Dedon says its new SeaX collection of award-winning outdoor furniture took inspiration from the sleek racing sailboats of the America’s Cup.
SeaX comes in dining and lounge dimensions with a selected choice of characteristically innovative, weather-resistant Dedon materials: suitable man-made leather and state-of-the-art woven fabrics.
Australian distributor, Domo Collections says SeaX represents elegance and modernity and is distinguished by its meticulous attention to detail, wealth of innovative design solutions and alluring array of materials, colours and textures. This sophisticated foldable armchair is the work of French designer, Jean-Marie Massaud.
The SeaX collection is available exclusively through Domo Collections.
Enquiries: Domo Collections. www.domo.com.au
RFD children’s PFDs
RFD Australia has launched a range of child-specific PFDs which it says have been designed to the new Australian Standard AS4758 with three factors in mind – fit, form and function.
With child sizes in the Sirocco, Mistral, Diablo and Hurricane ranges, RFD suggests the entire family can be decked out in matching PFDs.
Child sizes in the Sirocco and Mistral PFDs begin with an XS to suit 10kg to 15kg, incrementally increasing to Child Medium. The Hurricane and Diablo PFDs are available in Child Medium.
According to RFD, the Sirocco and Mistral ranges are both 100N performance jackets suitable for general boating. They feature a crutch strap and grab handle on the collar for additional security and are designed to be worn comfortably for extended periods while on board a vessel, says RFD.
The Diablo and Hurricane ranges are rated to 50N, and have been specifically designed for children who want to participate in a range of fun water activities such as tubing or riding as passenger on a PWC. Both PFDs are soft and flexible with a generous cut around the arms and neck for comfort.
To locate a stockist or other enquiries: www.rfd.com.au
The Aussie inventors of the latest dry docking product, Fab Dock, say all boaters need to do is drive a boat in, pump up the rear section and connect the bilge pump via a magnetic connector on the boat. Fab Dock looks after the rest by emptying the water that is in the Fab Dock and then turning itself off. They say it keeps the boat dry by automatically turning on when water, such as from rain or wash, is sensed.
Fab Dock is made from fabric rather than hard plastic, which, the company says, also helps when docking a boat in windy or tidal conditions. It says it has constructed Fab Dock to be a self-contained unit, with no control box, running pipes or wires across a marina berth or pontoon. Fab Dock is designed so that it is hidden below the height of most pontoons and can’t be seen once a boat is sitting in it.
The company claims that with no moving parts or metal parts to corrode, maintenance consists of a quick clean once or twice a year. Fab Dock can help reduce yearly maintenance costs on a boat and is suitable for owners who want to leave their boat on the water, but don’t like the idea of anti-fouling. A five-year warranty is offered for the urethane alloy version.
Enquiries: Fab Dock, tel: 1 300 FAB DOCK (1 300 322 3625). www.fabdock.com.au
For boat owners looking to upgrade to the new e and c series from C or E Classic or Wide displays, Raymarine has come up with a set of bezels and adaptor plates to make the dash/bulkhead install quick and easy. New e- or c-Series displays are available with optional easy-fit bezels, complete with mounting plates, for use when replacing C80, C120, E80 or E120 Classic displays or C90W, C120W, E80W or E120W Widescreen displays, so there is no need to cut new holes or fit a new dash.
Nulon marine lubricants
Australian manufacturer of fuel and engine treatments, long-life anti-freeze/anti-boil coolants and advanced technology engine oils for the automotive market, Nulon, has released a dedicated range of new, marine-specific TC-W3 and FC-W lubricants.
Nulon says its new marine lubricants are some of the most technologically advanced oils available on the market. Using the latest SM specifications, the range covers the most popular inboard and outboard engines. Nulon’s low friction Advanced Additive Technology (AAT) is blended into all the four-stroke oils, which, it says, further reduces wear and fuel consumption.
Nulon provides a full range of fully-synthetic two- and four-stroke oils, along with a semi-synthetic gear oil. According to Nulon, synthetics offer superior protection, performance and longevity over mineral oils, with the fast-flowing synthetic formula promoting easy start, idle and consistent throttle response.
For stockists or a full marine lube guide and details: www.nulon.com.au
Suzuki DF20A and DF15A
Suzuki has announced the launch of two new fuel-efficient, high-performance four-stroke outboard motors: the all-new DF20A and the new generation DF15A.
Suzuki says these new models are the first in their class to feature battery-less electronic fuel injection (EFI). Combined with Suzuki’s Lean Burn Fuel Control system, the company says the result is more responsive acceleration, easier starts, smoother performance and greater fuel efficiency.
By designing the EFI component parts to be smaller than those used on its larger EFI-engines, Suzuki says the overall weight has been kept as low as possible. According to Suzuki’s internal testing, this means that at just 44kg the new models are the lightest and most compact outboards in their class.
Suzuki suggests the compact size and light weight of the new DF20A and DF15A make them an ideal power match for a wide variety of boats, including small RIBs and tenders.
The new Suzuki DF20A and DF15A will be available mid-2012.
The Australian Game Fishing Association (GFAA) has released a DVD that is all about catching big fish.
Hosted by Aussie fishing personality, Al McGlashan, this DVD covers all aspects of the sport. Loaded with some amazing action, both above and below the surface, the GFAA says it is an action-packed DVD full of information.
It covers topics from rules and regulations, to tagging tips and how to claim a record. Also included is never before seen historical footage, such as black and white reels of anglers fighting fish from row boats, while wearing a suit and tie. This classic footage highlights the rich history of the sport and how the GFAA evolved.
The Gamefishing Australia DVD is free to members of the GFAA.
