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 

Stylish new look for smaller Bar Crushers

Australian plate aluminium boat manufacturer Bar Crusher, has introduced a new folding targa rocket launcher for its Wavecrusher series (490C and 535C).

Offering a stylish alternative to traditional bimini tops with polished alloy tubes seen on most boats in this size range, the new rocket launcher is available as an option with or without the forward bimini extension.  The targa rocket launcher is also stronger than most rocket launcher designs seen on smaller boats, so it can provide another secure grab rail for those onboard if conditions get rough.

The ability to simply and quickly fold down both the roof and the toughened safety glass windscreen of each model - to reduce on-trailer height by up to a metre for easy storage in most standard garages - is one of the many reasons Bar Crusher's C series is so popular around the country.  The new targa rocket launcher retains this functionality, at the same time adding some extra style to complement the on-water performance.

Built on the industry leading Gen2® hull with Delta Flare™, the Wavecrusher series incorporates all of the exclusive innovations and advanced engineering of larger Bar Crusher boats - such as the Waveslicer deep-V, non-pounding hull for an ultra-smooth ride, Rigideck engineered sub-floor system for maximum hull strength, and Quickflow water ballast technology for excellent stability at rest - albeit in scaled-down package (don't be fooled by their size, the 490C and 535C are very capable boats!).

Renowned  for quality construction, superior performance and maximum fishability (with a range of standard 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.

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