With 121.5MHz technology being phased
out, Pains Wessex has released the RB6 EPIRB, a model that operates
on 406MHz technology.
The new model offers all the benefits
of 406MHz EPIRB technology and is priced to suit even the most
budget-conscious buyer. The RB6 is due to be released early 2005.
Enquiries: Pains Wessex
tel: (03) 9885 0444.
Shimano has introduced two new models to its range
of Blue Fox
The 0-3 foot diver is ideal for surface and sub-surface
work, while the 20+ can scour the deepest snags and riverbed holes.
There are seven colours to choose from: Bleeding
Mullet, Natural Brown, Gold, Hot Head, Psychedelic Blue, GR Green
and Elton John.
The hooks are 6 x strong VMCs, with size fours fitted to the
10cm models and size twos on the 12.
Enquiries: Dunphy Sports/Fishing Imports Pty Ltd,
tel: (02) 9526 2144.
International Paints has developed
an anti-fouling that contains no TBT (tributyl-tin self-polishing
Using Biolux SPC technology, the self-polishing
copolymer, on which SPC anti-foulings are based, reacts with salt
water in a controlled way, sustaining the release of biocides throughout
the lifetime of the coating without decline.
This allows the boat to remain protected
from fouling build-up even
when stationary for prolonged periods, says International Paints.
As the surface of Micron 66 is constantly
renewed by a chemical reaction, it continuously smoothes to a low
friction finish that minimises drag and maximises fuel efficiency
Micron 66 is not recommended for use
in fresh water and must be applied by a professional applicator.
Enquiries: International Paints,
Tel: (07) 5573 9602.
Offset Anchor System
Advanced Mooring Technology says
its new EzyRider Mooring and Offset Anchor System provides
an alternative to the conventional chain anchor system and
is designed to hold steadfast in environmentally sensitive
areas featuring seagrass or coral reef with minimal impact.
The EzyRider system works on
the principle of harnessing the vessel’s own movement
and inertia to keep it in tension with the mooring. The more
a vessel moves, the more opposing tension is created to work
against the movement.
When a vessel is attached to
the mooring, the stainless shaft is pulled off vertical,
forcing the buoy to slide up the shaft and, if the force
is sufficient, eventually submerging it. The buoy’s
movement is harnessed by special rubber straps that increase
tension on the buoy as it moves further up the shaft. The
greater the movement of the boat (and buoy), the more reverse
tension is created to resist further movement.
As the wind decreases, the constriction
of the rubber automatically tries to recover the vessel,
so it is always in harness. In turn, this self-centring action
provides a mooring system that requires three metres of swing
room in three metres of water.
When not in use, the EzyRider
mooring buoy moves freely up and down the stainless shaft
to allow for tidal movement and wave action.
The rubber straps are connected
from the base of the buoy to the bottom of the shaft, lifting
the mooring chain up off the sea bed to protect surrounding
While the EzyRider Mooring may
be attached to any suitable base, the Offset Anchor has been
designed to maximise the benefits supplied by the mooring
package. The Offset Anchor System utilises heavy-duty salvaged
railway line set into the sea bed floor in similar fashion
to the way pegs hold down a tent. These evenly dispersed ‘pegs’ offset
the EzyRider Mooring’s load, delivering a high holding
Enquiries: Advanced Mooring Technology.
Tel: (08) 9437 3900.
Raven Expands Colour Options
Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, the makers of Sunbrella
marine fabrics, has expanded its marine fabric range.
“Our focus is on adding fresh, updated colours,” says
Gina Wicker, design director for Glen Raven Custom Fabrics. “Some
of these colours are brand new to Glen Raven, while others were
previously introduced for awning or casual furniture and are now
being made available in a marine construction.
“Boaters want to try new colours and they
want to accessorise their boats so they can make an individual
statement,” says Derek Robinson, global marine product manager
for Glen Raven.
Backed by a five-year limited warranty, Sunbrella
performance marine fabrics are fade-, stain- and mildew-resistant.
Enquiries: Sunbrella. Website: www.sunbrella.com
Squidgy Finesse Jig Heads
With a growing number of anglers
using soft plastics, Shimano has added another product to its
Squidgy Finesse Jig Heads are suited
for casting to bream, bass, estuary perch, flathead in shallow
water and tropical barramundi.
There are 13 unpainted ‘darter’style jig heads available,
ranging in size from 0.5 gram head on a number six hook up to
a 3.5 gram model on an extra strong 2/0 hook.
The darter head shape is designed
to give the soft plastic added action. Extra strong Finesse hooks,
sharp VMCs and a keeper wire hold the Squidgy tail in place,
for better presentations.
Shimano recommends the use of Squidgy
Bugs in conjunction with Finesse Jig Heads.
Enquiries: Dunphy Sports/Fishing Imports Pty Ltd, tel: (02)
TEAC Mariner Collection
TEAC Australia has introduced a new LCD television as part of
its Mariner Collection of boating and off-road compatible audio
and visual products.
The 22" TFT-LCD Television (LCD22ID) features a DVB-T in-built
digital and analogue tuner to provide a clear picture. It is AC/DC
compatible (240VAC/12DCV) and comes with a wall mount.
Its slim design enables it to be
easily installed wherever space is at
Other features include an automatic programming system, Picture
in Picture (PIP), convenient side AV inputs, a headphone output,
PC input, child lock, sleep timer and Teletext.
Enquiries: Club Marine Magazine.
Pains Wessex has announced the release of a new line of lightstick.
The Safety Bright Lightstick is available in six colours: red,
white, yellow, green, orange and blue.
Measuring around 152mm (6"), they will glow for between
six and eight hours when above or below the water.
At a cost of $2, the units can be attached via a hook or general
purpose mounting hole.
Enquiries: Pains Wessex,
Tel: (03) 9885 0444.
Bermuda Cutting Board
Bermuda Fishing Essentials has packed a range of features into
its latest cutting board.
The flush-mount board measures 81cm x 42cm and has two angled
and straight rod holders, with rounded edges to prevent snagging
Other features include two
built-in drink holders, compartments for storing bait, lures
The new model is made from UV-stabilised polyethylene and Bermuda
has redesigned the fittings on the underside to make the board
stronger and easier to assemble.
The Bermuda Deluxe Cutting
Board is available from Bermuda Fishing Essentials dealers. Quote
part number: 9999-890026.
Enquiries: Mercury Marine
Tel: 1800 114 900.