Garmin thermal-imaging and low-light cameras
Garmin has announced its new family of thermal-imaging and low-light cameras - the GCT 30, GCT 20 and GCL 20.
These cameras can pan, tilt and zoom and provide extra situational awareness by enhancing visibility at any time of day, according to Garmin. The GCL 20 low-light camera is especially useful at dawn, dusk and in light fog, while the thermal-imaging versions - the high-resolution GCT 30 and low-resolution GCT 20 - aid in navigating in total darkness.
Each new Garmin camera is fully controllable from a compatible Garmin chartplotter and features NMEA 2000 connectivity. When interfaced with a Garmin chartplotter via NMEA 2000, and with an additional heading sensor, mariners can use multiple Garmin cameras to track one target from the plotter.
The GCT 30 and GCT 20 can even detect a hot spot, overlay a box around the spot, and then automatically pan and tilt to follow the identified hot spot, thanks to the target tracking technology. When paired with the heading sensor, each camera has the ability to track MARPA and AIS targets, and can provide man overboard synergy.
For more information, go to: www.garmin.com/au
Navico has announced its next-generation sonar imaging system, the LSS-2 StructureScan HD.
Compatible with Lowrance HDS and Simrad NSS, NSE and NSO multifunction displays, Navico says the StructureScan HD sonar imaging module offers a new dimension in underwater imaging, producing picture-like displays for more productive fishing, diving, and search and recovery applications.
Based on the DownScan Imaging technology combined with side-scan imaging, Navico says its StructureScan HD includes an enhanced transducer design that features three dedicated signals for crisp, clear views to the left, right and directly beneath a boat. The full-panoramic, picture-like returns offer sharper images of structure, fish, thermoclines and more, according to Navico.
Navico says it also delivers a significant increase in side-scanning range capability with no loss in resolution. When paired with the Lowrance HDS Gen2, StructureScan HD also supports the StructureMap view.
The StructureScan HD sonar imaging module comes with a two-year limited warranty, and is backed by a five-year Advantage Service Program. The model that includes a transom-mount transducer retails at $799.
Mercury 565 big block
Mercury Racing has released its new 565 big block and says it delivers the proven performance of big-block power with the creature comforts of Digital Throttle and Shift (DTS).
Built on the same CNC-machined cylinder block as its race-proven sibling, the 525 EFI, Mercury Racing says a longer stroke has lifted engine displacement to 8.7lt, while redesigned cylinder heads, multiport fuel injection and twin electronic throttle bodies have resulted in 565hp at an operating range of 5000-5400rpm.
The 565's new Propulsion Control Module (PCM) keeps the engine running at peak efficiency.
The PCM computer also drives Mercury Racing's Engine Guardian System, which monitors engine functions to forewarn of possible problems. The system also features one-touch Smart Start, automatic throttle synchronisation and shadow mode for triple engine applications.
A second microprocessor is dedicated to providing smooth, effortless shifting to the Bravo One XR drive train.
The 565 features closed cooling for more uniform temperature distribution, optimal running quality and longer life. It comes equipped with a 90-amp charging system, providing an ample supply of power for an array of marine electronics.
The 565 is available with Bravo One XR and Bravo One XR Sport Master (standard and short) drive options with 1.35:1 or 1.50:1 gear ratios. The Mercury Racing Integrated Transom System (ITS) is also available.
For more information, or to find a local Mercury Marine dealer, go to: www.mercurymarine.com.au
New on the market from The Kool Company is Koolit, an Australian product that it says is the ultimate cooling gel for heat-affected skin areas.
The Kool Company says Koolit is a synergy of four pure essential oils blended with aloe vera. It has a pleasant fresh scent and can also offer relief from insect bites, skin irritations, chafing and can be used as a soothing after-shave balm or for after-sun relief, according to the company.
The Kool Company says it believes nature's healing properties should be utilised with as little interference as possible and suggests this is reflected in the quality of its products. Koolit is useful when on holidays, boating, camping and fishing and is great to have on hand in the galley, says The Kool Company.
Enquiries: The Kool Company, tel (03) 6340 1747 web: www.thekoolcompany.com.au
Steiner Commander 7×50 Race Edition binoculars
Steiner says its new Commander 7x50 Race Edition binoculars are uncompromisingly rugged and functional, being equipped with technology and fittings specifically designed for the rigorous requirements of competition.
Available with or without a carbon-coated compass, the Commander 7x50 Race Edition comes with a case, a comfortable carrying strap, objective covers and a rain guard cap. Weighing 1140g with and just 1040g without the compass, it has an objective diameter of 50mm, 7x magnification and is waterproof up to 10m.
Priced at $1399 RRP, the Commander 7x50 Race Edition comes with a 30-year warranty.
For more information, or to locate a stockist, call (03) 9799 5100 or go to: www.berettaaustralia.com.au
SOS Dan Buoy
Sydney-based manufacturer and supplier of safety, combat and security equipment, SOS Marine, says its award-winning SOS Dan Buoy acts as a marker which identifies the location of a person overboard.
The SOS Dan Buoy is compact and can be easily thrown into the water, says SOS Marine, and can improve the chances of survival in the water as it is readily at hand and easy to operate in adverse conditions.
Features of the auto-inflating SOS Dan Buoy include patented webbing loops to hold on to, SOLAS reflective tape that can be seen from 1500m away, and a water-activated SOLAS light for night.
