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Mercury Lifejacket

Mercury Marine has introduced a new-look Personal Floatation Device (PFD), the Mercury 150N inflatable lifejacket.

The Australian Approved PFD offers twice the buoyancy of conventional jackets, according to Mercury, and is also smaller, allowing users to wear the jacket without feeling restricted in movement.

The jacket is inflated by pulling a tab to release a CO2 canister and a mouthpiece allows for manual inflation.

Enquiries: Mercury Marine, tel: 1800 114 900. Website:

Majestic DVD2000

Majestic Global has added the DVD2000 DVD player to its range.

Designed with a mounting bracket to be installed like a car stereo, it features CD, DVD and MP3 players as well as two Aux inputs, (one at the front, another at the rear). This allows for switching between video, DVD, or another device without the need to disconnect and reconnect.

The audio line output can be taken from the DVD and connect to Majestic’s CDC8000 with AUX line input, to give full stereo sound throughout the cabin.

The DVD2000 is priced from $330 and comes complete with a standard 12-month or optional 3-year warranty.

Enquiries: Majestic Global, tel: 0500 840 011. Website:

Burke Pacific

Burke has released its new design Pacific offshore range.

The Pacific jacket has a fleece-lined collar and hood system, gravity draining pockets, fleece-lined hand warmer pockets and internal and external wrist seals.

The Pacific comes with increased breathability, is more durable and has extra reflective patches.

The Pacific Jacket retails for $240 and the trousers for $170.

Enquiries: Burke Marine, tel: (02) 9638 4333. Website:

MTU 12V and 16V 2000

Following the launch of its 8- and 10-cylinder 2000 Common Rail engines in 2004, MTU has launched its new 12- and 16-cylinder versions at the Miami Boat Show.

With a power of 2400hp and weighing just under 3.4 tons, the 16V 2000 Common Rail has a power-to-weight ratio of .71hp per kilogram.

The 16V 2000 Common Rail is suited to boats in the 80-120 foot range and allows conventional 80-foot boats with twin engine installations to reach speeds of more than 50 knots.

The 1800hp MTU 12V 2000 Common Rail weighs 2.8 tons and is suited to boats in the 60- to 100-foot class. The engines are fitted with a turbocharger system in which three turbochargers are used. One runs at low engine speeds; the second and third turbochargers only engaging electronically at higher engine speeds.

According to MTU, the new engines are 20 per cent more powerful than previous models and boasts a more efficient fuel consumption rate of 210g/kWh.

The new 12V and 16V 2000 Common Rail engines are scheduled to start production as of July, 2005, and are expected to be available to customers as of September, 2005.

Enquiries: Markus Keiper, tel: (02) 9794 2651. Website:

Henri Lloyd Quest

Henri Lloyd has introduced the Quest jacket as part of its 2005 range.

Made from TP1 breathable fabric, the Quest is suited to coastal cruising, says Henri Lloyd.
It features waterproof taped seams, a high tenacity, yard reinforced seat, a high visibility, two-way adjustable hood, reflective tape, external and internal wrist seals and zip pockets.
The Quest jacket retails for $330.

Enquiries: Burke, tel: (02) 9638 4333. Website:

Corvalus Baitcasters

Shimano has added three new baitcasters to its range.

The CVL 200, 300 and 400 feature die-cast aluminium frames, sideplates and spools with three A-RB bearings and one stainless steel roller bearing, a non-disengaging levelwind system, Super stopper and Assist Stopper and a quick take-down system for easy servicing.

The 200 holds 210m of 5kg line, while the 300 holds 240m of 6kg and the 400 has a line capacity of 250m of 7kg. Each reel has a gear ratio of 5.2:1 and an adjustable Variable Braking System.

Enquiries: Dunphy Sports/Fishing Imports, tel: (02) 9526 2144.

Navman Sport Tool

Navman has used its GPS technology to create a new product called Sport Tool, an electronic personal trainer available in five specific models.

Sport Tool uses satellite signals to give speed and distance readings, whether the user is running, walking, skiing or sailing. The triangle-shaped unit is small enough to fit in the palm of the hand and comes with a fabric strap to fit to the upper arm for training.
According to David King, Navman’s Australasian sales manager, “each model has been specially tailored with sport-specific features.”

The R300 is suitable for running and has features such as lap recording, pace target zone with alarm and an automatic timer, while the W300 is suited to walking and includes calories burned as well as a timer.

