With skiing and fishing gear on board there’s
often little room for much else, which is why WD-40 has come
up with the Handy Pen.
The WD-40 Handy Pen has a fibre tip and can
be used on tackle boxes (frees and lubricates fishing gear),
tool box, camping gear, glove box and even travel bags to un-jam
zippers and fasteners.
The WD-40 Handy Pen retails for $3.99.
Enquiries: Hardware stores and supermarkets.
Wessex Safety Products
Safety equipment specialist, Pains Wessex has released
a range of flares to comply with recent boating regulation changes
implemented by Marine Safety Victoria.
In line with the new regulations, Pains Wessex now
offers the Red Star Parachute Distress Rocket, which meets the
minimum safety equipment requirement for vessels venturing further
than two nautical miles offshore.
When activated, the Pains Wessex Para Red Rocket
carries its payload to a height of 300 metres, where a parachute-suspended
red flare is ejected.
The red flare burns for 40 seconds at a brightness
of 30,000 candela and is visible from up to 15km during the day
and up to 40km at night.
Under the new regulations, boaters are also required to carry two
hand-held orange smoke signals and two hand-held distress flares,
along with an approved EPIRB.
The Pains Wessex Aurora flares meet the current
requirements and the company also stocks a comprehensive range
of digital 406MHz EPIRB units to coincide with satellite frequency
changes due to come into effect in 2009.
Enquiries: Pains Wessex, tel: (03) 9885 0444. Website: www.painswessex.com.au.
Mercury has released its new offshore
propeller, the Enertia. According to Mick Hall, sales manager for
Quicksilver parts, “the propeller will be ideal for high
horsepower offshore-style fishing boats.”
The Enertia is
made from X7, a new alloy developed and patented by Mercury.
says the advanced design offers a thinner blade and higher rake
angle for better handling, improved acceleration and greater top
Enertia propellers will be available in one-pitch
increments and sizes from 14 to 22 inches for right-hand rotation
and 15 to 21 inches for left-hand rotation. It will suit V6 outboards
and Alpha Drives.
Enquiries: Mercury, tel: 1800 114 900. Website:
Majestic Global has announced
the release of its FD1000 roof-mount LCD, with built-in DVD player.
The FD1000 is a 10” widescreen LCD monitor that has the capacity
to provide digital TV when coupled with the Majestic STB100.
To install the system, it’s a matter of mounting it to the
roof and connecting 12V power with an A/V input line to connect
the STB100 for a digital TV with built-in DVD player.
The FD1000 comes with optional headphones in two
models. The MJHP20-1 is a basic version that offers stereo sound
and automatic turn-off. It saves battery power by switching off
the headphones within 30 seconds of the unit being turned off.
The MJHP60-1 is the ultimate set of headphones.
Featuring a built-in digital decoder, it provides virtual digital
The unit is available in either black or beige, is supplied standard
with a remote control and is capable of playing CD/DVD/MP3.
Enquiries: Majestic Global, tel: 1500 840 011. Website:
Yamaha continues to expand its range in 2006, with
the release of a new WaveRunner plus a host of new features.
The four-stroke FX series will now sport a dash
design that, according to Yamaha, is more akin to that of a sports
The 2006 FX Cruiser models feature a digital compass and fuel management
system and a dry storage compartment, as well as a re-boarding
ladder and pop-up cleats.
The new WaveRunner VX 700 combines VX hull performance
with the strength of the XL 700 series engine and has seating for
three adults. The VX700 joins the 155hp SLT 1200 in the WaveRunner
Driver adaptive control has been incorporated into
the 2006 WaveRunner range via the Quick Shift Trim System (QSTS),
which is designed to give the driver the ability to adjust the
trim of the bow according to surface conditions.
Enquiries: Yamaha Motor Australia. Qld tel: (07)
3906 7000; NSW (02) 9757 0011; Vic (03) 9703 5400; SA (08) 8359
0155; WA (08) 9455 4544.
There is a lot a boat owner can do these days to deter the opportunistic
thief than just relying on an old chain and padlock.
Mytrailerguard can secure many types of trailer.
It is designed to be bolted to concrete, but can work free standing,
as it shrouds the towing eye immediately on attachment. It can
also be folded down when not in use, allowing vehicles to drive
Mytrailerguard holds the trailer in a secure horizontal
position and, according to its manufacturer, it is impossible to
cut any part of the device with bolt-cutters.
Made from heavy gauge steel, it weighs 13kg, and
measures approximately 400mm in height.
It also features a hardened bridge and pins, stainless steel hinges
and catches and is zinc-dipped and powder-coated.
Available in yellow or grey, Mytrailerguard comes with 5 quality
Dyna bolts, fitting instructions and a 12-month warranty.
Enquiries: Victor Steiner, tel: 0418 399 333.
Man-over-board (MOB) technology developer, MOBi-lert
is set to launch its latest product at this year’s Sanctuary
Cove International Boat Show.
Users attach the waterproof PTX to their clothes
or body, using the supplied lanyard or clip. Any break in transmission
between the PTX and the boat (caused by immersion in water) will
raise an alarm.
A warning alarm is also issued anytime the battery
is low and needs recharging.
The system works on vessels up to 40ft and includes all necessary
antenna and alert technology, two personal transmitters and PTX
Boat owners can also purchase the MOBi-lert Console
with GPS to identify who has fallen overboard and the exact incident
point. A Track-Back screen provides pictorial directions on how
to locate the MOB and gives location bearings.
Additional features, such as engine-shut off, are
Enquiries: MOBi-lert, tel: (08) 9315 3511. Website: www.mobilert.com
Offshore Marine Technology
Offshore Marine Technology has developed a new electric
pedestal to complement its current range of pneumatic and fixed
Director and engineer, Keith Hills designed the
pedestal to keep within the contemporary design of the current
Navigator Pedestals, but has added a wider and more rounded footrest
to the new model.
He has also designed the seat to use a remote control,
which reduces the amount of wiring within both the seat and the
The pedestal has polished 316 stainless steel columns
covering the actuators and the standard connection plate of the
Navigator Pedestals. It comes standard with the Navigator SWASP
seat (Wide Navigator Helm Seat) and can be covered in geniune leather
or Ultraleather. A two-year structural warranty applies.
Enquiries: Offshore Marine Technology, tel: (02)
The TCurve Saltwater Spin is the latest addition
TCurve Bluewater range. The two-piece rod measure seven feet in length
and features cork grips, a graphite Fuji reel seat and rubber
butt cap. According to Shimano, the Saltwater Spin is a versatile
all-rounder that can be used for anything from heavy duty squidgys
to casting metal slugs at feeding tuna.
For the best results, Shimano
recommends matching the rod to either the
6000 and 8000 Sustain, 6000 and 8000 Stradic, 8000 Spheros
or the Stella 6000 reels.
Dunphy Sports/Fishing Imports, tel: (02) 9526 2144.
Koden navigation network
The new Koden K-Link high performance navigation
network is now available in Australia through Coursemaster Autopilots
The multi-function systems incorporates up to
three displays for radar, GPS, GPS-compass and echo sounder, using
Ethernet network protocol. Each display is equipped with an independent,
high-speed CPU and can be operated from any location on the boat.
The system features dual radar screens, bottom
zoom and fast map rotation, which is designed to eliminate delays
when displaying radar and plotter video simultaneously.
K-Link offers a range of configurations suitable for leisure cruising,
game fishing and trolling or a full-spec option.
Enquiries: Coursemaster Autopilots, tel: (02)