SOS Marine says it is the only dan buoy in the world tested to elements of the lifejacket standard ISO 12402 and is Yachting Australia approved. It is simple to deploy compared to conventional methods and reusable after being serviced.
SOS DAN Buoy can be used in fresh or salt water and takes up less room in a fishing tinny than a tackle box. It's easily transportable as it folds away in a small carry bag, eliminating handling and storage problems, and it retails at $350.
Mercury Theft Deterrent System
Mercury Marine has introduced its Theft Deterrent System (TDS), which it says provides peace of mind for owners by making a boat unattractive to potential thieves.
Inspired by automotive security systems, the TDS has a docking station and two fob keys. When one of the fob keys is fitted into the docking station, the boat's engine/s will operate completely normally.
Without the correct fob the engine/s will only operate at a severely restricted power range. The engines are not totally immobilised, so that in an emergency the boat can be moved, albeit very slowly.
Each fob carries a transponder which interfaces with the docking station, transmitting radio signals which are sent to the engine's computer system via Mercury's proprietary controlled area network messaging system. It includes a red blinking light which indicates the system is installed on the boat.
Mercury's Theft Deterrent System is available for SmartCraft-enabled 40, 50, 60 and new 150hp EFI FourStroke outboards.
To find a local Mercury Marine dealer, go to: www.mercurymarine.com.au
Savwinch Electronic Fast Fall System
Australian-owned family-business, Savwinch, has introduced its Savwinch Electronic Fast Fall (EFF) System, which it says can drop an anchor up to three times faster than a normal free-fall system.
Available in five sizes to suit a variety of boats up to 15m, Savwinch says its new winch system comes with an adjustable variable-speed knob on a pre-wired, water- and corrosion-resistant electrical box. It says installation is a breeze, and it can be fitted to any existing fixed-speed system or to a new Savwinch.
The Savwinch Electronic Fast Fall System comes with a full two-year warranty.
Melbourne's Nautical Emporium says it's the online home for vintage and reproduction maritime decor.
The team there hand-selects and imports unique, handcrafted quality nautical-themed pieces and offers free shipping Australia-wide from its Melbourne warehouse. Nautical Emporium welcomes enquiries from international customers.
As specialist suppliers to interior designers and discerning home decorators, Nautical Emporium suggests it can help customers select the perfect piece to complement their home or boat.
For those looking for a special gift or the final touch to their furnishings, Nautical Emporium says it is the place to shop if you're looking to create an authentic maritime ambience.
Yamaha gauges and controls
Yamaha has announced it is offering free premium LAN gauges and controls on four-stroke engines from its F80B to F300B models (standard rotation only; offer excludes F150B models).
The promotion includes Yamaha's premium three-gauge LAN set which Yamaha says is rich with engine-monitoring features, with displays that can be customised to suit the individual operator.
Reading information directly from the engine's ECU allows the gauge system to display accurate fuel-flow information as well as a full range of engine diagnostics not possible on other systems. LAN gauges are capable of displaying service interval reminders as well as engine warning information so that, in the unlikely case of an operating issue, the operator can take steps to address the problem and get home safely.
Yamaha's 'Free Gauges and Controls' promotion is available at participating dealers and will run until the end of July 2012.
Enquiries: www.yamaha-motor.com.au or visit a local authorised Yamaha outboard dealership.
Henri Lloyd Blue Eco Range
Henri Lloyd says its multi-purpose Blue Eco Bomber Jacket is 100 per cent waterproof, windproof and highly breathable and has been designed to be worn as an outer shell or as part of a layering system.
The jacket incorporates a Super DWR finish to repel water from the surface of the jacket, a fleece lining for thermal insulation, a two-way non-corrosive front full-length zip and features welded side pockets with water-resistant zips.
Henri Lloyd says its Blue Eco products are manufactured using a TP Eco recycled polyester fabric developed by Teijin (a Japanese company that develops environmentally-friendly products and services). According to Henri Lloyd, it was able to produce the first-ever entirely sustainable sailing wear through its own Blue Eco 'infinite-loop' recycling system.
Worn-out Blue Eco products can be returned to Henri Lloyd for recycling. The recycled raw material is broken down into new, highly durable recycled fabric.
Henri Lloyd says the Bomber Jacket is machine washable and available in sizes XS-XXL and is priced at $260 RRP.
Bar Crusher Bar Tab
Bar Crusher says its Bar Tab trim tab system has been specifically designed for its range of Australian-made, plate-aluminium boats.
Performing the same function as other trim tabs - that is, allowing lateral trim adjustments to correct heeling/leaning which can be common in deep-vee hulls - the company says the significance of the Bar Tab system is in its registered-design hinge mechanism.
Using an electric actuator, which does away with a hydraulic system, the Bar Tab system alleviates problems caused by leaking hydraulic pumps and hoses, according to Bar Crusher.
The trim tabs themselves are constructed from super-strong 6mm anodised plate aluminium. The company claims the anodised aluminium construction eliminates the problem of stainless steel trim tabs causing corrosion and paint disturbance - a common occurrence when stainless steel plates are fitted to aluminium boats.
The Bar Tab system is fitted as an option on all Bar Crusher models and is available as a retro-fit kit from Bar Crusher dealers for older boats.
Enquiries: Bar Crusher Boats, tel: (03) 9792 2999 web: www.barcrusher.com.au