Mercury’s new four-strokes

Mercury Marine is set to launch three new outboards at this year’s Club Marine Melbourne Boat Show.

The 75, 90 and 115hp four-stroke outboards share common engine architecture and components with Mercury’s Verado range and feature SmartCraft technology.

These 1.7-litre engines are controlled by an electronic control module (ECM) that features a Motorola microprocessor, which, according to Mercury, provides precise control over the fuel management system and engine combustion process. It also constantly monitors the engine sensors, making necessary adjustments to maintain optimum function.

Enquiries: Mercury Marine, locate your nearest dealer on tel: 1800 114 500.


Mustad’s 2-in-1


Mustad’s 2-in-1 Bait Catcher is a kit comprising two bait jigs, each with three hooks.

It is available in hook sizes: 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10 and 12 for branch line breaking strains ranging from 10lb to 12lb.

The Mustad 2-in-1 Bait Catcher is suited to a wide range of baitfish from herring to yellowtail and slimy mackerel.

Enquiries: Tackle stores.




The new Paqua Pouch is designed to keep valuables secure and dry while both on and in the water.

The Paqua Pouch is a water-submersible, pocket-size pouch that will hold car keys, cash and credit cards and can be attached to the arm, ankle or waist by adjusting the towel neoprene straps.

Paqua products are 100 per cent waterproof and submersible to two metres, thanks to a tri-fold locking system.

The Paqua Pouch can be purchased for $39.95. For a full list of stockists, visit:



Lowrance has introduced a range of multi-function gauges to complement the LowranceNET (NMEA 2000) network.

These round, high-contrast, dot matrix gauges can be fully integrated into the onboard communications network to display graphic and numerical digital data.

Featuring LED backlighting with connectivity to a remote speaker for alarms, the gauges are available in two sizes ­– the LMF 200 fits a standard 55mm diameter hole and the LMF 400 fits an 86mm diameter hole.

To further complement the range, Lowrance offers a series of NMEA 2000 compatible diagnostic sensors or electronic probes (EPs).

Waterproof and corrosion-resistant, the EPs read both digital and analogue data and integrate with the system to provide information on the multi-function gauges.

Enquiries: Lowrance Australia, tel: (07) 5523 6500.


Humminbird 700 series

The new Humminbird 700 series fishing systems offer fishos a large range of choices.

It is available in high-contrast monochrome or high-definition colour LCD, including Humminbird’s Hemispherical Viewing that, according to Humminbird, provides a sharp, clear picture no matter what angle you view the screen.

A choice of chart plotter GPS, with the option of a Navionics Gold cartography or track plotter, can be added to either a dual- or quad-beam sonar.

All of the 700 series models are designed to be either in-dash or gimbal-mounted and four of the five models have DualBeam PLUS sonar to provide both wide coverage (one sonar beam is 83kHz at 60 degrees) and below boat detail (the second sonar beam is 200kHz at 20 degrees).

Both colour and monochrome 700 series models have a 127mm (diagonal) screen that delivers a high-contrast (640 vertical pixels x 480 colour or 320 monochrome horizontal pixels) high-resolution picture with a power output of 4000 Watts peak to peak (500 Watts RMS) standard on all models.

Three of the new 700 series models will include Humminbird’s exclusive Digital Screen Snap Shot feature, which provides the ability to mark a waypoint on the screen and then save the entire screen image on a memory card.

Optional features, such as a wireless sonar link, WeatherSense Barometric Pressure Monitor and system link are also available.

Enquiries: BLA, tel: (07) 3907 5500. Or to locate your nearest dealer, cruise to:


Traveller pack

Next Destination, Australian distributor of the Magellan eXplorist hand-held GPS units, now offers a traveller pack.

The eXplorist traveller pack comes with the eXplorist XL hand-held GPS unit, DiscoverAus Streets and Tracks Topo on SD card, 12V power lead and universal mount bracket.

