How Boats Work – Book
For once, a genuinely useful book for sailors. Charlie Wing's practical guide is presented in the easy-to-read, large-format style of a technical manual. The illustrations are simple and clear and feature “exploded” views of mechanical equipment – invaluable when it comes to dis-assembly and maintenance of unfamiliar gear.
How Boat Things Work assumes no prior knowledge but is much more than a beginner's guide. It covers engines and transmissions, steering, rigging, line handling, ground tackle, electrical, plumbing and refrigeration. The section on winch and roller furling construction is worth the cover price alone.
The author is an American cruising yachtsmen of vast experience and boundless curiosity about how things on his boats work. The result of his collected wisdom is a book that should nestle in every ship's library – and will be certain to be used more than most.
Published by McGraw-Hill Australia, RRP $29.95
The AutoAnchor 560 chain counter and windlass control provides an accurate count for boat owners whether they are using an all-chain or a combination rope/chain rode.
The ‘one touch’ automatic function deploys and retrieves a preset length of anchor rode, while the docking alarm and pre-set stopping point help protect the boat during anchor retrieval. A safety lock preventing unplanned windlass operation is incorporated into this new product. The AA560 has a full-graphic LCD screen, more intuitive user interface and displays information such as the battery voltage and the speed of windlass operation.
Installation is easier with greater flexibility in the fit requirements and full text, testing and troubleshooting messages.The AutoAnchor fits any windlass, comes with a weather cover and is available in either black or grey to match the other console instruments.
See at the Sydney Boat Show or website www.autoanchor.co.nz
Garmin redesigns range
Garmin's new marine range comprises of a totally redesigned line of chartplotters, sonar, and charting that offers powerful features, state-of-the-art satellite photo-generated cartography and a sleek design.
All units come with a completely redesigned user interface that lets boaters intuitively see and select the information they want, while eliminating the clutter they don't – all with fewer button pushes. All feature a sophisticated and elegant flat screen design that complements today's modern boats.
For even higher resolution photomapping capabilities, Garmin now offers BlueChart g2 vision technology – conveniently available on a pre-programmed SD card. In addition to high resolution satellite imagery, g2 Vision features true “mariner's eye view” above water or a “fish eye” underwater perspective – both in three dimensions. The g2 Vision data card also enables auto guidance technology on compatible units – searching all the chart attributes to suggest the best navigational course. BlueChart g2 Vision capabilities are only available when the optional card is loaded in a compatible chartplotter.
The new range includes 4″ and 5″ chartplotters, fishfinders and combination units all featuring crisp, sunlight readable colour displays driven by high speed processors and a simple user interface. All of these chartplotter units now come preloaded with the entire Australia and NZ BlueChart and worldwide basemap.
Get up to speed with Tacktick
Tacktick's new Maxi range boasts many unique features including a start line function that tells racers to speed up or slow as they approach the start line.Oceantalk are the Australian distributors of Tacktick products. Managing director Robin Kydd says “this is technology made by sailors for sailors”.
“The information it generates is so comprehensive yet the system is so user friendly. Highly responsive line bias, wind shift, timer functions, indicators for acceleration and speed trends, plus advanced set, drift, turn, and course to Steer functions – providing exceptional advantages in tidal waters – are among the many features. The displays are capable of receiving and displaying all forms of data wirelessly: from polar data, true wind speed, VMG and compass headings to speed, depth and wind, SOG, COG and navigational data.”
In time for the new season of sailing Burke Marine are pleased to release their latest addition to the range of clothing. Following the success of the Pro Race Amara Leather glove the improved Pro08 Dura Grip is yet another level up in terms of a technical racing protective gear. Keeping with the features that have made the original glove a favorite to the Australian sailor, such as ergonomic design for enhanced flexibility, Durable Amara Leather which dries soft, Double touch tab closure, Anti-snag neoprene wristband with watch cut out and stretch mesh back, the team at Burke have added slit dura grip palm reinforcement which presents flatter area with less creasing for positive grip, Extra tough XT Kevlar finger reinforcement and extended side reinforcement for extra protection from modern synthetic ropes. Available in the ¾ finger option this is a must have addition whether you are a weekend racer or competing on the world stage. When you are wearing Burke you know we have got you covered.
For your nearest stockiest and details call 02 9638433 or visit www.burkemarine.com.au