For more information and to find a local GFAA club, go to www.gfaa.asn.au
Raymarine CP450C CHIRP broadband sonar
Raymarine has announced its CP450C ClearPulse CHIRP sonar, which it says is a cutting edge black box fishfinder option compatible with the new Raymarine e-Series and c-Series line of multifunction displays.
According to Raymarine, the new sonar offers up to 10 times the resolution of traditional fishfinders. Its ClearPulse CHIRP technology takes advantage of a wide spectrum of sonar signals to deliver amazing detail and accuracy. Raymarine says it also features TruZoom mode for a precise and magnified view of fish targets, bottom structure, and baitfish without any loss of resolution seen with traditional fishfinder zoom mode.
In shallow water or offshore the CP450C can operate in a wide range of sonar frequencies simultaneously, using two independent CHIRP sonar transceivers. The CP450C uses any discreet frequency from 25 to 250kHz, subject to transducer support. It also offers mid-band frequency support in the 75 to 130kHz range.
Designed to operate in depths ranging between 2 and 10,000 feet, the CP450C also features an ultra-fast 80 ping-per-second update rate, which the company says provides anglers with enhanced target detail in shallow water and when moving at high speeds. Unlike traditional high-speed scrolling, the CP450C actually images the bottom at up to twice the speed of typical fishfinders, providing real time information of water depth and bottom conditions when anglers need it most.
Suzuki Selective Rotation DF300AP
Suzuki has introduced the DF300AP outboard with Suzuki Selective Rotation, which it says is cutting-edge technology that allows the one outboard model to operate in either regular or counter rotation mode.
When installing two or more outboards to the transom of a boat, a combination of regular rotation and counter rotation units is normally used, so that the propellers spin in different directions. Suzuki says its DF300AP outboard is the first outboard or stern drive leg that can operate in either forward or reverse direction.
Suzuki says in its standard form, the new model will operate in regular clockwise rotation using the forward gear. By changing the gear-shift mode and adding a counter rotational propeller, the same outboard can operate in counter rotation mode.
In counter rotation mode, power is transmitted through the reverse gear, which Suzuki says has been upgraded and improved to give it the same characteristics as the forward gears, which have also been optimised.
Queensland-based anode manufacturer, Cathodic Diecasting says it developed the Rust Seeker to enable vessel owners to accurately assess when anodes or coatings need to be replaced.
The company says the Rust Seeker reference electrode is a simple tool, which measures whether a vessel is adequately protected against corrosion. It is also designed to identify the source of stray current. According to the manufacturer, Rust Seeker is an easy-to-use, cost-effective way for vessel owners to periodically check their craft. It can be plugged into most standard multimeters and in a few easy steps a whole vessel can be checked.
Reference electrodes have been a valuable part of every good corrosion engineer’s tool kit for many years, suggests Cathodic Diecasting, and claims Rust Seeker is the first reference electrode designed specifically for boat owners.
Enquiries: Cathodic Diecasting, tel: (07) 5476 9788. www.rustseeker.com
Yamaha VMAX SHO
Yamaha has announced the arrival of the VMAX SHO, a four-stroke engine designed specifically for the high-performance fishing boat market.
The VMAX SHO range of outboards is available in 250, 225 and 200hp versions and comes in a long shaft (20in) only. Yamaha says the use of plasma fused sleeveless cylinders in these engines, instead of conventional steel sleeves, has allowed Yamaha engineers to gain the greatest displacement from the least amount of engine block mass, producing the best power-to-weight ratio in its class.
According to Yamaha, in the 250hp class no production V6 outboard, four-stroke or two-stroke, is lighter. This is achieved through the use of the latest lightweight composite materials in the cowling and engine pan as well as a lighter exhaust system.
The other big advantage fishermen are finding is the fuel economy of the VMAX SHO, says Yamaha. The new engine burns about 12 per cent less fuel on average than the 3.3lt Yamaha HPDI two-stroke, Yamaha’s previous offering in this category.
While specifically designed for high-performance fishing boats, the VMAX SHO is also a great power option for other flat water applications.
The VMAX SHO is covered by a 2 + 1 year manufacturer’s warranty for recreational use.
For more information and to find a local dealer: www.yamaha-motor.com.au
Bar Crusher Bar Flap
Bar Crusher says its Bar Flap increases the versatility of its Quickflow water ballast system by holding in water to give the boat more weight, as well as to stop water from entering the ballast cavity so the boat will have less draft.
Quickflow is a cavity that runs the length of the keel and fills with water when the boat is stationary, lowering the chines into the water for greater stability. It quickly drains as the boat moves forward, allowing it to leap onto the plane, says Bar Crusher.
Bar Flap is a feature that the company suggests is useful for boaters who have shallow draft applications or who run very lightly loaded. If fishing very shallow water, keeping the Bar Flap closed prevents the water ballast cavity from flooding, allowing the boat to float a little higher in the water.
In heavy seas, allowing the cavity to take on some water and then closing the Bar Flap prevents the ballast from being jettisoned as the boat moves forward, providing extra hull weight, says Bar Crusher.
Bar Flap is available as an option on all water-ballasted hulls.
Enquiries: Bar Crusher Boats, tel: (03) 9792 2999: www.barcrusher.com.au
GME Automatic Identification Systems
GME has announced its Automatic Identification System (AIS) that consists of a class B transceiver, receiver and antenna splitter.
GME says vessels equipped with AIS can automatically share and update their position, speed, course and other information, such as vessel identity, with similarly equipped craft.
The benefits of AIS are well recognised and documented in the commercial marine environment, and GME says leisure-boat owners can now access the key attributes of AIS for a fraction of the cost through the introduction of class B transceiver and receiver modules.
Position is derived from a GPS system and communication between vessels is by VHF radio transmissions on channels specifically allocated within the normal marine VHF band.
GME offers a full 12-month manufacturer’s warranty on all AIS products.