Product & industry review

electric motorGo electric with your boat!

Electric motors are quiet, clean, reliable and economical to run.
Especially for displacement vessels such as yachts and traditional timber boats it makes sense to convert to electric drive, as relatively little power is needed to bring a boat up to its ‘hull speed’. A 25kg electric motor with a diameter of less than 300mm can replace a big and noisy diesel inboard giving you a quiet ride and lots of interior space in return.
Recharging batteries can be done either by plugging in to shore power or via solar panels if the boat is on a mooring.
Eco Boats Australia supplies electric inboard and hybrid motors by Mastervolt-Bellmann from Holland, ranging from 5-30Hp and electric outboards by Torqeedo from Germany, ranging from 1-10Hp.
All systems come as a complete plug-and-play package consisting of motor, controller, connection cables and display. We can also advise you on a suitable battery bank and charger.
Eco Boats Australia – 02 9929 8834;

Fusion Electronics new CEO Chris BairdFusion Electronics announces new CEO

Fusion Electronics, the award-winning Marine Electronics innovator, is proud to announce that Chris Baird will be taking over their world-wide CEO role, based in Auckland New Zealand.  
Sir Peter Maire the founder of Navman, has now completed the buy-out of Fusion Electronics and is set for a rapid growth phase, through world-leading products and service.
Chris Baird has vast experience in Marine Electronics including in his previous role as General Manager for Navman Australia, which he led to great success, plus as General Manager of Fusion Australia. Fusion Electronics is experiencing outstanding growth and Chris plans to grow the business further, through Fusion’s unique Marine engineering studio and top service.
Peter Edwards is now in charge of Fusion Australia, where Fusion product sales have exceeded all expectations.
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New Simrad DSC-equipped VHF radiosNew Simrad DSC-equipped VHF radios

Simrad has further enhanced its navigation solution product range with two new high-specification VHF radios.
The fixed-mount RS10 and RS25 have each been designed to resist the harsh marine environment and feature easy-to-use Digital Select Calling (DSC) operation.
The RS10 and RS25 incorporate all the standard features expected from a VHF radio as well as a number of special features, including full GPS co-ordinate and time display (when connected to a GPS), channel naming and adjustable keypad backlighting for easy use in low-light conditions.
The RS25 provides intercom functionality anywhere in the boat up to 100m from the base as well as a digital barometer function and ‘happy fish’ fishing predictor that indicates the fishing conditions. Its barometric display has large easy-to-see 24-hour histogram graphics and digital weather forecasting.
RRP from AU$272 (RS10).
Navico Australia – (02) 9936 1000 or visit:

Airhead marine composting toilet – a better way to go

Designed specifically for marine applications, with marine grade stainless steel fittings, the Airhead offers several advantages over conventional holding tanks. No odour, no plumbing, no through hulls, no chemicals and no water usage. The Airhead provides two people with up to three months weekend use before needing to be emptied!
The Air Head is simple to install (easy DIY job) and sized to fit into a compact marine head. Just remove the old toilet and block off the thru hulls. Bolt the new toilet into place (no plumbing required) and run the ventilation hose to the bulkhead.
When the solid tank is full, cap with the lid supplied and empty contents into a land based composting toilet … or take the tank home and leave in the garage for 3-4 months … you’ve got fertilizer for the rose garden!
A Better Way To Go – (03) 9421 4235;

yachting photographyYachting Photography

Image Professional Photography has launched a new e-commerce site
Visitors to the site will be able to peruse galleries of recent yachting events including Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2010, and purchase images on line using the paypal facility. The site includes a search engine which enables the viewer to search the galleries using their yacht name or event name. Yachting events will be added to the site as they unfold.
Forthcoming events include the Rolex Rating Series and Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2010.

Win a Burke Spray Jacket

Purchase a print/canvas from the site for your chance to win a very stylish Burke Spray Jacket, fashioned from 100% waterproof PVC coated nylon outer with a nylon lining and taped waterproof seams, includes stowaway hood and full length nylon zipper. Value $80.00.
[Conditions apply: The competition is only open to Australian Residents. Competition closes on January 21st, 2011. The winner will be announced in Afloat in the February 2011 issue.]
Image Professional Photography –

G-Series Display range from GMENew G-Series Display range from GME

2010 has been a very busy year for GME, and their marine division is proud to announce the release of their new fully featured G-Series range of marine displays offering exceptional value to customers who are wanting either a Combination unit (Chartplotter/Fishfinder), GPS Chartplotter or standalone Fishfinder.
With an easy to use menu structure and multiple screen options of which six configurations can be stored as your favourites, the G-Series allows you to get the best performance out of the unit quickly and easily.
A snap shot function ensures you don’t miss a thing, this feature allows the display on the screen to be captured and saved to the unit’s 128MB memory and then downloaded onto an optional SD card for viewing on your PC.
A GME 2-year manufacturer’s warranty comes with each of the IPX7 rated units, to give you that additional peace of mind.