15 must-see marine gear items at Sanctuary Cove 2016

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The world’s first LPG-powered outboard motor? Australia’s first variable-speed drum winch? LED-illuminated lifejackets? These are just some of the very cool items of marine equipment at the 2016 Sanctuary Cove boat show.


World’s first LPG-powered outboard motor

15 hp LPG-powered outboard motor

Southern Seas Marine’s LEHR LPG-powered outboard motor range debuts in Australia at the 2016 Sanctuary Cove Boat Show.

The range offers the world’s first LPG-powered outboards. The most awarded propane company in the world, LEHR outboards is said to present an environmentally friendly and cost-effective alternative to gasoline.

The distributor says propane is 50 times cleaner than gasoline, with 96 per cent fewer carcinogenic compounds, and 60 to70 per cent less smog-producing hydrocarbons. Easy to start, with no choke and no priming required, there’s no carburettor gum-up and no messy premix or petrol storage.

Said to be dedicated to a cleaner planet, the LEHR LPG outboard motor range uses patented technology to ensure they are the cleanest and greenest outboards.

Southern Seas Marine also has new windlass models from Lofrans; a new model from Watt and Sea; a new lightweight head from Sani Marine with built-in supply pump; and Corrosion X, a range of penetrating and lubrication products for extreme environments.

More information: southernseasmarine.com.au | Stand 97 in the Main Pavilion


Spinlock Lume-On LED lifejacket via Harken

Harken Lume-On life jacket bladder light

SCIBS 2016 will see the Australian launch of Harken’s Lume-On Bladder light from Spinlock.

Spinlock’s Lume-On is not a conventional lifejacket light – rather, an addition to a typical lifejacket light. While integrated lights provide a sharp, single beam, the Lume-On illuminates the whole of the lifejacket bladder. Lume-On features compact LEDs that stick to the underbelly of each bladder and use the large fluorescent surface as a diffuser to maximise visibility.

Water activated, Lume-On easily attaches and integrates to lifejackets with separate bladder and cover construction.

More information: harken.com.au | stand 128 in the Main Pavilion


Hot new Navico marine electronics

Lowrance HDS-12 Gen3 marine electronics

Navico, the world’s largest marine electronics company is launching more products than you can poke an oar at, including Lowrance’s Elite Ti standalone series of fishfinder/chartplotters, the Elite-5 and Elite-7 Ti; the new fishing app, GoFree HOOKED; the Simrad GO XSE standalone marine chartplotters/fishfinders packed into compact, easy-to-use 5in and 7in displays; Simrad SonicHub2 marine audio system that eliminates the need for a separate stereo head-unit; and the Simrad S2009 and S2016 fishfinder systems featuring CHIRP technology for precise echo sounding detail.

Navico has partnered with Mercury to link Simrad GO, NSS evo2 and NSO evo2 multifunction displays with the Mercury VesselView Link module, integrating engine data with your chartplotter, sounder or radar display.  Also appearing for the first time at SCIBS is the StructureScan HD sonar with 3D imaging.

More information: navico.com | stand 87 in the Main Pavilion


Marine flotation from the Superior Group

Superior Jetties lounge

The Superior Group, encompassing Superior Jetties, Superior Industrial and Waterscape by Superior provides high quality marine industrial flotation and ancillary products from its headquarters in Australia, working in conjunction with its network of international affiliates. At SCIBS 2016, the group will be displaying a variety of products representing all of Superior’s sectors: work, play and lifestyle.

If you’re looking for a home for your toys, Superior has a range of boat lifts as well as its durable jet ski docks. A selection of Waterscape furniture will also be on show in a welcoming lounge for visitors and guests in the Superyacht & Marine Pavilion. Ideal for around the pool, on a deck or boardwalk and of course on Superior’s Waterscape pontoons, Waterscape furniture can handle all weather conditions and can be configured in a variety of arrangements.

The Superior team will be on hand at the Show, ready to discuss any marina upgrade ideas, additions, rebuilds, servicing or any other requirements that you may have for your marina.

Superior is not only a market leader for marine berthing applications, but also a trusted and respected supplier of flotation to the resources industries. With the in-house ability and expertise to custom-design and manufacture products to suit individual, situation and product-specific requirements, they are able to project manage all aspects of the process from design, engineering, manufacture to installation.

More information: superiorjetties.com | stand 303 in the Superyacht & Marine Pavilion


Line 7 marine attire

Line7 marine jacket

Line 7 is returning to Australia with Sea Salt Life showcasing Line 7’s range of active, rural, marine and casual wear for men and women.

With one of the largest marine clothing brands, Line 7 provides wet-weather wear for sailors and outfits some of the world’s best.

The new range using Celliant technology will help you perform at your best, while a new look will make the brand a shoreside favourite.

After a long hiatus, this great antipodean brand is back and developing a terrific new range for Australian conditions.

