C.H. Smith Marine Opens in Fairfield

C.H. Smith Marine, experienced dealers in marine and boat accessories and electronics, has opened the doors to its new super showroom in Fairfield, Victoria.

It's set to continue its long history of helping others with their love for fishing and boating, with the new store even bigger and better than before.  With a greater emphasis placed on providing a customer experience that is engaging, interactive and informative.

CH Smith Managing director, Rod smith, at the new store

CH Smith Managing director, Rod smith, at the new store

"Our goal in setting up this store is to make it an aspirational destination - to give our customers a reason to come back again and again," said C.H. Smith Marine Managing Director, Rod Smith.

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"The panoramic images around our walls featuring nine key brands, encourage customers to identify with the activities.  Our job is then to help them there with good advice and product selection."

Included in the store format, customers can use their smartphone in-store to scan a product's shelf label or QR code to access further detailed information on the item, without having to return to the sales counter.

There are also plans to host a series of information sessions at the new facility, on topics encompassing all things boating and fishing, regularly throughout the year.

The new showroom carries an expanded range of quality products, with all the top brands on display.  From marine electronics, to electric trolling motors, boating and fishing equipment, and award-winning products, some of which have been recognised at the 2016 International DAME Awards in Amsterdam.

Visit the new C.H. Smith showroom at 189 Grange Road, Fairfield.  You can also visit them online at www.chsmith.com.au. 

Wake Surfing Superstar to attend Surf Festival courtesy of Chaparral and Club Marine

World wake surfing sensation, Austin Keen, will be coming to Australia to attend the Noosa Festival of Surfing, in a joint promotion by Chaparral Boats and Club Marine.

Keen has impressed with his amazing surf stunts, exhibiting exceptional skills both behind boats and in the surf, where he has wowed an online audience of millions.   He is the 2013 world champion skim boarder and now pro wake surfer and will provide expert advice and mind-blowing displays of how to ride the wake.

Among his many stunts, he has hijacked a passing wake from a running start off the beach and bungyed from the beach behind one boat, to the wake of a second boat, travelling over 80 metres with nothing more than momentum powering him along.  Keen is also renowned for his impressive surfing skills. 

The Noosa Festival of Surfing organisers are excited to have Chaparral and Club Marine involved with the event and in particular having Austin Keen joining other legendary surfers such as Layne Beachley, Tom Carroll and Mark Richards, who are long term ambassadors for the event.

Sam Smith, festival organiser said; ‘this is the first time Wake Surfing has been on offer in the festivals 26 year history. Chaparral’s new surf boats are suited to saltwater, so we can now offer festival goers something new and we have planned an invitational event with our ambassadors and festival competitors.  Austin will be providing tuition, judging and doing demonstrations; we are stoked to have him here, he is a real showman and a brilliant surfer’.

Chaparrals New Surf Boats combine Malibu Surf Gate, Volvo’s revolutionary forward facing stern drive, Ballast, Surf Computer and Chaparral surf hull technology to create a boat suitable for fresh or saltwater surfing, but also wake boarding or slalom skiing and it comes with the understated style and quality that Chaparral are renowned for.

Austin Keen said; ‘I am really stoked to be coming downunder to hang out with some of the world’s biggest surf legends and can’t wait to rip up on the Chaparral Wake.  Club Marine have stepped up to get me there so I can meet my Australian followers and spend some time checking out Noosa and Queensland.’

When asked why the Chaparral wakes were so good he replied; the Chaparral is equipped to ride in saltwater, which gives you the familiar saltwater buoyancy of riding in the ocean. They also use the Malibu surf gate system, which in my opinion, creates the best shaped wake surf wave currently on the market. And after you're done practicing that front side reverse 20 times behind the boat, you could anchor it up and paddle into the line-up and try it on a real wave! 

The Noosa Festival of Surf runs from Saturday the 4th of March until Saturday the 11th March attracting upwards of 15,000 people covering all disciplines of surfing in what organizers describe as ‘8 days of Pure Stoke’. The festival is in its 26th year and is one of the world’s biggest and most respected surf events attracting professional surfers from all around the globe. 

