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Frequent re-anchoring is a pain, especially in difficult conditions.  Designed specifically for anglers, divers and others who anchor several times a day, the Rocna Fisherman sets firmly and is easily retrieved in all conditions, including rock, reef, sand and weed.

Designed for smaller, weight-sensitive boats, the galvanized anchor is available in 9 and 13 lb. models.  The Fisherman features a shackle rail for easier recovery of a fouled anchor from the opposite direction.  A secure attachment point is designed for overnight anchoring.

The Rocna Fisherman’s design is based on the Rocna Original, which is classified by RINA to the highest level
available, Super High Holding Power (SHHP).  A Rocna possesses stopping power vastly superior to equivalent-weight plough or claw type anchors in soft sand or mud due to the large, concave blade.

Rocna’s roll-bar ensures the anchor will always turn itself to the correct attitude for setting.  Skid rails then direct the blade into the seabed and the chisel-like tip easily cuts through weeds or hard bottoms.  The anchors are not susceptible to sudden trip out and will remain embedded even when dragged under extreme loads.

The roll-bar also can be used as a handle.  If lost or fouled, the Rocna may be recovered from the surface by
snaring the roll-bar with a grapnel or other hook.

On smaller boats, weight matters, and in a Fisherman, every ounce of metal is put to use.  The roll-bar avoids the need to weight the toe with extra lead or cast iron.  The lack of dedicated lead reduces the profile of the fluke, facilitating setting in undergrowth.  The absence of lead is better for the marine environment and eliminates complications when the anchor requires re-galvanizing.

A Rocna self-launches and locks home on most bow rollers.  A tight curve radius between the shank and
blade gives a positive lock, preventing movement at sea.  The slotted shackle attachment point allows single-shackle fixing.  The Fisherman is rock-solid with no moving parts, eliminating complex adjustment systems and potentially dangerous failure points.

A hot-dip galvanized finish covers the Fisherman with protective zinc, including the interior of the hollow roll-bar.  Ecologically friendly, owners don’t have to worry about anchor drag in fragile environments.

The Rocna Fisherman anchors have suggested retail prices starting at $159.99.

Contact Rocna Anchors, PO Box 340 064,
Birkenhead, Auckland, 0746, New Zealand.
North American distributor: Suncoast Marine Ltd., #395 – 2242 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC Canada V5N 5X6; dealer locator:

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Posted by on August 30, 2011 in Uncategorized




The key to safety on the water is to be seen, and navigation lights that aren’t reliable are a hazard.  LED Horizontal Mount Bi-Color and Side Lights from Perko not only give boaters peace of mind, but are sleek and stylish.

For use on vessels under 20m (65.6 ft), the lights are Coast Guard Certified to two nautical miles.  Long-lasting,
energy-efficient LED technology means the lights are highly dependable.

To complement any boat’s exterior, these Perko lights come with a beautiful chrome-plated bronze top and durable black polymer base, or a striking PERKO•KOTE bronze top and white polymer base.  Both feature a streamlined, one-piece lens and base assembly.  A handy cutout template simplifies mounting, using the supplied #8 screws and mounting gasket.  Both the LED Horizontal Mount Bi-Color and Side Lights are 12V and measure 4″ L  x  3″ W  x  7/8″ H.

Perko’s LED Horizontal Mount Bi-Color and Side Lights retail for approximately $210 to $280.  Perko offers a wide array of LED navigation and interior lighting products to suit a variety of recreational boating applications.

Contact Perko, 16490 Northwest 13th Ave., Miami, FL  33169.  305-621-7525; Fax: 305-620-9978.;

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Posted by on August 29, 2011 in Uncategorized


Electronics Review


                        Large 10.4-Inch Color Display, Dual-Range Display and Hyper Digital
Processing (HDP™) 
Among Features of This Advanced System

SI-TEX Marine Electronics has announced availability of the new-for-2011 Koden MDC-2000 Series Radar.  With a 10.4-inchcolor LCD display a long list of advanced features and a range of power outputs from 4kW to 12kW, this professional-grade radar series is ideal for a variety of vessels, from recreational yachts to commercial fishing boats to passenger transport vessels.  With a starting MSRP of $4,895, the Koden MDC-2000 Series is an affordable option for vessels wanting a trusted name, the latest technology and the backing of SI-TEX Marine Electronics’ trademark customer service.

