Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust II Rolesor
The Datejust II Rolesor makes an exquisite addition to the extensive range of the Oyster Perpetual Datejust family, says Rolex.
The case, in yellow or white Rolesor, and available for the first time in a 41mm format, marries optimal comfort with elegant refinement. Fitted with a fluted bezel, the watch is waterproof to a depth of 100m (330ft).
The Datejust II is equipped with a calibre entirely designed and manufactured by Rolex. It features a Parachrom hairspring, highly resistant to shocks and magnetic fields, as well as new Paraflex shock absorbers, which ensure its chronometric precision and reliability.
The movement is chronometer-certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) and has a power reserve of 48 hours.
The Datejust II is available on an Oyster bracelet, fitted with an Oysterclasp and Easylink extension link.
Enquiries: Rolex. Web:www.rolex.com.
The Mobilarm V100 is a fully-automated, marine survivor locating device that transmits a MOB distress call via VHF DSC and in a synthesised voice on the VHF emergency channel to all VHF-radio-equipped vessels and land-based receivers within range, including the distressed mariner’s vessel. The pocket-sized VPIRB (VHS Position Indicating Radio Beacon) is attached to clothing or lifejackets and will automatically activate when the wearer has fallen overboard, sending out a distress call and real time GPS coordinates of the casualty’s current position.
The Mobilarm V100 VPIRB automatically sends out the initial ‘Mayday, Man Overboard’ alarm via DSC data on channel 70. As soon as a GPS lock is obtained by the integrated 20-channel GPS receiver, typically within 45 to 60 seconds, the device transmits the distress call again, complete with position coordinates. The message is repeated at regular intervals to update the rescuers on the current position of the person in the water, which continues until the device is deactivated. The Mobilarm V100 battery will support transmission for at least 12 hours in normal conditions.
The device also incorporates a strobe light to assist in visual homing of the casualty.
Enquiries: Mobilarm. Web:www.mobilarm.com.
Mercury Verado 350 SCi
Mercury Outboard’s all-new Verado 350 SCi recently made its Australian debut at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.
The 2.6lt supercharged engine features electronically-controlled sequential multi-port fuel injection, four valves per cylinder, double overhead cams, a charge-air cooler and electronic boost bypass control.
Mercury says the new top cowl design, with fresh air intakes on the top and front, helps maintain consistent engine operating temperatures by circulating cool air around the powerhead and associated components. The cowl design also channels fresh air directly to the supercharger, thereby improving power and performance.
The Verado 350 SCi is now available in Australia and New Zealand with a limited two-year warranty. The 25in and 30in versions are on sale through all Mercury Outboard dealers, with the 20in model available from authorised Mercury Racing Dealers only.
Enquiries: Mercury Marine. Web: www.mercurymarine.com.au.
Nanni diesel engine
Nanni Diesel says its new N2.10 is a 10hp, two-cylinder engine that employs the latest diesel technology, for optimum performance and reliability.
The high torque capacity of the engine means that you can cruise at a leisurely 3000rpm, which means smoother running with less noise.
Nanni claims the high output of the N2.10 at low revs also means improved fuel economy and lower emissions, surpassing the world’s most stringent requirements including BSO2, the new European Directive 2003/44/EC and the American RPA tier 2.
The Nanni N2.10 is ideal for sailboat repowers as the design of the engine mounts allows easy interchangeability with competitive engine brands, which eliminates the hassle and expense of modifications to engine bearers or the engine compartment.
Enquiries: Nanni Diesel, tel: (02) 9319 5222. Web:www.nannidiesel.com.
GPS from GME
of a new GPS navigation system, the GP450X. This Australian-designed plotter has a 4.5in monochrome silver bright LCD with a pixel resolution of 240 wide by 160 high. The stand-alone unit has a 12-parallel-channel receiver with SBAS (Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems) support.
The unit also contains a wide range of navigational pages including plotter with a scale range of .02 – 320nm, compass, highway, large nav data, speedometer, steering and custom page. The plotter incorporates user-friendly software and an easy-to-read display, even in direct sunlight, making the GP450X system an asset for boaties with simplicity in mind, but who need big-plotter features.
Enquiries: GME, tel: (02) 9844 6666. Web:www.gme.com.au.
Yamaha 30hp with EFI
Yamaha has recently released an upgraded version of its four-stroke 30hp model, the F30B. Based on the successful F30A model, this engine features fuel efficiency, low emissions and the latest in outboard technology.
Two model variants are available – the F30BEHTL and F30BETL. Both feature electric start, power trim and tilt and long shaft; the difference is forward controls and tiller steer versions.
