Back to Basics Adventures. Who’s in the crew and what do you do? Jack Strickland (Strick): Ahoy Captain,...
PART 3: KIMBERLEY BY LAND

PART 3: KIMBERLEY BY LAND

TROPICAL CYCLONE Having conquered the Kimberley by sea and by sky, it’s time to test our mettle like most tourists do in these parts – by 4X4. We have a bit of a problem, though. The Gibb River Road, that iconic stretch of dirt road that runs between Kununurra and...
PART 1: KIMBERLEY BY SEA

PART 1: KIMBERLEY BY SEA

The north-western tip of Australia is remote, wild and beautiful. Well, that’s what Malcolm Douglas had me believing after watching his many videos. He traversed the Kimberley with his dog Boondie, a cameraman and his trusty ol’ alloy Trailcraft. The legend of the...
HAINES SIGNATURE 543SF

HAINES SIGNATURE 543SF

Within the next couple of months, The Captain is planning a trip to Seventeen Seventy, a fishing mecca six hours north of Brisbane. He put out the call for a ride and surface slayer Mathew Scholz answered. Armed with a sparkling new Haines Signature 543SF, Matt’s rig...
BOAT REG. WITH NATHAN NICHOLS

BOAT REG. WITH NATHAN NICHOLS

Boating fails  – Nathan Nichols, director of Cruise Craft, on the inconvenient truth of boating regulations. The rumours are true. I took the opportunity to launch into a very passionate discussion at a recent product launch. In my view, The Captain – which...
HAINES SIGNATURE 550RF

HAINES SIGNATURE 550RF

Surface feeding longtail tuna. A tackle box full of stickbaits. The new Haines Signature 550RF. ‘nuf said.  Not long ago The Captain tested the Signature 550F off Queensland’s North Stradbroke Island. We had a crack at a mulloway, but the mysterious beasts...
STABICRAFT 2750

STABICRAFT 2750

The Captain tackles northern NSW in one of the first Stabicraft 2750 centrecabs to hit Aussie shores.    Stabicraft recently put together a fully decked-out, custom 2750 Centrecab for gun Kiwi fisherman Matt Watson – you know, the crazy bloke that catches marlin...