Atmospheric jacket

The new Henri Lloyd Atmosphere Jacket is part of the company’s newly-developed Atmosphere 360 range.

The makers of the Atmosphere Jacket claim that it’s constructed with one of the most technically-advanced fabrics it has ever made, TP AC, which features Adaptive Performance Technology.

According to Henri Lloyd, TP AC is a waterproof, windproof and breathable fabric that is temperature-sensitive. It works by responding to the wearer’s body temperature and encouraging heat and vapour to escape, in the case of hot conditions, or by restricting the loss of heat in the cold.

TP AC is incorporated into the design of the Atmosphere Jacket, which is contoured to reduce windage and is articulated for ease of movement.

The Atmosphere Jacket is available in Dark Navy (S to XXL) and Optical White (S to XL).

Enquiries: tel: (02) 9638 4333. Web:


Simrad NX40/NX45

Launched at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May, the new Simrad NX40 and NX45 NavStations are designed specifically for power and sailboats bigger than 7 metres in length.

The systems are capable of providing advanced chart-plotting, radar, echo soundings, camera images, instrument, engine and fuel data and more in one user-friendly display, says Simrad.

The NX40 has an 8.4-inch, sunlight viewable, high-resolution TFT colour display, while the NX45 has a larger 12.1-inch display.

Using Simrad’s NMEA 2000-based SimNet data-sharing network, these NavStation systems can also be interfaced with a range of compatible Simrad products, including instruments, autopilots and VHF radios.

Enquiries: tel: (02) 9936 1000. Web:



Ronstan racy watches

Ronstan, the Melbourne-based manufacturer of sailing hardware, has recently introduced three new watches based on its popular Clear Start timer. Purpose built, each new model is specifically designed and programmed to meet the unique needs of racing sailors.

All Clear Start watches feature large, single-row number displays with 16mm digit height so they can be read quickly at a glance. They can be set to display three distinct modes, including time, stop watch and regatta countdown and include multiple start time sequences and quick synchronisation functions.
Ronstan says that each of the watches is specifically engineered to resist getting hung-up on lines and other deck clutter while sailing. They also feature electro-luminescent backlit displays that are easy to read at night, and highly audible alarms.




Furuno FCV-1150

Furuno, manufacturers of high-performance fish finders, has recently released the FCV-1150 Digital Fish Finder. Equipped with DSP (Digital Signal Processing) technology, the FCV-1150 is a 12.1-inch High Definition Digital Fish Finder, with output power capabilities of 3,000 watts RMS.

The large screen is enhanced with anti-fogging display and an anti-polarised sunglass filter, which, Furuno claims, provides superior viewing in direct sunlight and no chance of fogging in the humidity of the tropics.

The FCV-1150 comes with several advanced features, including “Quick Gain”, “Heaving Compensation” and a “One-Touch Function Key”. Additionally, Furuno says the FCV-1150’s transmission rate is 30 per cent faster than current conventional fish finders, allowing for detailed detection of targets and seabed conditions.




New Honda 4-strokes

Honda has revealed details of its recently-released, completely redesigned BF40 and BF50 four-stroke outboard engines.

Retaining their light weight and compact styling, the new engines are enhanced with electronic fuel injection, Honda’s new Boosted Low Speed Torque (BLAST) air/fuel ratio and ignition-timing technology and lean-burn control.

Honda claims that BLAST, along with a newly-designed streamlined gearcase and other improvements, contributes to greater acceleration and a higher top speed, while the engines’ lean burn control results in a 22 per cent improvement in fuel economy over previous models.

The new BF40 and BF50 engines are available from all authorised Honda dealers.

Enquiries: tel (03) 9270 1111.



Eagle on the airwaves

Eagle has introduced a new range of high-performance marine VHF radios; the fixed-mount EVR-150 and EVR-100, and the hand-held EHR-10.

The EVR-150 is a powerful, fixed-mount, 25/1 watt radio that offers full DSC SC-101 automatic distress operation plus high-res position polling and group calling. It also receives RMC, GGA, GLL and GNS MNEA 0813 sentences for GPS data.
Eagle claims that the EVR-100 7/1 watt, fixed-mount VHF radio has 14 times the RF transmission power of standard FRS radio. Delivering on all international marine channels, the unit has a 52mm segmented LCD screen and a five-key speaker microphone.

The hand-held HER-10 with 5/1 watt transmit power includes a long-life 1300 mAh NiMH battery pack and charger and features all international boat marine channels.

Enquiries: Navico Australia, tel: (02) 9936 1000. Web:



Simrad GB40

Launched at the recent Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, the new Simrad GB40 Glass Bridge integrated navigation system is engineered for mid-sized power and sailing vessels.

At the heart of the GB40 is a compact NavComputer, which comes pre-loaded with global C-Map MAX Pro 3D cartography, which combines GPS, land elevation, satellite photos and bathymetric sea floor data to produce a virtual earth display that represents the environment around, above and below the vessel.

Complementing the GB40 system is a series of super-high resolution Glass Bridge monitors. Available in 254mm, 381mm and 483mm sizes, the full-colour, TFT monitors are fully daylight viewable, while a night palette dims the display for safe night operation.

The GB40 system can be enhanced by adding a high-power echo sounder and a range of radar options.

Enquiries: tel: (02) 9936 1000. Web:



Mercury’s Big Tiller

Mercury Marine has recently unveiled its new Big Tiller handle, designed to give fishermen and commercial operators more room in the boat and simple hands-on control of their engine.

Created specifically for high-horsepower Mercury and Mariner outboard engines, the Big Tiller handle has integrated shift, trim and throttle controls as well as adjustment knobs for easy modification of the tiller handle angle, throttle handle and valve tension.

Mercury claims that fishermen will love the ergonomically-friendly handle because the proximity of the shift arm to the throttle end of the tiller makes it so easy to operate.

Available options include external trim switches, such as foot trims, and a push-button RPM adjuster, which means better control and manoeuvrability.



Bright idea: LED cap

Powered by a standard 9V battery, the LeDitSee cleverly combines the latest in LED technology with the standard baseball cap. Eight powerful LED lights are built into the brim of the cap, giving fishers and boaters the ability to shine light on their hands without affecting their field of vision.

A slim push switch under the brim of the cap allows two, four or all eight LEDs to be switched on or off. The battery is discretely hidden in a small pocket of its own in the back of the cap and can be changed easily and quickly.
It’s available in black, with size adjustment.

Enquiries Australia: tel: (03) 9427 7866.
Enquiries New Zealand: tel: (+613) 9427 7866.



Mercury Fury propeller

Using the X7 technology it developed in the creation of its popular Enertia range of props last year, Mercury Propellers has created the Fury – a new range of props which, it claims, delivers more speed and greater endurance.

The Enertia range goes up to a pitch of 22 inches. Fury, which comes in 24-inch, 25-inch and 26-inch pitch options, takes over from there and is suitable for engines 200hp or more in twin or triple configurations.

According to Mercury, the X7 stainless steel alloy is 30 per cent stronger than conventional stainless steel and four times more durable.




Sperry boat shoe range

Sperry, maker of high-performance nautical footware, says its new Billfish 3 Eye range is built on a philosophy of comfort. Genuine hand-sewn and padded tongue construction allows for durable comfort and the air-mesh upper panels and perforated leather mean constant cool, breathable comfort around the foot.
A 360-degree lacing system, with rust-proof eyelets, also provides a secure fit, while the non-marking rubber outsole, with Wave-siping, ensures ultimate wet/dry traction.

They’re available in Dark Tan, Navy Nubuck and Amaretto.

Enquiries: tel (03) 8878 3000. Web: