Suzuki Marine has teamed up with celebrity explorer and marine biologist, Monty Halls, to take on the latest in a line of televised expeditions.

Monty is to lead a team of divers, scientists and adventurers on a voyage of 1,000 miles along the South African coast in a bid to experience firsthand the Great Sardine Run, which is widely considered to be one of the greatest natural spectacles in the world.

Monty Halls – Suzuki DF200

Monty Halls is to chase the sardine migration on board a 7.5m Humber RIB with a new Suzuki DF200AP on the back.


The annual event involves the northwards movement of billions of pilchards from their spawning grounds on the Agulhas Bank up along the east coast of Africa toward Mozambique. This vast migration is particularly dramatic as it tends to create a frantic feeding frenzy along much of its route, with thousands of whales, dolphins and sharks turning up every year to get in on the act.

Cameraman Doug Allan will be on hand for the two-week expedition and will periodically take to the water whenever the shoals are sighted. This means the lead boat needs to be a proper sea vessel with a handy turn of speed - and in a bid to match those demands, Monty will be using a 7.5-metre Humber RIB equipped with one of Suzuki’s new DF200AP four-stroke outboard engines.

In addition to reliability and decent fuel economy, George Cheeseman, Sales and Marketing Manager, Suzuki Marine Division, believes that the performance of the new rig is tailor-made for the task: “With both acceleration and top speed figures fairing brilliantly when compared to competitive models, the outboard’s exciting performance will match that of the adventure Monty and his team have set out on. We wish them the very best with their expedition and are confident they have the ultimate outboard for the ultimate adventure.”

To keep abreast of developments, visit or follow SuzukiMarineUK on Facebook and Twitter. And if you would like to join Monty in the summer of 2016 to experience this expedition for yourself, then you can register your interest by emailing

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Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.