You can find more information on the Noosa Festival of Surfing at www.noosafestivalofsurfing.com  and for info on Chaparral Surf boats go to www.chaparralboats.com or call (03) 9397-6977 for your nearest dealer. To see Austin Keen in action go to www.austinkeen.com

Coast Guard Redcliffe saving lives with new Mercury Verados

Redcliffe Coastguard’s primary rescue vessel is back in the water and keeping people safe in and around Moreton Bay, with a pair of brand new Mercury 300hp Verados providing the power.

The boat, a 9.8m Kevlacat best known as RSL Redcliffe, is in great shape having undergone a $200,000 refresh which also included an upgrade to its vital communication equipment, a rewiring of its electrical system, improved electronics and new paint.

Troy Wood from Brisbane Marine has been looking after the engine needs of Coast Guard Redcliffe for some three years and oversaw the new engine upgrade.

“It was a straight swap, replacing two older Verados with two brand new ones,” Troy said.

“Everyone’s been very happy with the way the Verados have been performing, so when it came time to upgrade it was a pretty simple decision.

“The volunteers at Redcliffe – in fact all the coast guard volunteers – they do a fantastic job so we’re more than happy to help, and I know the Verados are going to give them the reliability, control and power they need to do their job.”

Approximately half of the money for the refurbishment of RSL Redcliffe came from the Federal Government, so the Prime Minister was invited to attend the re-launch ceremony.

Mr Turnbull praised the all Coast Guard Redcliffe volunteers for their dedication and professionalism, and also applauded the local community for its ongoing support of the organisation.

For any rescue craft dependability is obviously crucial, and Mercury Verado engines have a well-earned reputation for exceptional reliability. Made to handle bigger boats and bigger water, Verado engines are beefed up and better protected with a maintenance-free valve train, dual water inlets for consistent cooling, and superior corrosion protection.

SmartCraft Digital Throttle & Shift provides instantaneous throttle response, and the Verado’s automotive-style power steering ensures precision handling vital in rescue work.

RSL Redcliffe has already conducted a number of successful rescues since its return to the water and will be there whenever boaties get into trouble.

Win with Club Marine's Boatloads of Fun

Club Marine is giving away more than $250,000 worth of prizes in its Boatloads of Fun promotion.

All participants need to do to be in the running for Boatloads of Fun is have a Club Marine Pleasure Craft insurance policy and a Club Marine Magazine subscription in either Australia or New Zealand at the time of each of the six draws over the coming year.

The prize-giving begins when we launch Boatloads of Fun in Club Marine Magazine February/March edition with a cruise for two on iconic adventure cruise ship True North for a Coral Atoll cruise to the spectacular Rowley Shoals off the north-west coast of Western Australia.  There’s also a chance to win the first of six premium-quality Shimano fishing packs valued at $5000 each – including rods, reels and enough tackle and other gear to keep any family of fishos happy.

But wait – there’s more!

Throughout the year, Club Marine will also give away a True North Southern Safari cruise to Kangaroo Island in South Australia, and a True North Kimberley Barra Bonanza cruise for the ultimate Australian coastal exploration experience to the remote and wild Kimberley region in Western Australia. Each cruise is for two people and includes return flights from the winner’s closest capital city.

In addition, there are two great Falcon F360H tenders from BRIG to be won.

And just when you might have thought the prize pool had been exhausted, there is a premium prize package to be won – in association with Northbank Fibreglass Boats and Isuzu Australia, one lucky Club Marine policyholder and magazine subscriber with a sensational car and boat package to make the most of the incredible Australasian boating lifestyle.

Northbank has provided a feature-packed 600C family cruiser, powered by a 150hp Mercury FourStroke outboard and carried on a robust and dependable Mackay trailer – while towing the whole package is a 2017-model Isuzu D-MAX LS-T automatic ute.

To find out how you can be in the running for Boatloads of Fun, turn to the opening pages of February/March Club Marine Magazine, or visit: www.clubmarine.com.au or www.clubmarine.co.nz. Or you can pop in for a chat at any of the major boat shows and other events that Club Marine will attend across Australia and New Zealand over the coming year.

