OptiMax Jet 80 and Jet 110 outboards
Mercury Marine says its new OptiMax Jet 80 and OptiMax Jet 110 outboard engines are perfect for shallow-water boating, as the jet drive engines have no gearcase or propeller to extend beneath the bottom of the hull. The result, says Mercury Marine, is a boat that can pass over obstructions that would stop and/or damage a traditional prop-driven engine.
The outboards come with Mercury Marine’s 3-plus-2 warranty, giving factory coverage for five years, along with a three-year corrosion failure warranty. Its maker says the engines have industry-leading protection against corrosion through the use of a patented aluminium alloy with a low copper content, and a unique, multi-step painting process. All the exposed shafts, fasteners and impellers are stainless steel, while anodes provide further protection.
The 1.5lt OptiMax Jet 80 is based upon the standard 115hp OptiMax outboard, while the 2.5lt OptiMax Jet 110 is based upon the conventional 150hp OptiMax outboard.
Mercury Marine claims both jet drive engines offer excellent power-to-weight ratios and benefit from Optimax Direct Injection technology.
Northstar 310 Instrument Series
Marine electronics specialist, Northstar says its 310 Instrument Series features upgraded software and is easy to install, as well as being suitable for both power and sail applications. The range comprises instruments covering wind, speed and depth, plus repeater and multi-function units.
The instruments feature large, easy-to-read 38mm digits, backed up by a wide-angle, monochrome display. An analogue wind gauge is also available for mariners who prefer a more traditional look.
Boaties can also build the best system to suit their specific needs, as the 310 Instrument Series can be integrated into a vessel’s electronics via Northstar’s NavBus or NMEA 0183 data-sharing network. Using the NavBus, several identical instruments can be wired to a single transducer, or up to four instruments can be wired to the one NavBus box – multiple boxes can even be ‘daisy-chained’ together to build an even bigger system.
Enquiries: tel: (02) 9936 1000. Web: www.northstarnav.com.
Bravo Three prop
Mercury Propellers has just released the next generation of the Bravo Three, the new propeller featuring a four-blade front and a three-blade rear. Its makers claim it will improve the performance of just about any sports cruiser, while it’s also been designed to develop less cavitation to further reduce wear on the blades’ surfaces.
The Bravo Three also comes with tighter pitch options, from 19 degrees to 30 degrees, which Mercury says provides better compatibility with various hull and engine combinations.
A high-polish option is also available, for enhanced aesthetics and heightened stain and corrosion resistance.
The Active Casuals range of leisure footwear is now available in a new slip-on style, and its makers claim they’re perfect whether you’re heading for the beach, the boat or a barbecue.
Designed to handle most land- and water-based activities, the shoes feature an air-cushioned and slip-resistant sole, arch supports and an anti-microbial insole to help ward off odour.
Active Casual’s manufacturer also claims they are are non-marking, lightweight and super-strong, while a Velcro strap ensures a snug fit. They are available in a range of colours in men’s sizes eight to 13, and women’s sizes six to 10.
Enquiries: tel: 1800 776 738.
FLIR Systems Navigator
Dutch thermal imaging specialist, FLIR Commercial Vision Systems BV has recently released the FLIR Navigator – a thermal imaging system designed to offer boaties another level of safety while out on the water in low light conditions.
The Navigator’s pan/tilt camera sends its thermal images to a standard LCD display via a cable. FLIR says the system is easy-to-install and produces a clear image on even the darkest of nights.
The Navigator provides crisp, clear thermal imaging at 320 x 240 pixels resolution. This allows the user to see more detail and detect more and smaller items. Equipped with a 19mm wide-angle lens, the Navigator offers an extremely wide field of view (36 degrees), and eliminates the need for stabilisation of the system.
The Navigator has a built-in heater to defrost its protective window, ensuring a clear lens and good quality infrared images displayed on the monitor, even in extremely cold environments.
Rolex Submariner Date
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date timepiece is crafted from solid 18-carat yellow gold, while its case features a new unidirectional, rotatable bezel with a black ‘Cerachrom’ disc and a 120-notch, anti-reverse click system.
Rolex says the Oyster Submariner Date is waterproof to an impressive 300m and is certified as a chronometer by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).
According to Rolex, the Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date is highly resistant to both shock and magnetic fields and its movement is equipped with a ‘Parachrom’ hairspring, while its band features a new ‘Glidelock’ clasp.
RRP: $32,155. Web: www.rolex.com.au.
Mercury Marine has just released a new range of custom outboard covers, each designed to fit Mercury or Mariner outboards and offer protection from the elements while at play or at rest.
Made from marine-grade vinyl, Mercury says the covers are UV-stable, water-resistant and feature a soft lining to protect paintwork. They are also resistant to bacteria and mildew.
Because they incorporate air vents, the engines can be operated with the covers in place, thus offering year-round protection.
Mercury says the covers come with easy-to-use attachment clips and are cut to allow easy access to trim switches.
