RFD ResOFix PLB
The compact new RFD ResQFix PLB features 406MHz satellite technology combined with the speed and accuracy of GPS to deliver a complete safety beacon.
Its size suits day sailors and even kayakers as the unit fits easily into pockets, glove boxes or safety grab bags, and can be attached to clothing for quick access.
At the press of a button, the ResQFix begins transmitting a personalized identifier distress signal on the 406MHz frequency via the COSPAS-SARSAT satellite system to the nearest rescue authorities. The signal is also backed up by the simultaneous transmission of the 121.5MHz search and rescue homing frequency.
An added benefit of the ResQFix PLB is the inbuilt 12 channel parallel GPS receiver. While the rescue signal is being transmitted on the 406MHz frequency, the GPS acquires the Latitude and Longitude of the current location and begins transmitting this critical information to authorities for accurate detection to within 100 metres.
The slimline design with lanyard and removable plastic holder makes the ResQFix easily at home secured to a lifejacket, immersion suit or cockpit dash. Class 2 Lithium (non-hazmat) batteries provide a minimum transmit time of 24 hours with operational life exceeding 40 hours at -20°C and it will withstand water submersion to 10 metres. The PLB can be stored in temperatures between -40° to 70°C and has a long lasting battery with an 11 year storage life. The ResQFix has a limited warranty of five years.
India Ocean Cruising Guide
This newly revised edition contains additional information on Malaysia, Thailand, Seychelles and the Chagos archipelago. The introduction has been expanded and throughout there are new plans and photographs. Indian Ocean Cruising Guide is now in full colour from the experienced and well respected Rod Heikell. It's a good general cruising guide covering the routes from Europe to Australia and points in between. The guide covers all the main points of interest for cruising yachtsmen, from history to climate, weather patterns, formalities, route planning and day-to-day living.
The general sections are followed by a country-by-country round up in which key ports are described in detail with the aid of harbour plans and photographs.
This guide is an ideal companion to Rod Heikell and Andy O'Grady's Ocean Passages and Landfalls which discusses routes across the Indian Ocean. A4. 260pp. Hard Back. Full colour.
RRP: $105.00 Available in Australia from www.boatbooks-aust.com.au
Safer gybing is available via Wichard's GYB'Easy fitting, which won an acclaim for its innovative approach to the manoeuvre, taking out the Mets 2007 Dame Award in the Deck Equipment Category. It can be easily and quickly fitted to the boom and is made from durable composite materials and strong enough to withstand the pressures of an inadvertent gybe. Available from many Australian marine retailers or Wichard on 1800 639 767 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minimal weight, compact size and a host of capabilities has been built into the new Leatherman. Weighing only 140 grams, the new Skeletool multi-tool features a premium stainless steel blade, pliers, bit driver and carabiner/bottle opener – only the most necessary multi-tool features.
The Skeletool easily clips onto a belt, pack, or vest ? no sheath required. Its newly designed pliers with wire cutters and folding handles are designed to be strong, comfortable and easy to use. Outside-accessible blades mean, just like a pocket knife, it can be opened quickly with one hand. The bit driver technology also makes it possible to customise the tool for any job. Integrate the bit kit (sold separately) for an additional 42 options ? bits can be stored in the handle. Backed by Leatherman's famous 25-year warranty
RRP: $189.95. For more information: www.leatherman.com.au or contact Zen Imports – Sydney (02) 9807 9922.
Burke Pro Deck Shoe
The Pro Deck Shoe is the latest addition to its marine range. It is a high performance boat shoe that offers excellent comfort and support, made from quick-dry materials and mesh for drainage and ventilation.
The no-tongue design allows for quick and easy donning and comfortable fit for all foot shapes and sizes. Using a soft rubber razor cut sole with multiple drainage channels which quickly removes water they deliver a superior wet and dry grip both on and off the water. Available in a classic navy and sizes UK 6 ? 13.
RRP $80.00 Available from many marine retailers. Visit www.burkemarine.com.au or call 02 9638433.