MTU and Detroit Diesel Merge
Two of the leaders in heavy-duty
diesel engine manufacture, MTU Australia and Detroit Diesel
Australia have combined to form MTU Detroit Diesel Australia.
The announcement coincided with
product and organisational updates of the key brands represented
by the new company.
Under the DaimlerChrysler Powersystems
Group, the new organisation offers a comprehensive range
of products and brands such as MTU, Detroit Diesel, Allison
Transmissions and VM Motori.
The new organisation also boasts
a state-of-the-art technical centre at its Altona, Melbourne,
facility. At the recent Fort Lauderdale Boat Show in Florida
MTU presented a new, more powerful version of the 16-cylinder
Series 2000 engine.At 1470kW (2000hp), the power output
of the engine is around 10 per cent higher than its predecessor.
The increase has been achieved by modifications to the fuel
injection system and improved turbo-chargers.
Enquiries: MTU Detroit Diesel
Tel: (02) 8822 7000.
Mercury Marine is currently offering a range
of deals on selected water sports equipment such as full ski
kits through participating dealers.
The ski kit includes US-made Xcelerator Combo
skis, which feature easy fit and adjustable bindings for either
doubles or slalom, Econo ski rope and Quicksilver Pro PFD3
The Xcelerator range also caters for junior
skiers with lighter skis and fully adjustable bindings.
Also available is Mercury Marine's Extreme kneeboard,
which features a semi-concave tunnel for easy starts, padded
gripper moulded kneepad and fully adjustable strap.
Enquiries: Mercury Marine.
Tel: 1800 818 000.
GPS Clip-on for iPAQs
A Magellan GPS Clip-On will
convert your iPAQ quickly to a fully functioning GPS receiver
with map data. This general Australian map data, provided
on a CD, can be transferred from a PC to show details of
main roads, highways, railways, rivers, coastline, towns,
cities and waypoints. More detailed data showing streets,
unsealed roads, tracks and points of interest can be bought
as an optional extra on a state-by-state basis.
The GPS Clip-On contains 12-parallel-channel
technology providing fast position acquisition and tracking
and attaches to the PDA via the PCMCIA card slot. For weather
protection of both the iPAQ and the GPS, a specially designed
Aquapac is available.
The inclusive Navigator software
has all of the functions associated with a normal GPS receiver
such as waypoints, routes, speed and more displayed on the
large colour graphic screen. Coordinates are displayed in
latitude and longitude or Australian Map Grid in the new
Australian GDA 94 datum or Australian 84 datum. With the
additional memory of an iPAQ the whole of NSW or Victoria
with street level data can be uploaded.
The retail price of the GPS Clip
On for iPAQs and Pocket PCs including GPS receiver, operating
software and general map data for all of Australia is $750
(incl GST). State detailed map data costs $150 per state.
Enquiries: Magellan GPS Systems.
Tel: (08) 9444 0233.
Fax: (08) 9443 2598.
Duck Tape from Selleys
Most boating people will have either used or
heard of gaffer tape and some of us who are a bit longer in
the tooth will remember the original Duck tape.
Now Selleys has introduced the new Duck Power
Tape that will handle those odd repair jobs that always need
to be done on the boat, out fishing or when camping.
Selleys Duck Power Tape is a universal, strong,
heavy-duty cloth tape that is sticky and waterproof. It resists
high temperatures and extreme conditions and can be used on
the boat, in the car, around the home, just about anywhere.
It has 1001 uses like mending a broken fishing
rod, fixing a cracked bucket, repairing torn waders, repairing
a sail, keeping rope ends from fraying, mending a garden hose
and just bundling equipment together.
For just $4.95 (incl GST) Duck Tape is a must
in all tool boxes. And if you are sick of scraping off the
sticky residue left behind by ordinary masking tape when doing
a paint job on your hull or around the home, try Selleys Duck
specialty masking tape. It is a unique painter's tape with
an advanced adhesive that doesn't damage paint when removed
or leave behind residues.
The Selleys Duck Power Tape range is available
from hardware stores, supermarkets, and paint outlets. The
specialty painter's masking tapes are available from paint
Tel: Australia 1300 555 205.
New Zealand 09 820 4852
Serious GPS for the Outdoor Enthusiasts
Magellan has just released a new line of high-performance,
waterproof handhelds that include the Meridian GPS, Meridian Gold,
Meridian Marine and Meridian Platinum.
The Meridian series of GPS units is the first since
Magellan was acquired by the giant defence company, Thales. Meridian
receivers deliver five-metre accuracy with averaging and up to 16MB
of extensive built-in Australian map data as well as a new rugged,
ergonomic design, complete with a larger screen.
The four Meridian receivers offer different capabilities
that extend from entry-level options to high-end navigation tools.
Meridian Marine provides a 16MB Australian database that includes
map data and marine navaids such as fixed navaids, buoys, obstructions,
wrecks and lighthouses.
The Meridian Platinum offers the same 16MB Australian
map database plus a barometer and a three-axis digital compass,
which allows the serious explorer to have additional height reliability
plus an accurate heading from the compass when standing still. The
Meridian GPS offers a 2MB base map with a basic map of the Australian
coastline, highways and cities plus a worldwide database of country
boundaries and major cities.
