Burke Sleeveless Jacket

Designed to travel onshore and off, the Burke sleeveless jacket is a stylish addition to a sailor’s wardrobe.

With single-coated waterproof and windproof 210-denier nylon the Burke sleeveless jacket has low water retention polar fleece lining, non-corroding zips, two zip secured outside pockets, zip secured inside pocket, internal storm flap with drainage gutter and reflective tape on the collar.

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


Burke Yachtsman Bag

Burke’s yachtsman bag has undergone a series of improvements.

The 100 per cent waterproof bag is now 50mm wide and features webbing handles that are sewn around the bag for strength, comfort grip handle, bellowed end and side pockets, internal waterproofing flap with drainage gutter on all pockets and openings.

In addition to the sewn and tape welded seams, double-coated PVC fabric and reinforcing stitching, the yachtsman bag has an external waterproofing storm flap secured with hook and loop fastener on all pockets and opening, strong webbing end grab handle and non-corroding zip.

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


RB2/S EPIRB

Pains Wessex has upgraded the RES-Q-SAT RB2/S model EPIRB.

The latest model now includes a strobe light fitted to the top of the unit to aid rescuers working in low light or at night.

When activated the RB2/S emits a signal for three days and the pilot light shows red to indicate that the unit is transmitting.

An eight-metre tether with a pre-formed loop allows the EPIRB to be tied to a boat, liferaft or person in the water.

The RB2/S features a sturdy waterproof case that floats vertically with the aerial and strobe light clear of the water and a lithium battery with a five-year life span.

Enquiries: Pains Wessex.
Tel: (03) 9885 0444.


Simrad 33 Series

Quin Marine, distributors of the Simrad range of marine electronics, has announced the arrival of the 33 Series.

The 33 Series includes the Simrad CP33 Chartplotter, CE33 Chartsounder and EQ33 Sounder. Featuring a six-inch sunlight viewable LCD display in full colour or monochrome, the units are waterproof and can be mounted in exposed cockpits and flybridges.

The CP33 Chartplotter and CD33 Chartsounder incorporate a 14-channel GPS that automatically utilises the additional correction signals transmitted from high orbiting geostationary satellites from WAAS, EGNOS and MSAS. The charting system runs C-MapNT+ cartography, providing vectorised charts to facilitate the call up of additional information on tide stations, ports, navigational marks etc. The software incorporates the latest Simrad chartplotting features such as chart orientation for north up, head up or nav up.

The CE33 is a combined chartplotter and fishfinder ideal for sports or commercial fishing. Both the CE33 and EQ33 have 600-watt transceivers allowing the fishfinder to search to a depth of 800 metres. Two frequencies of 50kHz or 200kHz provide the user with the option of a sea bottom view or a more detailed mid-view.

Enquiries: Quin Marine.
Tel: 1800 811 303.


Shimano Stellas

For serious anglers, Shimano offers the Stella range. The new Stella series consists of eight reels capable of handling everything from mountain trout to marlin and tuna. With Super Stopper 11 roller bearing to assist with hook-setting, the reels feature Dyna-Balance rotor balancing, Floating Shaft for additional durability, a S-rotor to keep the weight down and ARB (anti-rust) ball bearings.

The drags feature pure carbon washers and are fully waterproof. The 6000 and 8000 models have a disc drag and the 10000 and 20000 have a twin disc drag system. The Power Roller 111 bail roller reduces line twist and to prevent sand or water entering the reel body, Shimano have added the S-Shield and S-Finish.

Enquiries: Dunphy Sports/Fishing
Imports Pty Ltd. Tel: (02) 9526 2144.
Website: www.shimanofish.com.au


Lowrance X67c

Lowrance has introduced a new model for mid-range buyers, the X67c.

Featuring an 8.9cm diagonal, 256 colour, VGA, active matrix TFT transflective display, it operates at speeds of up to 61 knots and has 2 x and 4 x zoom-in, zoom-out control, selective on/off shallow, deep and fish alarms and an easy to connect/ disconnect uni-plug cable.

The X67c includes Fish Reveal to expose targets hidden in surface clutter, Hyper-Scroll to display fish targets at high speed, continuous digital depth and depth scale readouts, plus the ability to set upper and lower limits.

Trolling motor mount, shoot-thru-hull, portable transducer and power pack are optional. A live-well and bait-well temperature display, trolling speed and distance log readings are also available.

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


Storm Ready-to-Rig Soft Plastics

Storm has released a large range of Ready-to-rig Soft Plastics for anglers who prefer to rig their own baits.

At the top of the photo is the WildEye Rippin’ Minnow Swim Shad Red Head, with a larger size Bluegill at the bottom right.

Other baits on the right are Rattle, WildEye Split Tail Minnow Baby Bass, sold with two hooks and rigging instructions and below it is Pearl Phantom, an almost transparent WildEye Rippin’ Swim Shad.

The WildEye Finesse Minnows are available in three sizes ranging from two inch to four inch. The Finesse Minnows on the left are Rainbow Trout and below it Fire Minnow and both are sold with a hook and split shot.

Storm Soft plastics are manufactured in natural colours to suit local conditions and have a variety of features such as a rattle chamber, a salt impregnated surface and a holographic foil insert to give a flash while swimming.

Enquiries: Fishing tackle stores.


Bombardier E-Tec

Bombardier Recreational Products has released its Evinrude E-TEC technology, the first Bombardier-engineered and built marine outboard engines.

E-TEC engines will be the first outboard engines to require no scheduled dealer maintenance for three years and will initially be available in 40, 50, 60, 75 and 90 horsepower models.

It is planned that by model year 2005, the entire Evinrude line will feature E-TEC. Bombardier offers a three-year non-declining limited warranty on all Bombardier-built Evinrude outboards, including E-TEC.

Enquiries: Bombardier Recreational Products Australia.

Tel: (02) 9794 6600.
Website: www.bombardier.com


Shimano Telescopic Rods

To some, telescopic rods are seen as beginner’s rods, but at times they may be the only option.

Shimano’s Technium telescopic rods are ideal for travellers or people without the room to store long rods.

There are eight rods in the range from 5 foot 6 in. to 13 foot featuring graphite seats, and are made up on tapered tubular glass blanks with a solid glass tip. Each comes with its own storage bag and lockable sheath to keep the individual sections together.

Enquiries:
Dunphy Sports/Fishing
Imports Pty Ltd.
Tel: (02) 9526 2144.
Website: www.shimanofish.com.au


Magellan SporTrak Color

The Magellan SporTrak Colour GPS is the only hand-held GPS with a full colour display, three-axis electronic compass, barometer and thermometer.

The SporTrak colour was launched in Australia at the Sydney Boat Show.

With a high resolution colour screen the SporTrak Color boasts a television quality display. Screen quality is enhanced further with the incorporation of a sunlight viewable display.

Optional land mapping or marine charts are also available from Magellan. This includes DiscoverAus (detailed Australian street data), Australia’s Great Desert Tracks, (Central Australia desert data) and MapSend BlueNav Charts (Australian marine charts).

The three-axis electronic compass gives a compass bearing when stationary or moving and with its built-in barometer it enables users to plan activities upon predicted weather changes and conditions. This product also includes a thermometer for accurate temperature readings.

The SporTrak Colour is rugged, waterproof and floats and fits comfortably in a pocket.

The SporTrak Color is an innovative new product that enhances the already successful SporTrak range and expands the boundaries of GPS.

Enquiries: Magellan GPS Systems.
Tel: 1800 644 033.
Website: www.magellan.com.au