Burke's Classic Boat Shoe

The Burke Classic leather boat shoe has now been improved. Made from marine grade oiled leather with a high grip cup sole the new Burke boating shoe has become a fashion accessory as well as a deck shoe.

The new cup sole features a specially designed tread that disperses water the same way as a car tyre. Also included with the European styling are solid brass eyelets and a specially supported instep.

Enquiries: Burke Pty Ltd. Tel: (02) 9638 4333.

Magellan SporTrak Range

Magellan GPS Systems has announced the release of the Magellan SporTrak range of handheld GPS.

The three models are designed to meet consumer demand for advanced mapping and navigation. The SporTrak receiver comes with 1MB of built-in memory for downloading data from the Magellan DataSend software, including cities, campgrounds and parks. The SporTrak Map features a built-in 2MB database of highways, parks, waterways, airports and cities, with an additional 4MB of memory for downloading detailed maps from MapSend Streets software.

SporTrak Pro has a built-in memory of 9MB with an additional 23MB to enable users to add street and off road maps. It also features nine navigation screens to direct the user toward the destination while displaying bearing, heading, distance, speed, remaining time to destination and allows the user to record up to 500 favourite locations.

All models in the range are waterproof, include a high contrast, backlit display, a front facing nine-key keypad and a 12 channel quadrifiler helix antenna.

Enquiries: Marine and camping retailers.



Okuma's Fina Spinning Reels

For anglers looking for a quality reel without the big price tag, Okuma offer the new Fina series.

The Fina series have a graphite body and rotor, an aluminium spool and gear ratios of 5:1 on the smallest size and 4.5:1 on the larger models. The front drag is fitted with high quality oiled felt washers that have no take up resistance.

It also features a drive train with a brass pinion gear and five ball bearings that combine with Okuma's Rotor Equalization system to achieve a smooth retrieve.

All Fina reels are covered by Okuma's five year warranty and nation-wide spare parts service.

Enquiries: Sports and fishing tackle stores.

Volvo Penta TAMD75

Volvo Penta has released another diesel engine for leisure craft, the TAMD75. The TAMD75 is a further development on the TAMD74 and features a seven-litre engine, an improved injection system, more efficient charged-air cooling as well as an enhanced EDC system.

Volvo Penta also broadened the rpm interval in which the engine produces full power, making the boat less sensitive to an increased load and further improved the electronic EDC engine control system to include a built-in diagnostic system that monitors the engine continuously and warns the operator of any faults.

Built in safety functions have also been included to protect the engine and prevent gear change at excessively high revs. The engine's revs are synchronized in dual installation reducing noise and vibration.

Enquiries: Eastern Engine Pty Ltd
Tel: (07) 3899 1622.

Brightside from International Paints

International Paints has announced the release of Brightside Polyurethane, the first topside coating to contain Teflon.

Teflon is a hard, tough surface that is not only resistant to abrasion but is also easy to clean due to its ability to repel dirt and chemical stains.

Brightside is a one-pack polyurethane enamel that is quick drying and allows a sprayed on appearance to be achieved by brush application. It is recommended for coating topsides, striping and for areas subject to wear and tear inside and out.

Brightside is available in a range of 14 bright, high gloss colours in 250ml (white only), 500ml, one litre and four litre. For the decks, International Paints has released Interdeck, an easy to apply, slip resistant coating with polyurethane resins. Over an appropriate primer, Interdeck is easily applied to all substrates and contains a mineral aggregate that produces a high-friction surface with a low sheen that reduces sun glare.

It is available in four colours, chosen to coordinate with the Brightside range. All colours are available in a one litre size and white is available in a four litre pack.

Brightside and Interdeck replace Marinecoat and Marinecoat Deck Paint.

Enquiries: International Paints.
Tel: 1800 251 431 (Australia).
Tel: 0800 808 807 (New Zealand).

Spreader Trapeze Harness and Dog Vest

The team at Burke has re-designed the spreader trapeze harness.

Made from tough nylon with heavy seat reinforcing and non-slip adjustable webbing straps, the harness now includes a hinged seat for extra comfort and support, two battens sewn into the back with padded webbing leg straps that do not affect the crutch and side waist support patches to distribute the load. A non-water absorbing buoyancy foam is used to pad the whole harness and there is a stainless steel spreader bar.

