Mercury SmartCraft VesselView
VesselView is the next generation of Mercury Marine’s SmartCraft boat monitoring system, which links the craft’s propulsion control module to a computer network, thereby allowing users to view a variety of information such as speed, engine rpm, fuel consumption and engine temperature, at a glance.
Mercury Marine says that VesselView has built upon the SmartCraft foundation, and now presents that essential information via a 12.5cm colour screen, which can be viewed in direct sunlight. The on-screen graphics have been redesigned in the VesselView format, while the system also features more buttons, both of which Mercury says makes the system even easier to use.
VesselView can also display SmartCraft-monitored peripheral items, such as generators, sounders and inverters/chargers and it’s also compatible with the NorthStar 8000i, which has fishfinding, chartplotting, radar and infotainment functions.
Enquiries: See your local Mercury Marine dealer.
Claiming to offer protection against corrosion, varnish build-up and sludge formation in critical engine parts, Mercury Marine has introduced the first-ever motor oil designed specifically for its Verado outboard engines.
Because the supercharged performance of Verado engines requires specialised protection, Mercury Marine developed the 25W-50 oil, which, it claims, provides enhanced film strength and better consumption characteristics.
The oil meets the stringent marine operational requirements of all Mercury’s four- and six-cylinder Verado models, but is also recommended for other engines that run for long periods at low rpm.
E-TEC goes white
Four of the most popular outboard engines in the Evinrude E-TEC range, the 40, 50, 60 and 75hp models, are now available in all-white livery as well as the traditional Evinrude blue.
BRP Australia’s decision to offer the choice of two colours for its smaller engines brings them into line with the company’s larger engines, which go all the way up to the E-TEC 250 V6.
Enquiries: BRP Australia/New Zealand, tel: (02) 9794 6600, www.brp.com.
New charting software from Oceantalk
Following on the announcement that it has appointed Oceantalk the exclusive Australian distributor of its software products, Northpoint Systems has released the newest version of its marine electronic navigation chart, the Fugawi Marine ENC version 5.
The new software bridges the gap between PCs and embedded chartplotters by extending the power and capabilities of its Navionics chart compatibility, says Northpoint. ENC 5 allows users to plan their route on a PC then upload it to a compact flash or secure digital card for transfer to a chartplotter onboard their boat.
ENC 5 also comes with the new Fugawi Google Earth plug-in, giving users the ability to view their GPS location on geo-reference Google Earth images next to actual maps or charts in split-screen mode.
Enquiries: (02) 9981 9500, web: www.oceantalk.com.au.
AutoAnchor 560 Chain Counter
AutoAnchor recently released its newest automatic chain counter.
While traditional rode counters have only operated with windlasses using an all-chain rode, AutoAnchor meets the demand for a chain counter that accurately counts rope as well as chain.
The AutoAnchor 560 is the newest in the 500 Series, offering a “one touch” automatic function to deploy and retrieve a preset length of anchor rode, plus a safety lock to prevent unplanned windlass operation.
The AA560 comes with a weather cover and is available in black or grey.
Enquiries: tel: 1 800 201 853, web: www.autoanchor.co.nz.
New lighting technology has allowed Sea Vision to introduce the SV 19 underwater light. The newest underwater light to become available in Australia, the SV 19 uses a 50-watt HID xenon lamp, making it the brightest underwater light available, says Sea Vision.
The SV 10 offers the largest aperture of all the fibreglass models, giving the maximum light output from the 150 HID metal halide lamp.
The complete range of Sea Vision lights, including halogen, xenon and LED, is available exclusively through R Electronics, a division of Australian boat builder, Riviera.
Enquiries: (07) 5561 7900. web: www.riviera.com.au.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II
Rolex has recently launched its bold new “breakthrough regatta chronograph,” the Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II. Intended for experienced skippers as well as yachting enthusiasts, the Yacht-Master II is born of the longstanding relationship that the company enjoys with the sea, says Rolex.
The latest addition to the family of professional watches, the Yacht-Master II is the first Rolex to have a programmable countdown feature with a mechanical memory, making it possible to program the countdown time for the start of a regatta.
The Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II comes in two models: 18ct yellow gold with white dial and blue ceramic ring command bezel or 18ct white gold with white dial and platinum ring command.
Sunseeker goes HyDrive
After careful consideration and assessment, HyDrive, South Australian manufacturer of hydraulic boat steering equipment, was selected by the UK’s Sunseeker International as the system of choice for its larger vessel production.
Hydrive’s reputation for quality small boat steering systems has been the basis for the company’s dramatic growth into creating steering equipment for larger vessels, says HyDrive, which has a range catering to vessels from five to over 100 metres.
At just under 124 feet and 200 tonnes, the Sunseeker 37 is the largest semi-custom production motor yacht ever to be built in the UK.
Enquiries: HyDrive Engineering, tel: (08) 8243 1633, www.hydrive.com.au.
Ericcson’s W25 Fixed Wireless Terminal
The newest development in Fixed Wireless Terminal technology from Ericcson ensures that boat and yacht owners can have access to broadband services while they’re offshore.
A single unit provides simultaneous internet access for several users, allowing boaters to download weather forecasts, send and receive e-mails, or even make dinner reservations while still at sea.
According to Powertec, the exclusive Australian distributor for the W25, data services, such as video conferencing and the internet can be brought to boaters up to 120 km offshore. RRP: $1311.
Enquiries: tel: 1 300 POWERTEC, web: www.powertec.com.au.
FLIR Systems Navigator
Thanks to volume production and recent technological developments, FLIR Systems says thermal imaging systems are now much more affordable.
FLIR Systems says its new Navigator unit brings the power of thermal imaging to more and more boat owners and offers crisp and clear thermal images in total darkness, fog and smoky conditions. The Navigator has numerous marine applications, including identifying channel markers, shipping lane traffic, other vessels, security and threat detection and, of course, man-overboard searches.
FLIR Systems’ Navigator is distributed exclusively by Coursemaster Autopilots.
Enquiries: tel: (02) 9417 7097, web:www.coursemaster.com.