Keep an Eye on Your Boat

Imagine switching on your boat’s air conditioning or the fridge from home before you set out for a day on the water. Not a problem with the Ship to Shore (STS) security monitoring system.

However, the main function of the STS is to provide a sophisticated security monitoring system, which links with the GSM mobile phone network. Unlike some other security systems this one has been designed and engineered for the marine environment.

When the alarm is activated the system sends an SMS text message to the boat owner’s mobile phone. The STS system has the capability to detect a range of situations including unlawful entry, theft of the vessel, flooding, fire, LPG gas leaks and onboard power failure.

The system uses its own dedicated server so there is no delay in transmission times. For boat owners the STS Security System offers a whole new way of managing and protecting their boats without a lot of hassle and expense. It also provides owners with peace of mind knowing that when they are away from their boat they can still keep an eye on it and take effective action if something goes wrong.

Enquiries: Oceantalk.

Tel: (02) 9981 9500.



Mercury’s Electric MotorGuides

 Mercury’s MotorGuide electric motors have arrived in Australia to complete the 2003 line-up. The new MotorGuide Saltwater series features four models. At the top of the range is the 82lb SW82HT which comes in both transom and bow mounted versions and features 24 volts, 360 degree hand and foot steering, variable speed and reverse controls, an extended stainless steel shaft to 45 inches and an anode to protect it from corrosion.

All models have a three blade composite Machete propeller. The other two models in the range are 12 volt, hand-steered, transom-mount versions available in either 54 or 46lb and feature additional built-in corrosion protection.

Mercury also offers freshwater fisherman the choice of 13 models ranging from the 82lb transom-mount FW82HT V model, which has 24 volts and variable speed through to the lightweight 12 volt, 30lb thrust FW30HT transom model, which features a 30-inch shaft.

Both the Great White Saltwater and Freshwater Series have a full range of accessories available including replacement propellers, mounts, tie-down straps and pedal extensions.

Enquiries: Mercury dealers.

Tel: 1800 114 900.


The Raymarine revolution now out in paperback

The 2003 Raymarine catalogue has just been released – and it makes interesting reading for both power and sailboat owners.

Raymarine has long been recognised as the designer/manufacturer of the world’s most innovative and reliable onboard technology.

As pioneers of integrated autopilots and instruments, Raymarine continues to introduce new and revolutionary SeaTalk and hsb communication protocols. These onboard networking technologies make PC and marine electronics convergence a reality in the marine envioroment. And the SeaTalk Speed/Depth/ Wind and Multi-repeater instruments have been voted Best Instruments Range by NMEA for the third consecutive year.

The catalogue also features a new ST290 range of instruments – smarter, larger and 20 times faster. The ST290 is another award winner that took out the DAME award for electronics in Holland last November.

There’s an exciting new range of high performance stand alone products too. From pathfinder radars to plotters and wheelpilots to marine communication systems, the range has never been more extensive.

The Raymarine design philosophy of ‘simple on the outside, sophisticated on the inside’ continues. This catalogue is available through Raymarine’s exclusive Australian distributor, Oceantalk.

Enquiries and a copy of the Raymarine 2003 catalogue contact: Oceantalk (Australia).

Tel: (02) 9981 9500.

Fax: (02) 9981 9555.



New Colour from Sunbrella

Sunbrella has released their new colour, Taupe-Navy, which can be seen on the latest Mariner cruisers to come off the production line. Bimini and covers supplied by Craft Coverings in this colour are an alternative to the popular Captain-Navy colour.

This latest offering from Sunbrella features UPF50+ sun protection and carries the five-year limited guarantee of Sunbrella’s solution dyed acrylic fabrics.

Enquiries: Glen Raven Mills.

Tel: (02) 9974 4393.

Raymarine RNS1500

Raymarine has launched its latest monitor, the RNS1500. Designed for high-end boating and sailing craft, the RNS1500 15in colour monitor with in-built speakers displays a crisp and clear image even in direct sunlight.

The monitor can be used with both RayTech Pathfinder and PC applications and features composite video input for access to video cameras, thermal imaging cameras and video entertainment systems. Standard and touch screen models are also available.

The RNS1500 is housed in a waterproof and impact resistant enclosure and can be console or yoke mounted. An outer bezel can be removed for custom mountings and easy retrofit into existing nav stations or consoles.

Enquiries: Oceantalk Australia.

Tel: (02) 9981 9500.

Improvements in Burke Range

The team at Burke has been busy re-engineering their Bass 3/4 Jacket and AUS Jacket.

The Bass 3/4 now comes with wrist adjusters, a fully lined fleece collar with stowaway highly visible peaked hood, internal zip pocket, number 10 YKK zip, external storm flap, two cargo pockets and a mobile phone pocket. It is made from CB10 fabric – a tough 100% waterproof fabric that lets the skin ‘breathe’.