Models include the MDC-2041 (4kW/32nm range), MDC-2040 (4kW/48nm range), MDC-2060 (6kW/64nm range) and MDC-2010 (12kW/72nm range).  Each of these units is designed with Koden’s Hyper Digital Processing (HDP™) technology, for real-time presentation of targets that allows for smooth movement on the display as the bearing changes. Real-time target detection and tracking is further enhanced by the MDC-2000’s
two-speed antenna scanning (25 and 50 rpm), providing optional performance at any vessel speed.  HVP technology also provides superior target discrimination, virtually eliminating unwanted “noise,” delivering a clear, highly detailed image and enhancing detection of smaller targets for added safety. Koden’s True Trail function clearly differentiates moving targets from stationary objects such as buoys, moored vessels or land features — great when navigating crowded waterways.

Koden’s proven Dual Range Display provides split screen displays of both long- and short-range targets simultaneously. This feature —like having two radars in one — enhances the navigator’s overall awareness of vessel traffic, potential dangers and his vessel’s relative position. Koden’s high-resolution LCD screen features a bonded anti-reflective coating that provides superior visibility in direct sunlight and prevents condensation.

The MDC-2000 Series provides a range of advanced functionalities for professional users, including standard 50-target ARPA function (with speed/bearing/heading data input) and optional AIS tracking of up to 100 targets at a time.   Each of these individual radar units accepts input from a CCD camera, allowing the navigator to closely monitor activities on or below decks at all times while underway.

For more information on the new Koden MDC-2000 Series Radar — or the full line of professional-grade marine electronics for recreational and commercial vessels — visit an authorized SI-TEX dealer or contact SI-TEX at
25 Enterprise Zone Drive, Suite 2, Riverhead, NY 11901. Telephone: (631) 996-2690.  Website:

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Posted by on August 26, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Time is of the essence in an emergency, so quickly finding and mounting a spare VHF antenna can make all the difference.  The 5910 Emergency Stowable Antenna from Shakespeare Electronic Products Group is easy to spot, grab, and connect, helping save valuable minutes.

A 9″ bright yellow, metal tube helps protect the antenna during storage and becomes part of the mounting system.  It hangs neatly on a bulkhead, or wherever it’s accessible yet out of the way.  Pre-installing the included mounting clip helps prepare the antenna for use.  In an emergency, the user simply removes the cable and flexible whip from the tube, mounts the antenna securely on top, and then slides the tube onto the mounting clip.  After assembly, the antenna is 16″ long.

The dependable VHF whip comes with 20′ of RG-174 mini coax cable and a pre-installed PL-259 connector.  The Shakespeare 5910 Emergency Stowable Antenna, backed by a 2-year warranty, retails for $95.95.

U.S. Corporate Offices
Shakespeare Electronic Products Group

6111 Shakespeare Rd., Columbia, SC  29223  USA
+1-803-227-1590; Fax: +1-803-419-3099

European Offices
Shakespeare Electronic Products Group

Enterprise Way, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 8RY  England
 +44 (0) 1253 858787; Fax: +44 (0) 1253 859595

Shakespeare Company, LLC is a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (NYSE: JAH).

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Posted by on August 23, 2011 in Uncategorized


Yacht Spotting and New Launches

Newcastle Shipyards Announces the Launch of the 54.9m (180’) Harbour Island

Newcastle Shipyards, LLC (Newcastle) is proud to announce the successful launch of its largest build-to-date, M/Y Harbour Island. Under the glow of a full moon, Harbour Island entered the water to the roar of cheers from the employees and spectators. Hull One of the Newcastle 5500 Series will spend a few weeks in St. Augustine for dock tests and sea trials before heading south to Rybovich Super Yacht Marina and Refit. Harbour Island will make her world debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this October.

The Newcastle 5500 is a six-stateroom custom yacht featuring two king master suites—main deck and skylounge deck forward—and a VIP king guest suite below. Additional amenities include the infinity pool on the split-level sundeck, the raised “veranda” on the main aft deck and expansive built-in seating area aft of the alfresco dining on the skylounge aft deck. Tenders and toys are stowed in the stern garage leaving the spacious exterior decks uncluttered. The Newcastle 5500 is built to ABS Maltese Cross A1 YS, AMS, is MCA
compliant and has trans-Pacific range.
Kevin Keith, owner of Newcastle states, “We are excited to see our largest yacht to date near completion. Harbour Island begins a new chapter in the history of Newcastle Shipyards as we look to build superior yachts for the most discerning owners.

