Product & industry review

iFloat – the world’s first floating mobile phoneiFloat – the world’s first floating mobile phone

Dick Smith have released the iFloat – the world’s first mobile phone to float in water!
Not only does it float but it can be fully immersed in water at up to one metre for up to 30 minutes ... so it is water-proof as well. Add to that the fact that it is dust resistant and shock resistant; it has passed drop tests from 1.6m heights and you have a mobile phone that takes all the punishment that you can hand out.
The iFloat is unique in that its buoyancy keeps it bobbing happily on the surface where it is easily spotted and retrieved, given its beacon-like bright orange colour.
Priced at $129 RRP exclusively at Dick Smith, the iFloat is the perfect second phone to keep on the boat or in the glovebox, for emergencies or just to let the family know you just hooked a big one and are running late.

Bio-SokClean bilges naturally

The new Bio-Sok bilge maintenance system is an easy-to-use, completely non-toxic and environmentally sound means of capturing and biodegrading the oil and fuel that leaks in a boat bilge and often escapes into marina waters.
The material contained in Bio-Sok consists of tiny spheres of treated wax, which contain nutrients. When a wax sphere comes in contact with spilled oil, it binds with the hydrocarbons and the nutrients in the sphere to help naturally occurring micro-organisms to flourish until they consume every droplet of oil.
Placed inside the bilge, the Bio-Sok reduces odour and biodegrades leaking oil. When Bio-Sok is depleted, you can simply throw away the outside fibre sleeve. There is nothing left to harm the environment.
One Bio-Sok will generally last a full year depending on the load of diesel and oil to be cleaned up.
A Better Way To Go – (03) 9421 4235; 0407 355 875.

Raymarine’s new Extended Warranty programRaymarine’s new Extended Warranty program

Raymarine’s commitment to excellence in customer support is being further enhanced with its new three year Extended Warranty program.
Starting from 1st January 2011 all new products will be eligible for a three year warranty at no additional cost; users simply need to register their new products online at and the standard two year warranty is automatically extended by a further 12 months free of charge.
This new Extended Warranty program demonstrates Raymarine’s confidence in the high standards of quality and reliability that have been designed into its products across the board.
As part of the new product development cycle all products are required to pass extensive destruction testing at Raymarine’s in-house test facilities – where they are shaken, baked, frozen and deluged – prior to on-the-water trials.
This attention to every detail ensures that Raymarine’s products are able to withstand the punishing conditions they are subjected to at sea.
Raymarine – 02 9479 4800;

Watchmate – always on, always watching, always visible

Aquatronics has released the complete AIS Class B Transponder package Watchmate 850.
Users can now receive AIS info from other boats and ships as well as transmit their own details to others. The unique Watchmate 850 meets the AIS requirements in a concise and easy to install Class B Transponder solution.
Watchmate 850 has its own large, backlit display. Users have full control over any alarm condition, and have a variety of AIS target display options ranked in user selectable priorities. ‘Buddies’ can also be added to your own personal ‘fleet’ list.
Watchmate 850 can switch to ‘silent’ mode, is totally waterproof, will provide self-diagnosis and can connect to PC Navigation programs via optional waterproof USB connector cable. Also comes with input/output cable so as to integrate with other onboard equipment like chartplotters or radars using NMEA.
RRP $1395.00 and available now for immediate delivery.
Aquatronics – 02 9905 5655;

Yanmar power for  new timber classicYanmar power for new timber classic

The Wooden Boat Shop of Sorrento, Victoria has launched the Cheviot 32 (Series II); an absolute modern classic, built in timber all the way from the keel up but powered by the latest Yanmar 6BY2 marine diesel engine.
Built by a bevy of skilled wooden boat craftsmen led by Tim Phillips from Sorrento’s famous Wooden Boat Shop, the Cheviot 32 is an exceptional example of traditional boat building values successfully marrying with modern diesel technology.
The choice of power for this high quality, hand-built boat has to deliver impeccable performance, quiet operation and fuel efficiency while at the same time being tucked away well out of sight.
The Yanmar 6BY2 series was developed in close co-operation with the quality automotive diesel manufacturer BMW. The 6BY2 series delivers smooth, clean and fast acceleration which really is noticeable when combined with the efficient hull design of this vessel.
Power Equipment – (03) 9709 8500;

RFD launches new ultra compact inflatable – Cyclone 150N

RFD has met the challenge of the new Australian Standard (AS4758) for the design and manufacture of PFDs with the release of a completely new inflatable jacket.
The RFD Cyclone 150N jacket is eminently suitable for fishing, sailing and all forms of boating.
Standard features common to all Cyclone models include a red lifting handle sewn in and manufactured from robust webbing fabric. This is an important aid in rescue to grab the wearer while in the water.
There is an adjustable closing buckle conveniently located to the side. There is also an adjustable back strap, and a soft neoprene collar, making the jacket easy to wear and avoid chaffing on the back of the neck when worn for an extended period.
The Cyclone 150N is suitable for both male and female wearers, over 40kgs. One size fits all body types.
RFD – (02) 9330 7000;