And now man's best friend can also enjoy a day out boating with the Burke Dog Vest. Designed for comfort the Dog Vest comes with side release clips for easy fitting and a grab-handle on top to help lift your dog on and off the boat, it features a tough nylon outer shell and closed cell buoyancy.

Enquiries: Burke Pty Ltd
Tel: (02) 9638 4333.

Guide to Port Phillip

Parks Victoria has produced a comprehensive and very informative guide to recreational boating on Port Phillip.

Called Boating on the Bay the publication comes in the form of a fold-out, semi-waterproof nautical chart showing the Bay and the approaches to Geelong. The chart shows the no go areas for general boating, water skiing, PWCs and sailboards. Although, the one thing obviously missing is the boundaries of the marine parks that will exclude all fishing and recreational boating. Access areas and launching ramps are well marked and the chart includes small scale insets of popular boating access areas to the waterway such as the Werribee and Patterson Rivers, Altona, Hobsons Bay, Yarra River, Mornington Harbour and Rye Pier.

On the reverse is a wealth of information about safety, speed limits, boating organisations and the dreaded boat licensing system. Although it does not replace an official hydrographic chart, we recommend that all skippers venturing out on Port Phillip carry one in their boat for easy reference.

Enquiries: Parks Victoria.
Tel: 13 19 63.

Max Power Bowthrusters

Oceantalk has announced that it will now distribute Max Power bowthrusters.

Max Power manufactures a range of bowthrusters including fixed or retractable bow or stern thrusters for power and sail craft from 35 to 200 feet (11 to 70 metres).

Also available is the Super Power Range, which features bowthrusters and sternthrusters, 12 or 24 volt or hydraulically powered. Created to suit craft from 21 to 110 feet (six to 45 metres), it includes three strong, lightweight composite versions.

Enquires: Oceantalk.
Tel: (02) 9981 9500 or 1800 029 948.



Lowrance Transducer

Over the last 12 months, Lowrance Australia has worked closely with transducer manufacturer, Airmar Technology Corporation, in the design and production of a new transducer designed to hammer the bottom of the deep canyons along our coastline.

This transducer is available in thru-hull and transom mount configurations and will sell for approximately $1,000 less than similar transducers aimed at the professional market. Lowrance claims that the sonar/transducer package amounts to a saving of more than $2,000.

The new M260 (thru-hull) and TM260 (transom mount) models are available with a diplexer mounted inside the housing. It splits the 50kHz and 200kHz frequencies that are transmitted over a single transmission line, into two separate transmission lines. This enables the use of dedicated 50kHz and 200kHz elements in the transducer.

Lowrance claim that the end result is performance equivalent to 50 times the sensitivity of a single element transducer, resulting in far superior fish and bottom detection in deep water, including better discrimination between closely spaced fish and between fish and bottom.

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

Cobb BBQ

Developed by an African environmentalist as a corn cob-fired stove, the Cobb is now refined as the 'go anywhere' cooking appliance.

Weighing just four kilograms and measuring 320mm by 320mm, the Cobb is a BBQ, stove, oven, smoker and heater. It provides three hours of cooking and over four hours of heating on just seven heat beads.

The base price is $159.90 with options such as the carry bag priced at $19.90 and a cook book, $10.90. A wok and frypan will be available in October.

Enquiries: Cobb Australia and New Zealand.
Tel: 1800 855 001.

Musto Organiser

We have been looking for many years for a suitable bag that we can keep our boat testing equipment and all the other boating gear we need to carry where it is handy and easy to get at.

We have tried many bags but none have been what we were looking for, until we found Musto's organiser bag. It is just what we wanted and obviously designed by people who understand boats and the needs of boaties.

The soft bag is 41mm x 29mm and expands to 19mm wide. There are four separate pockets in the front that will take a GPS, handheld VHF radio and a calculator. The zip down flap front reveals storage for charts and manuals, a safety clip for keys and a couple more pockets. In the back section a change of clothes, jumper or light wet weather jacket can be carried. There is also another zip-accessed compartment on the outside.

We now have a flyaway bag ready to go with all our gear easily accessed and organised. And talking about flying, the bag is ideal for light aircraft pilots with all the room needed for VTC and WAC charts, VFR Flying Guide, ERSAs, aircraft performance manuals and all the other paraphernalia pilots tend to find themselves needing to carry.

Enquiries: Musto.
Tel: (02) 9697 9100.