Danger and Bomber present The Last Cast

Club Marine is proud to support AFL big fish Patrick Dangerfield and fishing identity Bomber Farrell as they venture into some of the country’s best fishing waters off the Northern Territory’s Groote Eylandt, in their new TV show, The Last Cast.

Airing on Channel Seven at the start of next year’s AFL footy season in March, 2018, the four-part series will follow the intrepid duo as they explore the island’s largely unfished waters and discover its raw beauty.

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With passionate angler Dangerfield an ambassador for South Australian boatbuilder Northbank Boats, their vessel of choice is a brand-new Northbank 650WA Danger Pro Series, kitted out with an arsenal of top-notch fish-finding gear and comprehensively protected by Club Marine Pleasure Craft insurance.

And as a Groote local whose forte is landing sailfish, Bomber can’t wait to take his footy-star mate on the fishing trip of a lifetime, while showing off the archipelago’s lush natural coastlines, abundant wildlife and pristine waters teeming with pelagic and reef fish.

Home of the Andindilyakwa People, Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria is Australia’s fourth largest island and part of an archipelago of 40-odd smaller islands. Stay tuned for more details about Bomber and Dangerfield’s angling antics in The Last Cast. Channel Seven show times and dates will be released shortly.

Mercury Portable FourStroke Revolution. The all new 15/20hp EFI FourStroke outboard and world’s first ambidextrous portable outboard tiller handle.

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Mercury Marine is adding to its already incredible range of world leading FourStroke outboards, with the introduction of its ultra-lightweight and reliable 15 and 20hp EFI FourStroke platform.

In addition, Mercury is proud to launch its innovative new Multi-Function Tiller Handle, the world’s first portable outboard tiller that offers true ambidextrous operation (see below).

Designed for all comers – anglers, recreational family boaters and commercial operators – Mercury’s latest outboard features battery-free EFI for fast, reliable starting, instant throttle response and better overall performance. It is also among the lightest engine of its class on the market, improving acceleration, top speed and handling. On top of all that, it delivers exceptional fuel economy.

Like all its siblings in Mercury’s FourStroke outboard portfolio, the new 15 and 20hp EFI is designed with ease of maintenance in mind. Its clean, no-drip, no-spill oil drain system, fresh water flushing attachment, and water separating fuel filter makes this one of the most user-friendly outboards on the water today.

“We really excited to announce the new 15 and 20hp EFI four-stroke outboard platform,” said Nicholas Webb, Senior Director of Engine Products (Aus, NZ & Pacific).

“This is an engine that is easy-to-start, intuitive-to-operate, lightweight and fuel-efficient. Our goal is to develop an intuitive product that enhances true customer boating experience.

This lightweight outboard platform starts at just 45 kilos, some 13% lighter than the platform it replaces, and comparable to the existing 2 stroke model in Mercury’s outboard line-up.

The new 15 EFI FourStroke outboard is also available in ProKicker models and SeaPro commercial models. 

Pricing and a complete model list will be available in early 2018 with the release for sale of this new platform.  Read more...

OptiMax DSI diesel outboards drive "first of their kind" ship boats for Royal Australian Navy

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They are the first of their kind – the Royal Australian Navy’s six new 7.6 metre RIBs, each sporting a pair of 175hp Mercury OptiMax DSI diesel outboards.

What makes these boats special is the fact they are powered by outboards at all.
For many years, the RAN has had a ban on outboards because traditional petrol engines – and the fuel itself – were considered too flammable to be aboard warships.

That meant the Navy had to rely on diesel inboards, even at the cost of performance in smaller vessels.

Everything has now changed with Mercury’s new three litre DSI (Diesel Spark Ignition) outboard which has been specifically engineered to address the needs of military and other specialised commercial applications around the world.

Based on Mercury’s proven OptiMax technology, the high-performance DSI outboard differ significantly from a normal diesel engine which uses compression to cause the fuel to combust. DSI motors, much like petrol engines, use a spark plug to ignite the fuel which has been finely atomised by a small charge of compressed air. Additionally, a “glow plug” supports the spark plug for improved cold-weather starting and better idling.

Built by Britton Maritime Systems from a proven design, the six new BMS DSI 760 Ship Boats have been allocated to the Navy’s Cape-class patrol boats. They will provide general support and act as interceptors when the patrol boats have to investigate or seize other vessels.