G Series hits the spot
Raymarine chose the recent Sydney International Boat Show to launch what it says is its most powerful navigation system to date.
The new Raymarine G Series combines the company’s leading chartplotter, radar and digital fishfinder technology with high-speed processing and networking.
The G Series multifunction helm solution combines ultra-bright displays, remote keyboards, and powerful processors with network sensors for radar, fishfinder, GPS, weather and video functions.
The G Series system can be configured in a multitude of combinations to precisely fit each user’s unique needs.
Raymarine says that, paired with high-resolution graphics, the display’s thin bezel design allows for maximum possible screen size within a minimum amount of helm space.
Features of the system include high-resolution 12-, 15-, 17- and 19-inch display units that Raymarine says boast easy visibility from across the cockpit, while adjustable backlighting and night mode make them superior for use after dark.
The GPM400 Processor Module makes the G Series 10 times faster than Raymarine’s previous generation of multifunction displays. The GPM400 features a built-in shock resistant hard drive preloaded with Navionics Platinum cartography for all of Australia and Asia.
According to Raymarine, the GPM400’s powerful processor and 3D graphics accelerator offers navigators 3D chartplotter performance and realistic aerial photo chart views at tremendous speeds. The preloaded Navionics charts are ready to go and do not require cumbersome unlocking codes for access.
The G Series also boasts high definition digital fishfinding technology. The powerful DSM400 Sounder Module provides three kilowatts of depth-penetrating power, reliably enabling more than 5000 feet using four independent, multi-frequency digital sonar transceivers.
Other system features and options include nine video inputs, an intuitive keyboard that allows for control of all stations from one location and the ability to integrate Raymarine’s Super HD Digital Radar technology.
For more information, visit your local Raymarine dealer or go to: www.raymarine.com.au.
2009 Yamaha catalogue
Yamaha Motor Australia has just released its 2009 catalogue and says the 40-page colour publication is bursting with Yamaha outboard options.
Outboard engines for a wide range of craft and applications are featured, including many new products and technologies, such as the F250B – a 250hp four-stroke V8.
The new catalogue is available nationally through Yamaha’s dealer network.
Cleaner, greener Volvo Penta
Volvo Penta has just released a range of engines fitted with catalytic converters, offering recreational boaters a propulsion system that satisfies California’s super-tough CARB 4 Star emissions regulations.
Four sterndrive models are available, along with one catalysed Volvo IPS petrol-powered engine. Volvo says the engines feature multiport fuel injection and two oxygen sensors – one before and one after the catalytic converter – to enable combustion to be controlled with absolute precision. A reaction as the exhaust passes through the catalytic converter sharply reduces both hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide output.
Volvo also says the engines utilise advanced materials to reduce weight and maximise protection against corrosion. Five engines are available in total, ranging in power outputs from 150hp to 400hp.
Simrad AP24 and AP28 Autopilots
Simrad has expanded its range of autopilot systems, with the introduction of the AP24 and AP28 models, which have both been designed to bring a wealth of steering functions to power and sail boats ranging in length from 7.5m to 24m.
Simrad says the AP24 is ideal for a wide range of boats with limited space at the helm, and comes with a compact, but easy-to-read 10.2cm screen. The AP28 features a larger 11.4cm LCD display and rotary control knob, and Simrad claims it can handle the steering needs of mid- to large-sized vessels under the most challenging of conditions.
Both units feature Simrad’s Depth Contour Tracking (which allows the vessel to follow a specific ledge), Integrated Turn Patterns (which allows the vessel to follow patterns such as a U-turn, zigzag, lazy S and more) and No Drift Course (which maintains a vessel’s course over ground, despite the prevailing current and wind conditions).
The AP24 and AP28 are also compatible with Simrad’s SimNet data bus, which Simrad says simplifies installation and integration with an array of other marine electronics.
Enquiries: tel: (02) 9936 1000. Web: www.simrad-yachting.com
SeeMySea boat exchange
If you’ve ever wanted to sail outside your own ‘backyard’, but have been put off by time and money constraints, the SeeMySea boat exchange website may offer you the convenient solution you’ve been waiting for.
The brainchild of three Frenchmen who are all passionate about their boating, SeeMySea provides an internet platform for boat swaps on a global scale. Simply subscribe to the SeeMySea service, find a boat you like the look of in a part of the world you wish to explore, get in touch with its owner and see if they might like to explore your own patch in your boat.
The site’s creators say SeeMySea has a spirit of open-mindedness and free exchange. You can either do an outright swap at the same time, or you can spend some time with the visiting owner to get them fully acquainted with your vessel – it’s entirely up to you and the other contact you’ve found through SeeMySea.
Nearly 150 boats were registered at the time this issue of Club Marine Magazine went to press, so whether you’ve dreamed of exploring the Med, America’s Great Lakes, NZ’s Bay of Islands or the coast of England, SeeMySea might just bring that dream one step closer to reality.