Yamaha Tiller Upgrade
Guiding your boat into unchartered waters can be
a daunting experience. Yamaha has sought to make it simpler with
its new Tiller Handle for mid-range outboard engines.
Available on select two- and four-stroke Yamaha
engines ranging from 40 to 60hp, it is designed with fishing enthusiasts
The trolling speed can be increased or decreased
at the flick of a switch. This switch, available on 50 and 60hp
four stroke models, allows the operator to set the desired troll
speed without fiddling with the tiller throttle.
Yamaha has integrated the Power Trim and Tilt (PTT)
switch into the throttle handle, enabling trim and outboard height
to be adjusted whilst running. The PTT switch is only available
on 40hp, 50hp and 60hp four-stroke models.
Throttle response can be tuned to the operator’s
liking, with a throttle friction knob located at the base of the
throttle. A built-in LED visual warning alerts the crew when operating
levels are below optimum range.
The new handle assembly is standardised for both two- and four-stroke
applications and allows access to the main and kill switch.
Current owners of mid-range (selected 40, 50 and
60hp two- and four-stroke) Yamaha outboards can have the unit fitted
to their existing outboard.
Enquiries: Yamaha Motor Australia, tel: (02) 9757
Oceantalk Max Power
Oceantalk has released a new Compact
Retract Bow thruster from Max Power.
Designed for modern yachts in the 37-45ft range, the Compact
Retract stands approximately 450mm high and will fit under a
V-berth or in the bow locker.
It extends in one single motion and
when retracted forms part of the hull, leaving the lines of the
boat clean and smooth, with no impact on performance.
The Compact Retract thruster is available
in 12 or 24V, with an inbuilt electric motor and pre-lubricated
\ drive legs.
The unit comes with Max Power’s control panels that include
time delay between port and starboard thrust, childproof activation
and 20sec time delay warning before overheat shutdown.
Enquiries: Oceantalk, tel:
(02) 9981 9550 or 1800 029 948.
Squidgy Flick Baits
Unlike the rest of the Squidgy
range, Shimano’s new
Flick baits have little built-in action and rely on the angler
to bring the soft plastics to life.
Designed to be rigged on a Squidgy
Finesse jig head, they are available in three sizes: 70,
85 and 110mm and in eight new colours.
The 70mm model comes with 15
pieces per pack, the 85mm 12 pieces and the 110mm comes with
Squidgy Flick Baits retail for
Enquiries: Dunphy Sports/Fishing
Imports, tel: (02) 9526 2144.
To celebrate 25 years of its Commander series of
marine binoculars, Steiner has released its Commander V Jubilee
Waterproof to five metres, the binoculars feature
sports-auto focus with memory eye pieces, (so personal settings
can be recovered at any time), ergonomically-shaped eye cups with
ventilated oculars, a ClicLoc quick-change system for changing
between regular and flotation straps, a floating prism system
to provide shock resistance and a high contrast optical lens
coating that offers 98 per cent light transmission for better
visibility in low light conditions.
The range also includes a model that has an extra
large, illuminated and stabilized compass that offers a reticle
for distance measurement.
Built to military standards, the Commander V comes
in navy blue rubber armouring and is water pressure proof and shock
resistant. They also come with a 30-year warranty.
The Commander V, with built-in compass, costs $1715,
while the minus-compass option will set you back $1070.
Enquiries: Mainstay Optical, tel: (02) 9979 6702.
DiscoverAust Streets & Tracks
Next Destination (formerly Magellan
GPS Systems) has released the latest upgrade to their land mapping
DiscoverAus Streets & Tracks Topo now enables users to see
a fully comprehensive map on their GPS, complete with contours
shown on traditional paper topographical maps.
The new and improved mapping includes
elevation contours which can be displayed at varying intervals
(down to 5 metres) depending on the Map zoom level (from 1:3000
to 1:200000) plus the Magellan profile function which shows a
vertical profile cross section of the upcoming terrain.
Now available with a search function,
users are able to view detailed maps of city, suburban and country
streets, minor sealed and unsealed roads, 4WD tracks and trails
as well as rivers and streams throughout Australia. And there
are more than 30 categories of points of interest such as caravan
parks, fuel stations and restaurants.
DiscoverAus Streets & Tracks Topo is available as a preloaded
SD memory card of 512MB and will be on display at various marine
shows around the country in coming months.
Enquiries: Next Destination, tel:
(08) 9444 0233.
MTU Detroit Diesel Australia has announced the signing of an
exclusive distribution agreement for the Lombardini range of marine
Based in northern Italy, Lombardini produces a range of air-cooled
single- and multi-cylinder industrial diesel engines from 4 to
40hp and liquid-cooled industrial and marine diesels from 13
According to Doug Seneshen, CEO and President of MTUDDA, “Lombardini
is not a household name in Australia yet, but the brand enjoys
a significant following in Europe, which we aim to emulate here.”
Enquiries: MTU Detroit Diesel Australia, tel: (02) 9794 2600.
Humminbird 900 Series
Humminbird has introduced the
new 900 series to its range of fish-finding systems.
There are five models in the range; 931 CX DF, 937 CX DF, 947
CX, 981 CX SI and the 987 CX SI.
The base 931 CX DF offers anglers the advantage of split-screen
views on a high definition (480V pixels x 854H pixels) and ultra-wide
(178mm) TFT colour display. This dual transmitter and receiver
has the capability to operate at both 50kHz and 200kHz frequencies,
with fast sonar operation and two different types of sonar beams
(20 degrees and 74 degrees). It can also store up to 3000 way points
and be connected to a GPS unit.
