TUDOR Hydronaut II Chrono
TUDOR made waves at this year’s Basel watch and jewellery fair with the launch of an exciting and dynamic new collection. Manufactured and distributed by Rolex, TUDOR watches are made for those with an active lifestyle who appreciate forward-thinking design.
Every detail of the new range of Hydronaut II Chrono models reflects elements of the nautical world. The new Hydronaut II Chrono is fitted with a unidirectional rotatable black bezel, a self-winding mechanical movement and pushers at two o’clock and four o’clock for chronograph functions. The first 15 minutes – critical for divers’ decompression stops – are indicated by a red line that communicates the sporty spirit of the watch.
Created for exploring the underwater world, the Hydronaut II models are waterproof to a depth of 200 metres and feature a choice of dials: black, ruthenium, silver-sun, white or blue. The strap, in black rubber, reproduces the TUDOR shield and the configuration of wooden boards on the bow of a motor boat. The new folding clasp reproduces the wave motif of the TUDOR logo.
Tudor watches are manufactured and distributed by Rolex and sold through a network of authorised retailers.
For a list of authorised retailers in Australia please visit www.tudorwatch.com or call Rolex Australia on (03) 9654 3988.
Century Marine Pro Batteries
Century Batteries, one of Australia’s most venerable battery manufacturers, has recently expanded its product range to include a comprehensive selection of low-maintenance and maintenance-free marine-specific batteries.
Century Batteries claims that, unlike many imported batteries, its Century Marine Pro range is specifically designed for marine applications and perfectly adapted to life on the water. Suitable for use in both recreational and industrial marine applications, the Century Marine Pro range includes dedicated starting, deep cycle and dual purpose batteries.
The Marine Pro 600 is the flagship battery in the range. Designed and manufactured here in Australia, this dual-purpose battery is made for starting inboard and outboard engines up to 350hp and has the added reserve capacity to run various on-board accessories.
By incorporating its exclusive Platelock™ technology to combat wave pounding and engine vibration, the Marine Pro 600 has become the battery of choice for serious boating enthusiasts, says Century Batteries.
Enquiries: Century Batteries, tel: 13 22 87. Web: www.centurybatteries.com.au.
Henri-Lloyd Atmosphere Jacket
Part of the Atmosphere 360 range, the Atmosphere Jacket is constructed from one of the most technically-advanced fabrics ever made by Henri-Lloyd – TP AC, which features Adaptive Performance Technology.
According to Henri-Lloyd, TP AC is a new waterproof, windproof and extremely breathable fabric that is temperature-sensitive. It works by responding to the wearer’s body temperature, and encouraging both heat and vapour to escape, which keeps the wearer cool, or by restricting the loss of heat, which keeps the wearer warm. The outer fabric has also been treated with a SDWR (Super Durable Water Repellency) finish, which helps to shed water.
All the seams of the Atmosphere Jacket are micro-stitched and taped to ensure durability and protection. Other features include a quick-drying Rentex mesh collar lining offering supreme softness to sensitive facial areas, two side pockets with water-resistant zips and a secure zip fastening internal pocket.
The jacket also features the Henri-Lloyd hood and collar system, incorporating a stowaway hood, with single-handed adjustment and release shock-cord, which provides a customised fit and ease of use. Henri-Lloyd says the level of durability of the jacket is not compromised and the variant comfort qualities will be maintained even after washing.
Burke Marine, tel: (02) 9638 4333. Email:email@example.com.
Volvo Penta Dynamic Positioning System
Volvo Penta recently announced the launch of its Dynamic Positioning System, a new docking function for the Volvo Penta IPS.
The Dynamic Positioning System is activated by pressing a button on the joystick. Once activated, the boat remains stationary in the water and only moves within a very limited area.
The Dynamic Positioning System is controlled by special software integrated with Volvo Penta’s electronic platform, EVC. A special antenna with double GPS receivers supplies the system with exact information on the boat’s position. With the help of this information, the software controls engine revs, shift positions and the pod drives.
The Dynamic Positioning System is available as an option for all Volvo Penta IPS diesel models from the model year 2010.
Volvo Penta Oceana, tel: (07) 3726 1500. Web: www.volvopenta.com.au.
OptiMax 115 Pro XS and 200 Pro XS
Mercury’s high-performance, direct-injection OptiMax ProXS range has been expanded with the introduction of the 115 Pro XS and 200 Pro XS models.
Mercury claims that the OptiMax Pro XS outboards provide improved holeshot and acceleration, better cruising speed with heavier loads, and increased top-end speed.
A higher wide-open-throttle rpm operating range means OptiMax Pro XS outboards give owners more propeller options to maximise the performance of their boat, and the carbon fibre inlet reeds produce improved performance and efficiency because of their durability and responsiveness, says Mercury.
Both engines are compatible with Mercury’s unique Big Tiller, which has integrated shift, trim and throttle controls. Each engine has a fully-regulated 60 amp alternator, which is belt-driven to reduce heat build-up.
The 115 Pro XS and 200 Pro XS models are both backed by Mercury’s exclusive 3+2 (5 year) warranty for recreational use.
Enquiries: Mercury Marine. Web: www.mercurymarine.com.au.
How to Catch Fish & Cook It
Spending more than 200 days a year on the water, chasing everything from yakkas to swordfish, Al McGlashan is widely recognised as one of Australia’s most experienced anglers.