The twin 175hp DSI outboards, with 17 pitch propellers, provide the three tonne RIBs with all the power and speed they need in their unpredictable roles. Designed to carry up to eight people along with 200kgs of cargo, the ship boats can reach 40 knots at 5,750 rpm in a flat sea.

By replacing inboards with outboards, the Navy achieves a range of advantages. The new boats are easier and cheaper to service, they are about 500kgs lighter and have better performance characteristics including a tighter turning circle, they are significantly quieter and enjoy additional cargo space.

Given they are based on trusted OptiMax technology, the new DSI outboards also provide the key features which Mercury is renowned for, including;

  • SmartCraft Engine Guardian for real time engine diagnostics
  • Custom-calibrated Propulsion Control Unit
  • Electronic multipoint lubrication
  • 60-amp, belt-driven alternator
  • Low Emissions
  • High performance cylinder liners for optimal engine running

To learn more about Britton Maritime Systems and the BMS DSI 760 Ship Boats, go to www.brittonmaritime.com.au.

For more information on Mercury’s DSI diesel outboards visit www.mercuryracing.com/optimax-diesel-reporting-for-duty/.

Victorian Coast Guard Partners with RACV Marine Batteries

The Victorian flotillas of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard will be relying on RACV Marine Batteries to keep their vessels on the water 24 x 7 shouldn’t you?

RACV Marine Batteries are proud to be partnering with the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard in Victorian (AVCG), to provide RACV marine batteries to all the nineteen Victorian flotillas that operate their rescue vessels and tow vehicles.

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RACV Marine general manager Neil James says “RACV Marine are proud to partner with the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard and provide marine and vehicle batteries to ensure the continued patrol and search and rescue efforts of the Victorian flotilla’s of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard to help ensure the safety of all Victorian boaters.”

The AVCG plays an extremely important role in the safety of boaters across our vast Victorian coastline. There are now 190,000 registered recreational vessels in Victoria and this number is on the rise. The Coast Guard’s water activations are akin to RACV’s roadside presence; rescuing Victorians from broken down vessels, towing to safe harbour or assisting with flat batteries. Therefore, the AVCG’s vessels must be ready to respond to marine emergencies 24 hours per day, every single day of the year.

Check out RACV Marine Batteries at www: racv.com.au/marine

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Bar Crusher launches ‘special edition’ missiles

Australian plate aluminium boat builder Bar Crusher has launched its latest special edition series – the ‘Exocet’.

Named after the French-built ‘flying fish’ missile, the Exocet follows the success of Bar Crusher’s previous special edition series, the Apache, which was released in 2010.

Available in two versions – the 615C Exocet and 670HT Exocet – the new special edition models incorporate all of the standard features found in every Bar Crusher boat, as well as a range of extra inclusions and unique features.

These include:

- distinctive paint scheme: aircraft grey with gloss black transom, roof and hull sides;

- matte black painted helm;

- carpet-lined roof, cabin (lower section) and cockpit side pockets;

- welded uprights in side pockets for screw-in rod/gaff/tagpole storage;

- new mini deluxe baitboard (615C Exocet);

- 15-inch black mag wheels and black painted mudguards on trailer;

- special edition graphics to identify Exocet models.

Rated to carry up to a 150hp outboard [615C Exocet] and 200hp outboard [670HT Exocet], with respective fuel capacities of 140L and 190L (long-range tanks also available), these ultra-tough Fishing Weapons are capable of running miles offshore chasing tuna and marlin, or sitting at anchor on the bay snapper fishing with the family.

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As with all models in Bar Crusher’s cuddy cabin range, the 615C Exocet’s folding gas-strut roof (with side clears) provides protection from the elements while on the water, yet when folded it reduces the on-trailer height by around a metre for easy storage under carports and in low garages.

The 670HT Exocet’s stylish all-weather hard top and toughened safety glass windscreen allows full standing room and an unobstructed 360-degree view from the helm, while the slide-opening side windows ensure good airflow on hot summer days.