According to Next Destination, the eXplorist XL unit boasts the largest screen available in its category and is water resistant and sunlight viewable, making it suitable for many outdoor activities.

The Magellan eXplorist XL has an SD card memory for unlimited mapping storage for DiscoverAus Streets and Tracks Topo and unlimited waypoints, routes and track log memory. In addition, it has 30MB of available internal memory.

The DiscoverAus Streets and Tracks Topo SD card features major and minor sealed and unsealed roads, 4WD tracks, trails and streams as well as more than 30 categories of interest, such as restaurants, public toilets and shopping outlets.

Enquiries: Next Destination, tel: 1800 644 033.



Yanmar Marine has released a new range of marine service products, including engine oil and long-life organic coolant.

Designed to handle the extremes of Australia’s rugged marine climates, Yanmar’s range of marine products is developed for all Yanmar diesel engines.

The Monograde SAE 30 CC/CD and 40 CC/CD oils are available in 1-litre to 20-litre containers and are backed by a complete line-up of Yanmar engine oil filters.

According to Yanmar, its long-life organic coolant boasts up to a 3-year or 1000-hour lifespan and is suitable for all diesel engines.

Enquiries: Power Equipment, tel: (03) 9764 0711.


Lowrance LMS 334c iGPS

Lowrance has announced the release of the LMS 334c iGPS; a colour sonar/chartplotter with a built-in GPS+WAAS antenna.

It features a 12.5cm (diagonal) screen, 256-colour SolarMAX TFT display with a 480 x 480 pixel resolution, high-speed screen updates and Lowrance’s unique Colorline function for target detail and separation.

The unit’s 2400 watts peak-to-peak (300 watts RMS) power output gives positive depth sounding and fish finding down to 275m and a compact 200kHz Skimmer transducer (with built-in temperature sensor) allows high boat speed readability. Fish detection is out to 60 degrees.

Other Lowrance features include: FishReveal, to identify fish hiding in structures such as weed beds; HyperScroll, for manual adjustment of the ping speed of the transducer for fish detection at high speeds; and FlashGraf, which combines a scrolling sonar target graph with a digital LCD flasher with Colorline on one screen.

GPS information is derived via a 12-parallel channel GPS+WAAS receiver and can store up to 100 routes, 1000 waypoints, 1000 event markers and 100 saveable and retraceable plot trails.

The LMS 334c iGPS is NMEA 2000 compatible.

Enquiries: Lowrance Australia, tel: (07) 5523 6500.


Cummins QSM11

Cummins MerCruiser Diesel (CMD) has introduced a 715hp rating for its 11-litre QSM11 engine.

Maritimo is the first boat builder in the south Pacific to offer the QSM11-715 as standard fitment in its 48 and 52ft cruisers.

The higher horsepower rating has been achieved by refining performance components such as the piston bowl design, plus fitting a new camshaft and a new generation of injectors.

Cummins has also beefed up the flywheel and oil pan to accommodate the higher engine speeds.

Now rated at 2500rpm – up from 2300rpm in the lower power offerings – the QSM11-715 has, according to Cummins, improved performance on the propeller curve, yielding better slow speed manoeuvring, stronger acceleration and better overall top end performance.

Enquiries: Cummins MerCruiser Diesel, tel: (07) 5500 9060.


Deck Grip Profile

Henri-Lloyd has released its latest sailing trainer, the Deck Grip Profile.

Made from a non-absorbing, quick-drying reinforced upper, it features nylon air ‘mesh lining’ and a Dri-Lex EVA insole, which is breathable and removable.

The dual-compound outsole features sticky rubber on the ball and heel, while a series of water dispersion channels combine to give grip and stability.

In addition, the non-marking sole is razor-cut, both horizontally and vertically, for extra grip. There’s a shock absorbing mid-sole unit with a reinforced arch for added comfort and a speed lacing system to the toe.

The Deck Grip Profile is available in charcoal suede with white/grey detailing for $144.50.

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