About Newcastle Shipyards
Newcastle, located in Palm Coast and Palatka, Florida, USA, was formed in 1999 and has delivered several yachts through the years. With the ability to build yachts over 200’ in length, Newcastle currently has a 129’ ice strengthened Expedition style yacht, a 149’ Expedition yacht, and a 177’ ice strengthened Expedition motoryacht under construction. When the Newcastle 5500 is delivered, she will be the 9th largest superyacht built in the United States in the last 50 years. For more information:

About the M/Y Harbour Island
At 910 gross tons, the Newcastle 5500 is the largest volume 180’ yacht on the market today. With exterior styling and engineering by Murray and Associates and interior design by Claudette Bonville Associates, she is a timeless example of elegance and style. IYC is the worldwide Central Agent for the Harbour Island, as well as offering the yacht for select charters in the Caribbean for the winter season and the Mediterranean for summer 2012. For more information: or

Shipyards, LLC
Keith, (386)

International Yacht Collection, LLC:
Elliott, (305)
Kevin Bonnie, 377 97 98 2424,

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Posted by on August 22, 2011 in Uncategorized


Dock News

Alliance For Safe Navigation Announces Latest Survey For
Recreational Boaters

 Survey Intended to Measure Boaters’ Awareness of Updates to Navigational Tools

The Alliance for Safe Navigation, whose mission is to raise boater awareness about the importance of accurate navigational information, has announced its annual survey for recreational boaters. The survey’s purpose is to
gauge boaters’ awareness of available updates to navigational tools and their concerns related to accuracy. This year’s survey also will gather data concerning groundings and whether they were related to a lack of accurate navigational tools.

While most boaters use aids such as GPS, electronic charts and paper charts, the 2010 survey of 7,570 boaters revealed that most respondents do not routinely purchase current charts that reflect weekly updates issued by the United States Coast Guard. These updates, called the Local Notice to Mariners, contain critical information about changes such as shifting shoals, moved buoys and newly submerged obstructions; boaters can easily access these updates.

“Changes happen every single day, and one seemingly small change can be very important when it comes to boater safety,” explains Ken Cirillo, business development executive for Jeppesen, a founding member of the alliance. “By using charts that are current, whether those charts are paper or electronic, boaters improve their odds of avoiding accidents and groundings.”

“Significant and frequent changes on—and under—the water happen, and boaters need to remain aware of these changes to ensure their safety,” says David Enabnit, technical director at NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey. “The Alliance for Safe Navigation strongly suggests that updated navigational tools are the best approach to safe navigation.”

To see the latest USCG Notice to Mariners for your location, visit Notice to Mariners. For more information or to find out how many changes have been made to your charts, go to

About the Alliance for Safe Navigation
The Alliance for Safe Navigation ( consists of industry leaders that all share a commitment to boating safety. The goal of the alliance is to raise the boating community’s understanding of and
appreciation for up-to-date navigational information. The alliance encourages mariners to recognize the high number of changes made to their charts and to keep their electronic and paper charts accurate. Sponsored by NOAA, the alliance is made up of BoatU.S., Jeppesen, OceanGrafix, the Sea Tow Foundation for Boating Safety and Education, and the United States Power Squadrons.

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Posted by on August 22, 2011 in Uncategorized




Valuable space on board can be crammed with products to clean a multitude of surfaces, such as carpet, rubber, vinyl, teak and canvas.  There’s no sense wasting money on a bucket full of solvents when Serious Marine Cleaner from Shurhold Industries removes all kinds of dirt, grime, grease and stains.

Regularly using Serious Marine Cleaner keeps cushions pristine and bilges odor-free.  The non-abrasive formula removes dried-on particles such as bird droppings without scratching the surface.

Created for the professional detailer, Serious Shine cleans, polishes and creates a protective layer in one step
without leaving behind any greasy or artificial residue.  It further safeguards materials with UV inhibitors and anti-static properties.

Shurhold’s Serious Marine Cleaner is available in a convenient, 32 oz. trigger spray bottle for $11.98 or a one-gallon concentrate for $29.98.  Dedicated to educating boat owners, Shurhold provides great tips for boat value preservation at  Inventor of the One Handle Does It All system, Shurhold manufactures specialty care items and accessories to clean, polish and detail.

Contact Shurhold, 3119 SW 42nd Ave., Palm City, FL 34990.  800-962-6241; Fax:772-286-9620.

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Posted by on August 19, 2011 in Uncategorized



Centek Gen-Kleen Systems

The Gen-Kleen system is a  pollution-control technology for marine generator sets. Gen-Kleen integrates with your generators wet exhaust  system to remove hydrocarbon pollution from the exhaust water before it is  returned to the natural environment.

Gen-Kleen removes hydrocarbon pollutants including sheen,  soot, and unspent gasoline and diesel fuels.

