Bermuda Fishing Essentials has released
the one-piece Deluxe Cutting Board.
The board can be fitted with a drain
to keep the working surface clean and according to Bermuda Fishing
Essentials Product Manager, Anthony Cook it “can securely
hold up to four rods without bothersome moving parts.”
The Deluxe cutting Board features smooth
edges, room for storage underneath and two built-in drink holders.
Made in one piece and UV stabilised the board comes with legs and
an optional bait tray.
Enquiries: Mercury Marine.
Tel: 1800 114 900.
For boat owners looking for a full-featured VHF that
fits into tight spaces and budgets, the Ultima VHF radio from SI-TEX
is worth considering.
The Ultima provides 25 watts of transmitting power
and receives all channels. It scans at three channels-per-second,
automatically stopping at any active channel.
The programmable memory scan feature allows the user
to select channels to be scanned, adding and deleting as necessary.
It features a LCD backlit display that is large and
easy to read, a keypad that includes channel 16 priority key, an
up/down channel selector, an international mode key and a HI/LOW
25W/1W power key.
The Ultima is housed in a waterproof case with a
waterproof Mylar speaker and measures 13.7cm wide, 5.38cm high and
Available with a universal mounting bracket or flush
mounting kit, The SI-TEX Ultima VHF radio comes with a one-year
Enquiries: Quin Marine.
Ph: (08) 8447 1277.
Three-blader from Volvo Penta
Following the success of the three-bladed folding propeller for
yachts and small power boats, Volvo Penta has upgraded the propeller
in a nickel, bronze and aluminium composite. Called Nibral the technology
has been available in propellers used by very large commercial ships
for more than 50 years. It is much stronger than conventional materials
and has better corrosion properties.
Vovlo Penta has introduced the Nibral propeller to the small boat
market in the three-bladed and the new four-bladed propellers. According
to Volvo Penta, it is not necessary to anti-foul Nibral propellers
or use lanolin as has been necessary with the previous models.
Club Marine is presently trialling a Nibral propeller on a boat
on the Gold Coast.
When the three-bladed propeller first came on the market about
five years ago we fitted one to an ocean racing yacht to replace
a standard two-blader. It made a marked difference to the performance
of the boat, not only did it provide better control, especially
in reverse when under motor but the drag when sailing was also noticeably
reduced. Since then many serious yachties have fitted the propeller
to their boats.
We will keep you posted on how the new Nibral three-blader performs.
Enquiries: Eastern Engine.
Tel: (07) 3902 5444.
The Barracuda is the latest addition
to the Seiwa range of GPS/chartplotters.
Featuring a sunlight viewable 16:9 (aspect
ratio) colour display and newly designed 200MHz processor, both
the Barracuda and Barracuda IGPS offer all the latest in C-Map NT+
charting and instant screen changes by one-touch hot keys.
The Barracuda’s screen amplification
offers skippers the experience of maximum forward viewing of the
set course and a mode selection includes full-screen chart, split
screen chart, full-screen chart plus graphic depth, 3D runway, satellite
status, GPS position in large digits and cross-track display.
The adjustable screen palate colours
allow greater definition of the daylight viewable, night vision
or classic blue/brown settings on the seven-inch wide Active Matrix
Colour LCD (480 x 234 pixels resolution).
Other features include a programmable
anti-grounding alarm, optional colour coding of recordable waypoints,
25 reversible routes and 1000 trackpoints.
Tel: (02) 9417 7097.
The Australian launch of the Magellan FX324
Colour and the FX324 Grey Scale Chart Plotters is the first
release of the new Magellan technology.
Magellan’s Secure Digital (SD) Memory
technology gives the plotters almost unlimited transferable
memory, with SD cards capable of holding up to 128mb of memory.
An entire XL Marine Chart can be stored on a non-propriety
low cost memory platform. As a bonus these SD cards holding
the chart data can be quickly moved from the large format
FX324 chart plotters to the more portable smaller format hand-held
Magellan receivers such as Meridan Marine or Platinum.
Magellan’s marine charting and land mapping
use the same Magellan data format, the FX324 series plotters
can be used for marine and 4WD usage.
Magellan’s FX324 series plotters use
the most up-to-date, detailed marine charting available from
Magellan’s MapSend BlueNav. Sold separately the MapSend
BlueNav charts deliver larger, more detailed coverage areas
through preloaded SD memory cards available in local or XL
sizes, which can be purchased from a Magellan dealer. The
BlueNav charts are designed for both FX324 plotters and Magellan’s
line of hand-held receivers including the SporTrak Pro, Meridian
Marine, Meridian Gold, Meridian Platnium and Meridan Colour.
