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      1. What is it with this weather at the moment! I finally get my boat back after it’s first service and a good weather day is nowhere in sight. Then I get up Sunday afternoon and realise that the predicted 15 knot winds have magically dropped to 5 knots. By the time I got the boat ready it was dark.
      2. Got roughly $10k for a boat to buy. Looking at heading around moreton bay (on a good day), not quite to moreton island, aswell as primarly fishing estuaries and the bribie passage. What is a good boat that doesnt break the bank for this if possible? Was looking at the quintrex renegade (bit out of price range) and quintrex hornet trophy. Obviously buying second hand Cheers
      3. What's the biggest motor you can put on a little tinny? Are there any legal restrictions on boat size/engine size? Thinking 3/4 mount V8 tinny;) .......You can take the racer fishing, but you can't take the racer out of the fisho...... Who's got the smallest boat, biggest motor here? Still impressed how (possibly?) yellow peril's bright yellow tinny took off out of Colmslie the other weekB) B) (Feel free not to entertain me, just talking myself into a boat rather than a Harley:) )
      4. Hey, If you leave an alluminium plate boat (around 6m) where it gets low tide and the water completely drains so the boat would be sitting on the sand, could it cause damage to the boat? Are there any dangers of doing this? Cheers Ryan
      5. Hi all, first time poster here. Purchased a 385 qunitrex explorer with a 15hp Mercury last week and have been keen to take it out on my day off on Saturday. I’ve been planning to launch at Pinkenba at midday and fish the river mouth area for Jew/threddie but just looking at the forecast it’s saying that the winds will be over 20 knots there. Is there any point going in that kind of weather? Alternatively are there any other shelter spots nearby worth trying out just to get the boat on the water and wetting a line for a few hours? cheers!
      6. So now that the competition is all serious and stuff I'm felling all motivated to do some night fishing on the river. Southside forever!!! The only problem I have is my white all around light has gone AWoL. It have/had one of those plug in aluminium poles. At best it is always on the blink but last time I fished at night it bounced out and sadly has made a very small and likely unconvincing artificial reef. So, after my unnecessarily long preamble, does anyone have any tips on a good White all round light for my tinny? I am happy to put some money and effort into it if it is a permanent fix.
      7. If invited to a spot on a boat That doe's not mean you have to be a slave well not in my eyes (share the duties to make for a good trip) My latest experience left a very sour taste in my mouth Watched as I poored x amount of fuel in the car to tow the boat to the destination then when decided to add some to the boat in case needed a comment thirsty was added inforemed that it had a big tank an was not needed but better to have more than less hands still in pocket I got an extra kg of squid still hands in pocket deckie bought 1 x 250 gr pack of frozen prawns with him :blink ended up deckie had NO leader or tackle to suit sinkers etc and winged that I was catching fish and he was on the wrong side of the boat :woohoo: The cream of the crop Not one Thank you or offer to pay for any of the trip and had the gall to say well maybe next time yeah right you have been on my boat for 2 trips the first and last I'm not a charter never have claimed to be but will work grounds to find fish BUt No THANKS for a trip or effort to make it work SUC I loook foraedd to our nex trip NOT you suk Gaz
      8. Hello Peeps! I am continuing to research boats and asking advice here and there. I've narrowed my search down to; Quintrex Lazeabout '88-'92 4.5m. 560kg on trailer Seafarer V-Sea 474 4.74m. 700kg on trailer Or if the money starts flowing out me arse; Quintrex Freedom Sport 490 4.9m. 900kg on trailer.(500 Freedom sport) Here's the question; How long are these rigs on the trailer. Tow eye to furthest point at the back. (I would probably need to drop the outboard down to gain a few less inches) And what about overall height on the trailer with bimini folded down obviously. Would a Freedom Sport 500 5.07m be any longer than the 490 when on the trailer? This is all a fair way off yet, but I need to know what will fit in me garage!! TIA! I aasume I can drag these around behind me Falcon (one at a time of course )
      9. Hey, Looking at a 6.5m plate boat and am thinking it might sit around the 2 tonne mark at a guess. I have a Triton to tow it. From my little reading, it looks like you need trailer brakes of the loaded trailer if above 750kg. Is that right? Very new to the idea of trailer brakes, are they are pain to maintain, and how much should I be expecting to pay if the trailer doesn't have it already? I'm guessing the ute will need to be modified to support it as it wouldn't run through the trailer plug? Cheers
