Product & industry review

30 years of rust prevention experience in one box

  Permanent Painted Coatings (PPC) specialises in rust conversion and preventative paints. They have become experts in rust prevention, repair, corrosion and general restoration in the building, motor, marine and industrial areas. POR-15 Rust Preventative Paint is one of the products they import directly from the USA where it has been used for over 30 years.
  POR-15’s secret lies in its curing process, unlike ordinary paints POR- 15 cures by drawing moisture from the atmosphere. POR-15 chemically bonds to the rusty surface and sets up a hard coating that is resistant to most chemicals and acids is totally water proof and loves corroded and porous surfaces like rust and corroded aluminium. It will seal with a ceramic like, rock hard finish that won’t crack, chip or peel.  POR-15 can be brushed on to give a “virtual spray finish” look. PPC – to get your hands on the free 32- page catalogue call CEO, Rob Harrington- Johnson on 1800 643 229; <www.por15. com.au>

Ex-Navman owner funds Fusion’s growth

  Businessman Peter Maire has reluctantly sold a block of his Rakon shareholding, partly to fund fast growth at Fusion Electronics after being unable to attract private equity.
  Probably best known for founding marine electronics and global positioning technology company Navman, Mr Maire has also been involved in several other technology companies as a shareholder and director.
  Mr Maire said it was an extremely reluctant sale, but in the current New Zealand market situation, with a non-existent private equity market, he saw no other option.
  Fusion would have a turnover of about $35m this year, heading towards $50m next year, and was a long way from considering an initial public offering.  “Maybe in three or four years we might look at that. We need to get to a couple of hundred million in sales.”
  He did not know the details of the sale of his Rakon shares, but soon after the sharemarket opened the sale of 3.15 million shares in the company at $2.35 was recorded.

Holmatro Marine Equipment comes Down Under

  Riggtech rigging company based at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Sydney have been appointed sole Australian agents for sales and service of Holmatro products.
  Holmatro Marine Equipment offers a wide range of yacht rigging hydraulics and winches to help you control high loads in a quick and safe manner and get the maximum speed out of your yacht.
  Achieve optimum sail trim by installing hydraulic backstay adjusters with integral two-speed pumps, hydraulic boom vang systems and hydraulic mast jacks to any size yacht.
  Holmatro hydraulic cylinders are suitable for any tensioning application on board, from tensioning backstays and forestays to outhauls, travellers and mast rotation.
  For an emergency Holmatro have rod and wire cutters that can be operated by hand, hydraulics or battery powered pumps. Custom-built rigging solutions are available on request.
  Riggtech
– 02 9997 8100; sales@riggtech.com.au

As summer approaches, things hot up for Gemmell Sailmakers

  Having just celebrated his 10th business anniversary, Ben Gemmell has moved to a larger loft space in order to meet the needs of his growing list of customers.  The Victoria Road address offers easy access, expanded production capability and, with the increased volume, the ability to remain competitively priced.
  “Sail making is competitive, but not a ‘one size fits all’ business. As a small, bespoke supplier our success is long lasting relationships with our customers and their advocacy of our products, service and integrity,” Ben Gemmell said.
  “Customers who live and work abroad find it difficult to co-ordinate repair and maintain their boat so we do this for them – I suppose it’s our point-of-difference.
  “Our strong relationships with sailing related craftsmen and services allows our customers to rely on us to co-ordinate project whilst off-shore. There’s a great deal of trust given to us and we handle it with great care.”
  Gemmell Sailmakers
– (02) 9181 4455; ben@gemmell.com

Windcraft Australia Hanse Dealer of the Year

  For the second time, local yacht importer Windcraft Australia has received the International Hanse Dealer of the Year Award. The award presented by one of Europe’s fastest growing yacht manufacturers, German boat builder Hanse Yachts AG, recognises the success of Windcraft in establishing the Hanse brand throughout the Australian and New Zealand market.
  Windcraft first received the Dealer of the Year Award in 2005 and the 2008 award further cements their position as one of the region’s major boat importers.
  “We had a record year last year with turnover in excess of 20 million dollars and this continues to grow each year,” MD Peter Hrones said.
  Hanse Yachts has recently acquired Fjord Motor Yachts and the English brand Moody Yachts. The Fjord 40 Open was the 2008 European Power Boat of the Year and Windcraft unveiled the Moody 45 DS to the world at this year’s Sydney Boat Show.
  Windcraft –
(02) 9979 1709; www.windcraft.com.au 

Soda Blasting protects timber vessels 

  Robert and Janet Stewart, owners of the Sydney Harbour charter boat MV Fiesta, needed a solution that would carefully remove built-up layers of old antifouling, while preserving the sikaflex caulking and avoiding damage to the spotted gum hull. 
  The Sodablast process was chosen because it enables gentle layer by layer paint removal. Fine granules of brittle baking soda are applied under pressure and fracture on impact, creating the energy to remove antifouling without any damage to the timber surface. 
  According to John Crabtree of Sodablast, antifouling removal presents environmental challenges for boat yards and marinas. However, baking soda is non-toxic and non-hazardous. A plastic tent is erected around the hull area and prevents removed contaminants drifting to nearby vessels. No water is used in the process and removed antifouling is captured and safely disposed of under EPA regulations. 
  Sodablast
has a national network and may be contacted on 1 800-Sodablast; www.sodablast.com.au