At the heart of the Yamaha F30B is a three-cylinder in-line block with a displacement of 747cc. The low profile design and power-to-weight ratio deliver optimum power for tinnies, RIBs and those seeking dependable auxiliary power.
Yamaha claims its EFI system delivers sure-fire starts every time, regardless of temperature and atmospheric pressure.
Enquiries: Yamaha Motor Australia, tel: (07) 3906 7000. Web:www.yamaha-motor.com.au.
Lowrance has recently announced the launch of its revolutionary Broadband Radar for use with its innovative High-Definition System (HDS) multifunction displays.
In introducing the world’s first recreational marine Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) radome, Lowrance claims that BR24 Broadband Radar represents the next generation of radar safety, affordability and ease of use.
Boasting range resolution to less than 3m, the BR24 eliminates close-in vessel blind spot (main bang) resulting in crystal-clear, highly-detailed intuitive views of surroundings to a 1/32nm range scale. The new radome transmits at 1/20,000 the power of traditional radar – less than 1/10th the energy of a mobile phone – and emits no harmful radiation outside the dome, allowing for flexible installation on a range of vessels.
Compatible with all Lowrance HDS multifunction displays ?– HDS5, HDS7, HDS8 and HDS10 – the BR24 provides an effective 24nm range and supports chart overlay, display networking and more.
Enquiries: Navico Australia, tel: (02) 9936 1000. Web: www.lowrance.com.au.
Suzuki portable engines
Suzuki Marine recently unveiled two new portable engines at the 2009 Miami International Boat Show. Suzuki says the new DF8 and DF9.9 offer boaties four-stroke technology in a compact, portable package.
With a weight of 39.5kg for the manual start/short shaft models, these new portables are easier to transport and handle. The DF8 and DF9.9 are available with tiller steering and a choice of easy-pull manual or electric starting.
At the heart of the DF8 and DF9.9 is a new inline two-cylinder overhead cam powerhead with a 208cc displacement and digital CDI ignition for smooth idling, crisp acceleration and significantly better fuel economy, especially during low- to mid-range operation.
Enquiries: Suzuki Marine. Web:www.hainessuzukimarine.com.au.
Newport sailing boot
Dubarry, a leading manufacturer of high-performance marine footwear, has recently unveiled its newest sailing boot, the Newport.
A Gore-Tex lining keeps the boot waterproof, insulates warmth and provides breathabilty. Superior comfort comes from the Dubarry Dryfast-Drysoft leather and an EVA low-profile midsole for underfoot comfort and shock absorbency. Grip for the Newport boot is provided by an award-winning nonslip, nonmarking rubber outsole. A Lycra collar provides a secure fit and accommodates wider calf muscles.
Lightweight, comfortable and good looking, the Dubarry Newport is an inspired choice of boot for the Australian sailor.
Enquiries: Burke Marine, tel: (02) 9638 4777.
AIS-Multi receiver/antenna splitter
The AIS-Multi is a combined AIS dual-channel receiver and antenna splitter all in one compact unit. Easy to install, the AIS-Multi provides a small vessel with a low cost way of monitoring the position, speed and heading of other vessels within VHF range, and allows you to receive transmissions from both Class A and Class B vessels, while aiding navigation.
The unit is powered by the boat’s 12/24V DC supply. The signal from the antenna is amplified before being shared by the VHF radio and internal AIS receiver, thus ensuring minimum insertion loss.
AIS information received can be displayed on a compatible chart plotter using the NMEA 0183 output, while at the same time the unit can be connected to a PC via the USB port to display data onto a compatible charting program.
Enquiries: Oceantalk. Web:www.oceantalk.com.
Honda’s new BF60 outboard
Honda’s brand new BF60 four-stroke EFI outboard engine expands the premium product range available to Australian boaters.
Weighing 110kg, the newly-designed, water-cooled, 998cc three-cylinder engine incorporates electronic fuel injection, Honda’s revolutionary Boosted Low Speed Torque (BLAST) air/fuel ratio and ignition-timing technology, and lean burn control to deliver powerful start-up and acceleration together with outstanding fuel economy during cruising, says Honda.
Along with its 17amp alternator, the BF60 is also NMEA2000 compatible, which allows the engine to communicate with onboard electronics to deliver a wide-range of information to head-unit displays.
The futuristic-looking BF60 is available in remote control (including a Power Thrust model) and tiller versions. Among its many features, the multi-function tiller handle incorporates a power trim-tilt switch located in the throttle grip.
The BF60 exceeds the latest US EPA emissions standards; 2008 CARB standards; and domestic Japanese voluntary regulations.
Enquiries: Honda Australia, tel: (03) 9670 3305. Web:www.honda.com.au.