Unbeatable Mercury 75-115hp FourStrokes

Boasting less weight and high displacement these brilliant Mercury FourStrokes generate abundant torque and immediate power, so they accelerate better, get boats onto a plane faster, and provide optimal fuel efficiency at cruising speed.

Mercury engineers have also ensured these engines are significantly quieter and smoother than the competition - with up to 50% less vibration and 50% less noise than comparable outboards.

They are all also available in Command Thrust format. With a larger gearcase and gearcase torpedo, combined with a bigger-diameter prop, Command Thrust outboards provide greater leverage and control, lifting a heavy boat onto a plane more easily and holding it there without effort at lower speeds.

Twin rig boats can benefit as well, with Mercury’s 115hp FourStroke available in counter-rotating format.

Mercury’s 75-115hp FourStroke outboards are now even more attractive.

From 28 January to 21 April 2017 these unbeatable outboards are available with stunning, free upgrades worth $1,541.

Specifically, anyone purchasing a Mercury 75-115hp FourStroke from a participating Mercury dealer will receive a - 

  • VesselView 502 multi-function touchscreen display upgrade from the standard VesselView 4, and
  • Mercury Active Trim – the industry’s only GPS based automated trim system.

The new VesselView502 has a larger 5-inch (12.7 cm) display and a multi-touch interface which can show data for up to four engines and is capable of interfacing with broadband sonar with CHIRP, DownScan imaging, and a full-featured chart plotter.

Equipped with a Micro SD card slot on the back of the unit for installing Maps plus gauge updates, it also comes with internal high-speed 10 Hz GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and is GoFree cloud-enabled. 

Mercury’s new Active Trim system automatically and effortlessly trims an engine or engines. Not only does it make boating easier and more fun it also improves engine performance and cuts fuel costs.

With a patented integrated GPS-based control system, Active Trim takes into account both the boat’s speed and engine rpm when deciding on the ideal trim position so Active Trim can be used on high-performance boats as well as family runabouts.

To learn more about this unbelievable deal on Mercury’s unmatchable 75-115hp FourStrokes, go to www.mercurymarine.com.au or visit your nearest participating Mercury dealer.

Chaparral introduces wake surfing at the Noosa Surf Festival

Chaparral has signed off on an exclusive sponsorship deal with the Noosa Festival of Surfing to launch their new range of salt water surf boats in early March.  

In a first for the 26 year Surf festival, Chaparral will be holding an invitational wake surf event which will see professional surfers pitch their skills against each other; international surf legends such as Layne Beachley, Mark Richards and Tom Carroll are all festival ambassadors and on the invite list.

Festival organisers are hyped about the connection with the new Chaparral Surf boats incorporating Malibu Surf Gate and Volvo Forward Facing drives, coupled with ballast & surf computer creating solid and sizable surf waves that go on forever, something that Mother Nature cannot always provide. 

Scott O’Hare from Chaparral Australia was excited by the opportunity to show off the new Surf Boats; ‘we will have three of the five new models running during the event and can’t wait to see the surf action, with the world champions but also dog surfing, couples, and all manner of surfing disciplines, carving up behind our Chaparrals’.

Sam Smith, the festival director said; ‘each year our team prepares for every eventuality; come rain, hail or shine, the show will go on. For grommets and grandmas, hipsters and holidaymakers, 8 Days of Pure Stoke are guaranteed for all; except for one small thing, WAVES, but with Chaparrals amazing wave making machines, built for saltwater, we are all set to get some action no matter what mother nature dishes out.’ 

‘Chaparral’s boats are unique, with an in-built ballast and ‘surf gate’ system, allowing you to change style, height and direction of wave, enabling it to break from either the left or right-hand side of the boat. Designed to produce waves as slow speed, it is the closest thing outside of a wave pool to emulating real waves, which only stop when the fuel runs out. As the only dedicated saltwater wake surf boat anywhere in the world, it produces a bigger, cleaner wave than any other wake boat and, with the slower speed and a reverse propeller, is far safer’; she said.

O’Hare added; ‘unlike other stern drive manufacturers, Chaparral have not just added the revolutionary Volvo FFD technology, extra ballast and standard trim tabs as an option, but rather have carefully selected 5 boats from three of their model lines, taking weight distribution, hull shape and deck layouts into account and then redesigned the hulls to specifically develop a bigger cleaner wave. Coupled with Malibu Surf Gate, the surf computer and ballast these boats are truly impressive.’

