Mariner Outboards has released a completely new family of four- stroke outboard engines. The new 50hp and 60hp models round out the existing Mariner four- stroke range that begins at 4hp and continues up to 90hp. Mariner says that, on average, the fuel saving with a Mariner four-stroke is 23 per cent better when compared with a comparable two-stroke engine. Based on a four-cylinder, in-line powerhead design, the Mariner 50hp and 60hp are available in both standard and BigFoot configurations. The BigFoot designation is assigned to engines that feature larger, heavy duty gearcase and gear ratios. BigFoot models are designed to power bigger and heavier loads without the need to increase engine horsepower.

Enquiries: Mariner Outboard dealers.
Tel: 1800 818 000.

E-Max International has just released their X-treme professional range of environmentally sealed electrical connectors that are ideally suited for boating applications. The Deutsch DT and Weather Pack X-treme connectors and accessories are now available in comprehensive kits for workshops or in smaller kits for the handyman and boat owners. Silicone seals provide full protection from the salt environment that these connectors are subject to, with the Deutsch DT able to withstand emersion under 900mm of water without loss of electronic qualities or leakage. Leading marine engine manufacturers such as Caterpillar, Detroit, Cummins, Mercury and Yanmar specify the Deutsch DT connectors on all their engines. If you are looking for a connector to hook up your new depth sounder, two-way radio, the nav lights or trailer lights, this is the ideal way to connect the equipment and to ensure that it will not let you down by a faulty connection.

Enquiries: E-Max International.
Tel: (03) 9763 6333.
Fax: (03) 9763 6123.

Lowrance has released an upgrade of the popular X-48 sounder, which now becomes the X-49. Packing a solid 600 Watts of peak to peak power (75 Watts RMS), the sonar is expected to operate to maximum depths of 600 feet under ideal conditions. All the bells and whistles are still there including surface temperature and distance log when the optional sensor accessory is fitted, zoom bottom track, fish and depth alarms, selective on/off Fish Symbol ID and selective on/off Fish Track The X-49 is still an entry level unit, but the new features make it an even better value buy.

Enquiries: Lowrance, Todd Moore.
Tel: (02) 9905 9700.
Fax: (02) 9905 5220.

Mercury has expanded its range of financial services to include insurance, following the success of its finance program. Now boat buyers have access to quick and easy marine insurance at the time of purchase with Mercury Insurance, which is underwritten by Club Marine, the leader in marine insurance. Under the insurance cover, new rigs carry an agreed value for three years after the date of purchase. In the event of any insurance claim being made, only Mercury factory-trained and accredited technicians will be employed to repair damage to engines or boats and only genuine Mercury parts will be used in the repair. All parts used in the repair carry a full 12 month manufacturer's warranty. The Mercury Boat Insurance policy has many features that place it as one of the best available. Cost conscious boaters will appreciate the no claim bonus of up to 25 per cent and further discounts of up to 60 per cent are available for trailerable craft that are laid up in the off season. Third party cover also extends to members of the policyholder's family, even when they are operating another boat, and when water skiers are being towed including barefoot skiers.

Enquiries: Mercury Marine dealers.
Tel: 1800 81 8000.

The Nokia 6250 is built tough from the inside out to meet the demands and conditions of the Australian outdoors. Dust, shock and water resistant, this mobile phone is designed for outdoor professionals such as builders, electricians, boat builders and anyone who gets off the beaten track. The Nokia 6250 is a rugged tool that aims to meet the need for a durable, trustworthy and functional mobile phone that tradespeople and outdoor enthusiasts want. In addition to the standard Nokia features the 6250 has a host of brand new features like a task journal, sound level metre and a large display.

Enquiries: Nokia Australia.

Raytheon Wins Top Industry Awards

Raytheon Marine has won the DAME award at the worldwide Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS). The award was won by Raytheon's RL80 CRC 10" Radar Plotter and 10" RL80C Colour Radar. The DAME award, which stands for Design Award METS is the marine industry's most prestigious award. It was especially significant as the award is seldom given to an electronic product. In addition, Raytheon was also awarded three other prizes for its hardware and software products. Honourable Mention, the judging panel's second highest award, went to Raytheon's RayTech Sail Racer Navigation software and Special Mention awards were given to the Raychart 320 WAAS GPS and the ST40 instrument product line. The 10th Annual Design Award METS competition attracted a total of 124 products from 100 companies.

Enquiries: Oceantalk.
Tel: 1800 029 948.

MerCruiser X Series

The Bravo X Series is a new range of sterndrives from MerCruiser. The X generation comprises Bravo One XZ; Bravo One XR; and Diesel Bravo One, Two and Three X drives. The Bravo X series of drives features a larger U-joint that offers 30 per cent more capacity, upgraded thrust bearings, an upgraded upper gear floor and a heavy-duty driveshaft. The drives have been built with the structural integrity to handle more torque. Mercury Racing Engineers developed the new Bravo One XZ and the Bravo One XR drives to enhance the durability of the 350 to 550hp high-performance sterndrive engine packages.

Enquiries: Mercury dealers.
Tel: 1800 818 000.

Tag Pole Kit

Silstar's newest release is a tag pole kit with a large range of optional attachments. The kit consists of a 1200mm-long tag pole, an end cap, a tag tip and a tag tip protector. A number of matching attachments are also available including a gaff hook, hook remover, a lure retriever, a boat hook and extra poles and joiners. An aluminium net head is also available. The kit allows anglers to make up a tag pole kit with attachments for their individual needs.

Enquiries: Sports stores and fishing tackle specialists throughout Australia.

The Murray River

By Amanda Burdon - photography by Bill Bachman

It is Australia's mightiest river, flowing some 2520km from the Australian Alps to the Southern Ocean. It passes through snow-capped mountains, rich agricultural country and parched mallee. As it winds its way through the countryside like a giant serpent, it undergoes as many transformations as the landscape it flows through. Amanda Burdon and award-winning photographer Bill Bachman, a regular contributor to Club Marine, have teamed up to produce this book, which is a guide to the many guises and moods of the river as it develops from a spirited mountain creek to a mature, majestic waterway. Over some 15 months the pair discovered the Murray's many scenic attractions, its history, ecology, the industry and the three million or so people it supports. You will escape to little-known national parks, be touched by the spirits of long-gone Aboriginal dwellers and follow in the footsteps of European pioneers. The book contains more than 200 stunning photographs, detailed area maps and a lift-out poster map of the entire course of the river. The Murray River is published by Australian Geographic and is available from Australian Geographic stores at an RRP of $34.95.

Tel: 1800 555 509.