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Wellcraft 302 & 352 Fisherman Series

Wellcraft were founded in 1955 and became best recognized for their Scarab brand that featured so prominently in the hit US TV series Miami Vice. Over a hundred Scarab 38 Miami Vice replicas were built by the company following the hit TV show, Wellcraft being the builder synonymous with the jet-set performance powerboat scene at […]

Salpa 23XL

Albeit with a sprinkling of contemporary Italian style, the Salpa 23XL is in a similar vein to the Sealine S23, or Sea Ray 240 Sundancer. It is a concept that has worked well for many years ‒ a balance of accommodating a junior family/couple in a sub-25ft boat while providing enough punch to have some […]

Quicksilver Activ 675 

Simon Everett steps aboard a new model now taking its place within the ever-popular Quicksilver line-up of dayboats, cuddy craft and coastal fishing vessels. We find out what makes this prospective little winner tick and how she performs on test through the chalky waters of Poole Bay. They say there is nothing new under the […]


ENGINE TESTS

Yamaha F20G

YFollowing in the wake of their very successful superlight F25G in 2017, Yamaha have launched a lower-powered version, the F20G. The 56kg F20 brings genuine portability to a lively and relatively punchy outboard engine. Before the F20 and F25, such an impressive power-to-weight ratio was only possible with the previous 50kg 25hp 2-stroke outboard engine, […]

Mercury Marine Now Offer Joystick Control for their 200hp – 225hp V6 Engines

Having first launched joystick control for their outboard range back in 2013, Mercury have now extended this to their new V6 range launched last year. This will be available for V6 3.4L 200hp and 225hp 4-stroke outboards with DTS and the 200hp SeaPro range with DTS. Previously only engines of 250hp and above had the […]


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Raymarine Mavic Pro Drone

RDrones may have been initially seen as another big boy’s toy, but it didn’t take long for them to prove their worth in a variety of fields. From a marine perspective, drones have plenty of potential, hence we are just starting to see saltwater-proof drones that can land and take off from the sea (soon […]

Raymarine ClearCruise Augmented Reality

ClearCruiseAR (Augmented Reality) is an impressive addition to Raymarine’s range of Axiom displays. It literally takes out all that guesswork over distinguishing vessels and navigation marks, and working out which AIS call sign is which, especially on a wet misty day. Looking at a two-dimensional chartplotter filled with information is fine, but then you have […]

Navico ID

Considering the deluge of high-tech electronics in recent years, Navico’s new ‘information display’, or ID for short, on the face of it looks like just another plotter. However, its tablet-like appearance and flush construction, combined with an impressive level of versatility, make it a one-stop station in terms of vessel management and control. An advanced […]


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Yamaha F20G

YFollowing in the wake of their very successful superlight F25G in 2017, Yamaha have launched a lower-powered version, the F20G. The 56kg F20 brings genuine portability to a lively and relatively punchy outboard engine. Before the F20 and F25, such an impressive power-to-weight ratio was only possible with the previous 50kg 25hp 2-stroke outboard engine, […]

Raymarine ClearCruise Augmented Reality

ClearCruiseAR (Augmented Reality) is an impressive addition to Raymarine’s range of Axiom displays. It literally takes out all that guesswork over distinguishing vessels and navigation marks, and working out which AIS call sign is which, especially on a wet misty day. Looking at a two-dimensional chartplotter filled with information is fine, but then you have […]

Raymarine’s latest VHF radios

Following the recent launch of their wireless VHF hub, Raymarine have now complemented this system with their ‘next-generation VHF DSC (Class D) radio range’, comprising the compact Ray53, the full-sized Ray63 and the multifunction Ray73 with AIS. Each new model is equipped with a built-in GPS receiver and connection point for an optional GPS/GNSS antenna, […]