Product & industry review
Sound Safe – new entertainment product from GME
Today most of us appear to be inseparable from our mobile phone, iPod or MP3 player. Our greatest fear is that we’ll get it wet, drop it overboard or ruin it with sand or dust.
The GME Sound Safe is a robust, buoyant, waterproof case with an integrated amplifier and speaker which quickly connects to any media player 3.5mm headphone socket via an internal cable.
Virtually any personal media player, cell phone, including the recently released iPhone 5, fits securely within the Sound Safe’s watertight housing, there’s even a little additional space to hold car keys, money or other valuables; in fact the Sound Safe remains buoyant with a payload of up to an impressive 230 grams. A carabiner clip is also provided for additional security.
By utilising a highly efficient Class D amplifier, Sound Safe can deliver up to 30 hours of entertainment from a set of three AA batteries.
GME – www.gme.net.au
Windcraft acquires majority shares in Yoti
The Windcraft Group of companies has acquired the majority share holding in boutique yacht brokerage Yoti.
Since its inception in 2007 Yoti has grown quickly to become a dominant force in the sale of quality brokerage yachts in Australia.
This move gives Windcraft a dedicated brokerage section and allows the company’s other divisions, Team Windcraft and eyachts, to specialise in new boat sales.
To allow room for the expansion and ensure the availability of marina berths for Pittwater customers, the eyachts and Yoti divisions of Windcraft head office will be based at Quays Marina Church Point.
Team Windcraft’s head office remains at Bayview Anchorage Marina and eyachts and Yoti will still have window display and full access to the Windcraft Group Service Centre, which now employs six full time staff.
Yoti will continue to operate from their existing head office at the Spit Sydney Harbour.
Windcraft P/L – 02 9979 1709; www.windcraft.com.au
Grey skies but hot times in Jervis Bay
The team at SBM Sydney doesn’t do anything by halves and the Jervis Bay Jam was no exception. On the morning of November 17, around 60 adventurous individuals aboard 15 luxury power boats made their way from SBM at the Spit in Sydney’s Middle Harbour bound for the crystal clear waters of Jervis Bay.
The journey was planned as a warm-up for the upcoming SBM 2013 Lord Howe Island adventure.
The trip gave everyone a taste of bluewater running complete with some spectacular sightings of whales along the way.
On Saturday afternoon SBM Dealer Principal Steve Batton was suddenly seen diving underwater only to return to the surface with a large Port Jackson Shark in his arms for all to enjoy and kids to pat.
Saturday night saw a wig and black tie cocktail party on the beach. A cocktail bar was set up on the sand with the blender going full bore powered by a portable 2kva Honda Genset. The freshest of margaritas were enjoyed by all. SBM then put on a 5-star banquet including some of the best oysters ever tasted.
A fairly relaxed trip back saw the boats reach Sydney in just over 3 hours cruising at around 26-27 knots, while other boats headed to Port Hacking some even further north to Port Stephens.
SBM Sales Sydney – (02) 9968 1222; www.sbmsales.com.au
Henri Lloyd – 50 years of Originality
In 2013, Henri Lloyd, a proud family-run company, will be celebrating half a century as one of the market leaders in technical sailing and lifestyle apparel.
Founded in 1963 in Manchester, England, by Mr Henri Strzelecki and managed by his sons Martin and Paul since the 1980s, this British specialist clothing brand has pioneered the development of modern foul weather clothing technology and design.
Henri Lloyd’s association with the world’s sailing elite includes working with the early pioneers of solo circumnavigation and exploration, Sir Francis Chichester, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Sir Alec Rose, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and over the past 20 years with Ben Ainslie CBE, quadruple Olympic gold medallist. Henri Lloyd have had gear worn in almost every major Round the World Race over the past five decades.
Henri Lloyd has two signature stores in Sydney.
Henri Lloyd Australia/Burke – 02 9638 4333; www.burkemarine.com.au
Survitec Backs Cat 1 Ocean Race
Survitec Australia has thrown its support behind the annual Gosford to Lord Howe Island yacht race by signing on as an associate sponsor. The 410nm ocean passage is a Category 1 race. The race, which has been postponed from its traditional late October date to Saturday 6th April 2013, is one of only two Category 1 races conducted in Australia, the other being the internationally renowned Sydney-Hobart.
Survitec is supporting the event with a financial contribution together with Crewsaver and Kannad product support. The Crewsaver Crewfit 190 inflatable life jacket, Kannad 406 EPIRB, Kannad SafeLink Solo PLB and SafeLink R10 AIS SART man-overboard products are all safety products which have particular relevance to ocean racing yachtsmen.
“We believe that the Gosford Sailing Club and our Crewsaver and Kannad products form a great fit,” said Mark Barker, Managing Director of Survitec Australia.
Survitec Group (RFD Australia Pty Ltd) – www.rfd.com.au
New buoyancy aid from Burke Marine
A touch of European sophistication has graced Australian waters this summer with Burke Marine’s release of the new generation E50, a European-style, side-entry buoyancy aid.
