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Raymarine Ray90/91 VHF; Suzuki DF150A/175A; Over­board duf­fel bag


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.



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



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.gill­ma­ 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.



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 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 CON­TACT­pad­


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

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