      10. The 420 renegade is what I’m looking at getting, problem is I only have 10k Was hoping I could buy the hull and trailer brand new, let me know the price of that if anyone knows, and then buy a second hand motor Considering it’s around 17k brand new for the TS version with a 40hp Evinrude, I should be able to get it for 10-11k with a second hand motor? let me know what you guys think, cheers
      11. G’day guys I’m wondering if anyone can tell me how long it would take to travel by boat from Jindalee ramp to Colmslie ramp? cheers
      12. Hello, I know that baffle creek is renowned for it's rock bars and sand bars, and my understanding is that there are no (or limited markers around). I was hoping someone could give me a few spots to be careful of (a map would be amazing, but anything will help) so i don't smash my prop! I'll be going slow. I'm a bit too weary to go upstream so I think I'll be sticking towards the mouth and go as far up as the main caravan park. Looking for jacks, queenies, trevs and any barra! Cheers
      13. Hey, I currently have a Garmin striker 4 fitted to the transom of my boat. I have just upgraded to a Lowrance Hook2 7 tripleshot and haven't fitted it yet. I am wondering, can I leave the garmin on there and run the lowrance simultaneously (have traditional sonar on garmin and have down view and side view going on lowrance)? From what I understand you can't as you will get 'cross talk' - Does this apply to chirp transducers? The transducers would sit side by side eachother on the transom. My boat is tiller steer and the garmin sits up the back with the driver. Can't decide whether to put the lowrance up the back with the driver too, or put one up towards the bow near the trolling motor. When you guys are sounding around using sideview / other modes, are you usually trolling around with the electric or outboard? Cheers Ryan
      14. Hey all, I'm wanting to go fish out at the measured mile mark for some mackeral and sharks. My only concern is if my boat will make it there and back. It's a 4.1m ally craft rhino with a 40hp 2 stroke on the back. Currently I have a fuel capacity of 45L. My main concern at this stage is fuel. Having never been out that far before in my boat, I don't want to run out of fuel...I'm thinking I will get another Jerry can and fill it up. Never have to much peterol I figure. So I was just wondering about people's exp with going that far in a tinny, how much juice did u go through etc. how the boat handled it Cheers Chris
      15. Hey! I'm getting a thruster plate put onto my Horizon easy fisher 435 (has 40hp yammy 2 stroke on back), so that I can mount a minn kota on the front. What I can't work out is where I should put the 2nd battery! Without the minn kota on, the boat gets up on the plane real easy so am worried about disturbing that. Here's the placement of the weight on the boat, once the minn kota is on without the 2nd battery. Front left Electric motor Front Center Anchor Front right Wife Rear left Fuel tank (20 or 30 litre - can't recall!) Rear center Outboard Rear right Driver + seat Current battery Ideally the 2nd battery would just go with the existing battery with the driver, but am worried about the uneven weight distribution towards starboard side and rear. At least it would be kind of out of the way as that space is already unusable. Would it be a good idea to place some kind of plate in the front hatch in the centre that a battery box could mount on - Or would it be too rough up the front for a battery? Pics of front & back attached. Would appreciate any feedback.
      16. Hi Everyone, I am new here. I am looking at buying my first boat and am looking at either quintrex explorer trophy 385. This is in my price range and suits my fishing needs well. I have seen this mentioned elsewhere and the answer always seems to be to go for the hornet trophy as it is a better ride in the chop. I was hoping I could get some clarification on this topic. I will be fishing inshore only. If anyone is familiar with the areas, I will be fishing the Georges river, Port Hacking river and Parramatta river in Sydney. There can be the occasion when the wind gets up and there is chop on either of these systems (as well as having the regular ferries on the parramatta river). Can anyone give some guidance on these two hulls? If I can I would rather stick to the explorer trophy as that is in my price range, and if I was to go for the hornet trophy I would definitely have to stretch my budget. If you have any questions for clarification please ask. I appreciate all the help I can get. Thanks in advance for any help.
