Interphase Technologies has released
its new Colour Twinscope.
Featuring a high-resolution, sunlight-viewable
TFT panoramic colour display with 16:9 aspect ratio and 16 colour
levels, the Colour Twinscope operates like underwater sonic radar,
scanning a moving beam over a 90-degree arc either vertically or
horizontally ahead of the boat.
With 3,000 watts of peak-to-peak power
and a range of up to 360 metres, the Colour Twinscope is able to
detect hazards such as rock pinnacles, coral reefs and shallow water
It also includes special night viewing
display mode, dedicated keys for the most used features, keel offset
adjustment, output alarms to external beepers and input for video
The Colour Twinscope can output NMEA
depth data to other navigation electronics and accepts NMEA latitude/
longitude, speed and water temperature inputs from external sources.
The Colour Twinscope comes in a compact,
waterproof case that can be flush-mounted or installed using the
Enquiries: Coursemaster Autopilots.
Tel: (02) 9417 7097.
Shimano has added two new overhead reels to its range;
the Torium and Tekota.
Suited to high speed jigging and casting, the Torium
overheads have a 6.2:1 retrieve ratio, a diecast aluminium reel
frame, aluminium sideplates and spool, Dartanium drag washers, A-RB
bearings, Super Stopper and Assist Stopper to remove back play.
The Tekota reels are suited to a variety of fishing
situations from jigging to trolling and live-baiting with mono or
braided lines. They feature 4.2:1 ratios, Dartanium drag washers,
Super Stopper one-way roller bearing, three A-RV bearings, a rubber
Septon grip, adjustable counter-balanced power handle, aluminium
frame, spool and sideplates.
The smallest reel in the range, the Tekota 500 takes
440 metres of six kilogram line and the largest, the Tekota 800,
has a spool capacity of 450 metres of 15 kilogram line.
Enquiries: Dunphy Sports/Fishing Imports.
Tel: (02) 9526 2144.
The RapidFix 406 EPIRB from ACR Electronics Inc.
now includes an interface confirming the data is flowing from onboard
The RapidFix 406 is installed with a direct connection
to a live NMEA 0183 data source from a GPS receiver and provides
latitude/longitude coordinates to the emergency signal transmitted
by the unit.
Position information is continually updated and stored
every twenty minutes in the unit and can be mounted at the helm
or wherever it is convenient to run a data wire to the unit.
The RapidFix 406 eliminates the need for a cold start
initialisation, transmits a homing signal on the 121.5MHz search
and rescue homing frequency and has a built-in strobe light to aid
location in poor visibility.
Powered by a lithium battery with a five-year replacement
life, the unit has a minimum operating life of 48 hours and measures
36.8 x 10.8 x 9.2cm and weighs .861gm.
Enquiries: RFD Australia.
Tel: 1800 646 086.
At this year’s Sanctuary Cove
Boat show, Magellan launched the new Geonav range which included
three chartplotters and marine binoculars.
The Geonav 4C GPS hand-held chartplotter
features easy-to-view, large character, colour TFT sunlight-visible
display, CompactFlashtm memory for unlimited data entry and uses
Navionics Gold Cartography for the storage of navigation information.
This unit can be installed on a boat
and linked with NMEA instruments or used as a portable hand-held
Specially designed for small boats,
the Geonav 5C GPS chartplotter also has a CompactFlashtm cartridge
which enables users to store a number of waypoints and markers,
an easy view, large character five-inch colour LCD display and a
12 parallel channel GPS receiver. It also includes Navionics Gold
cartography with three different display modes.
The Geonav 6 Sunshine GPS chartplotter
has a six-inch LCD display and all of the features found on its
counterparts. Equipped with NMEA 0183 interface, the Geonav 6 Sunshine
can be connected to the autopilot, echo sounder and an external
The Geonav range also includes SeaRanger
III and SeaKing II marine binoculars. The SeaRanger III marine binoculars
are anti-mist, waterproof and equipped with inner compass and annex
scale that allow the user to calculate distance and height.
Multi-coating lenses and automatic focus
make this model ideal for people who wear glasses. The Geonav SeaRanger
III is covered by a 25-year guarantee.
The SeaKing II marine binoculars are
waterproof and include an inner red enlightened compass and multi-coating.
Enquiries: Magellan GPS Systems.
Tel: (08) 9444 0233.
Dolphin and Deck Grip
Henri-Lloyd has expanded its women’s
clothing range to include the new Dolphin Jacket.
