RYA Catamaran Handbook
The RYA Catamaran Handbook is a brand new title that we have published in response to the increasing popularity of this fast and exhilarating sport.
Covering all key aspects of catamaran sailing, including safety, planning, tacking and gybing, this book supports all multihull courses run at the RYA.
From beginners to the highly advanced, RYA Catamaran Handbook will prove an invaluable reference point for all catamaran sailors.
Available from Boat Books Australia: www.boatbooks-aust.com.au
Leatherman has just released its newly enhanced and expanded Charge multi-tool range. The new series includes three new models boasting premium materials and combined feature sets.
Charge Ti and XTi are now discontinued and have been replaced with the following new models:
Charge TTi includes Titanium handles and a combination tool set with scissors, crimper and cutting hook, plus the clip point knife has been upgraded to S30V stainless steel (known for its edge retention, flexibility and hardness). Charge AL and ALX include ultra-comfortable round edge aluminium alloy handles that are heat treated and hard anodised for wear-resistance and strength.
Each model has locking blades; diamond-coated files, multiple bit drivers and a knife blade with one of the longest cutting edges on the market. Also included are crimpers, strippers, saws, cutters, bottle/can opener, serrated knife and newly redesigned pliers.
All come with Leatherman?s 25-year warranty and a nylon or leather sheath that can carry the tools in an open or closed position. Available from King of Knives nationally and other outdoor stores.
RRP for the Charge AL and ALX: $259.95. RRP for the TTi: $359.95.
Ronstan Orbit Block
Ronstan's Orbit Blocks are a no-compromise solution for the world?s racing sailors. Ronstan's blocks boast the use of the advanced fibre and polymer technology that is up to 10 times stronger than steel yet more compact and lighter.
Ronstan has replaced virtually all metal components in its ball bearing Orbit Blocks with hi-tech polymers and fibre equivalents for optimum heavy duty performance in the lightest product possible. They have engineered out the heavy steel load straps, head posts, shackle, fasteners and cleating accessories and replaced the traditional shackle and post head with an innovative Dyneema Link configuration that reflects the latest trends in development classes and grand prix ocean racing.
International 14 duo Lindsay Irwin and Michael Perry say their main and spinnaker system blocks are 35 per cent lighter than those of Ronstan?s nearest competitor and have the highest strength-to-weight ratio available.
For more information: www.ronstan.com/orbitblocks
The Force 10 range of marine barbecues has a new addition, the lightweight yet functional Stow 'n' go, which weighs only eight kilograms but has a good-sized grilling area.
Features include folding legs, a non-detachable locking lid and full-length handle. The barbecue can be mounted on the rail with optional mounting brackets, or you can fold the legs out for self-standing. A handy storage bag is also available.
The portable, no-assembly-required Stow 'n' go is made of highly polished 100 per cent marine-grade stainless steel for longevity.
Force 10 Marine products are distributed in Australia by Ocean Solutions.
For more information, visit www.oceansolutions.com.au or ph (07) 3391 6656. RRP: $439.50.
Whisper Ultra 25/30 generator
The popular Whisper Ultra 25/30 generator now has a new feature, the Hydro Boost. When under sail, often little electric power is required, but even more hydraulic power than a 1500rpm or 1800rpm engine can deliver. The Hydro Boost offers extra hydraulic power up to 37kW by increasing the rotational speed of the engine up to 2200rpm.
The option works fully automatically. After pushing the button, the electric power is switched off, the internal alternator circuitry is isolated and the RPM increased, resulting in extra hydraulic power available. At the same time, electric power supply can be taken over by a Mastervolt DC to AC inverter that can supply up to 15kW AC from the batteries.
The Hydro Boost option is very attractive for high-profile sailing yachts when extended hydropower is required.
Launched only last year, the Whisper Ultra diesel generator produces 25kW premium power at 50Hz or 30kW at 60Hz. It is exceptionally quiet due to efficient soundproofing and relatively lightweight (580kg including sound shield).
For more information, contact Mastervolt Australia, email www.mastervolt.com.au, ph (07) 3283 7800.
RRP: $19,965 for the Whisper Ultra and pricing on the Hydro Boost was being finalised at the time of going to press.