The 937 CX DF carries the same features as the 931 CX DF, but
with a chartplotting function and
12-channel GPS with WAAS. It is also a dual transmitter and receiver
design, operating at both 50kHz and 200kHz frequencies, with a
1kW dual element transducer, and is compatible with Navionics Gold
Boasting colour 3D technology, Humminbird’s 947 CX offers
anglers a ‘virtual underwater tour’, with shaded bottom
contours and full 3D view orientation control. The 947 CX measures
depth at 11 points across a 53 degree cone and features a 12-channel
GPS receiver, triple-channel receiver and dual microprocessor.
Built-in UniMap software provides detailed maps of rivers and coastal
areas of Australia.
The ultra-high resolution (262/455kHz) 981CX SI can reach out
to 73 metres on each side to give up to 146 metres of bottom coverage.
Combined with a dual-frequency 2D sonar (50kHz and 200kHz), the
981CX SI provides all the capabilities of a traditional fish-finder
on a high resolution (480V x 854H pixel) display. It has a triple-channel
sonar receiver, dual microprocessor and 8000 watts peak-to-peak
(1000 watts RMS) power output.
Rounding out the top end of the range is the 987CX SI. Like the
981CX SI, it features 262/455kHz side imaging sonar for bottom
coverage of up to 146 metres, with the added bonus of full GPS
chartplotting in one unit. In addition to the dual frequency
sonar that can be viewed on the high definition (480v x 854h
pixel) colour screen, the 987CX SI combo also has UniMap, providing
a land-water chart within a 4nm range anywhere along the Australian
Enquiries: Bob Littler Agencies, tel: (07) 3907 5500.
Burke has redesigned its popular Matrix L1.
The Matrix L1 now boasts a new look and uses soft shaped PVC
buoyancy foam, designed to move and mould with the user’s body.
The Matrix L1 complies with the Australian Standard AS1512 as
PFD1 and is available in both adult and children’s sizes.
The adult version for a 60-plus kg person costs $77. The children’s
12-25kg Matrix L1 costs $62.56.
Enquiries: Burke, tel: (02) 9638 4333.
Bombardier Recreational Products Inc (BRP) has announced the
expansion of its Evinrude E-TEC outboard engine line-up. The recently
launched 115hp 60-degree V4 E-TEC is now joined by a 130hp engine
and a 60-degree V6 platform, available in 150, 175 and 200hp.
In addition to the mid-range engine series, the Evinrude E-TEC
range will also include in-line two-cylinder, 40, 50 and 60hp engines;
in-line three-cylinder 75 and 90hp models; 115 and 130hp V4s, 175
and 200hp V6s, and 200, 225 and 250 HO V6 models.
According to BRP, the new engines offer excellent fuel economy
and strong performance, while boasting no scheduled dealer maintenance
for three years (or 300 hours of use), quality components and unique
The 130 and 200hp engines feature a variable exhaust control
valve designed to deliver more low-end power and top-speed performance.
All Evinrude engines are available in both freshwater and saltwater
Enquiries: BRP Australia, tel: (02) 9794 6600.
Koden Plotters and Sounders
Koden has released two new combined plotter/sounder units.
The compact CVG-80 has an 8-inch TFT LCD display with 480 x 640
pixels (VGA) resolution. The larger 10.4-inch CVG-200 plotter-sounder
also offers single/dual presentation and vertical/horizontal
Both units feature dual-frequency 50/200kHz, with power outputs
of either 600W or 1 kW. The displays offer 16 colour palettes,
9 background colours and 13 screen menus.
Enquiries: Coursemaster Autopilots, tel: (02) 9417 7097.
In line with rapid changes in technology and the development
of new products, Majestic has released its STB100 digital set top
Housed in a slim-line box measuring approximately 17cm (depth)
x 4cm (height) x 25cm (wide), the unit comes with three video
outputs and two audio/video inputs, an infra red remote control
and remote sensor.
Majestic claims the STB100 produces a signal and sound quality
almost to the standard of a DVD player.
The STB100 comes with a 3-year warranty, and retails for $499.
Enquiries: Majestic Global, tel: 0500 840 011.
Mercury 25 and 35
Mercury Marine has released its new 25 and 30hp EFI Mercury and
Mariner four-stroke engines.
The restyled engines come in both electric and manual start models
and are electronically fuel-injected.
According to Mercury Marine, the manual-start version is the
first battery-free manual-start EFI four-stroke and the 25hp engine
is also the first EFI of that horsepower in the history of outboards.
Available in 15- and 20-inch shaft lengths, tiller or remote
control, and manual, gas-assist or power trim and tilt, the engines
are 3-Star Ultra Low rated by the California Air Resources Board
(CARB). The tiller model features the Mercury-
exclusive shift-in-handle tiller assembly.
The new 25 and 30hp models come with a 526cc powerhead, updated
Verado-style graphics and a new cowl. Weighing in at 74kg, they
will replace the existing 30 EFI and 30 carburetted versions that
are some 20kg heavier.
The Mercury and Mariner 25 and 30 EFI four-strokes will be available
in Australia and New Zealand from August, 2005.
Enquiries: Mercury Marine, tel: 1800 114500.
Pains Wessex RB6/S
With the recent phasing out of 121.5MHz frequency, Pains Wessex
has released the new RES-Q-SAT RB6406 MHz EPIRB.
The RB6 transmits a digital signal on the 4.6MHz international
distress frequency, allowing rescue operators to detect the signal
faster and locate the vessel with greater accuracy.
The RB6 features all the existing benefits of the RB2/S, including
strobe light, waterproof on/off test switch, alarm and a 5-year
long-life lithium battery.
Enquiries: Pains Wessex, tel: (03) 9882 0444.