Improvements to the Burke AUS Jacket include; a new neck seal for added comfort and freedom of movement and an external zip flap. It also features an easy-access mesh arm pocket, full length YKK zip and is made from 100% waterproof-coated nylon, with all seams sewn and tape welded.

Enquiries: Burke.

Tel: (02) 9638 4333.

Yanmar Diesel

Yanmar has unveiled the first of its new SY-STP series diesels at the Dusseldorf Boat Show. The 6SY-STP720 is an in-line six-cylinder diesel with water-cooled turbocharger and two-stage charge-air engine cooling with a displacement of 11.7 litres.

Designed for maximum power-to-weight ratio and low emissions performance, the 6SY-STP720 has an electronic engine management system – monitoring and processing data, such as speed, coolant temperature and throttle setting. The system evaluates the information continuously, adjusting conditions to ensure optimum combustion and fuel economy.

It also features a communications area network (CAN) protocol, enabling it to communicate with other monitoring systems. Bore is 127mm, stroke 154mm, dry weight is 1130-1160kg and dimensions are 1039mm high, 853mm wide and 1427mm long.

The 6SY-STP720 is the first engine resulting from an agreement between Yanmar and Scania Industrial and Marine Engines, in which Scania blocks are being developed to Yanmar specifications.

Enquiries: Power Equipment

Tel: (03) 9764 0711.

Kohler Power Systems

The new 4 EOZ from Kohler Power Systems is a lightweight, compact diesel-powered marine generator.

Measuring 560 x 390 x 490mm and weighing 95kg, the 4 EOZ features a flush-mounted control and has a continuous marine rating of 3.2kW / 3.2kVA at 50 hertz (3.5kW / 3.5kVA at 60 hertz).

The 4 EOZ is designed to meet or exceed emission standards and offers single-side service to easily reach the oil drain, fuel pump, oil filter and seawater pump (impeller).

The complete line of Kohler marine gasoline and diesel generators is covered by a two-year/500 hour limited transferable warranty. Marine generators used for commercial and boat rental applications are covered under a one-year 2000-hour warranty.

Enquiries: Eastern Engine

Tel: (07) 3899 1622.



ProFish II Fishfinder/GPS Chart Plotter

On open boats and bright sunlight, about the only thing harder than finding fish is seeing them on the fishfinder display.

The PROFISH II combination fishfinder and chartplotter features a multi-colour 320 x 240 pixel, quarter VGA LCD display that is designed to be read in direct sunlight.

The backlit, 5.7” (diagonal) transflective colour LCD uses advanced bi-refringement technology. As a 120kHz, 300-watt RMS fishfinder, the PROFISH II has a depth range from two metres to 450 metres, eight-level colour Sounder Signal Processing, 2X/4X high-speed tracking ZOOM modes. Independent depth settings, upper/lower alarms full-high speed sampling and maximum ‘paperchart’ resolution for the serious fisherman.

As a chart plotter, the PROFISH II offers features including graphical Fairway Guidance screens, three mode screens, a large tactile keypad, a car-like speedometer graph and an auto re-centering temperature graph. The PROFISH also includes switchable NMEA ports to accommodate existing navigational devices.

It has a fast plotter screen made possible by the 24MHz, 16 bit CPU and allows the user to split the screen for simultaneous viewing of both the plotter and fishfinder displays by a single keystroke.

The PROFISH II comes with a two-year limited warranty.

Enquiries: Quin Marine.

Tel: (08) 8447 1277.

New Accessories from QL

Volvo Penta’s QL (Quality Line) accessories range is now being expanded to include new deckwash pumps, new and more efficient water pressure pumps and a full range of shaft-mounted bronze propellers.

The new QL deckwash pumps use water from the waterway and provide a full five bars of pressure, without damaging teak and other sensitive materials. To use, attach a hose with a wash nozzle, start the pump and hose down the decks.

There are two deckwash pump models available; the WD800 and the WD1200, with the larger model available in 12 or 24-volt versions. They come in a kit containing wash nozzles, hose connectors, filters, pressure switches and check valves.

With a growing number of boats now equipped with water pressure for kitchens, toilets, showers, QL has released a new range of water pressure pumps with a five-chamber design that provides an even flow and stable water pressure at outlets. The CE-certified spark-proof design allows them to be mounted in the engine room and the pumps provide a nine, 13 or 19 litre per minute capacity, with the larger models suited to boats with several outlets.

QL’s range of shaft-mounted bronze propellers includes right-rotating, two, three and four-blade propellers that are produced with different diameters and pitch. For twin-propeller boats, left-rotating four-blade propellers are also available in selected sizes. QL bronze propellers are made from a corrosion resistant alloy and are sand cast with a superior finish.

Enquiries: Eastern Engine.

Tel: (07) 3899 1622.