Following last year’s introduction
of GME’s GX600 compact VHF
radio comes the announcement
of the GX600D Digital Selective
Flexibility has been the key in the design of
the GX600D, says GME. It features an IP67 waterproof rating,
colour choices, plus a range of mounting and second station options.
Standard equipment includes a full function keypad microphone
with a ‘mobile phone-style’ operating system.
The 25-watt GX600D can be interfaced with a GPS
receiver, and is able to transmit crucial vessel information,
including position and the nature of the distress call. One push
of the ‘red
button’ will send an automated digital distress alert containing
position and Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number to
rescue facilities and other DSC-equipped vessels in the area.
The GX600D comes complete with a second receiver
and is designed and manufactured in Australia.
The GME GX600D retails for $399, including GST.
Enquiries: GME, tel: (02) 9844 6666.
Live Baiting DVD
Well-known fishing journalist, Alistair McGlashan
has teamed up with award-winning cinematographer, Ron Croft to
produce a DVD that gives a whole new insight into how fish feed.
Employing their own ‘troll cam’ technology, Strikezone
Live Baiting is loaded with underwater footage of mahi mahi, marlin,
mako, cobia and yellowtail kingfish, much of which has never been
As Alistair says, “Troll cam has shown us what really goes
on underwater and many of the things we thought happened are way
off the mark.”
This DVD contains never-before-seen footage of
pelagic predators stalking and attacking baits. Filmed along Australia’s east
coast, it is packed full of action, from high-flying black marlin
to stump-pulling cobia and even a mako shark attacking the camera!
Alistair’s laid-back presentation style and extensive fishing
knowledge, coupled with Ron’s camera work, makes Strikezone
a must for any fisherman.
Enquiries: Strikezone. Tel: 1800 025 785.
technology is now available to
Australian powerboat owners.
UK company, Tacktick is at the forefront of this revolutionary
technology, which has been developed largely in racing and is waterproof
to 10 metres.
Measuring both wind speed and direction, the Micronet
Power Boat Wind Transmitter has numerous advantages over traditional
systems. Being wireless and solar-powered means there’s no need to
drill holes or run cabling to install either the transmitter or
And there’s no need to hire an electrical
engineer – it
can be easily installed by the boat owner, according to Oceantalk.
The transmitter sends data to any onboard Tacktick display. The
analogue display (available in white, grey or carbon black) can
be mounted anywhere from the flybridge to the cockpit or even carried
in a pocket.
Enquiries: Oceantalk, tel: (02) 9981 9500.
Mercury Marine has introduced SmartTow, the latest in control system
technology designed to make launching boats and setting a cruise
SmartTow consists of an rpm-based, set-point control
and the Mercury-patented Launch Control System, which has five
preset launch profiles from tubing to wakeboarding and slalom skiing.
Drivers simply select a launch profile for out-of-the-hole
intensity, enter an rpm set-point based on the rider’s desired pull
speed and move the throttle to wide open.
SmartTow was designed to integrate with existing
Mercury SmartCraft technology and is available on all 2007 Mercury
Digital Throttle and Shift (DTS) products, including outboards.
Enquiries: Mercury Marine, tel: 1800 114 500.
According to Honda, its new BF75 and
BF90 four-stroke EFI outboards are the lightest engines ever produced
in their class. Weighing just 162kg and 163kg respectively, the
completely redesigned engines boast a power-to-weight ratio on
a par with that of two-stroke outboards.
Honda Marine Manager, Tim Davies says: “With the exception
of the cylinder sleeves, the new BF75/90 feature an all-aluminium
alloy block, resulting in a very lightweight engine.”
The BF75/90 hole shot performance is a combination
Boosted Low Speed Torque (BLAST) system, which advances ignition
timing during acceleration, and an exclusive high-performance gear
The new outboards have a gear ratio of 2.33:1, a
hydrodynamic gear case featuring an enlarged bullet and new anti-splash
and cavitation plates to reduce drag.
The BF75/90 will be available in Australia by the end of the year.
Enquiries: Honda Marine, tel; (03) 9270 1111.
Aquapac has released its latest waterproof
creation, the BeltPac. The BeltPac is 100 per cent waterproof and
foam padded, allowing the wearer to wear it comfortably around
the waist whilst enjoying the outdoors. It also keeps keys, phone,
cards and cash dry, says Aquapac.
When sealed, the BeltPac is airtight and if dropped
in the water will float, even with the weight of cash and keys
BeltPac is dust- and sand-proof and submersible to 10 metres.
Enquiries: Next Destination, tel: 1800 644 033.
Sunbrella’s Supreme exterior
marine fabric combines waterproof performance with the aesthetics
of an interior fabric. According to Sunbrella, the Supreme fabric
is the only exterior marine fabric with both an acrylic face and
acrylic flocking on the back.
Using a bonding process to securely adhere the solution-dyed
acrylic flocking to the Sunbrella fabric produces a waterproof
product with a velour-like feel, says Sunbrella.
Sunbrella Supreme is offered in a marine construction of 60-inch
widths in eight colours.
Enquiries: Sunbrella, tel: (03) 9763 3166.
For the past three years, the crew at Henri-Lloyd has been working
around the clock to develop an elite performance range of clothing
for America’s Cup contender, BMW Oracle.
The result is
Henri-Lloyd’s TP2 Shadow range.
The Shadow range is made using TP2 fabric technology, which is
100 per cent waterproof and features a high level of breathability,
articulated high-tech sleeves, a waterproof Riri storm zip, an
articulated collar system with a fold-away visibility hood, two
pockets with waterproof zips, Dartex adjustable internal and external
adjustable wrist seals and internal secure pocket.
Enquiries: Burke Marine,
tel: (02) 9638 4333.