MTU 2000CR

MTU will present its new yacht engine series 200CR at Boot 2004 in Dusseldorf and at the Miami Boat Show.

Initially, the eight and 10 cylinder variants will be presented with 895 and 1120kW respectively (1200 and 1500hp) with subsequent 12 and 16 cylinder versions to follow.

The power density of the new 10V 2000 CR has been increased to match the output of the 12V 2000 currently on the market. In addition, the new 10 cylinder engine will be a third smaller in bulk volume and will carry around 80 per cent of its weight. The power-to-weight ratio of the new engine is 1.99kg/kW (1.48kg/hp dry).

The 2000CR series uses Common Rail injection (CR) and a turbocharger system that creates a higher charge pressure and forces more air into the combustion chambers.

Enquiries: MTU. Tel: NSW (02) 8822 7000.

Okuma Titus Gold Series

Okuma has announced two new additions to the Titus Gold series; the TG-15-S and the larger TG-20-S.

With heavy duty high-speed gearing (6.0:1) the reels feature side plates and a one-piece frame machined from T6-6061 aircraft grade aluminium.

Internal components include oversized stainless steel gears, five stainless steel ball bearings and oversized composite stainless steel drag washers sealed against salt water corrosion.

Both reels have a lever drag system with the control knob and drag lever made from forged aluminium and a stainless steel handle with a large rubber grip. The loud strike alarm has a new design of a stainless steel pawl.

The anti-reverse system has a ratchet with two pawls, each with anti-reverse spring. The reels come with a five-year guarantee and a nationwide spare parts service.

Enquiries: Fishing tackle stores.

Aigle Maramu Boot & Chisco Range

The famous Aigle boot is now available in Australia.

Designed by the team in France, it is made from natural rubber latex and offers strength and durability. The boots also come with a lightweight Actimum grip sole and side lace up.

For the sports and outdoors fanatics, the Chisco sports accessories provide a range of innovative solutions for an active lifestyle.

Stop flying hats from going overboard with a cap retainer, keep glasses above the water with a glassfloat and licences getting wet with a waterproof floating marsupial keychain.

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

Bombardier Expands Johnson Range

Bombardier Recreational Products has announced the addition of 17 new outboard engines, including five new power platforms to its Johnson outboard engine line-up for 2004.

The Johnson four-stroke line expands to 16 different horsepower sizes, ranging from four to 225hp in 36 different model configurations. The two-stroke line-up includes 14 horsepower sizes ranging from 3.5 to 175hp in 41 different models with a new line-up of commercial engines.

The new four-stroke models for 2004 include a 225, 200, 30, 25 and 9.9hp.

“The big news in the expanded line of Johnson four-strokes is the 200 (147kW) and 225 (165kW) V6 engines,” said Roch Lambert, vice president and general manager of the boats and outboard engine division. “They’re smooth and quiet but provide the power that boaters want.”

Each Johnson two-stroke outboard engine comes with long-life DeepGuard corrosion protection to ensure maximum durability and reliability.

All Johnson four-stroke and two-stroke engines come with a two-year non-declining limited warranty.

Enquiries: Bombardier Recreational Products.
Tel: 1300 734 059

Hutchwilco Challenger Inflatables

Hutchwilco has recently received Australian Standards approval (AS1512*) of the adult 150N manual and automatic models in the Challenger Inflatables range of lifejackets.

Now rated as PFD-1s the Hutchwilco Challenger PFDs provide the wearer with nearly twice the buoyancy of a conventional PFD.

They rapidly turn the wearer onto their back position in the water, with the automatic version inflating within five seconds of immersion. The manual version is inflated by pulling a cord on the right front side of the PFD.

Easy-to-use rearming kits are available allowing the Challenger to be rearmed after each inflation.

Both models are supplied in a versatile multi-fit adult style and also meet EN396 standards and AYF requirements (when worn with the Hutchwilco crotch strap).

Enquiries: BLA. Tel: (07) 3890 1690.

Lenco Trim Tabs

Trim tabs make a significant difference to how a boat rides and steers.

CE certified, Lenco trim tabs have a self-locking electric screw ball design to provide a smoother ride with increased safety and fuel economy.

The 12-gauge last cut stainless steel trim tab plates and hinges, together with the glass fibre reinforced plastic cylinder components in the trim tab rams, make them strong, UV resistant and maintenance free.

The tabs are fitted with 7.6 metres of 8mm twin core double insulated cable, waterproofed at the entry point for continuous submersion.

The system uses a 12-volt, 5 amp motor with 270kg thrust. Ram size of 320mm by 64mm (tapering to 37mm at the halfway point).

Supplied in kit form that contains stainless steel trim tab plates, actuators, mounting hardware and waterproof control panel.

Sizes range from 228mm x 228mm for four to six metre boats, up to 305mm x 610mm rolled end mounts for seven to 12-metre boats to fit any boat with 12-volt actuators.

Enquiries: BLA. Tel: (07) 3890 1690.

In-Car GPS

Navman has announced the Australian launch of the Navman iCN620 an in-car, fully transferable GPS navigation system.

Standard on the iCN620 is Navman’s digital navigation and mapping route guidance software. Navman’s Map installer allows users to select specific maps allowing them to travel between states. The software delivers a library of full-colour, street-level mapping or the whole of Australia, including country towns.

Other features include voice-enabled guidance that issues early announcements for roundabout and motorway exits, putting the driver at ease over a long journey in unfamiliar country, while the Back-on-Track technology re-calculates and re-routes should the driver veer off course.

The software offers point of interest (POI) address data, allowing the user to plan routes. Points of interest can include, retail shops, local amenities and the like. The iCN620 has a high-definition automotive rated 3.5-inch TFT QVGA screen and enables users to download maps from their desktop PC.

The unit has a 12-channel parallel GPS receiver and up-to-date Sirf GPS chip-set to ensure low power consumption, low electrical noise interference and high GPS signal gain.

The iCN620 comes with two versatile mounting brackets for the dashboard or windscreen, an internal power cable, a cigarette lighter charger and soft protective case.

Enquiries: Navman Australia.
Tel: (02) 9818 8382.

Simrad Acquires B&G

Marine electronics manufacturer, Simrad has announced the acquisition of UK company B&G Ltd (Brookes and Gatehouse), from Yeoman Group Plc.

Simrad President Jan Berner said, “B&G will continue to run as a separate company and we envisage little change at the company’s Romsey headquarters. This acquisition allows us to further consolidate our position as a premium brand manufacturer and provides us with access to additional technologies. In turn B&G will benefit from great exposure to worldwide markets through an extensive marketing program.”

Simrad is part of the Kongsberg Group, one of Norway’s leading high technology corporations. Approximately two-thirds of the group’s operating revenues are currently earned from the manufacture of maritime electronics and systems for commercial shipping, offshore, fishing and leisure markets.

Enquiries: Quin Marine.
Tel: (08) 8447 1277.

Burke Pro Race

Raymarine Joystick

One of the advantages of a joystick is the ability to be anywhere on board relaxing with family and friends while still maintaining full rudder control and the ability to override the autopilot at any time.
Designed specifically for medium size craft, the new control is easy to install and compatible with other Raymarine technology including SeaTalk and SmartPilot systems. The joystick provides power assisted manual control of the rudder using the current pilot’s course computer and drive unit.

Enquiries: Oceantalk.
Tel: (02) 9981 9500.