Category Archives: Boats

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Tinnie – A New Zealand Colloquialism for a Small Aluminum Boat

A tinnie is a great asset to have when snapper fishing. Here the author has caught a 17 pound snapper from Quicksilver 2.

The Humble Tinnie by Hayden James A tinnie is a great asset to have when snapper fishing. Here the author has caught a 17-pound snapper from Quicksilver 2. No matter where in the South Island you go it is hard not to find a small aluminium dinghy. It could be fishing a Canterbury lake for a trout, or in the Marlborough Sounds catching snapper. More...

by Allan Burgess | Published 2 months ago
Adrian Moody (left) and the author take a break for a brew, above the Waimakariri Gorge.
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, December 18th, 2018
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Jet Boat Canterbury Rivers – Purist and Petrol Head – Graeme Kennerley

Jet Boating Canterbury Rivers – Purist and Petrol Head – Fly Fishing and Jet Boating? by Graeme Kennerley Adrian Moody (left) and the author take a break for a brew, above the Waimakariri Gorge. A jet More...

All boats have their advantages and limitations. A McLay 530 Fisherman.
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018
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Buying Your First Boat – Tips, advice, and points to consider

Buying your first boat – Tips, advice and points to consider All boats have their advantages and limitations. A McLay 530 Fisherman. With Allan Burgess Before buying your first boat there is a lot to More...

The 2.7m inflatable boat was very light and portable.
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
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Inflatable Boat – Is it any good for fishing?

Inflatable Boat – Is it any good for fishing? The author Allan Burgess at the helm and guide Brent Beadle in the bow at Lake Brunner. To the best of our knowledge the firm Better Boats mentioned in this article More...

A sheltered bay at Lake Coleridge
By Allan Burgess On Monday, March 23rd, 2015
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McLay 460 Softie Trailer Boat

A sheltered bay at Lake Coleridge. McLay 460 Softie Trailer Boat The McLay Softie range extends from 2.4 metres to an impressive 6-metre model. Although Steve McLay has been build­ing alloy boats at his Milton More...

Stabi-Craft 490
By Allan Burgess On Monday, March 23rd, 2015
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Stabi-Craft 490 RBB Test

Stabi-Craft 490 RBB Test The smart metallic paint job gives the Stabi-Craft 490 a sleek appearance. Having had a great run from the little Stabi-Craft 430 for over a year, I was very keen to try out its big brother More...

The nifty light-weight Stabi-Craft 430 is very easy to handle and launch. You can poke it in the water just about any where which is a useful asset when it is a long drive to a concrete boat ramp.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, March 23rd, 2015
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Stabi-Craft 430 – Excellent lake fishing for trout and inshore at sea

It is a simple matter of stepping onto the low tread-plate foot rail that runs the length of both sides and climbing in. Ease of handling makes this an ideal craft for investigating lake margins. Stabi-Craft 430 Stabi-Craft More...

McLay 530 boat.
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
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McLay 530 Fisherman

Home » Boats McLay 530 Fisherman. If you’re after albacore tuna off Kaikoura, snapper in the Marlborough Sounds, cray diving and blue cod fishing out of Motunau, boating around Banks Peninsula, cod, salmon More...

This salmon angler has crossed the Rangitata River to fish the beach on the south side of the lagoon. The best salmon fishing is usually on the south side of the major east coast river-mouths.
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
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Outboard Jet Units – Great Salmon and Trout Fishing in Braided Rivers

This salmon angler has crossed the Rangitata River to fish the beach on the south side of the lagoon. The best salmon fishing is usually on the south side of the major east coast river-mouths. Outboard Jet Units Outboard More...

The Wooldridge Jet Boat offers practicality, durability, and rugged construction.
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
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Wooldridge Jet Boat Powered by Outboard Jet Unit

Wooldridge Jet Boat The Wooldridge Jet Boat offers practicality, durability, and rugged construction. Have you ever been fishing in the braided Rakaia, Rangitata, or Waitaki Rivers and watched as a prop-driven boat More...