Tidal functions and heights are also available
for hundreds of ports both in Australia and worldwide and
the FX324 plotters can be run in parallel Slave and Master
mode with common navigation data run simultaneously on two
The FX324 Colour delivers a five-inch backlit
320 x 240 pixel advanced 16-colour TFT screen to provide vibrant
colour charting navigation. The chart plotters have a waterproof
case that houses a 12 parallel-channel receiver and an internal
Quadrifilar helix antenna for superior satellite reception
in open boat installations with an optional external high-performance
A backlit, alphanumeric keypad and cursor provide
exclusive Direct Access technology for fast access to all
GPS settings, navigational functions and plotter features
– including pop up windows for waypoint and navigational
Enquiries: Magellan GPS Systems.
Tel: 1800 644 033.
Most fishos know that snapper eat lures, particularly
soft plastics, but their bottom-dwelling lifestyle can make presenting
a lure to them difficult at times.
Michael Torok of Otto’s Fishy Business in Drummoyne,
NSW, has come up with a simple solution to the problem.
On a day when opposing current and wind made fishing
floating baits all but impossible, Michael rigged a pair of green
11gram 3/0 Fish Head Jigs with Golden Eye Fish tails on a dropper
rig above a snapper sinker. He dropped it to the bottom and simply
left the outfit sitting in a rod holder. The light swell kept the
jigs lifting and falling and the result – a silver trevally,
four Samson fish and two snapper.
Fishing Squidgies on the deep reefs may be the next
area of development for these lures.
Enquiries: Dunphy Sports/Fishing Imports Pty Ltd.
Tel: (02) 9526 2144.
Lowrance has introduced a new high resolution wide
screen sounder/GPS/mapping combination, the LCX-104c, designed for
operators of blue water game boats.
The 26.4cm colour full VGA liquid crystal TFT display
is high bright, sunlight viewable with 640 x 480 pixels.
The set accepts two multi-media cards through waterproof
front loading doors to record/replay sonar graphs and GPS trip details
and to load detailed Navionics charts.
This model is available in its most basic form as
a fish finder and transducer. GPS and mapping elements are optional.
The deep water performance of the sonar function
is a major feature of the LCX-104c. The standard transducer is a
50/20 kHz dual frequency skimmer with built-in surface temperature
probe. It operates at 500 watts RMS at 200 kHz and 600 watts RMS
at 50 kHz.
A new and unique feature of the model is the ability
to set window sizes using the arrow keys to resize and split screens.
Features include FishReveal, which uses a form of
negative image to highlight fish returns buried in surface clutter,
thermocline and other cover. HyperScroll locates and displays fish
targets at high boat speed.
This model is capable of interfacing with any brand
of autopilot. Optional sensors are available to monitor temperatures
of a live well and bait well and there is also a trolling speed
and log function option.
Enquiries: Lowrance, Todd Moore.
Tel: (02) 9905 9700.
Humminbird introduce the new Matrix
Fishing System with WeatherSense, which allows anglers to monitor
barometric pressure through their fishfinder.
WeatherSense can be used in conjunction
with all of the Matrix Fishing System units, including the Matrix
55 and Matrix 65 GPS/Sonar combination units.
It will record a history of the barometric
pressure for the last 12 hours. By using the barometric trends,
the WeatherSense gauge can display a projected weather forecast
in icon format on screen.
Barometric pressure changes affect
fish feeding activity and catching fish under these conditions
requires different techniques than those used in normal conditions.
Understanding and forecasting barometric conditions can play a
major role in determining an angler’s success.
WeatherSense is available as a component
of the new Matrix fishing systems.
Enquiries: Bob Littler Agencies.
Tel: (07) 3890 1690.
Burke Pro Race
When the new Pro-Race shoe came back from the designers
the team at Burke was pretty excited.
Incorporating the latest technology in marine performance
footwear, the Pro Race shoe is a lightweight, hardworking shoe that
works to reduce aqua planing and gives greater wet grip traction.
The Pro Race is made from marine grade leather with
polyester mesh, allowing the foot to breathe and features a soft
compound hi-grip sole and a razor cut tread with 20 drainage outlets
on each sole.
Enquiries: Burke Pty Ltd.
Tel: (02) 9638 4333.
To achieve the ultimate in air purity which goes beyond traditional
air filtering methods Living Air has introduced two new portable
air filter units.
The BORA is perfect for larger boats, apartments and musty bathrooms,
is self supporting or can be wall mounted. For complete portability
the PEAK unit is ideal for boats, cars, vans or RVs and comes with
both 12 volt DC and 240 volt adaptors.
Designed to reduce the amount of smoke, pollens, dust and mould
spores in your environment and the air you and your family breathe.
The units can filter areas from two to 50 square metres depending
on the severity of pollution, humidity and temperature present.
Enquiries: Living Air
Tel: (02) 9566 1551 or Mob: 9566 1551.