In Queensland, there are thousands of fishers and boat lovers who don’t make a move without first checking with fishing and
boating identity Paul Burt.
Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening Paul’s on Channel 7News presenting his beach, fishing and boating weather segment, and on Saturday and Sunday nights the state’s weather.
“My role for the Seven Network is weatherman and presenter for all things outside as well as host of Creek to Coast, a state-wide turned national fishing and outdoor show aired every Saturday,” Paul said.
“Up here being on the water is a huge part of our lifestyle so a lot of people are interested and we take it very seriously. It’smy job to tell the public what the weather’s going to be doing, what the conditions are like on the water as well as what’s biting and where.
“Fishing footage is sent to me every week from a network of credible people I have up and down the Queensland coast. This vision is then compiled and aired that night, keeping it fresh and real.”
A boatie all his life, Paul is now the proud owner of a great looking Glacier Bay 2640 Renegade that he’s just fully refurbished after buying it second-hand from the States.
“They are the most fuel efficient engines I’ve seen, they are quiet and they have power to punch,” Paul said, smiling.
On his first big outing in his new craft, Paul paid particular attention to how the Mercury FourStrokes performed.
“It was a big day; we started before dawn. We started out at Tweed Heads and made our way down to Kingscliff in New South Wales before heading out wide to the continental shelf,” he said.
“We probably covered about 95 kilometres, a lot of that comfortably cruising at 3,700 revs and 19 knots and we only used around 114 litres of fuel which in a boat that size is unheard of, especially when you take into account we had a full crew of people, camera gear, a belly full of fuel and the moderate to rough weather”.
“When we came back the tide was running out and the Tweed Bar was pretty bad. I had breaking waves in front and behind, but I just powered down and we shot straight through with ease.”
“The power was insane, and the engines were very, very responsive. If you weren’t holding on, you’d have fallen out the back,” Paul laughed.
Given Paul’s reputation and livelihood depend on the quality of the advice he gives, he doesn’t hand out praise lightly.
So what does he have to say about his new Mercury 150 FourStroke outboards?
“Overall, I think these engines are unreal. Perfect. Really, really good and for me it was the better choice.”