Meridian Gold provides a 16MB Australian database
of maps for coastline, highways, main roads, railways, towns, waterways
and more. Each of the four Meridian models has extra memory capability
using Secure Data Cards. These SD cards can be preloaded with the
entire state in either a 16Mb or 32Mb card. These full-featured,
PC-compatible, 12-parallel-channel receivers store up to 500 waypoints
and 20 reversible routes with up to 30 legs.
Meridian receivers are also equipped with a quadrifilar
helix antenna for high-quality satellite signal reception and fast
position fixes. Meridian receivers weigh just 227g and have a handsome
new ergonomic, rugged exterior with slip-resistant, waterproof,
rubber armoring. The new larger-size, greyscale, backlit, display
screen and keypad are easy to see in all lighting conditions.
Accessories include vehicle, bike and swivel mounting
brackets, assorted power and data cables and a canvas carrying case.
Enquiries: Magellan GPS Systems.
Tel: (08) 9444 0233.
Fax: (08) 9443 2598.
Lowrance Replaces X-85
The Lowrance X-85 has been popular with fishermen
needing a high performance fishfinder in a compact cabinet.
For 2002 Lowrance has replaced the mid-range unit with the
The new model retains 3000 watts of peak-to-peak
power and the same resolution direct sunlight display. New
features include advanced signal processing, selective on
and off Fish ID with symbol-size matched to the size of the
targets, selective target depth, continuous depth and depth
scale readouts, programmable windows, multiple range split
screen and automatic bottom tracking.
A new high-performance, low profile, transom-mount
200kHz Skimmer transducer with built-in temperature sensor
comes standard with the X-91.
Enquiries: For your nearest Lowrance dealer
call: (02) 9905 9700.
New Volvo Penta Engines for
Volvo Penta is launching new diesel engines
for yachts and displacement powerboats.
The D2-55 is a new 55hp diesel engine in Volvo
Penta's Compact Collection series and is designed to produce
high torque even at low revs. The TAMD31S is a newly developed
version of the 31 engine produced at Volvo Penta's Vara plant.
The new 100hp engine is designed for large, relatively low-speed
yachts and powerboats. The maximum rpm has been reduced from
3800 to 3000rpm, resulting in reduced vibration and considerably
lower noise onboard.
This engine is also equipped with a new turbocharger
that gives considerably more torque at lower revs. Both engines
feature advanced combustion systems and can be combined with
a range of transmissions and propellers. Volvo Penta's 220V
electrical system has also been adapted for use with the new
engines so that 220V power is available offshore.
Enquiries: Eastern Engine.
Tel: (07) 3899 1622.
Fax: (07) 3899 1045.
In Western Australia: Seapower Australia.
Tel: (08) 9335 9777.
Fax: (08) 9335 3233.
Atlantic 2200 Windlass
The Atlantic 2200 windlass is
designed for vessels 12-15 metres and fills the gap between
Muir's Atlantic 1250 and 2500 models.
It is fitted with a purpose-built,
heavy-duty, reduction drive and series wound electric motor,
a stainless steel shaft, bronze gears and cone clutch, heavy
duty chrome plated bronze base, clutch tops and chain gypsies.
Other features include a self-aligning
gear box/adaptor, which reduces installation time and distortion
to the deck, and an integrated swivel chain pipe cover for
quick access to the anchor locker without the need to dismantle
The 2200 is designed to run rope/chain
combination rodes or chain only and can be supplied with the
unique rope chain management system. Available in low profile
gypsy only model or independent capstan and gypsy model with
the option of emergency manual operation.
Enquiries: Muir Engineering.
Tel: (03) 6229 5188.
Gerber MP 600 Fisherman
As the name implies the Gerber
Multi-Plier 600 Fisherman has been designed specifically
for fishing. When the action gets frantic a flick of the
wrist will open the extra long plier jaws ready to remove
the hook from a catch. The pliers can be used for general
use also and there are heaps of features any serious fisher
will find handy. There is the tungsten/cobalt carbide cutter
for cutting tracer lines, three sizes of line splicing band
crimpers, a carbide fish hook sharpener, a pair of scissors
for cutting braided or fused line, two knives, a small screwdriver
and the mandatory bottle opener.
The stainless steel MP 600 is
not a toy it is a serious, robust, tool that will find many
uses out on the water, fishing from the pier or from a river
bank. At a retail price of around $220 the MP 600 is not
cheap but for the price it has a lot to offer.
Enquiries: Tackle stores.
Henri-Lloyd Offshore Range
Henri-Lloyd has been pioneering
the development of fabrics, garment design and product development
for almost 40 years.
Henri-Lloyd recently launched the
new TP3 Jacket and Hi-Fit Trouser, which won the 2001 Design
Award METS (DAME) at the Marine Equipment Trade Show in Amsterdam.
The TP3 is the latest fabric development
in Henri-Lloyd's offshore range. TP3 has direct lining for
greater durability and wind resistance and has a highly breathable
multi-layer coating, which incorporates both dry yarn technology
and active liquid transmission to maximise water repellency
and minimise condensation.
Henri-Lloyd also produce the TP3
Reflex smock, which features a full over-shoulder harness
facility and the Pocket Organiser it stores mulit-tools and
other objects in an easy to access secure fastening inner
pocket with key clip facility.
Tel: (02) 9638 4333.