Raymarine A Series
Marine electronics manufacturer Raymarine has launched its new A Series range of chartplotter/fishfinders. The new range features two chartplotters and three chartplotter/fishfinder combinations. The units are available in three screen sizes, and each is equipped with a direct sunlight viewable, high-resolution VGA colour display.
The A Series includes multiple options based around the core fishfinder and chartplotter system to accept input from communication and safety products. The units also come preloaded with ready-to-navigate Navionics cartography for Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, southern Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Raymarine says that the rugged waterproof construction makes the new A Series a perfect fit for centre consoles and open cockpits. A one-size quick-release tilt and swivel bracket enables easy installation, and the units are easily removable for portability and security.
Enquiries: Raymarine, tel: (02) 9479 4800. Web: www.raymarine.com.au.
Famous for its fishing tackle, Shimano has announced the release of 13 new styles of sunglasses to complement its existing range of sunnies made for discerning anglers.
Shimano’s new range includes stylish wraps such as ‘Groper and Rapids’, a retro-style side-window model called ‘Impoundment’, through to the stylish ‘Native’, sporting a fossil granite finish with TR 90 frames and polycarbonate polarised lenses.
All Shimano sunglasses come with a protective case and 100 per cent UV lenses providing the level of quality and performance that anglers have come to expect from the Shimano name.
Enquiries: Shimano, tel: (02) 9526 2144. Web: www.shimanofish.com.au.
Northstar has announced that its M-series (M84 and M121) multi-function navigation packages are now available for boats of all sizes. The units in the M-series integrate GPS, radar, sonar, fuel management and video functionality into a daylight viewable, high-resolution display.
Equipped with a powerful sounder that automatically adjusts the output power to match the wattage of the transducer, no separate sounder processor is required. Simply plug the transducer of your choice into the M84 or M121 and it’s up and running.
Both the M84 and M121 also offer on-demand access to the engine’s fuel performance data, as well as SmartCraft management for SmartCraft-enabled engines.
The M84 is has an 8in/20.1cm display size; the M121’s monitor measures 12in/30.5cm.
Enquiries: Navico Australia, tel: (02) 9936 1000. Web: www.northstarnav.com.
Designed by a sailor tired of making multiple trips back and forth from his car to his boat at the marina, Kart-It is a collapsible trolley that makes loading your boat quick and easy.
Featuring a deep canvas bag, Kart-It has lots of room for bulky, heavy items. Light and easy to manoeuvre, Kart-It can carry up to 100kg – equivalent to a small outboard and a four-man life raft. After use, Kart-It is easy to collapse and put in a boot or a locker. The wheels are also removable to make it even more compact.
Kart-It is available in two sizes, and both sizes are available with either a powder-coated or a stainless-steel frame.
Enquiries: Kart-It Pty Ltd, tel: (03) 8746 2711. Web: www.kart-it.com.
Tuna Time 2 –
The acclaimed Strikezone series has hit new heights with its latest release, Tuna Time 2 – Search for a Jumbo. The adventure starts in New South Wales where the Strikezone crew encounters an enormous school of yellowfin tuna.
Their quest for a jumbo tuna then leads them south to Tasmania in search of the biggest tuna in the country. Braving the rugged Southern Ocean, they beat all the odds and land a massive southern bluefin tuna.
Finally the boys come face to face with the most feared creature in the ocean – the great white shark. The chance encounter is extraordinary, with multiple sharks circling and breaching right beside the boat.
According to Al McGlashan, Strikezone Tuna Time 2 is more like a documentary than a fishing DVD. There’s spectacular scenery, awesome underwater footage and through it all, tips and information from Al to help you improve your fishing.
Enquiries: Al McGlashan. Web: www.almcglashan.com.
Honda’s ‘Dr H’
Honda Australia has recently announced that it has taken delivery of a new engine diagnostic tool which enables immediate analysis of engine health. Affectionately named ‘Dr H’, the slimline unit plugs directly into the outboard engine and is used with a laptop or desktop computer to provide detailed engine reports.
Dr H has the ability to accurately assess engine usage and look for previous alert conditions – something that will provide peace of mind for boaties purchasing a used outboard.
Honda says that, with the assistance of Dr H, its technicians can quickly analyse engine abnormalities and address them before people hit the water.
Enquiries: Honda Marine, tel: 1300 1 HONDA. Web: www.honda.com.au.
ET’s Guide’s Guide
Club Marine’s favourite guest columnist, Andrew ‘ET’ Ettingshausen has recently released a new book, ET’s Guide’s Guide to Fishing. Through spectacular photos, tips and stories, this 280-page full-colour hardcover reveals the secrets of Australia’s premier fishing guides – many of whom ET has fished with over the years in producing the Escape with ET TV show.
Whether bait-fishing for kingfish in Sydney Harbour, fly fishing a quiet Tasmanian stream for trout, casting lures in the Northern Territory’s billabongs for barramundi or sight-fishing from a north Queensland beach, ET’s Guide’s Guide to Fishing shares all the hard-earned knowledge and experience of Australia’s best professional fishing guides in an easy-to-read format.
Enquiries: ET Escape Sportfishing, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.escapesportfishing.com.
Mercury Racing propellers
Mercury Racing says it is the only company in Australia to offer CNC-machining technology in the construction of propellers for engines up to 1200hp.
CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining means propellers are crafted to exact specifications – every blade on a propeller is identical, and matched propellers match perfectly – which, says Mercury, maximises performance.
Mercury Racing customers can also have specific adjustments made to their propeller to ensure it perfectly suits their particular application. Each prop is examined and hand-finished by Mercury Racing technicians to ensure exact tolerances.
With five- and six-blade options, Mercury Racing CNC-machined cleaver propellers come in 15 and 18in diameters (381 or 557mm) with a pitch range of 26 to 40in (660 to 1016mm), so there’s an option for virtually any application.
Enquiries: Mercury Marine. Web: www.mercurymarine.com.au.
Tallon for RIBs
Tallon Marine has launched a new RIB accessory system – the first and only one specifically designed to work in inflatable boats.
Based on the flexibility and functionality of the innovative Tallon system, the new RIB System is fully sealed and airtight for installation directly into the inflatable tube. (The new Tallon RIB Receiver must be installed by an inflatable boat dealership or repair professional).
This unique, end-to-end accessory system enables owners of inflatable boats to quickly and easily access and alternate between a wide range of marine accessories – from drink holders to dive racks – to accommodate their ever-changing needs and to personalise their boat.
Enquiries: Mercury Marine. Web: www.mercurymarine.com.au.
The ‘Raft on the Road’
VersaDock International Ltd, the company behind the modular marine pontoon system, has moved into the flood rescue and evacuation market with its new ‘Raft on the Road’.
The lightweight, stable Rescue and Evacuation Raft, which can carry up to 20 people, can be delivered to the water’s edge and deployed in just minutes. And it can operate in just 5cm of water.
Following extensive evaluation and testing with international frontline rescue organisations, the multi-purpose raft has been designed to the optimum size for evacuation purposes.
The ‘Raft on the Road’ can carry more than 3000kg, which makes it ideal for delivering essential supplies and emergency equipment. The raft can be powered by its own outboard motor, but where water depth is a limitation, it can be towed, pushed or paddled, allowing access to almost any point.
Enquiries: Nigel Woods, VersaDock Australia, tel: 0448 911 222. Email: email@example.com.