Made from the same fleece as the Echo, the
Dolphin is a high quality warm wear jacket designed to keep
moisture away from the body and can be worn by itself or as
one of several layers inside wet weather gear.
The Deck Grip Profile is the latest addition
to Henri-Lloyd’s footwear range.
Made from a non-absorbing, quick drying reinforced
upper, they feature a nylon ‘air mesh’ lining
and a removable Dri-Lex EVA insole.
The dual compound outsole has a sticky rubber
on the ball and heel and a number of water dispersion channels
to deliver greater grip and stability.
The non-marking sole is razor cut both horizontally
and vertically for extra grip and a shock absorbing mid-sole
has a reinforced arch for added comfort.
Tel: (02) 9638 4333.
Humminbird has launched the Fishfinder 500 Series.
The three models in the range – 515x, 535x
and 565x – feature Ultra Black LCD screens with 12 level clear
edge inverse greyscale to enhance detail.
The 565x has a 640 x 320 pixel count, dual beam,
dual frequency and technology designed to produce a whiter background.
The 535x has a 320 x 320 pixel display while the
base model, 5158x features a 240 x 160 pixel display and a 20-degree
single beam sonar.
All units include Humminbird’s Sonar Echo Enhancement
which can separate targets as close as 63mm, water temperature,
a choice of raw data or Fish ID+ with target depth, one touch zoom,
a large digital readout screen, structure ID and options to view
bottom in whiteline or as bottom black for high visibility.
Enquiries: BLA. Tel: (02) 9648 6606.
For those anglers in the market for a new spinning
reel, Okuma offer the Inspira series.
Features in the drive train include a brass main
gear, a brass pinion gear, ten sealed stainless steel ball bearings
and a one-way roller bearing. Gear ratios are 5.0:1 on the IS-15,
IS-20 and IS-30 with a 4.5:1 ratio on the larger sizes.
The body and rotor have a waterproof finish and the
rotor is fitted with Okuma’s RES (Rotor Equalising System)
for a smoother retrieve.
Other features include a vented alloy spool with
a titanium coated lip, bail arm with an oversize anti-twist roller,
a sealed front drag with oil soaked felt and stainless steel washers
and a soft touch grip.
The series consists of six models with capacities
ranging from 125 metres of two kilogram line on the IS-15 up to
300 metres of eight kilogram line on the IS-60.
A spare matching aluminium spool comes with the reel.
Okuma’s Inspira reels come with a five-year
warranty and a nation wide spare parts service.
Enquiries: Fishing tackle stores.
DigiBOAT Software On Board
DigiBOAT has introduced a new computer
program, Software on Board.
Designed to place advanced navigation
techniques in the hands of the amateur, the program will accept
input from most NMEA enabled navigation instruments and displays
Computer charts supplied by C-Map
Electronics Charts, (which must be purchased separately), feature
detailed coverage including an extensive database of navigation
aids and marine services.
A full working version of this product
is available for free download from the website www.digiboat.com.au.
To use, install it into any Windowstm computer and connect the
Raymarine’s A Series, designed for smaller vessels from
10 feet upwards, offers a range of stand alone products with sophisticated
The A Series portable GPS Chartplotter features an adjustable,
transflective TFT display, 12-channel DGPS (WASS enabled receiver),
Navionics Gold Chart cartography and a flash memory providing unlimited
waypoint, route and track storage.
The unit can sit either in a tilt mount for easy installation
or in a protective soft pouch for portability.
The range also includes three digital fishfinders. The 3.5, 5
and 6 inch models utilise Raymarine’s digital adapter transmitter/receiver
and High Definition Fish Imaging to give greater colour and detail.
Enquiries: Oceantalk Australia.
Tel: (02) 9981 9500.
Sailing enthusiast Nicola Webster was so impressed with Sunbrella’s
fabrics that her New Zealand-based company, Coast, has used these
fabrics to create a range of outdoor and marine furnishings and
The range includes two outdoor beanbags; the Green Bean for home
and the Original Marine Bean for the boat.
The beanbags are available in a wide range of colours with contrasting
piping, polyester lining and come in two sizes.
Lightweight and easy to store they offer a comfortable alternative
to rigid outdoor furniture.
The range also includes, the Coaster; an outdoor ottoman table
with a bean-filled base and teak deck top suitable for sloping decks
and uneven surfaces, and the Glacier Bag, an overnight bag on the
outside and a bottle/can cooler inside insulated with 3M Thinsulatetm.
Enquiries: Coast International Ltd.
Tel:+ 64 9360 6060.