      17. Anyone know people or shops in Brisbane that make and weld on after market bow mount brackets/plates to aluminium boats? For Minn Kota, Watersnake, MotorGuide etc.. electric motors. I emailed Holt Marine as their website pictures this, but got no response. May call them later. Are there any others who provide this service in Brisbane? I would prefer a few quotes. Below is the sort of example I would prefer taken from the Internet. Needs paint though! Maybe even info on any bolt on solutions that look professional? My boat is a painted hull and 2014 model so I am not looking for quick and dodgy methods. Here is the front of my stessco. Any recommendations to get an electric motor on the front of this boat would be much appreciated!
      18. If you ever have a bad day out boating... spare a thought for these chaps I love the video comment:
      19. FREEWILLY


        I just bought a 4 year old quintrex that has been in the water for the whole 4 years, I need to clean off the barnicles, I have tried using a presure cleaner (water blaster) with only half the problem fixed, there is some serious barnicles to remove. I am also still looking for an outboard 6 hp or less thats not too old and also a trailer to fit the tinny (3.7m) Any help would be appreciatted. Please does anybody have any ideas on how to remove the rest of the barnicles??
      20. Thought others might find this amusing and interesting. I have been a long-time sufferer of seasickness. I’m always interested to know what others do to manage their own seasickness. I have added 2 links which might be helpful. The first is an article I have written about my own experiences to manage seasickness. The medications and remedies I’ve tried. What has and hasn’t worked. I have also added a short video clip on my latest trip ruined by seasickness. One short moment where I hold it together to catch a big squid knowing I was about to get sick. Article - Video Link - Appreciate ideas and feedback from others on how they manage their own seasickness.
      21. Hi AFO members, Looking for a bit of advice on doing a DIY storage job on my forward storage box on my Scount 175SF. It's a 100L plus storage area with great installation and is the forward deck when closed. IT also directly drains so it can be used as a great kill / ice box too. But I want to convert it into a couple of compartments: 1) tackle storage 2) kill tank 3) dry storage. I don't want to change the interior by fibre glassing directly so was thinking of creating a mould that I can just drop in. The bung is on the bottom right hand side so thinking the kill tank on the right hand side (allows me to add some ballast to balance the boat as required. Middle for the tackle storage (I am thinking of 5 large Plano tackle boxes and then just space for other stuff. Lefthand side would be dry storage. The other option is to make the kill tank the width of the bottom Have looked around the forum but can't find anything. What does everything think? Keen to get feedback...or should I go somewhere to get a custom job? The roto moulded stuff looks pretty cool too instead of mucking around with fibreglass but really wanting to do this myself if I can.
      22. Hi, After a free outings in the boat, I’ve found a few things I want to repair/ change. One of them is replace the bilge pump and replace the nav lights with new LED lights. The boat has a switch panel with 5 of the 6 switches wired up. The previous owner wired the negative feed from the battery to 5 wired in a blob of solder. It is doing the job but hard to rewire individual items and not as tidy as I would like. When I wired in the new sounder I ran a line direct to the battery. But I don’t want to do this for every item. What have other people done in open Tinnies as the only busbars I can see are not close to water proof or water resistant. Cheers towknee
      23. Have a susuki 2006 60 hp 4 stroke and wondering if any one has a home made transome saver to view or photo's
      24. What do you think Quampie would be like with these on the back. Lots more extreme boats in the link below.
      25. Hi guys, Looking to buy a new boat (I am set on new, sorry) for around 20-30k mark, can push it to 35k This is our first boat ever and will mainly be used around Woy woy area/Taren point/brisbane waters. Main use of the boat will be for fishing but also for cruising and having a good time on the water I have narrowed it down to mainly 2 boats -quintrex fishabout 481 60hp - Quintrex cruiseabout 481 60hp or 75hp (the 75hp variant is pushing the limit cost wise, will there be a significant difference in 60hp vs 75hp? The problem is besides Quintrex and Stacer I'm not too sure what other brands I should be looking at and it's difficult to find dealers in NSW. Any other information would be greatly appreciated. When I do decide to purchase the boat is there any chance of negotiations on a boat or are boats usually quite fixed with pricing, should I ask for things to be thrown in?