Raymarine Ray90/91 VHF; Suzuki DF150A/175A; Overboard duffel bag
SUZUKI DF150A AND DF175A
Following the recent launch of its flagship 350hp outboard, Suzuki has announced two new mid-range units. Using the same 2.9-litre in-line 4-cylinder DOHC engine, these new models have a high compression ratio of 10.2:1 to boost low end torque and acceleration. Induction air flow has also been improved providing a cooler flow of air while oxygen and knock sensors aid smooth running. The result is a claimed 14% improvement in fuel economy over the outgoing DF175, and 7% better for the DF150A.
Other updates include an offset drive shaft shifting the weight of the motor forward and reducing strain on the transom. Extras include a keyless start system and a trolling mode that allows engine revs to be adjusted up or down in precise 50rpm stages.
PRICE TBA CONTACT www.marine.suzuki.co.uk
RAYMARINE RAY90/ RAY 9 1 VHF RADIO
When it comes to VHF radios you have a choice between a fixed unit that powers off the boat’s batteries and uses the ship’s taller antenna or the convenience of a handheld device and accept its performance shortcomings and need to be charged.
Now, however, Raymarine has bridged the divide, giving you all the advantages of a fixed unit with the benefits of a handheld. It has done this by using a ‘black box’ base transceiver that can be hidden away, leaving just a wired handset with the controls at the helm.
In itself that’s nothing new, the big news is the ability to add up to three wireless full function handsets that connect to the base via wifi. Powered by lithium-ion batteries, the wireless handsets sit in docks that charge the units so that they’re always ready.
It also makes installation easier, each dock only requiring power, not a physical hard-wired connection to the base module. You can make internal calls from station to station too and it has a locator alarm that helps you to find lost handsets.
The Ray91 version has a Class B AIS receiver, so it can be linked to an MFD to show the position and identity of other Ais-equipped boats. PRICE from £845
CONTACT www. raymarine.com
GILL SEASON TWO CLOTHING COLLECTION
With winter upon us, British technical clothing company Gill has launched a new range of products. A Hybrid down jacket (above right) follows the ‘sell out success’ of the company’s previous Hydrophobe jacket, combining the warmth of duck down with a thermal knit sleeve for stretch and freedom of movement.
The Navigator Jacket (above left) is a multi-use lightweight, waterproof and breathable coastal marine jacket ideal for offshore or onshore use, and the Polar jacket is a zip-up adaptation of the Gill fleece. There is even a pair of waterproof and windproof yet breathable socks in the new range, along with a Melange knit beanie to keep the other end of your body cosy.
PRICE from £20 CONTACT www.gillmarine.com TAG HEUER AQUARACER CARBON SERIES Tag Heuer has launched three new versions of its Aquaracer dive watch called the Carbon Series. Each model features a 39mm matt black Pvd-covered titanium case housing a carbon bezel created by the random injection of carbon fibres into a resin pressed at high temperatures, creating a unique black and grey marbled finish.
Protected by a domed sapphire crystal, the hands, logo and indices are picked out in a choice of yellow, blue or rose gold, a colour reflected in the stitching of the textile strap. Water resistant to 300 metres, the watch is powered by Tag Heuer’s Automatic Calibre 5 self-winding mechanical movement and will only be available through Tag Heuer boutiques and online.
PRICE £3,250 CONTACT www.tagheuer.com
OVERBOARD DUFFEL BAG ,60 LITRE S
I reckon this is close to the perfect weekend bag. Small and soft enough to squeeze into the overhead lockers of most airlines but big enough to swallow several days worth of clothes, it has served me well on countless trips this summer. The Pvc-coated fabric is waterproof while the chunky zips are protected by flaps, keeping its contents dry in anything other than a total immersion. A lockable D-shaped opening ensures it’s easy to pack and unpack without ruining your carefully folded shirts, and there are various internal and external pockets for stowing valuables. Short carry handles and removable backpack straps make it easy to lug around. However, the white colour scheme shows up scuffs more than the darker ones.
PRICE £69.99 CONTACT www.over-board.co.uk MBY RATING ★★★★★ RED PADDLE COMPACT STAND- UP PADDLE BOARD Stand-up paddle boarding is one of today’s fastest growing watersports. It’s fun, easy to master, relatively cheap and gives you a useful workout, which explains its growing popularity with boat owners. But as ever with on board toys, the question of storage rears its ugly head.
Inflatable boards were a good start but the new Compact from Red Paddle takes the concept one step further. It’s a 9ft 6in board that folds down to half the size of a regular inflatable board, packing away into a bag 560mm x 420mm x 280mm. Crucially, it also weighs less than 8kg making it easy to swing in and out of a lazerette, yet once inflated it will support a rider up to 95kg.
PRICE from £1,299 CONTACT www.redpaddleco.com
VOLVO PENTA DYNAMIC RE POSITIONING SYSTEM
Volvo Penta’s Dynamic Positioning System (DPS) has been available for use on Ips-equipped boats since 2009.
Often referred to as a ‘virtual anchor’, it’s a system that allows you to park the boat in a set position without it being moved around by the wind or tide. It does this using GPS positioning and automated pod vectoring to maintain station and is particularly handy for holding position whilst waiting for a bridge lift or lock opening.
Now Volvo has added a Dynamic Repositioning System (DRS), which builds on DPS by allowing the boat to be moved three metres forwards, backwards or sideways with a single touch of the joystick. Up to different 10 steps can be made, with diagonal moves achieved by a double touch - one laterally and one longitudinally. The thinking is that when you’re holding station and another boat gets too close, you can quickly and easily reposition your boat without having to manually make the move before locking it again.
It’s available on all new boats fitted with IPS and can also be retrofitted to most DPSequipped boats. PRICE On request
DPS allows you to move your boat 3m in any direction while still holding station