The Level 50 buoyancy aid has been given a dynamic new look with jet black/carbon panelling and a spacious, Velcro-secured front pocket. Designed to maximise mobility by minimising its footprint, the high-fitting E50 is packed with supple PVC Nitrile foam and fitted with an elasticised waist and shoulders, allowing the buoyancy aid to comfortably hug the body.
The ergonomic design makes the E50 ideal for hiking and trapezing, while kayakers should find the extra room will encourage a more seamless stroke. RRP: $75.00
Burke Marine – 02 9638 4333; www.burkemarine.com.au
Brig inflatables make a bigger splash in WA
The popularity of Brig inflatables in Western Australia has prompted the move to larger premises. Based in Fremantle, the new operation will be known as Sirocco Marine West and forms an expansion of the Sirocco Marine national network.
Sirocco Marine West will have the largest display of Brig inflatable boats in Western Australia. It will be headed by Mark Mawby, a boating industry identity with more than six years experience with the Brig brand and a lifetime in the marine business. Keen boaters will already be quite familiar with Mark’s previous retail operation which dovetailed with the successful Riviera dealership at Fremantle.
Sirocco Marine West will be a true one stop shop and includes a fully equipped service facility which can offer prompt attention to routine servicing and minor repairs through to major engine overhauls.
Sirocco Marine West – Ph: 08 6222 6690; www.siroccomarinewest.com.au
SternFIRST adds Polymarine products to lineup
SternFIRST has announced a partnership with world renowned inflatable boat specialists Polymarine.
Polymarine are the leading supplier of components, spares and accessories for the manufacture, care and repair of inflatable boats and ribs. The home of Polymarine is the rugged, weather beaten coast of North Wales, where the challenging conditions are ideal to assist in the development and testing of these outstanding products.
Polymarine cleaning, polishing and maintenance products have been created to deal with specific tasks and problems which occur in the marine environment. The Polymarine range performs with great effect, outshining all other marine products.
SternFIRST – www.sternfirst.com.au; www.polymarine.com.au
Retrofit your old pump out
Electric toilets have been appearing on the market in various shapes and forms over a number of years. But one of the hassles involved in trading in the old ‘manual’ is finding the time to re-engineer the pedestal and re-arrange the plumbing.
But for those who own boats fitted with a standard manual Jabsco, an easy solution is available.
Jabsco manufacture a sleek modern electric replacement that exactly matches the footprint, fixing points and hose connections of its manual brother. The only extra requirement to complete the retrofit is the installation of electric wiring.
For those wanting to impress the first mate and bring their boat into the 21st century, the Jabsco ‘Toilet Lite Flush’ is a sure winner. Arnold’s Boat Shop has these units listed for $796.00 and for $10.00 will ship anywhere in Australia.
Arnold’s Boat Shop – (02) 8014 7840; www.arnoldsboatshop.com.au
Mercury RIB now rated to 15hp
The very popular 290 Ocean Runner RIB has been re-rated and can now run a 15hp outboard – a significant jump from the previous 10hp limit.
“We regularly compare our boats against the latest international regulations and we’ve found the 290 now warrants a power increase,” said Ian Stanley, Product Manager for Mercury Inflatable Boats.
The 290 Ocean Runner RIB performs brilliantly in a number of roles – as a yacht tender, a fishing platform or a fun family run-about. At 2.9m and able to carry up to four people, the 290 Ocean Runner RIB weighs in at just 62 kilograms.
With three separate air chambers and a flat non-skid fibreglass floor it also comes with an extra tough transom and a strong fibreglass seat.
Mercury Inflatable Boats include high-quality long-life fittings, davit lifting points, paddle-securing clamps, convenient lifting and grab handles, oars and a high velocity air pump.
Mercury Marine – www.mercurymarine.com.au
Dehler 38 introduces new generation interior
The styling in the Dehler 38 is a cool mix of retro modernism. The interior’s new design lines are smooth, contemporary and smart. It’s an inspiring option for the owner looking to make a style statement and go beyond classic yacht interiors.
German designers Judel/Vrolijk created an innovative hull design, which optimises walkways on deck and gives more interior space and headroom below. Dehler is also setting trends in bathroom use for a 38-footer. The multi-functional space offers multiple configurations of the shower, sink and toilet at any time, allowing crew to have access to a sink or shower while another passenger uses the head.
The roomy saloon has a newly designed locker and integrated glass table. Team Windcraft’s John Cowpe will view the 38 concept at the Paris Boat Show mid December and the Dehler 38 will make her world debut at the Dusseldorf Boat Show in January 2013.
Windcraft P/L – 02 9979 1709; www.windcraft.com.au
Shore Power Loss Notification
When you lose shore power it can be expensive. Batteries go flat, electronics need re-booting and food spoilage can be messy.
On a marina it’s not unusual to have a 240v power loss, maybe someone unplugs your power cable and forgets to plug it back in. Power loss is a common problem.
BlueRay has the answer for notifying you if power is lost and if its re-connected. Simply plug our monitor into your 240v outlet and activate the phone number of the installed SIM card.
It’s that easy and reliable for only $299 plus delivery and your ready to go.
BlueRay – www.blueray.com.au