Al’s passion for the sea is obvious in his new book, How to Catch Fish & Cook It, featuring spectacular photography and detailed techniques to help you catch more fish. Even though Al is an acknowledged master of catching fish, cooking is a whole other ‘kettle of fish’. That’s where Al’s better half, Rachel, comes in.
Faced with cooking freshly caught fish five nights a week, Rachel McGlashan has become a seafood cook out of necessity. Not only do Rachel’s own recipes appear in How to Catch Fish & Cook It, friends and family share their favourite recipes as well.
As with everything McGlashan-related, the book resonates with Alistair’s infectious enthusiasm and, of course, his passion for all things fishy!
Enquiries: New Holland Publishers Australia. Web: www.newholland.com.au.
The Shuttle Chef
The Shuttle Chef is a non-electric slow cooker that kicks off the slow-cooking process with a few minutes of boiling water on the stove top. After that, your food automatically continues cooking for hours using the heat preserved inside the Shuttle Chef, which maintains internal food temperatures above the food safety standard for eight to 10 hours.
Manufactured by the Thermos Company, which has been a recognised leader in food-safety-insulation technology for over 100 years, the Shuttle Chef uses a patented THERMAX vacuum insulation, which virtually eliminates temperature change by creating an airless vacuum space between two stainless steel walls.
The Shuttle Chef’s slow and gentle cooking method ensures that meat stays moist and tender and vegetables retain their colour and texture.
Enquiries: Thermal Cookware, tel: 1300 667 151. Web: www.ThermalCookware.com.
Maxpower Wireless Remote Control
The new Maxpower wireless handheld remote control is a slim-line, hand-held remote controller, which will take control of up to eight electric and electronic devices on board your boat.
Oceantalk, the Australian distributor of Maxpower products, says the wireless hand-held remote provides finger-tip control at the press of a button from anywhere on board the vessel, no matter if you’re standing in the cockpit, peering down from the flybridge, or leaning out an open window to watch what’s happening as you approach a berth.
The remote control can also be used for operating an anchor winch, controlling a davit crane from the cockpit, deploying a boarding gangway, or even switching on a mood light or pop-up TV.
The ergonomic hand controller fits neatly into a pocket or hangs around the neck on a lanyard. It is powered by standard replaceable batteries, is waterproof and will float if accidently dropped overboard.
Enquiries: Oceantalk, tel: (02) 9981 9500. Web: www.oceantalk.com.au.
RFD Plastimo Inflatables It
RFD, a leading supplier of marine safety products and inflatable watercraft, recently launched a full line of Plastimo inflatable boats at the Sydney International Boat Show.
The 20-model Plastimo range includes the Raid Tenders series, the Fun series, Yacht Tenders and the Charter range. Taken together, the new ranges cover both conventional inflatable boats and RIBs varying in size from a 2m tender through to a 3.5m RIB.
The Raid Tender series is made up of three compact, easy-to-stow tenders, which, RFD says, makes the most of the space onboard to offer maximum comfort.
The Fun Series comprises five models with a V-style inflatable hull design for less weight and more stability at planing speeds.
The Plastimo Yacht Tender range covers six models ranging in size from 2.4m to 3.5m. With a V-type rigid hull, these models are suited to faster cruising in safety. To make them easy for cruising yachtsmen, the Yacht Tenders can be mounted on davits, thanks to the lifting eye bolts being fitted as standard equipment.
Enquiries: RFD Pty, Ltd, tel: (02) 9330 7000. Web: www.rfd.com.au.
Suzuki claims that, in redesigning the DF60, its engineers have created an outboard that is compact, lightweight and fuel efficient. Its sleek and innovative design means that, at only 102 kilograms for the standard shaft model, it will be the lightest four-stroke outboard in the 60hp class.
Suzuki’s engineers have designed an all-new three-cylinder engine that uses a DOHC powerhead with four valves per cylinder. This has been combined with Suzuki’s Lean Burn Control System, which predicts fuel needs according to operating conditions and allows the engine to operate on a very lean air/fuel ratio for top-level fuel efficiency.
Other key features of this new outboard include: a self-adjusting and maintenance-free timing chain, electronic fuel injection, a new tilt limit system and a large-capacity 19A alternator to power a variety of marine electronics.
Enquiries: Haines Suzuki Marine, tel: (07) 3271 4400. Web: www.worldsbest4stroke.com.
Lowrance recently hosted the Australian launch of its next-generation sonar technology, the LSS-1 StructureScan sonar-imaging module, at the Sydney International Boat Show.
Available to consumers later this year, the sonar-imaging module is the world’s first to offer anglers a new dimension in underwater picture-like displays: side-to-side, plus straight-down, full-panoramic viewing.
Lowrance says that StructureScan removes the guesswork common to existing fish-finding technology. According to Lowrance, the new LSS-1 delivers the highest underwater definition ever achieved, with crystal-clear views in shallow and deep, freshwater or saltwater – even at speeds of nearly 50km/h.
The fully-waterproof LSS-1 module comes with a rugged, low-profile, dual-frequency 455kHz and 800kHz panoramic imaging transducer that is easy to install and offers multiple mounting locations. The transducer also features a built-in temperature sensor and operates in tandem with any HDS 2D sonar transducer. Like all Lowrance HDS products, the LSS-1 StructureScan sonar-imaging module is covered by a two-year limited warranty.
Enquiries: Navico Australia, tel: (02) 9936 1000. Web: www.lowrance.com.au.