More information: line7.com.au | stand 40 in the Main Pavilion


GME GX750 Black Box VHF marine radio

GME GX750 Black Box VHF marine radio

GME is launching an all-new GX750 Black Box VHF marine radio at this year’s Show.

The GX750’s Black Box delivers the functionality of a conventional fixed VHF radio to the palm of your hand, using a full-function LCD controller/microphone with large backlit display, allowing the compact radio unit to be mounted almost anywhere. The LCD display can be read from virtually any angle, day or night.

GME will have its range of VHF, entertainment and safety products on show.

More information: gme.net.au | stand 112 in the Main Pavilion


Marine LED lighting from AMW

Marine LED lighting from AMW

Australian Marine Wholesale (AMW) is launching three new products at this year’s Sanctuary Cove Show: the new Pacific Light Water Makers; Lumitec colour-changing LED underwater lights, the Lumitec Maxillume h60; and the Lumitec Maxillume h120.

Late last year, AMW was appointed exclusive Australian distributor of the Pacific Light range of water makers. These are easy to use, delivering fresh water said to be as good, if not better, than bottled water, and are designed for boat-owners wanting to avoid complex and expensive automated built-in systems without compromising on quality engineering, componentry or support.

Also from AMW this year are the latest lights from Lumitec, built using state-of-the-art technology, the highest quality materials and designed to run cooler, consume less power and last longer than other conventional underwater lighting technologies.

Another offering from the Lumitec range is Lumitec Maxillume. Customers with high expectations, from the world’s top custom yacht builders to the US Coast Guard, have relied on Maxillume flood lights for nearly a decade. At SCIBS 2016, AMW is showcasing the Lumitec Maxillume h60. Packing more than 6000 true lumens, the Maxillume h60 boasts twice the output of previous models, with new mounting options and Lumitec’s tried and tested internal dimmer control. Each light is designed, hand assembled, and tested at Lumitec’s USA manufacturing facility.

AMW will also display the new Maxillume h120, poised to set a new standard in DC work lights. Delivering more than 12,000 true lumens in heavy duty aluminium cases, these lights are engineered to work hard. Designed to replace GE QF quartz floodlights, they are water-sealed and tested to withstand vibration and shock. The Maxillume h120 is the ultimate work light for the toughest jobs.

More information: amwholesale.com.au | stand 116 in the Main Pavilion


The RWB Marine directory

RWB marine directory

RWB Marine will be giving away copies of its new comprehensive directory. Established in 1968, RWB Marine is one of Australia’s largest and most respected import/export wholesale marine businesses dealing with world-leading marine product manufacturers and distributing to retail stores, boat builders, marinas, electricians and general marine trades. With a head office in Sydney and four warehouses around Australia, RWB’s products are readily available. The team say the philosophy behind their enviable reputation is "fair and honest business ethics, customer satisfaction, very high stock/order fill ratios, fast delivery, and realistic and fair pricing of products".

More information: rwbmarine.com.au | stand 113 in the Main Pavilion


Ultra Marine boating gear and equipment

Ultra Marine Fender

Ultra Marine Products in the Main Pavilion has a selection of the latest marine equipment and boating gear. Based at the Boat Works Complex, Ultra Marine is an importer, distributor, wholesaler and retailer of quality marine products from around the world, including Ultra Anchors, Sovereign BBQs and Navigator Helm Seats.

Check out Ultra Fenders – inflatable textile fenders from France. They’re ultra-light, ultra-strong, and deflate, fold or roll for easy storage.

The new Sovaro Esky coolers are designed and built in the USA. They’re among the best in the world and sure to be a huge hit at the Show.

Ultra Marine will also show the Frigibar range. A trusted provider of superior marine refrigeration products, Frigibar boxes keep travel, food and drinks chilled, refreshing and fun.

More information: ultramarineproducts.com.au | stand 35 in the Main Pavilion


Australia’s first variable-speed drum winch

Vari Tuff motorised winch

Motordrives Australia is launching Australia’s first variable-speed drum winch, the Vari Tuff, the result of two years’ R&D and testing. Motordrives describes it as ‘the perfect product’ which makes it easier and safer to weigh anchor. As the speed is fully adjustable, there’s no anchor shock on retrieval while a faster launch is possible if needed, all at the turn of a dial. The Vari winch also reduces battery drain and electrical noise, and increases motor life.

Tuff Winch has a reputation for producing some of the biggest, quietest and most powerful motors in the anchor market, and now with the Vari winch the motors are close to silent.

More information: motordrives.com.au | stand 84 in the Main Pavilion.


Musto marine wear

Musto wet weather equipment

Musto, the world’s leading offshore sailing brand and a British leader in shooting and equestrianism is debuting two products from its range.

The HPX Pro Relaunch in new Sulphur Spring and Fire Orange, offers protection like never before. A longer HPX Pro Smock with larger abrasion resistant Cordura patches allows better peripheral vision without compromising protection from the spray thanks to flexible ProVISION windows in the hood.

