Boating NZ : FREE TO READ March 2014
industryinsight IN A MOVE TO reduce the litter that follows in the wake of racing fleets, ISAF has introduced Rule 55, which stipulates that “A competitor shall not intentionally put trash in the water,” referring to the wool and rubber bands that are used to prepare downwind sails for hoisting. North Sails has responded with a sustainable alternative to the bands and wool called Stop Tabs, which are Velcro tabs that are sewn on top of existing luff tape and wrapped around a sail during preparation. These prevent the sail from setting during the hoist and break open when the sail is sheeted on as the hoist is completed, eliminating the need for packing materials that inevitably litter the water. Key West Race Week, sailed in the Florida USA, is the first regatta to enforce the rule and the tabs were fitted to several boats, although it is likely that other regattas around the world will begin to follow suit. Matt Smeaton of North Sails Auckland says this is the first of many options which Norths can customise and evolve to suit the needs of a particular class or individual boat. North Sails NZ 09 359 5999 www.nz.northsails.com Umuroa has biggest bearing PACIFIC DRIVELINE LTD has supplied what is believed to be New Zealand’s largest-diameter, water- lubricated bearing to the oil drilling ship Umuroa. At 10 metres in diameter, the Thordon SXL bearing consists of individually machined sections and engineered to ensure that the vessel, stationed off Taranaki in the oil and gas fields, will rotate around the drilling device and hoses that it anchors to the sea floor. The 241m long Umuroa requires such a bearing so that its 71,142 ton bulk will rotate and maintain a stable transfer platform in all weather conditions. Mark Power, MD for Pacific Driveline/Henleys Propellers, says it’s an important milestone. “When one can get one’s mind around the actual size, applied loads, and life expectancy of this Thordon SXL bearing, the next step is to realise that we supply engineered, standard and custom bearings as small as 25mm diameter, created from the same material for the New Zealand Marine and Industrial markets. ADVANCE TRIDENT TOOK over distribution of the Lectrotab brand marine trim tabs and actuators for the New Zealand market from February 2014. Established in 1997, Lectrotab is a global leader in the manufacture of electro-mechanical trim tabs and offers a wide range of trim tabs for planing powerboats of all sizes. The product line includes 12-volt and 24-volt tab actuators, patented aluminium alloy and stainless-steel tabs with a variety of controls and accessories. Lectrotab is the only tab manufacturer to offer a lifetime warranty on its actuators, offering free replacement should any Lectrotab actuator assembly fail due to defect in material or manufacturing. Dan Roberts, president of Linear Devices Corporation, says ATL has a strong portfolio of products that combine well with the Lectrotab range of products. Advance Trident Ltd 09 845 5347 www.advancetrident.com Lectrotab announces Advance Trident as NZ distributor Norths helping keep the ocean clean The Engine Room Ltd Sole NZ Agents for: BETA MARINE PH: 09 480 2248 FAX: 09 480 2258 34 Enterprise St, Birkenhead, Auckland. E-MAIL: email@example.com If re-powering ask about our unique “Special Engine Foot” service • Fully factory marinised, heat exchanger cooled, lightweight diesels • Meets all current and projected exhaust emission regulations • 10hp to 105hp • Down angle and V drive gearboxes • 14 to 50hp Saildrive options available • 3 year “Self Service warranty” 0314-23 Advanced Sea Anchor Technology Award winning design STORMFIGHTER - for offshore boats in storm conditions. Available in 8 sizes PARAFISH - for commercial fishermen. 60 sizes ranging up to 60m diameter. LIMPET - for pleasure boats, drift fishing, safety & comfort. Runabouts to motor launches up to 60ft. SEACLAW (DROGUE) - for running with the sea. Ideal for trimarans with broken rudders or in heavy conditions. FREEPHONE 0800 100 774 - for a free quote and information pack - W A Coppins Ltd, 255 High St, Motueka, NZ. P. (64 3) 528 7296 F. (64 3) 528 9523 E. firstname.lastname@example.org Safety firSt with www.paraseaanchor.com 0314-25 110 Boating New Zealand March 2014 Industry_March14.indd 110 18/02/2014 8:49:47 a.m.
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