The Noosa Festival of Surf runs from Saturday the 4th of March until Saturday the 11th March attracting upwards of 15,000 people covering all disciplines of surfing in what organizers describe as ‘8 days of Pure Stoke’. The festival is in its 26th year and is one of the world’s biggest and most respected surf events attracting professional surfers from all around the globe. 

You can find more information on the Noosa Festival of Surfing at www.noosafestivalofsurfing.com  and for info on Chaparral Surf boats go to www.chaparralboats.com or call (03) 9397-6977 for your nearest dealer.

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BRP focus on fun, affordability, and performance with the introduction 2017 Sea-Doo watercraft models

BRP continues to expand and improve its industry-leading watercraft lineup with the introduction of new Sea-Doo models and a new Rotax Advanced Combustion Efficiency (ACE) power plant. The 2017 Sea-Doo line introduces a new way to play with the Sea-Doo SPARK TRIXX, an unbeatable price-point with new GTS/GTI models and more performance in the mid-range with a GTR-X 230 powered by a new Rotax 1500 HO ACE engine.

“The Sea-Doo watercraft line has never been stronger,” said Anne Bélec, SVP Global Brand, Communications and PAC at BRP. “By offering new models that continue to focus on rider needs such as affordability and efficiency, and of course fun, more people can find the right model for them and make the dream of owning a Sea-Doo watercraft a reality.”

The SPARK TRIXX model is the Sea-Doo watercraft that changes the game, and invents new ones, with features that leverage the light and nimble handling of the SPARK model to offer new ways to play on the water. The 2017 SPARK TRIXX model comes equipped with numerous innovations including handlebar with adjustable riser, step wedges and extended-range Variable Trim System (VTS), all of which help riders perform tricks like a pro.

2017 Sea-Doo GTS and GTI models are the lightest, most fuel-efficient and offer the greatest value of any full-size watercraft on the market. Each features a compact and efficient Rotax 900 HO ACE engine and lightweight and tough Polytec hull material, which has proven performance and durability throughout the past three years in the industry’s best-selling model, the Sea-Doo SPARK watercraft.

Also new to the Sea-Doo lineup for 2017 is our Rotax 1500 HO ACE engine. Thanks to its ACE design, the 1500 HO ACE offers more mid-range performance, produces 15 more horsepower than the previous generation and is optimized for regular fuel instead of premium gas. This new engine also features a low-maintenance supercharger. The Rotax 1500 HO ACE powers the 2017 Sea-Doo GTR-X 230, as well as the GTR 230, WAKE PRO 230 and GTX Limited 230 models.

The Sea-Doo GTR-X 230 watercraft extends the brand’s X-package offering to a new model and includes the exclusive Ergolock system, which allows riders to better connect to the machine during riding.

With the widest selection of models in the industry, BRP offers the right Sea-Doo watercraft model to fit any watersports enthusiast’s desires, at a price that makes it possible for more to live the Sea-Doo life.

For a complete view of the 2017 Sea-Doo watercraft line and to find authorized Sea-Doo watercraft dealers, visit www.sea-doo.com.

Top End tough Bar Crusher trailers

Australian plate aluminium boat manufacturer Bar Crusher has further expanded its range of custom-designed trailers with the addition of the NT Tough Upgrade.

Working closely with Easytow Boat Trailers to perfect the design, the NT Tough Upgrade is in response to the increasing trend of Bar Crusher owners towing their boats on extended adventures into some of the most remote parts of Australia’s Top End.

Taking what’s already an extra-strong galvanised steel trailer and making it even tougher, the NT Tough Upgrade focuses on strengthening seven areas of the trailer.

The checklist includes: bracing all cross members with 50x5 flat; triple U-bolt winch post base to drawbar; double U-bolt winch post top to base; double U-bolt guard mount to side rails front and rear; bracing centre of steps with 40x5 flat; bracing inner steps with 16mm bar; and centre guard bracing with 40x6 flat.