Renowned for quality construction, superior performance and maximum fishability (with a range of standard fishing-related features other manufacturers charge as extras), every Bar Crusher boat is factory-packaged on a custom-designed trailer, which ensures towing, launching and retrieving is a breeze. Self-centering and aligning perfectly every time, Bar Crusher’s innovative Bar Catch® system also allows for single-handed launch and retrieve.

New One Stop Shop for Victorian Boaties

Victorian boat lovers have a new one-stop shop, RACV Marine, for all their needs from boat insurance, boat finance, boat batteries and emergency roadside assistance for your boat trailer and tow vehicle to get you to and from your home to the boat ramp whether in the next suburb or the other side of Australia.

RACV General Manager Marine, Neil James, says all RACV’s boating related products can now be found at racv.com.au/marine.

“RACV Marine provides access to boat insurance, boat finance, boat batteries in addition to 24/7 support and emergency roadside assistance for boat trailers and tow vehicles” Neil says.

Boat insurance covers craft from kayaks to cruiser, and can be tailored according to usage and preference.  If you only use your boat for part of the year, you can nominate a lay-up period and reduce your premium.

An RACV mobile battery team can deliver marine batteries throughout greater Melbourne and Geelong to suit a range of boats and yachts, and Emergency Roadside Assistance is available for boat trailer and tow vehicles anywhere in Australia, covering members carrying up to eight tonnes.

For those looking to buy a boat, RACV Marine Finance has an easy application process, a handy loan calculator and low monthly payments.

Taking out boat insurance, a boat loan or Emergency Roadside Assistance gives access to RACV member benefits program, which provides discounts from RACV partners in motoring, home, leisure and entertainment.

To find out more go to racv.com.au/marine

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Dunbier releases new alloy and custom additions to its PWC trailer range

Dunbier Trailers have announced two new additions to its Sports Water - Toy Range (PWC trailer).

The alloy Sports Water Toy trailer is the newest addition to Dunbier's alloy series.  It gives a stylish addition to the water-toy market with its smooth appearance and its everlasting capabilities made possible through the following features:

  • Solid alloy welded frame with low riding cross members including the 4" solid drawbar;
  • Australian designed and manufactured;
  • All new black alloy mag wheels, chrome caps and light truck radial tyres to complete "the look"; and
  • Fully sealed LED light system.

In addition to alloy Sports Water Toy trailer, Dunbier has also crafted the all new Custom Powder Coated Jet Ski Trailer. Purposely made  so that enthusiasts can travel in style with lower riding, it comes with many special features including:

  • Wide stepped checker plate side steps; 
  • All black wobble rollers to complete "the look";
  • Full marine coat over the galvanised frame, guards, roller beds and walk boards;
  • Australian designed and manufactured;
  • New black alloy mag wheels, chrome caps and light truck radial tyers;
  • New fully sealed LED light system; and
  • Wind up swing up jockey wheel.

For more information contact Dunbier on (03) 9580-2455 or visit www.dunbier.com

 

Fishing guru Al McGlashan joins Mercury Pro Team

Fishing phenomenon Al McGlashan is the latest big name angler to join the Mercury Pro team.

Like millions of other Australians, Al fishes from the back of his trailer boat. Unlike the rest of us, Al does it for about 180 days a year and has earned a global reputation as an angler, photographer and conservationist.

“As a kid my old man had a Mariner outboard which was as tough as nails and then I had a MerCruiser in my first ever boat, a 23 Bertram,” Al said.

“But that was 25 years ago, and Mercury have obviously come such a long way since then.”

Al now has a Mercury 250hp Verado on the back of his six metre Evolution which tips the scales at two tonnes when he goes deep offshore.

“I’ve knocked up 6,500 nautical miles in just two and a half years so the engine’s going to get a real workout and the Mercury’s fuel efficiency is going to be massive for me,” he said.

If you’re into fishing at any level, the chances are you’ve seen or read Al’s work.

Al’s audience stretches around the world. He’s currently producing the TV Series Al McGlashan’s Fish’n with Mates for Channel Nine, which is the number one rating fishing show in Australia and also airs in NZ and to millions of households across the USA. He has a global social media following of well over 100,000. He writes and provides photography to dozens of magazines such as Modern Fishing, Club Marine Magazine and Bluewater Magazine and has a weekly article every Friday in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph with his articles republished online.  He’s written several books including The Complete Fishing Bible and works tirelessly with regular fishing seminars and school visits.

