The popular Tasman Fleece has under gone a few changes and is now back on the market in time for those chilly winter days on the water. Using a DF300 performance fleece, the jacket has technical features like low- water retention, quick- drying, high- heat retention and wicks moisture away from the skin. Also includes a lined pockets, easy access internal stowage pouches and a strong size 10 YKK front zip. Available in S, M, L, XL. Colour: Navy Blue.
For more information: www.burkemarine.com.au or Ph 02 9638433
The new GME GX620 hand- held marine VHF transceiver offers many of the features of the larger 25 watt fixed-mount marine VHF radios, including channel scan, instant Channel 16 access, dual and triple watch. The compact 3Watt GX620 is ideal for dinghies or tenders that need to keep in touch with the “mother ship” or small boats that don't have electrical systems or sufficient space for a fixed-mount radio.
Operation is made simple by the six clearly labelled buttons on the front panel and the volume/power knob maximises simplicity of operation. Even when wearing gloves, the large buttons are easy to operate. A large, clear LCD with backlighting and backlit buttons makes night time operation equally simple.
The GX620 utilises a 1000mAh Lithium Ion battery pack with an automatic power saving mode. A professional quality “drop in” quick charger and carry case are supplied as part of the standard package.
For more information: www.gme.net.au
Raymarine launches AIS receiver
Raymarine has launched its first dedicated AIS receiver. The AIS250 is a compact unit that provides Automatic Identification System (AIS) reception of data over VHF. This technology enables the voiceless exchange of navigation information between any vessel or shore station equipped with AIS receiver.
The Raymarine AIS250 is a dual channel receiver with a VHF splitter. It is capable of monitoring AIS Class A and Class B transmissions, and links to the existing VHF on board through the same antenna and cabling.
It provides constantly updated position information and identification of vessels in the vicinity. Using the Raymarine AIS250, this information is compatible with Raymarine's E and C series, enabling AIS data to be fully shown on Raymarine multifunction displays and radar screens.
It has the advantage of being able to ‘'see’' around and over hills and other obstructions, thereby eliminating the blind spots. Dynamic information such as speed, rate of turn, course and heading is updated every 2-10 seconds, while additional static information, such as vessel name, MMSI number, radio call sign, type of ship and cargo, and even destination is updated every six minutes.
For more information: www.raymarine.com or call (02) 9887 1311.
The Marina Mate is a light-weight plastic wheelbarrow- style carrier. This new product was specifically designed for marina usage after a request for a load carrier from Matt Bates, the general manager of Brisbane marina complex Rivergate.
Superior Plastech managing director John Hogan said: “Matt (Bates) called me and said I need a light-weight, rust- proof product that is capable of carrying large loads.
“We did our research to see what else was in the market, and realiszed there was nothing.”
For more information: www.superiorjetties.com
Waeco pocket torch
Waeco's has released its new dynamo-charged pocket size torch with LED light, and a long- lasting lithium battery. The on-board dynamo crank handle lets you charge the battery, so you don't need any other power source. Select the amount of light you need, either one LED or all three.
As an added bonus, there is a six- piece tool kit cartridge for those little emergency repair jobs and also a universal mobile phone charger plug (adaptor not included).
For more information: www.waeco.com.au
These waterproof headphones from H2O Audio can be submersed to three metres so you can bop along to your favourite tunes while bobbing up and down in the water. Compatible with any audio jack or connect them to H2O Audio’s waterproof housing for your Apple iPod for a completely submersible experience.
The sports- designed headset passes behind your neck and has a tangle- free coiled wire for a comfy fit while you are out and active.
Distributed by Next Destination. You can find your local dealer by visiting www.nextdestination.com.au or calling 1800 644 033. Dealer enquiries welcome.
SLAM Boa Bunda
SLAM tested their latest gear at the recent Etchells Mid Winter Championships in Mooloolaba. The team used the seamless Zip top and pant under the spray shorts with the Boa Bunda waterproof pant and RC spray top as the outer layer. The gear worked well in keeping the team at peak performance and comfortable over the regatta in choppy seas and cool (16- ‘ 18 degrees) breezes.
Skip Lissiman said after the event: ‘Wwe found the SLAM gear was just perfect to get the right mix between comfort and ease of movement around the Etchells. We have found that most sailing gear can’t get that mix right, particularly when getting the cold breeze sailing into the wind and then with the hard work pumping the boat downwind getting too hot when the apparent wind drops. B, but the SLAM gear was just perfect.’