The S300 is ideal for inline skating and jogging and features max speed, target speed zone with alarm and automatic timer functions. For those who enjoy alpine skiing, snow boarding and hiking, the A300 provides readings for distance skied, max speed, altitude and accumulated altitude.

The M300 can be used for watersport activities, such as windsurfing, sailing and boating. It provides readouts for lap distance, speed, max speed, heading and is water resistant.

Each model displays time, speed and average speed accurate to within plus or minus 0.3km/h and distance covered accurate to within plus or minus two per cent.

Enquiries: Navman, tel: (02) 9879 9000. Website:

New Verado Models

Mercury Marine introduced the latest additions to the Verado range at this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

The supercharged four-stroke 135, 150 and 175hp models join the six-cylinder 200, 225, 250 and 275hp engine line-up launched last year.

The 135-175hp Verado range is designed for all boats with the appropriate transom rating. They are available in 20- and 25-inch shaft lengths and the 25-inch is offered with standard and counter rotation for dual engine applications.

Aside from being built on a 1.7L, in line four-cylinder platform, the new models have a similar base engine to the larger models, with dual overhead cams, four-valves-per-cylinder and the bedplate and longbolt design often seen in Formula 1 race cars.

All Verado models are 3-star Ultra-Low rated by the CARB (California Air Resources Board) for long-term emissions compliance.

The 135-175hp Mercury and Mariner Verado models will be released as 2006 models.

Enquiries: Mercury Marine, tel: 1800 110 950. Website:

Raymarine Wireless

Raymarine has launched two new wireless remote controls; the SmartController and the S100.

The SmartController is a hand-held wireless controller that displays SeaTalk instrumentation information and controls SeaTalk-based autopilots, even when away from the helm.

It acts as a remote controller for an autopilot and a repeater for monitoring instrument readings and is compatible with all Raymarine autopilots (except Sport Pilot) that use the SeaTalk protocol.

The SmartController has a range of up to 10 metres from the base station and features a raised-profile standby button and backlit buttons for night time use. It has eight programmable/user-defined pages that show one, two or four lines of text plus graphics. All information is presented on a high-contrast 62 x 127 pixel matrix display.

The system can be expanded to provide additional SmartControllers for other crew members and each handset comes with two cradles, a lanyard and belt clip.

The palm-sized S100 is a wireless remote control for all SeaTalk-based Raymarine autopilots. It has a high-contrast 24 x 127 dot matrix screen, which displays two lines of text and an autopilot mode quick reference graphic.

It also features a raised standby button and has a 10-metre range from the base station, which, like the SmartController, will sound an alert signal when the remote moves out of range

The S100 is IPX6 waterproof and comes with two storage cradles, a lanyard and belt clip. Additional base stations and remotes can also be added to the system for larger vessels.

Enquiries: Oceantalk Australia,
tel: (02) 9981 9500 or 1800 029948.


New WAECO Coolers

WAECO has announced the release of three new coolers.

The smallest is the CF-35 Kompressor, which now comes with 240 volts AC. Weighing 15kg, it has a 32.5-litre capacity and features CF special electronics, such as turbo freeze, 3-stage battery protection, electronic temperature control emergency switch and memory function.

According to WAECO, the unit uses minimal power, is quiet to run and is suitable for solar operation. The CA-40 three-way absorption cooler accepts gas as well as AC from the power sock or direct current from a 12-volt cigarette lighter.

The cooling capacity can be regulated up to a maximum level of 25 degrees below ambient and it has a storage capacity of 40 litres. At the top end is the NTE-45 Thermoelectric cooler/warmer.

It has a 45-litre capacity, weighs 8.4kg and has a cooling capacity of 20 degrees below the ambient temperature. It is powered via a car cigarette lighter or can be hooked up to an AC power point through an optional adaptor.

Enquiries: WAECO, tel: (07) 5507 6000. Website:

Rapala X-Rap Minnow

Shimano has released the new Rapala X-Rap. Weighing 13 grams and measuring 10 centimetres in length, the X-Rap has an internal holographic foil, 3D holographic eye and textured, translucent body.

It comes in six colours and will run at depths from 1.2 metres when cast, to 1.8 metres on the troll. The X-Rap has a stainless steel through-wire construction, 3X split rings and PermaSteel 3X hooks as well as Rapala’s internal Long Cast System, where a series of ball bearings travel to the tail during the cast then settle in the head as the retrieve begins.

Enquiries: Dunphy Sports/Fishing Imports, tel: (02) 9526 2144.