Given that Mercury engines are used across the globe, Al is well aware of the brand’s heritage and technical prowess.

“Just recently I was fishing with mates in the States where everyone had Mercury engines except one person; these big triple and quad rigs on centre consoles. They all drive pedal-to-the-metal and the engines were awesome but still surprisingly quiet,” he said.

 “Then I was in the Coral Sea with Big Cat Reality and they were using Mercury FourStroke 40hp outboards on these tenders we were fishing off and the fuel economy was just unreal.

“So I am genuinely proud to get involved.”

The first thing Al’s going to do with his new Verado is go after some swordfish for the US cable network the Outdoor Channel, hoping to tag a couple for research purposes.

“Then we’ll follow the Bluefin tuna as they push up the east coast, and after that it will be Kingfish and Marlin,” Al said.

“What we do that’s different, we don’t just fish, we get in the water with the fish and show people a new perspective, show them what we see when we’re out there. I can’t wait to get into it.

“As I always say - If you love what you do, you will never have to work a day in your life!”

Melbourne delivers for exhibitors and buyers

Following four days of showcasing the latest in boat and watercraft models, the 2017 Melbourne Boat Show, held from 16-19 June at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre has concluded on a positive note.

This year the Show attracted just over 21,000 visitors that included serious buyers of boats and watercraft, marine electronics and equipment, fishing gear and those looking to be informed and knowledgeable on a range of boating and boating lifestyle areas.  It also served as the platform for a number of product launches including Honda, Quintrex and Whittley.

“All in all we’re very happy with how the Melbourne Boat Show went for us,” said Paul Savage, co-director of Streaker Marine.  “There were lots of people consistently coming to our stand, and we were particularly busy on the weekend of the Show.  We sold a lot of product and did exceptionally well on sales.  The Melbourne Boat Show is an essential part of our yearly calendar and keeps us busy during the winter months which is important for us.”

Terry Raymond, manager at Crawford Marine also expressed positive results from the Show.  “It was one of my best Melbourne Boat Show results for some years, with it being responsible for over 30 percent of our turnover,” said Raymond.  “We experienced high quality customer leads and the Show had a great positive and active atmosphere.”

“We worked really hard as a team on all aspects of the Show to be able to deliver for our exhibitors and the boat buying public and are satisfied with the result” said John Temple, CEO of BIAV.

“For next year’s Show we are looking to create an approach that will help us capture more of the dollars being spent on other recreational activities, to help advance boating’s market share in this area.”

Highly regarded for providing a family fun atmosphere, the Show catered to a number of family visitors with various activities including fishing casting clinics, sea life touch tanks, as well as stage show presentations from various boating and fishing personalities, cooking demonstrations and talks from champions and professionals of the world of watersports and sailing.

BIAV is focused on developing strategies to again improve on this year’s event, with planning already underway for the 2018 Melbourne Boat Show, which will again be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Catch - Fillet - Cook - Gummy Shark Masterclass at C.H. Smith Marine

Book Now!  Space is limited to first 40 applicants.

Cost:  $20 per person (pre-booking is essential, no walk-ins on the night)
Where:  189 Grange Rd, Fairfield, VIC
When:  July 12
Time:  7:30pm - 9:30pm

CH Smith Marine is teaming up with The Australian Seafood Show (Charlie Micallef,Con Panayides and Peter Hilcke) to provide the ultimate masterclass on how to catch, fillet and cook the good old gummy shark!  There's nothing like the thrill of catching a gummy shark, and we all love a good bit of flake - but once you bring it home for dinner, what's the best way to prepare it?

Come join us and learn all the best tips from the pros.  Session includes:

  • How to CATCH gummy shark with Charlie Micallef - All the techniques, tricks and which rigs and gear to use;
  • How to FILLET gummy shark with Con Panayides - Demonstration on the best way to prepare gummy sharks without wasting any meat; and
  • How to COOK gummy shark with Peter Hilcke - How to get the most flavour from your gummy shark.

There will also be exclusive deals on the night - 10% off all rods, reels, hooks, line and sinkers, special promo packs, and 5% off electronics (no rain checks).  Finger food will be provided.

To register for this masterclass, click and download the form below or email info@chsmith.com.au