Lewmar remote control windlass

Lewmar has introduced a 3-Button Windlass and 5-Button Windlass & Thruster remote control kit to its deck accessory range this season. Both controls are operated using wireless technology and, according to Lewmar, are suitable for retrofitting to existing installations wherever a solenoid is installed.

Kits include a receiver that supports up to eight remote key fobs (additional fobs are sold separately). The key fobs float and are waterproof. To prevent false triggering from any other device or similar fob, Lewmar’s remote kit uses over 16 million individual codes.

“These new wireless remote controls allow the owner or crew to operate the windlass or thruster from anywhere on the boat, without restriction,” explains Simon Smith, Lewmar’s product manager for windlass.

Web: www.lewmar.com.


Quicksilver Air Deck

Quicksilver says that if you want to increase your fun factor this summer, you should add a Quicksilver Air Deck inflatable boat to your caravan, four-wheel drive or boat.

As the name suggests, an Air Deck is fully inflatable. Quicksilver claims the Air Deck is easy to store and can be pulled out of the car boot and made ready in just a few minutes. An ideal tender when fully inflated, the floor and keel are rigid and stable, providing a smooth, dry ride, says Quicksilver.

Available in a range of sizes, from 2.4 to 3.4 metres, the largest Air Deck seats five adults.

Backed by either a three- or five-year limited warranty, Quicksilver inflatable boats are built with long-life fittings, which include, as standard, stainless steel towing eyes, lifting handles, heavy-duty PVC-coated transom, self-storing oars, self-draining valve and a high velocity air pump.

Web: www.mercurymarine.com.au.


Volvo Penta petrol IPS

Volvo Penta’s ground-breaking IPS drive system has been expanded to include petrol-fuelled engines. Building on the successful worldwide launch of its large-capacity diesel drive units, its new V8 engine units feature electronic throttle, gearshift and steering, plus joystick control.

The Volvo Penta IPS500G is powered by a big-block 8.1 litre V8 with multi-port electronic fuel injection developing 375 hp. The drive unit is the same as on existing diesel models, but with a new, optimised, gear ratio.

“Performance is great! We have conducted a series of tests on different boats and performance is equal to the diesel-powered Volvo Penta IPS500, which means that it is approximately 30 per cent more efficient than traditional petrol-powered inboard shafts,” said Martin Jufors, program manager at Volvo Penta North America.

Other claimed features include reduced noise and vibration levels, while exhaust fumes are channelled down through the drive units and into the water, reducing the risk of fumes in the boat. Because of the inherent IPS drive efficiency, fuel economy and efficiency, Volvo Penta says the IPS500G is an ideal power option for most types of planing boats. And because of its compact design, it leaves more space available below decks for living or storage.

Enquiries: tel: (07) 3902 5444, or: www.volvopenta.com.au.



Seaview mounting solutions

Over the last 30 years, Sydney-based Coursemaster Autopilots has built a world-wide reputation for designing and manufacturing quality autopilots. To complement its product line and provide further service for its marine electronic dealers and installers, Coursemaster has announced that it will act as the Australian importer/distributor for Seaview radar and satellite antenna mounting products.

Seaview’s popular Power Mounts and Power Mounts Plus are constructed of high-quality marine-grade aluminium and treated with an anodised primer, then finished with a brilliant white powder-coated finish. The company’s Satellite Adapters are constructed by Resin Transfer Molding, while the Satellite Antenna Pole Mounts are constructed from high-quality, marine-grade aluminium tubing with a treated aluminium die cast base and top.

To view the complete range of Seaview products available through Coursemaster, visit www.coursemaster.com




Franson Technology has launched GpsGate.com, a GPS-mapping website that enables users to share their locations from their Windows laptop or Windows mobile-based Pocket PC device. GpsGate.com is integrated with marine navigation applications, including Tiki Navigator and SOB (Software-on-Board), which enables friends to spot each others’ locations while out boating.

“Our aim for GpsGate.com is to provide a central portal for broadcasting your location for a specific group of friends or work colleagues, and for you to be able to ‘spot’ them as well,” said Johan Franson, president of Franson Technology.

By logging in to GpsGate.com, users will be able to see their mates moving in real-time on a map. To share their position with others in their group, they simply need to install GpsGate software on their Windows laptop or Windows Mobile Pocket PC. This software will enable them to share their GPS signal so that it can be received by fellow group members.

Web: www.gpsgate.com.



SEIKO Velatura

Seiko has launched its marine watch collection, Velatura. Catering to professional and recreational sailors, the new collection of ten premium high-performance watches will also appeal to men and women who aspire to a ‘lifestyle of the oceans’, says Seiko.

At the heart of the collection are two entirely new models, the Kinetic Direct Drive and the Yachting Timer. Both are designed expressly for the Velatura collection, catering for the needs of sailors as well as for those who lead active lives. These models bring the assurance of reliability, endurance and functionality to demanding lifestyles and to the world of sailing, says Seiko.

Designed in consultation with marine experts and top sailors from around the globe, the Yachting Timer has a pre-race timer that sounds at 10, 6 or 5 minutes before the race start. After the start, the chronograph takes over automatically and records the elapsed race time. Seiko claims that, with these race-specific functions and with a separate chronograph and alarm, the Velatura Yachting Timer is the instrument the racing sailor needs to hit the mark at the exact second of the start.

Enquiries: tel: 1300 300 776 or: www.seiko.com.au.



Strikezone: Christmas Island

Australian fishing legend, Al McClashan teams up with videographer Ron Croft for the latest Strikezone video, Strikezone: Christmas Island. Al and Ron embark on an amazing adventure to the isolated tropical Indian Ocean atoll of Christmas Island, famous for its sensational flats fishing.

Strikezone Christmas Island captures the thrill of sight fishing for bonefish in crystal clear waters and includes some fast action on gut-busting GTs. The underwater action on ‘Strikecam’ is sensational and, as always, Al reveals some handy techniques to help improve your fishing.

In between the hot fishing action, Al gets up close and personal with Christmas Island’s spectacular wildlife, including frigate birds, stingrays and the alien-like monster mantis shrimps.

Enquiries: tel: 1800 025 725. or: www.strikezonemedia.com.au.



Shipmate Pocket Directory

Boaties know the frustration of trying to find the right tradesperson, service or equipment for their pride and joy – but the publishers of the Shipmate Pocket Directory say that’s a thing of the past. Now in its fourth print edition, copies of Shipmate are available free all around Victoria. An online version is also available at: www.shipmate.com.au.

Both versions of the Pocket Directory include A-Z listings of marine trades and services by category, plus listings of yacht clubs, marinas, emergency contacts and even dockside restaurants and cafes.

Researched and compiled by Victorian marine journalist, John Zammit, the online Shipmate includes loads of useful links for boaties, including weather, tides and live webcams.

The new 2008 edition is easily identified by its distinctive yellow cover and includes 112 pages in full colour, with details of marine trades, services and equipment providers, marine organisations, boat sales outlets, finance, insurance, tide tables and much more.

All listings in Shipmate are free and the booklet is available free to boaties as a service to the Victorian boating community.

Get your free copy of Shipmate from yacht clubs, marinas, Yachting Victoria, BIA Victoria and selected marine businesses, or log on to: www.shipmate.com.au.