Available as an option on single-axle and tandem-axle Bar Crusher trailers, if you’re serious about getting way off the beaten track then eye-to-eye suspension is also an option for less than ideal road conditions.

Keep in mind, that lowering tyre pressure, tying down your boat at the back and front, and driving to the conditions, will also help your whole rig.

All Bar Crusher boats – from the folding-roof cuddy cabin (C) series, centre console / walk-around (XS and WR) series, award-winning hard top (HT) series, right up to the hard top pilothouse (HTP) series – are factory-packaged on custom-designed trailers to deliver the ultimate boating experience on the water, at the ramp, on the highway and off it.

Available in galvanised steel or alloy construction, each trailer has been designed to ensure the boat self-levels and aligns perfectly every time, while Bar Crusher’s innovative Bar Catch® system also allows for single-handed launch and retrieve.

Bar Crusher Boats – (03) 9792 2999 or visit: barcrusher.com.au

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Chaparral introduces a serious Wake Surf contender

Chaparral Boats have released 5 new surf models from 22 – 27 feet, incorporating Malibu’s proven wave maker; ‘Surf Gate’ in a stunning move that has surprised many industry experts.

Having already entered the hotly contested surf boat market with their patented ‘Aerial Surf Platform’, creating the world’s first surfable wave behind a jet powered boat; and following the worldwide success of their Vortex jet boat range; Chaparral has upped the anti and developed 5 new stern drive surf boats, designed to run in saltwater, that all still offer traditional ski wakes.

Unlike other stern drive manufacturers, Chaparral have not just added a forward facing drive, some ballast and standard trim tabs as an option to their existing range, but rather have carefully selected 5 boats from three of their model lines, taking weight distribution, hull shape and deck layouts into account and then redesigned the hulls to specifically develop a bigger cleaner wave. 

‘We spent some time working on our own version of a surf tab to really push our boats into contention with the traditional surf brands’; said Mike Fafard, head of Chaparral R & D. ‘We realized that our energy was best directed towards making the changes to our hulls spot on, rather than potentially upsetting existing patents on surf tab designs.  The last piece of the puzzle was to research which system worked best and it quickly became obvious that the Malibu ‘Surf Gate’ system offered the best surf wave ensuring wake surfing enthusiasts large, clean, smooth surf waves on either side of the boat’; he said.

Malibu Boats CEO Jack Springer said; ’Chaparral conducted itself honourably by requesting a license to our technology and we are excited and proud to license our innovations to them. Chaparral is a premium brand and market share leader with a 52-year history of building boats with exceptional quality. With this license, Chaparral can offer a surfing experience into market segments not directly served by Malibu or its Axis Wake Research brand. This license will help introduce even more people to the fun of wakesurfing, and to Chaparral’s version of Malibu’s wakesurfing technology, which produces the most amazing waves for that sport,” said Springer.

The key difference with Chaparrals new surf boat range is that the original fuel and speed efficient hulls still come into play once the boat goes beyond ‘surf speed’.  The new hulls literally pull themselves deeper into the water in the surf zone, but then become very efficient at normal waterskiing and cruising speeds. Of course Chaparral is all about saltwater, so the construction and materials are typical of their whole line up – which is top notch.

Chaparral surf boats incorporate the Volvo forward facing drive, which is fuel efficient, offers superior handling and easy adjustment of the wave length and height via normal trim, as well as the ability to operate in shallower water than traditional shaft drive surf boats. Other surf features include ballast, lower swim platforms; Viper 2 surf computer from Medallion with the optional Bluetooth wrist band, allowing the surfer to change the wave from traditional to goofy, alter the boat speed and pump up the tunes while surfing.  

One thing that they haven’t done is go with the latest metallic ‘blinged’ colour schemes that most surf boat brands seem to have adopted, preferring instead to offer a timeless, understated and classy look that is sure to win over the more conservative buyers who have an eye on resale values down the track.

Chaparral Australia are already taking orders for Pre-Christmas delivery and expect that there will strong interest from buyers who want to embrace wake surfing, but are looking for a boat designed to use in the Salt as well as inland.

For more information go to www.chaparralboats.com or call chaparral Australia on (03) 9397-6977 for your nearest Chaparral Surf dealer.