Also on debut is the new BR2 Race Lite Jacket. The BR2 Race Lite offers the durability and protection of the BR2 Offshore Jacket, but is streamlined for racing and optimum freedom of movement. This new lighter version of this innovative race jacket has a waterproof rating of 20,000mm and is an ideal garment for the in-shore racer or daytime sailor.

More information: musto.com.au | stand 135 in the Main Pavilion


Swift Marine aluminium-hulled ribs

Swift aluminium hulled rigid inflatable

SCIBS veteran Swift Marine has taken additional space in the Main Pavilion this year. Principal Scott Wilson said Swift Marine is bringing examples from the imported Highfield range as well as its locally made Swift RIBs to SCIBS.

Highfield inflatables have evolved in some of the toughest conditions in the world, including the Great Barrier Reef. They are direct descendants of the Australian Swift Marine range of aluminium-hulled RIBs, which have now been in service for more than 20 years.

Swift Marine has supplied boats for leisure as well as professional uses, with Australia’s water police and government agencies having a number of Swift RIBs in their fleets.

"We will have around 10 boats on show, ranging from 2m to 4.6m, and a full range of accessories," Mr Wilson said. "We prefer the Main Pavilion because it’s a ‘rain, hail or shine’ venue and also a great place to showcase our products."

More information: swiftmarine.com.au | stand 18 in the Main Pavilion


AMI marine, electronic, offshore and safety products

AMI LED boat lights

This year AMI has a 10 per cent rebate offer on Zipwake Dynamic Trim Control systems, and is also displaying products including the Navionics Pre-Loaded Update Kits; the new Xtreme XT and XP Underwater LED lights from OceanLED; marine macerator toilet maker TECMA’s Gen 2 Flexi line; new navigational lighting from Colorlight AB – the CLITE 2 compact LED searchlight, as well as Sanshin’s powerful HRL-2070U.

It doesn’t stop there; it’ll have Horizon Reverse Osmosis water makers, and the Glomex WebBoat 4G Coastal Internet Antenna System, for easy-to-install connection to coastal Wi-Fi.

AMI Marine is Australia and south-east Asia’s leading wholesale distributor and specialist agent for the world’s best marine, electronic, offshore and safety products. Ranges include Side-Power, Polyform, Solar Solve, Hepworth, Kelvin Hughes, Thrane & Thrane, Boening, Gitiesse/IMCOS, Colorlight and Lopolight.

AMI has established itself as a leader in its marketplace and has developed an extensive distribution network across Australia, south-east Asia and beyond. Alongside its distribution operations, AMI Marine has a service division that installs, maintains and repairs a large range of equipment, including communications, navigation, safety and environmental systems. AMI’s certified engineers carry out radio surveys for flag, state and class societies.

More information: amisales.com.au | stand 64 in the Main Pavilion


Muir windlass and anchoring systems

Muir anchor drum winch

Muir specialises in the manufacture of anchor winches, windlasses and anchoring systems for vessels from 5m to 150m, from leisure craft to defence and offshore vessels.

Founded in 1968 in Hobart, Muir has established itself as a global market leader in design and manufacture and is renowned for quality, performance and reliability.

Muir technicians and engineers have designed and developed a superior range of products for the most discerning clients and their vessels. Head office, manufacturing and design facilities are still in Tasmania, with a strong distribution network covering the globe.

Muir is again displaying its wide range of windlass and anchoring systems.

More information: muir.com.au | stand 30 in the Main Pavilion


Webasto electric sliding hatch

Webasto electric sliding hatch

Webasto will showcase two exceptional products this year – the BlueSky electric sliding hatch and the BlueCool V50M Chiller.

Adding to its already extensive range of marine comfort products, Webasto’s new developments offer the latest in technology, as well as superior design.

The Blue Sky electric sliding hatch is designed for the wheelhouse or cockpit canopy of a power craft. The insulated panel is made from two acrylic shells with a dark grey tint, resulting in a modern lightweight design. Especially constructed for the marine industry, it is certified for Category B Area 3 use. With smooth operation and simple plug-and-play installation, the hatch offers variable tilt and slide positioning and compact dimensions. The mechanism and seal ensure the hatch is fully water tight.

The BlueCool V50M Chiller air-conditioning unit, a co-winner of the IBEX Award, is an 8500-50,000 BTU/h chiller, with 50/60Hz compatibility for worldwide application.

With a variable speed BLDC compressor, this ultra-light and compact unit is up to 40 per cent smaller than competitors’ chiller units. The unit’s advanced control logic adapts automatically to all climates and continents, and is condensation-free, with zero electric starting peak and adjustable amperage draw.

Webasto has been a family-owned business ever since the company was founded in 1901. The group operates internationally at more than 50 locations (and with more than 30 production plants) specialising in the development, production and sales of complete roof and convertible systems as well as heating, cooling and ventilation systems for passenger cars, commercial and special vehicles, recreational vehicles and boats.

More information: webasto.com.au | stand 143


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