Why use Gen-Kleen?

  • Comply with existing and upcoming marina and  port mandates regulating unsightly generator discharge.
  • Enjoy a sheen-free setting for  swimming, diving, and fishing.
  • Keep the hull of the boat clean of  soot deposits during generator use.
  • Be ecologically responsive to the  sensitive marine environment.

How does it work?

The Gen-Kleen system begins by separating  the raw cooling water from the exhaust gases.   While the dry exhaust gases are vented to atmosphere, the raw cooling  water is scrubbed by a filtration system.   The filters are impregnated with a patented formula that binds and  captures hydrocarbons while allowing clean water to pass through.  Clean water is then returned to the  environment.

What are the features?

  • To accommodate different engine room  layouts, the Gen-Kleen system is offered in two basic models.  The Compact Gen-Kleen integrates many of the  system components into a single package. The Component Gen-Kleen allows the user to disperse the components  throughout the engine compartment as space allows.
  • The Gen-Kleen system is fail-safe.  Functionality of the generator set is never  compromised by functionality of the Gen-Kleen system.
  • The Gen-Kleen system is built to withstand the harsh marine  engine room environment.  Its  corrosion-resistant design uses only high-temperature fiberglass and 316L  stainless steel wetted parts.
  • Filters are easily user-changeable as needed.  Filter lifespans vary widely (due to great  differences in generator exhaust pollution levels), but typical users report  normal lifespans of 100-200 generator hours.
  • The Gen-Kleen system includes a selectable bypass  mode.  Owners may choose to run the  system any time the generator is on and discharge only clean water, or, they  may choose to run the system only as needed and preserve filter life.

Centek Industries
116 Plantation Oak Drive
Thomasville, GA 31792
229.228.7653; toll free: 800.950.7653   
  fax: 229.228.1270

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Posted by on August 19, 2011 in Uncategorized




A weapon waiting to be unleashed, Glo Crazy Lure’s new Gila Fury Jig with patented Glo-Stick enables anglers to better hook bass and crappie and is ideal for clean, hard and offshore structures.  Fast and furious, the rapid sink rate of the football-headed jig sparks more reflex strikes from fish.

The glow technology increases visibility, even in dark and cloudy waters.  This also enables larger strike distances, which when paired with an ultra-strong, razor-sharp Mustad hook results in a deadly combination.  A video how-to on Glo Crazy’s Gila Fury Jig can be found at

Head colors are offered in yellow, lead and white and vailable in 1/4 oz., 3/8 oz. and 1/2 oz. weights.  Slide-In Glo-Sticks equal non-stop fish action and each green-colored insert glows up to 10 hours.

For a limited time, anglers can take advantage of Glo Crazy’s special offer, which includes four 1/4 oz. Gila Fury bass jigs, three 1/2 oz. bass jigs, four 3/8 oz. bass jigs with Mustad hooks, 22 replaceable glo-sticks and two Lethal Strike sliders for oHead colors are offered in yellow, lead and white and nly $19.99.  Fishermen can get three Gila Fury Jigs and three Glo-Stick inserts for $5.99.  A four-pack of Gila Fury Jig Glo-Stick refill inserts costs $3.99.

Contact Glo Crazy Lure, 1000 N Beeline
Hwy. #223, Payson, AZ 85547.  Tel: 866-463-3583; Fax: 928-478-8622;

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Posted by on August 16, 2011 in Uncategorized




Busy boat owners appreciate the ways manufacturers accommodate them.  Aqualuma Marine Lighting’s products can be bought online and shipped directly to consumers, so they can spend more time on the water and less time shopping for accessories.  The company’s high-quality lights can be found at retailer MarineMax’s online site,, and

“Offering our products online is a simple way to cater to our customers,” said Alexandra Bader, Aqualuma’s VP of sales and marketing.  “Online shopping is utilized in every other industry and it’s time to let our boating customers decide, select and purchase the products they want, whenever they want without time or location restrictions.  We’re proud to offer this convenience.”

Aqualuma Marine Lighting offers LED underwater, surface-mount and interior lighting options for a luminous and colorful night-boating experience.  Ideal for luxurious yachts or fast sportfishing vessels, these lights add beauty to any craft.  The company also offers dock lights and an underwater camera, to view the interesting aquatic environment below a boat.

Contact Aqualuma Marine Lighting; US
Contact:  Alexandra Bader,, 610-772-0155;
Headquarters:  Unit 4 54 Siganto Dr., Helensvale 4212, QLD, AUSTRALIA;;

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Posted by on August 16, 2011 in Uncategorized